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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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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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