Blockbuster TV

TV audience's preferences. This effort may seem excessive to some, but for me it is very important—in large part to dispel an impression of the history of television that is perhaps colored by class tastes and cultural capital.

Author: Janet Staiger

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814797563

Category: Performing Arts

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Studies four sitcoms to explain how and why certain television shows gain a mass audience, including such factors as place in the programming schedule, impact of VCRs and cable, variations on formulas, and role of critics.
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American Blockbuster

26 “ WB Blockbusters for TV Series; Brochure Names 'Casablanca,' 'King's Row,' 'Cheyenne,' in TV Plans; Prep Aviation Series,” Daily Variety, April 8, 1955, 1, 13. 27 Frank Scully, “Scully's Scrapbook,” Variety, April 25, 1956, 77.

Author: Charles R. Acland

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9781478012160

Category: Performing Arts

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Ben-Hur (1959), Jaws (1975), Avatar (2009), Wonder Woman (2017): the blockbuster movie has held a dominant position in American popular culture for decades. In American Blockbuster Charles R. Acland charts the origins, impact, and dynamics of this most visible, entertaining, and disparaged cultural form. Acland narrates how blockbusters emerged from Hollywood's turn to a hit-driven focus during the industry's business crisis in the 1950s. Movies became bigger, louder, and more spectacular. They also became prototypes for ideas and commodities associated with the future of technology and culture, accelerating the prominence of technological innovation in modern American life. Acland shows that blockbusters continue to be more than just movies; they are industrial strategies and complex cultural machines designed to normalize the ideologies of our technological age.
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They weren't TV , but they weren't much else , besides not being TV , sometimes for hours at a time , and audiences soon learned to stay away . Flush with the success of The Sound of Music , Fox had tried its hand at a series of ...

Author: Tom Shone

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743235681

Category: Art

Page: 339

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A history of the modern blockbuster traces the progression of big summer films from the mid-1970s to the present, discussing how such factors as large Hollywood budgets and technological advances contributed to the industry's rise, in a volume that includes discussions with such figures as Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. 30,000 first printing.
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Television Aesthetics and Style

Blockbuster TV: Must-See Sitcoms in the Network Era. New York and London: New York University Press, 2000. Zettl, Herbert. 'The Rare Case of Television Aesthetics.' Journal of the University Film Association 30:2 (1978): 3–8.

Author: Steven Peacock

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781623562496

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

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Although Film Studies has successfully (re)turned attention to matters of style and interpretation, its sibling discipline has left the territory uncharted - until now. The question of how television operates on a stylistic level has been critically underexplored, despite being fundamental to our viewing experience. This significant new work redresses a vital gap in Television Studies by engaging with the stylistic dynamics of TV; exploring the aesthetic properties and values of both the medium and particular types of output (specific programmes); and raising important questions about the way we judge television as both cultural artifact and art form. Television Aesthetics and Style provides a unique and vital intervention in the field, raising key questions about television's artistic properties and possibilities. Through a series of case-studies by internationally renowned scholars, the collection takes a radical step forward in understanding TV's stylistic achievements.
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TV. Duds. Rate. As. 'Studs'. In. DVD. Market. Blockbuster ... BY JILL KIPNIS LOS ANGELES— Low-rated TV series quickly killed by networks are finding new life on DVD. Just as under-performing theatrical films are proving profitable as ...





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In its 114th year, Billboard remains the world's premier weekly music publication and a diverse digital, events, brand, content and data licensing platform. Billboard publishes the most trusted charts and offers unrivaled reporting about the latest music, video, gaming, media, digital and mobile entertainment issues and trends.
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Epics Spectacles and Blockbusters

It has been called the first film to be intensively advertised in a national TV campaign , and even the first summer blockbuster.88 As should be clear already from the preceding pages , none of this is strictly true .

Author: Sheldon Hall

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 0814330088

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 376

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Considers the history of the American blockbuster-the large-scale, high-cost film-as it evolved from the 1890s to today.
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Blockbuster History in the New Russia

the Akunin-style Gibel ́ imperii and the insipid TV drama Star of the Epoch (about a 1930s actress modeled on Liubov ́ ... The message, in other words, was that Russian blockbusters—for both television and big screen—had not done enough ...

