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First Impressions: Fear the Walking Dead

August 28, 2015
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First Impressions: <em>Fear the Walking Dead</em>

Amanda Keeler offers some initial thoughts on the pilot of Fear the Walking Dead and its use of storytelling, genre, setting, and character, pointing out that interpretation will depend largely on which elements of the original Walking Dead series resonate with individual viewers.
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Love for the Fannish Archive: Fuller’s Hannibal as Fanfiction

August 25, 2015
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Love for the Fannish Archive: Fuller’s <i>Hannibal</i> as Fanfiction

In positioning the series as fan fiction, Hannibal show runner Bryan Fuller and his team claim the identity and ethos of the feminine-gendered fan, a position that allows them to intertextually and ardently acknowledge both the practices and the affect of its primarily female fandom.
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Branding Hannibal: When Quality TV Viewers and Social Media Fans Converge

Branding <i>Hannibal</i>: When Quality TV Viewers and Social Media Fans Converge

In the first installment of a three-part series on NBC's Hannibal, Allison McCracken and Brian Faucette discuss the show's and network's branding efforts in relation to their appeals to "feminized" audiences.
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AnTENNA, UnREAL: Channel Branding and Racial Politics

August 21, 2015
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AnTENNA, <i>UnREAL</i>: Channel Branding and Racial Politics

The final part of a week-long forum for media scholars to share their thoughts about Lifetime's UnREAL explores the series in relation to cable branding and racial politics.
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AnTENNA, UnREAL: Romance and Pedagogy

August 19, 2015
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AnTENNA, <i>UnREAL</i>: Romance and Pedagogy

The second part of a week-long forum for media scholars to share their thoughts about Lifetime's UnREAL explores the series in relation to romance and pedagogy.
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AnTENNA, UnREAL: Anti-Heroes, Genre and Legitimation

August 17, 2015
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AnTENNA, <i>UnREAL</i>: Anti-Heroes, Genre and Legitimation

The first part of a week-long forum for media scholars to share their thoughts about Lifetime's UnREAL explores the series in relation to contemporary anti-hero dramas.
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TV and the Propaganda Crisis

August 10, 2015
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TV and the Propaganda Crisis

Deborah Jaramillo engages with Emma Louise Briant's new book, Propaganda and Counter-terrorism: Strategies for Global Change, to explore how the prickly world of government propagandists lends critical context to television representations of espionage and the War on Terror.
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Report from GeekyCon, Orlando, July 30-August 2: The Challenges of Rebranding a Feminist Con

Report from GeekyCon, Orlando, July 30-August 2: The Challenges of Rebranding a Feminist Con

The newly rebranded GeekyCon fan convention struggles to reconcile commerce and community, negotiate the inclusion of more white (cis) men in a heretofore female/queer environment, and create a "positive" fan environment that still leaves room for dissent.
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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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