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Writng for Visual Media

by Anthony Friedmann

This updated edition of Writing for Visual Media will enable you to understand the nature of visual writing that lies behind the content of all visual media. This unique kind of writing must communicate to audiences...


The Untold History of Television

by Kathleen Olmstead

The Untold History of Television provides a captivating glimpse behind the scenes of the groundbreaking series that have both defined and changed the pop culture landscape. Go behind the scenes to explore the...


Science Fiction Television

by J. P. Telotte

The first in the Routledge Television Guidebooks series, Science Fiction TV offers an introduction to the versatile and evolving genre of science fiction television, combining historical overview with textual...


The Boys of Saturday Night

by Scott Young

Since its first radio broadcast in November 1931, Hockey Night in Canada has been a Canadian tradition. In The Boys of Saturday Night, author Scott Young, a veteran sportscaster and journalist, dives into the...


Untied: A Memoir of Family, Fame, and Floundering

by Meredith Baxter

“I remember Sarah asking me, when I’d just begun therapy with her, what I looked for in a man.  After a few moments of silent, tense deliberation I had it.  ‘Hair,’ I blurted. ‘He has to have hair.’”...


Remake Television: Reboot, Re-use, Recycle

by Carlen Lavigne, Steven Gil & William Proctor

Remake Television: Reboot, Re-use, Recycle, edited by Carlen Lavigne, examines multiple definitions of television remakes, from reboots (like Charlie’s Angels) to adaptations (The Walking Dead) and sequels...


Ernie Kovacs & Early TV Comedy: Nothing in Moderation

by Andrew Horton

Among the pioneers of television, Ernie Kovacs was one of the most original and imaginative comedians. His zany, irreverent, and surprising humor not only entertained audiences throughout the 1950s and early...


Realer Than Reel: Global Directions in Documentary

by David Hogarth

Television and globalization have transformed the traditional documentary almost beyond recognition, converting what was once a film genre devoted to public service and education into a popular televisual commodity...


The Rise of Cable Programming in the United States: Revolution or Evolution?

by Megan Mullen

In 1971, the Sloan Commission on Cable Communications likened the ongoing developments in cable television to the first uses of movable type and the invention of the telephone. Cable's proponents in the late...


Beautiful TV: The Art and Argument of Ally McBeal

by Greg M. Smith

During its five-year run from 1997 to 2002, the popular TV show Ally McBeal engaged viewers in debates over what it means to be a woman or a man in the modern workplace; how romance factors into the therapeutic...


Brought to You By: Postwar Television Advertising and the American Dream

by Lawrence R. Samuel

This book is a history of how television advertising rose to become a defining force in American culture in the two decades after World War II.


The Unruly Woman: Gender and the Genres of Laughter

by Kathleen Rowe

Unruly women have been making a spectacle of themselves in film and on television from Mae West to Roseanne Arnold. In this groundbreaking work, Kathleen Rowe explores how the unruly woman-often a voluptuous,...


Hollywood TV: The Studio System in the Fifties

by Christopher Anderson

The 1950s was one of the most turbulent periods in the history of motion pictures and television. During the decade, as Hollywood's most powerful studios and independent producers shifted into TV production,...


Watching Television Come of Age: The New York Times Reviews by Jack Gould

by Lewis L. Gould

Providing video companionship for isolated housewives, afternoon babysitting for children, and nonstop evening entertainment for the whole family, television revolutionized American society in the post-World...


Amazon Town TV: An Audience Ethnography in Gurupá, Brazil

by Richard Pace & Brian P. Hinote

In 1983, anthropologist Richard Pace began his fieldwork in the Amazonian community of Gurupá one year after the first few television sets arrived. On a nightly basis, as the community's electricity was turned...


"This Is Jerusalem Calling": State Radio in Mandate Palestine

by Andrea L. Stanton

Modeled after the BBC, the Palestine Broadcasting Service was launched in 1936 to serve as the national radio station of Mandate Palestine, playing a pivotal role in shaping the culture of the emerging middle...


A Book on the Making of Lonesome Dove

by John Spong, Jeff Wilson & Bill Wittliff

Widely acclaimed as the greatest Western ever made, Lonesome Dove has become a true American epic. Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel was a New York Times best seller, with more than 2.5 million copies...


Unruly Girls, Unrepentant Mothers: Redefining Feminism on Screen

by Kathleen Rowe Karlyn

Since the 1990s, when Reviving Ophelia became a best seller and "Girl Power" a familiar anthem, girls have assumed new visibility in the culture. Yet in asserting their new power, young women have redefined...


Since When Is Fran Drescher Jewish?: Dubbing Stereotypes in The Nanny, The Simpsons, and The Sopranos

by Chiara Francesca Ferrari & Joseph Straubhaar

"Since when is Fran Drescher Jewish?" This was Chiara Francesca Ferrari's reaction when she learned that Drescher's character on the television sitcom The Nanny was meant to be a portrayal of a stereotypical...


Looking for Carrascolendas: From a Child's World to Award-Winning Television

by Aida Barrera

If your childhood friends were Agapito, the bombastic, bilingual lion; Campamocha, the fix-it man; Caracoles, the restaurant owner; Uncle Andy, the shoe seller; Berta and Dyana, the life-size dolls; and Señorita...