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“The End of TV As We Know It”: Convergence Anxiety, Generic Innovation, and the Case of <i>24</i>

Tara McPherson

in The Oxford Handbook of Film and Media Studies

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780195175967
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195175967.013.0011

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 “The End of TV As We Know It”: Convergence Anxiety, Generic Innovation, and the Case of 24

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This article views the popular television show 24 as a way to illustrate the transitions within the television industry and within the broader society, as the forces of technological change and globalization shape the people's notions of labor, notion, and gender. The discussion is primarily concerned with the way the frequently voiced perceptions of the show's quality and innovativeness can serve to cover its consumption from the soap opera. This article views 24 as a hybrid form, or a kind of convergence parable that combines the elements of reality television, the soap opera, and “quality” drama. It also studies how the series starts a re-masculinization of a serialized melodrama and reviews the question of “quality” television.

Keywords: 24; television industry; transitions; technological change; soap opera; reality television; quality drama; re-masculinization; quality television

Article.  9558 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Television

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