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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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Populist or Prestige? Amazon’s Attempts to Brand Pilot Season

August 28, 2014
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Populist or Prestige? Amazon’s Attempts to Brand Pilot Season

Amazon Studios's Pilot Season attempts to frame itself as a “disruption” of both the traditional Hollywood development system and Netflix’s production of prestige television.
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Steven Soderbergh: Television’s Latest Showrunner/Auteur

August 12, 2014
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Steven Soderbergh: Television’s Latest Showrunner/Auteur

The fusion of cinema, television, and personality has critics resounding with near-universal praise for Cinemax's The Knick, resulting in a very heavy ride on the Steven Soderbergh bandwagon.
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AT&T’s Branded Entertainment, Present and Past

July 7, 2014
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AT&T’s Branded Entertainment, Present and Past

Despite differences in style and content in AT&T’s branded entertainment, @summerbreak and The Bell Telephone Hour share promotional goals of consumer education and aspirational culture.
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Gogglebox: A Crash Course on Personal Politics in the UK

June 2, 2014
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Gogglebox: A Crash Course on Personal Politics in the UK

For a foreigner in the UK, the most telling part of this observational documentary are British households’ responses to recent political events.
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I, Reboot (Part II)

May 20, 2014
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I, Reboot (Part II)

This second installment of "I, Reboot" dives into the origins of the reboot-as-narrative-analogy and distinguishes "reboot" from "ret-con."
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Only Marginally More Unreal: Reconsidering CNN’s Coverage of Malaysia Airlines 370

May 12, 2014
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Only Marginally More Unreal: Reconsidering CNN’s Coverage of Malaysia Airlines 370

With its reliance on speculation, dependence on simulation, and occasional swerves into absurdity, CNN's coverage of Malaysia Airlines 370 indexes the incomprehensibility of this disaster, marked by the failures of so many systems that seemed to promise safety, visibility, and order.
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“Mother Daughter Sister Wife”: Gender on Comedy Central

February 27, 2014
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“Mother Daughter Sister Wife”: Gender on Comedy Central

Comedy Central has long courted young men with disconcerting portrayals of women, but several of its programs this spring provide small indications of a different politics of representation.
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Olympic commercials: A quick lesson in corporate ownership

February 25, 2014
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Olympic commercials: A quick lesson in corporate ownership

it’s not enough to talk about individual companies trading in on the Olympics: many of the corporate sponsors are making money off of other companies making money off of the Olympics
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Sucks to Be Ru: America’s new Russian Other

February 21, 2014
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Sucks to Be Ru: America’s new Russian Other

The unending string of hilarious #SochiProblems and daily stories of government gluttony have positioned Russia as a sort of shadow version of the American Way of Life.
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My TV Valentine: Big Block Sing Song

February 14, 2014
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My TV Valentine: <i>Big Block Sing Song</i>

"Part Flight of the Conchords, part sincere, part ethnographic in their understanding of how kids’ heads work, and funny, relaxing, and ear-wormy, they are my favorite thing on television."
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Television that I Love: A Valentine to Unpredictable Melodrama

February 10, 2014
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Television that I Love: A Valentine to Unpredictable Melodrama

Sometimes love surprises us; I never thought I’d love Sons of Anarchy.
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“She Loves You”: The Beatles, Girl Culture, and The Ed Sullivan Show

February 7, 2014
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“She Loves You”: The Beatles, Girl Culture, and <em>The Ed Sullivan Show</em>

The Beatles appealed to girls through familiar and comforting girl-group discourse, but they also became the “bad boys” who worried parents. Such rebelliousness, however, was managed through androgyny, not conventional masculinity.
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Bollywood, Hollywood — Trollywood?

February 6, 2014
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Bollywood, Hollywood — Trollywood?

Somewhere in the British/American relationship, a distinct genre of television has originated, which I propose to call “Trollywood.”
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What’s a Two Year-Old Girl To Do (or Watch)?

February 5, 2014
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What’s a Two Year-Old Girl To Do (or Watch)?

On the heels of some binge-viewing, Jonathan Gray discusses Disney Junior’s three female-centered original series
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