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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 one 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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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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