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Losing Our Heads for the Tudors: The Unquiet Pleasures of Quixotic History in The Tudors and Wolf Hall

June 23, 2015
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Losing Our Heads for the Tudors:  The Unquiet Pleasures of Quixotic History in <i>The Tudors</i> and <i>Wolf Hall</i>

The Tudors and Wolf Hall can actually tell us a great deal about how the early modern appears in contemporary popular culture, as well as how we engage with the historical past.
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Moving Into a Fuller House: Television Reboots, Nostalgia, and Time

May 29, 2015
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Moving Into a <em>Fuller House</em>: Television Reboots, Nostalgia, and Time

Mark Lashley discusses "Fuller House" and the current trend of resurrected television nostalgia, and how the notion of television as an ephemeral or disposable media form is diminishing.
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Style, Structuring Conceits, and the Paratexts of Mad Men

May 22, 2015
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Style, Structuring Conceits, and the Paratexts of <em>Mad Men</em>

Piers Britton on Mad Men's visual style, series structure, and Sixties-philiac tendencies, and how the TV series turned its tension between the espousal of emotional truthfulness and a preoccupation with “superficial” visual pleasures into a branding strategy.
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Devilish Partners: Daredevil, Netflix, and Exclusive Original Programming

April 21, 2015
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Devilish Partners: <i>Daredevil</i>, Netflix, and Exclusive Original Programming

Marvel’s Daredevil launched April 10 on Netflix, marking a new milestone for Netflix’s original content strategy and the expansion of Marvel Television into the streaming space.
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The Conflicted Populism of Parks and Recreation

March 5, 2015
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The Conflicted Populism of <i>Parks and Recreation</i>

Though widely praised for its political optimism and progressiveness, NBC's Parks and Recreation also expresses a more complex and pessimistic view about the American voting public.​
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Straddling the “Edge”: The Invisible Trend of Religion on TV

March 4, 2015
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Straddling the “Edge”: The Invisible Trend of Religion on TV

With religion on fictional television growing, why is it so difficult for press and PR to acknowledge this shift within the industry?
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As Seen on Shark Tank: Tech Entrepreneurship’s Portable Aesthetics

March 3, 2015
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As Seen on <i>Shark Tank</i>: Tech Entrepreneurship’s Portable Aesthetics

In a recent episode of ABC's Shark Tank, debate over what constitutes a technology takes on industrial dimensions as the stylistics of Silicon Valley shape popular images of entrepreneurship across industrial sectors.
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WWE Network’s 1-Year Anniversary: A Conversation (Part 2)

February 27, 2015
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WWE Network’s 1-Year Anniversary: A Conversation (Part 2)

In part two of their conversation, Cory Barker and Drew Zolides discuss the future of the WWE Network and what other over-the-top (OTT) services can learn from it.
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WWE Network’s 1-Year Anniversary: A Conversation (Part 1)

February 24, 2015
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WWE Network’s 1-Year Anniversary: A Conversation (Part 1)

In part one of their conversation, Cory Barker and Drew Zolides discuss the Network's impact on WWE's storytelling and its financials.
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Keep it 100: The Nightly Show Flips the Script on “Fake” News

February 12, 2015
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Keep it 100: <i>The Nightly Show</i> Flips the Script on “Fake” News

As an obsessive fan of the genre that has become known—somewhat inaccurately—as “fake news,” I was incredibly curious to see where Larry Wilmore, the host of Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show, would take the genre. Wilmore faced the challenging task of replacing The Colbert Report, a show that had brilliantly satirized right-wing punditry. Colbert...
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“It’s Approximately 500 Times More Fun to Watch Downton Abbey in a Crowd”: Exploring the Downton Abbey Phenomenon

January 30, 2015
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“It’s Approximately 500 Times More Fun to Watch <i>Downton Abbey</i> in a Crowd”: Exploring the <i>Downton Abbey</i> Phenomenon

As season five of Downton Abbey airs in the U.S., Twin Cities Public Television’s rebranding efforts inspire an exploration of the expansive U.S. public television phenomenon.
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Will 2014 Be the Year of the TV Latina?

November 6, 2014
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Will 2014 Be the Year of the TV Latina?

On September 15 of this year, Rosie Perez took her seat as the first permanent Latina co-host of The View, ABC-TV’s long-running daytime chat show. The network confirmed its hiring of Perez (an Oscar-nominated actress also known for her work as an author, filmmaker and activist) only a week or so prior to the...
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Binging Isn’t Quite the Word

October 29, 2014
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Binging Isn’t Quite the Word

"Binging" and "marathoning" don't cut it -- we need a word in addition to binging to describe emerging viewing behaviors.
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Vivisecting The Knick

October 22, 2014
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Vivisecting <em>The Knick</em>

Steven Soderbergh and Cinemax's new series, The Knick, has become a critical darling, called the best in a new era of director-centered television. Kristen Warner, Lisa Coulthard, R. Colin Tait, and Andrew deWaard weigh in on its critical accolades.
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Debating the Return of Twin Peaks

October 11, 2014
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Debating the Return of <i>Twin Peaks</i>

Amanda Ann Klein makes her case for the prosecution as to why Showtime should leave Twin Peaks alone; Dana Och and Jason Mittell argue for the defense by sharing why they are excited to return to the woods.
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