Category Archives: TV Journal

Showcase Blog #2: Geographies

“Until around 1980, three commercial networks enjoyed a monopoly in the US television market. However, changes due to new technologies, business lobbying and government outlook have led to a very crowded television marketplace, with up to 850 different stations on … Continue reading

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Showcase Blog #1: Transmedia Trends

“‘Over the long-long-long-term, generationally long,’” explained the head of Lionsgate, the studio responsible for such prestige dramas as Mad Men and Breaking Bad, “‘it’s very likely that the genre—which I’ll call short-form, truly short-form of five minutes—may be the way … Continue reading

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Reality TV: Origins and Contexts

“Reality TV can encompass anything from teen-pregnancy shows to cooking competitions to shows about addiction to documentary serials to travel and home-design series – everything from Morgan Spurlock’s 30 Days to ABC’s 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show. Arguably, … Continue reading

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The ‘Dispersal’ of Quality TV

This week I’m going to attempt a textual analysis of a particular scene from Mad Men. I’ve chosen my favourite scene from the first season: the last scene of episode six, ‘Babylon’. You can view this short clip below: To … Continue reading

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Reinventing Genre

God only knows what I would be without Big Love. HBO is known for ‘quality tv’, a category that Big Love clings to despite being a tv series that relies on melodramatic conventions typified by daytime soap operas. This mixing … Continue reading

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Narrative complexity, genre and the tv industry

In his article ‘Narrative Complexity in Contemporary American Television’, Jason Mittell explains the contradicting genre of television that has been emerging over the last two decades. While “conventional episodic and serial forms have typified most American television since its inception”, … Continue reading

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Matters of Taste

The true perversion, though, is the sense you get that all of this illicitness has been tossed in as a little something for the ladies, out of a justifiable fear, perhaps, that no woman alive would watch otherwise. While I … Continue reading

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