Television in Transition: The Life and Afterlife of the Narrative Action Hero

Television in Transition: The Life and Afterlife of the Narrative Action Hero

Author(s): Shawn Shimpach

Published Online: 3 MAR 2010

Print ISBN: 9781405185363

Online ISBN: 9781444320671

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320671

About this Book

Combining an exciting methodology alongside high-interest case studies, Television in Transition offers students of television a guide to a medium that has weathered the challenges of first-run syndication, a multi-channel universe, netlets, major media conglomerates, deregulation, and globalization--all in the space of twenty years.

  • Examines a return in television programming to action narratives with individual (super) heroes intended to navigate this new, international, multi-channel universe
  • Explores how television programming "translates" to new spatial geographies: different nations, cultures, broadcast systems; and different formats, distribution outlets, and screen sizes
  • Looks at the value of a program's "afterlife," the continued circulation, repackaging and repurposing of programming beyond its initial iteration
  • Blends institutional and textual analyses in case studies of Highlander: The Series, Smallville, 24, and Doctor Who

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