Author: Stephen M. Norris

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253006790

Category: History

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Seeking to rebuild the Russian film industry after its post-Soviet collapse, directors and producers sparked a revival of nationalist and patriotic sentiment by applying Hollywood techniques to themes drawn from Russian history. Unsettled by the government's move toward market capitalism, Russians embraced these historical blockbusters, packing the American-style multiplexes that sprouted across the country. Stephen M. Norris examines the connections among cinema, politics, economics, history, and patriotism in the creation of "blockbuster history"—the adaptation of an American cinematic style to Russian historical epics.
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History on Television

In their discussion of Walking with Dinosaurs Karen Scott and Anne White (2003) draw on Bolter and Grusin's notion of re-mediation for an understanding of the form and aesthetic of the BBC's 'blockbuster' event television.

Author: Ann Gray

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780415580380

Category: History

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In recent years non-fiction history programmes have flourished on television. This interdisciplinary study of history programming identifies and examines different genres employed by producers and tracks their commissioning, production, marketing and distribution histories. With comparative references to other European nations and North America, the authors focus on British history programming over the last two decades and analyse the relationship between the academy and media professionals. They outline and discuss often-competing discourses about how to 'do' history and the underlying assumptions about who watches history programmes. History on Television considers recent changes in the media landscape, which have affected to a great degree how history in general, and whose history in particular, appears onscreen. Through a number of case studies, using material from interviews by the authors with academic and media professionals, the role of the 'professional' historian and that of media professionals – commissioning editors and producer/directors - as mediators of historical material and interpretations is analysed, and the ways in which the 'logics of television' shape historical output are outlined and discussed. Building on their analysis, Ann Gray and Erin Bell ask if history on television fulfils its potential to be a form of public history through offering, as it does, a range of interpretations of the past to and originating from or including those not based in the academy. Through consideration of the representation, or absence, of the diversity of British identity – gender, ethnicity and race, social status and regional identities – the authors substantially extend the scope of existing scholarship into history on television History on Television will be essential reading for all those interested in the complex processes involved in the representation of history on television.
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Television Program Master Index

Blockbuster TV: Must-See Sitcoms in the Network Era. New York, NY: New York Uni- versity Press. Discusses four situation comedies the author, a professor, considers true blockbusters. She uses these as case studies to analyze their ap- ...

Author: Charles V. Dintrone

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786472451

Category: Performing Arts

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This work indexes books, dissertations and journal articles that mention television shows. Memoirs, autobiographies, biographies, and some popular works meant for fans are also indexed. The major focus is on service to researchers in the history of television. Listings are keyed to an annotated bibliography. Appendices include a list of websites; an index of groups or classes of people on television; and a list of programs by genre. Changes from the second edition include more than 300 new shows, airing on a wider variety of networks; 2000-plus references (more than double the second edition); and a large increase in scholarly articles. The book provides access to materials on almost 2300 shows, including groundbreaking ones like All in the Family (almost 200 entries); cult favorites like Buffy: The Vampire Slayer (200-plus entries); and a classic franchise, Star Trek (more than 400 entries for all the shows). The shows covered range from the late 1940s to 2010 (The Walking Dead). References range from 1956 to 2013.
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Music in Television

Janet Staiger, Blockbuster TV: Must—See Sitcoms in the Network Era (New York: New York University Press, 2000), p. ix. Staiger's discussion of The Beverly Hillbillies appears on pp. 54—80. Her other three “blockbusters” are entirely ...

Author: James Deaville

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781136826368

Category: Music

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Music in Television is a collection of essays examining television’s production of meaning through music in terms of historical contexts, institutional frameworks, broadcast practices, technologies, and aesthetics. It presents the reader with overviews of major genres and issues, as well as specific case studies of important television programs and events. With contributions from a wide range of scholars, the essays range from historical-analytical surveys of TV sound and genre designations to studies of the music in individual programs, including South Park and Dr. Who.
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