Archive for July, 2010

Transformation, Adaptation, Derivation? Moffat’s Sherlock and the Art of AUs

July 31, 2010
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Transformation, Adaptation, Derivation? Moffat’s Sherlock and the Art of AUs

In the end, while individual plot points, objects, and places are important for fans to recognize, the most successful approach seems to come about when the writer extrapolates the character’s underlying identity, exploring those aspects that remain the same in the new setting, and how they will manifest.
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On Stan Lee, Leonard Nimoy, and Coitus . . . Or, The Fleeting Pleasures of Televisual Nerdom

July 30, 2010
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On Stan Lee, Leonard Nimoy, and Coitus . . . Or, The Fleeting Pleasures of Televisual Nerdom

Maybe it was time to leave the safe haven of sci-fi niche nerdom and dip my toe into a mass program. BBT had just won a People’s Choice award. Could all the people be wrong all the time?
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Highs and Lows of Comic-Con 2010

July 29, 2010
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Highs and Lows of Comic-Con 2010

As much as it desperately needs a bigger venue, it might also be time to come up with a new name. Comic-Con does not accurately capture the range and diversity of events on offer.
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Mad about Mad Men: Antenna takes a Look at AMC’s High Profile Drama

July 27, 2010
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Mad about <i>Mad Men</i>: Antenna takes a Look at AMC’s High Profile Drama

Mad Men gears up for its fourth season with a big public relations push. What makes the show so special and can it continue to live up to its buzz?
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Words are Cool: The Magic of Moffat’s Doctor Who

July 26, 2010
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Words are Cool: The Magic of Moffat’s <i>Doctor Who</i>

The fifth season of Doctor Who saw the introduction of a new showrunner. In this post, Matt Hills considers his impact on series.
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Televising New Orleans in 2010…or Why Sonny isn’t Watching The Real World: New Orleans

July 21, 2010
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Televising New Orleans in 2010…or Why Sonny isn’t Watching <i>The Real World: New Orleans</i>

The Real World: Back to New Orleans, like Treme, brings to life how "authentic" New Orleans has taken on new and often multiple meanings for tourists, volunteers, and television watchers
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Army Wives, Safe Soldiers, and Online Smokescreens

July 19, 2010
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<i>Army Wives</i>, Safe Soldiers, and Online Smokescreens

As everyone else was drooling over the final episodes of LOST, I fully admit that I was focusing on my weekly fix of Lifetime’s Army Wives. Despite its lack of cultural cachet, to me the show continues to illustrate an interesting tension between niche marketing, media convergence, and politically charged topicality.
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Summer Media: My Gallic Season

July 17, 2010
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Summer Media: My Gallic Season

Evan Davis reports from New York City on recent developments in French Cinema.
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What Paul the Octopus tells us about the World Cup….or why globalisation spells the slow death of FIFA’s treasured tournament.

July 15, 2010
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What Paul the Octopus tells us about the World Cup….or why globalisation spells the slow death of FIFA’s treasured tournament.

What is more remarkable than the accuracy of the predictions made by Paul the Octopus was the absence of compelling onfield stories and game play that allowed for Paul to become the major story of the World Cup.
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Summer Media: Reading Sookie Stackhouse

Summer Media: Reading Sookie Stackhouse

True Blood begins its third season on HBO this summer, but perhaps more fun than catching up on the show's previous seasons is reading the series of novels and short stories on which the show is based.
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Report from the On, Archives! Conference

July 10, 2010
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Report from the On, Archives! Conference

The Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research hosted a major conference this past week that featured a symposium on broadcasting in the 1930s, several thought-provoking keynote addresses, and presentations on all manner of issues pertaining to archives and the historical past.
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One Future of Network Television: A Literal Cottage Industry

July 7, 2010
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One Future of Network Television:  A Literal Cottage Industry

At the TWiT Cottage and around the web, a new kind of network television is taking hold.
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Sheesh, What’s It Take to Make a Teenage Heartthrob These Days?

July 5, 2010
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Sheesh, What’s It Take to Make a Teenage Heartthrob These Days?

Robert Pattinson, like Brando and Dean before him, doesn't play by the star promotion rules and yet is a heartthrob because he appeals to heartthrob-hungry girls in unexpected ways.
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