“Hello Out There in TV Land”

Ron Rodman

in Tuning In

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780195340242
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199863778 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Music / Media

“Hello Out There in TV Land”

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This chapter examines the function of music as a veritable navigator through television “flow,” a term coined by Raymond Williams to describe the chain of texts (programs, commercials, station breaks, etc.) that are broadcast on television through chronological time. Music is used to delineate three discursive, or narrative, spaces: the extradiegetic, the intradiegetic, and the diegetic, terms that are borrowed from Gérard Genette's theory of narrative agency. This chapter concludes with a comparative analysis of two early television dramatic anthology series, a 1949 episode of The Philco Television Playhouse and a 1963 episode of The Twilight Zone, wherein music serves as narrator on several levels.

Keywords: flow (television); narrative agency; Gérard Genette; television anthology drama; Philco Television Playhouse; The Twilight Zone

Chapter.  10246 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Popular Music ; American Music

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