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Author Shimpach, Shawn.

Title Television in transition : the life and afterlife of the narrative action hero / Shawn Shimpach
Published Chichester, West Sussex, U.K. ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (x, 245 pages)
Contents Introduction: the time and space of television in transition -- Television in transition -- The hero -- How to watch television -- Highlander : the immortal cosmopolitan -- Smallville : "no flights, no tights": doing business with Superman -- 24: in real time -- Doctor Who : regeneration through time and (relative dimensions in) space -- Conclusion : do we need another hero?
Summary 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: differen
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-226) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Action and adventure television programs -- Great Britain -- History and criticism.
Action and adventure television programs -- United States -- History and criticism.
Heroes on television.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1444320688 (electronic bk.)
9781444320688 (electronic bk.)
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(hardcover ; alk. paper)
(paperback; alk. paper)
(hardcover ; alk. paper)