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Television Westerns

by Alvin H. Marill

Westerns have featured prominently in films almost since motion pictures were first produced at the end of the nineteenth century and when televisions invaded American homes in the late 1940s and early '50s,...


Historical Dictionary of African American Television

by Kathleen Fearn-Banks & Anne Burford-Johnson

This second edition of Historical Dictionary of African-American Television covers the history of African-Americans on television from the beginning of national television through the present day. This is done...


Oprah Winfrey and the Glamour of Misery

by Eva Illouz

Oprah Winfrey is the protagonist of the story to be told here, but this book has broader intentions, begins Eva Illouz in this original examination of how and why this talk show host has become a pervasive symbol...


Talking Dirty on Sex and the City

by Beatriz Oria

First broadcast on HBO in 1998, Sex and the City quickly became a mainstream success. Following four women who navigate the promise and peril of social, political, and sexual relationships in New York, the series...


Doctor Who and the Art of Adaptation

by Marcus K. Harmes

Although it started as a British television show with a small but devoted fan base, Doctor Who has grown in popularity and now appeals to audiences around the world. In the fifty-year history of the program,...


The Sports Film

by Bruce Babington

After covering the genre's early history and theorizing its general characteristics, this volume then focuses on specific instances of sports films, such as the biopic, the sports history film, the documentary,...


A Source Book in Theatrical History

by A. M. Nagler

A rich resource for students of theater and theater historians, this volume features an annotated collection of more than 300 unusually interesting and detailed articles. Passages by contemporary observers from...


From Starship Captains to Galactic Rebels

by Kimberly Yost

Real-world leaders hold the fates of companies, armies, and nations in their hands, but the leaders portrayed in science fiction play for larger stakes. Their decisions determine the survival of species, planets,...


Television Introductions

by Vincent Terrace

Since the beginning of network television, many shows have been preceded by an announcement or theme song that served various purposes. In the 1950s and ’60s, it was common for announcers to declare that a...


The ABC Movie of the Week

by Michael McKenna

On September 23, 1969, five years after the first made-for-television movie premiered, the ABC network broadcast Seven in Darkness. This was the first television film for an anthology show called the Tuesday...


Popular Culture and the Future of Politics

by Ted Gournelos

Popular Culture and the Future of Politics: Cultural Studies and the Tao of South Park argues that progressives should conceive the connections between media, policy, and culture beyond the limits of 'politics'...


A Research Guide to Film and Television Music in the United States

by H. Stephen Wright, Jeannie Gayle Pool & Leonard Maltin

Unlike traditional music, film music sources are often difficult to locate and do not follow the patterns that researchers are trained to identify. Although there have been several self-described introductions...


Viewers Like You

by Laurie Ouellette

How "public" is public television if only a small percentage of the American people tune in on a regular basis? When public television addresses "viewers like you," just who are you? Despite the current of frustration...


Branding the Teleself

by Ernest A. Hakanen

Branding the Teleself is a discourse on the standard history social scientific study of media effects with the purpose of revealing changes in how our selves have been reconceived in its study and how the discourse...


The O.C.: A Critical Understanding

by Lori B. Bindig & Andrea M. Bergstrom

The O.C., A Critical Understanding, by Lori Bindig and Andrea M. Bergstrom, is a feminist cultural studies analysis of FOX’s hit teen television drama The O.C. (2003-2007). Episodes of The O.C. are analyzed...


Glamour Ghoul

by Sandra Niemi

Maila Nurmi, the beautiful and sheltered daughter of Finnish immigrants, stepped off the bus in 1941 Los Angeles intent on finding fame and fortune. She found men eager to take advantage of her innocence and...


Slow TV

by Roel Puijk

Slow TV has become a familiar feature of broadcasting in Norway. It refers to a set of programmes produced by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) since 2009, starting out with a seven-hour broadcasting...


From Crimea with Love

by Jason Salkey

  • Foreword by Sharpe author Bernard Cornwell.
  • Sharpe's Rifles – starring Sean Bean in the title role alongside Brian Cox and Daragh O'Malley – is one of the most beloved and acclaimed shows in British TV...


Clary Croft 

by Clary Croft

Folklorist, recording artist, actor, songwriter, broadcaster, storyteller, author, archivist, artisan, and designer: over a career spanning more than fifty years, Clary Croft has woven the threads of his vast...


Silver Hair and Golden Voice

by Ernest J. Dick

Over his extensive career, Halifax-born film, television, and radio performer Austin Willis worked with luminaries from Orson Welles and Peter Sellers to a young William Shatner. He bested Goldfinger at cards—with...