Television in Transition: The Life and Afterlife of the Narrative Action Hero
DescriptionCombining 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
Introduction: The Time and Space of Television in Transition.
1 Television in Transition.
2 The Hero.
3 How to Watch Television.
4 Highlander: The Immortal Cosmopolitan.
5 Smallville: "No Flights, No Tights": Doing Business with Superman.
6 24: In Real Time.
7 Doctor Who: Regeneration through Time and (Relative Dimensions in) Space.
Conclusion: Do We Need Another Hero?