Author: Kelly Kessler

Kelly Kessler (DePaul University), when not comatose in front of her television or ranting on Facebook, teaches American television and film studies, often focusing on issues of gender, genre, and sexuality. Most recently she has been examining the musicalization of fictional television (because it's cool when sitcoms sing) and the transtextual targeting and branding of the fans of Army Wives and Heroes. Her book Destabilizing the Hollywood Musical: Music, Masculinity, and Mayhem will be released by Palgrave in late 2010.

The MTV Tony Awards: Television’s De-Theatricalization of Broadway’s Biggest Night

True to form, this year’s Tony Awards laid bare its undying need to appear youthful, popular, and hip, all the while marginalizing the spirit of American theatre and those who participate in it. The broadcast looked less like a celebration of New York theatre and more like the Oscars, Emmys, and Grammys rolled into one. And, after all of this pandering, the Tonys did what many think they do best: produced a ratings disaster.


Army Wives, 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.