Author: Amanda Lotz

Amanda Lotz (University of Michigan) has published books examining the rise of female-centered dramas and cable channels as a result of the competitive conditions of the 1990s (Redesigning Women: Television After the Network Era), and exploring how shifts in the television industry beginning in the 1980s changed the prime time content produced and the role of television in culture (The Television Will Be Revolutionized and Beyond Prime Time: Television Programming in the Post-Network Era).

Of Motorcycles and Melodrama

Sons of Anarchy has often been described as Hamlet on Harleys for good reason. But my readings of late have me thinking that the show actually offers some really different inflections on Modleski’s Loving with a Vengeance.


Some Thoughts on the Upfronts

It is not that I harbor ill will toward the television industry—far from it. Rather, I’d hoped that some of the desperation of recent years might be enough to create the momentum needed for some real change. This remains a seriously strange way to allocate billions of dollars.