Different types of programme and non-programme material broadcast on television and having distinctive textual features, subjects, functions, audiences, text-reader relationships, and modes of involvement (see also high and low involvement; television viewing styles; uses and gratifications). Such genres provide an interpretive frame of reference, in particular influencing the expectations of viewers (see also textual schemata). They may be factual genres, fiction, or hybrids of these modalities (e.g. docusoaps, docudrama). Those most broadly recognized include news programmes, commercials, weather forecasts, soap operas, sitcoms, chat shows, game shows, variety shows, reality TV, medical dramas, crime shows, popular music shows, sports programmes, and religious programmes. Many television genres were inherited from radio (see radio genres). See also hybrid genres; serial; series.
http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/482184/index.html Television genres, themes, and formats (BFI)
Subjects: Media Studies.