Quality TV Contemporary American Television and Beyond

ISBN-10: 1845115112

ISBN-13: 9781845115111

Edition: 2007

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Description: Dealing primarily with the post-1996 era shaped by digital technologies and defined by consumer choice and brand marketing, this book brings together leading scholars, established journalists and experienced broadcasters working in the field of contemporary television to debate what we currently mean by quality TV. They go deep into contemporary American television fictions, fromThe SopranosandThe West Wing, toCSIandLost-- innovative, sometimes controversial, always compelling dramas, which one scholar has described as "now better than the movies!" But how do we understand the emergence of these kinds of fiction? Are they genuinely new? What does quality tv have to tell us about the state of today's television market? And is it quality? Original, often polemic, each chapter proposes new ways of thinking about and defining quality TV. There is a foreword from Robert Thompson, and heated dialogue between British and US television critics. Also included are interviews with W. Snuffy Walden (scoredThe West Wingamong others) and with David Chase (The Sopranoscreator).nbsp;

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Book details

List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: I. B. Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date: 10/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Janet McCabe is Lecturer in Film Studies at Trinity College, Dublin. Kim Akass is Lecturer in Film Studies at London Metropolitan University. Both are editors of Reading Sex & the City (I.B.Tauris, 2004) and Reading Six Feet Under (I.B.Tauris, 2005). Sarah Warn is the founder and editor of AfterEllen.com and AfterElton.com, leading entertainment websites for gays and lesbians.

Contributors
Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction: Debating Quality
'Quality TV' On Show
Defining Quality: Critical Judgements and Debate
Is Quality Television Any Good? Generic Distinctions, Evaluations and the Troubling Matter of Critical Judgement
Quality TV: A US TV Critic's Perspective
Quality TV Drama: Estimations and Influences Through Time and Space
As Seen on TV: Women's Rights and Quality Television
Sex, Swearing and Respectability: Courting Controversy, HBO's Original Programming and Producing Quality TV
Defining Quality: Industry, Policy and Competitive Markets
Quality Control: The Daily Show, the Peabody and Brand Discipline
Inside American Television Drama: Quality is Not What is Produced, But What it Produces
Quality US TV: A Buyer's Perspective
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Quality, the Fifth Channel and 'America's Finest'
The Problem of Quality Television: Television Schedules, Audience Demographics and Cultural Policy in New Zealand
Defining Quality: Aesthetics, Form, Content
HBO and the Concept of Quality TV
Seeing and Knowing: Reflexivity and Quality
Quality and Creativity in TV: The Work of Television Storytellers
Mark Lawson Talks to David Chase
Writing Music for Quality TV: An Interview with W.G. 'Snuffy' Walden
Read Any Good Television Lately? Television Companion Books and Quality TV
Afterthoughts: Defining Quality: Into the Future
Lost in Transition: From Post-Network to Post-Television Roberta Pearson
TV and Film Guide
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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