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The Contemporary Television Series

Edited by Michael Hammond and Lucy Mazdon

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780748619009
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671168 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619009.001.0001
The Contemporary Television Series

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This study of the contemporary prime-time ‘quality’ serial television format gives an account of prominent programmes such as 24, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ER, The Sopranos and The West Wing, and explores their influential position within the television industry. Divided into the areas of history, aesthetics and reception, the text provides an overview of an increasingly hybrid television studies discipline. Chapters consider the formal and aesthetic elements in the contemporary television serial through approaches ranging from those concerned with issues of gender and sexuality, national identity and reception to industry history and textual analysis. The book also includes British examples of ‘quality’ serial television, emphasising not only their cultural specificity but also the transnational context in which these programmes operate.

Keywords: 24; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; ER; The Sopranos; West Wing; television industry; television studies; television serial; gender; sexuality

Book.  272 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Television

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Introduction: Histories in The Contemporary Television Series

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The Writer/Producer in American Television in The Contemporary Television Series

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Introduction: The Series/serial Form in The Contemporary Television Series

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Television and the Neo-Baroque in The Contemporary Television Series

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