Antenna’s reviewers give A-F grades to ABC
The most consequential TV newsfilm of the 20th century records the beating of voting rights marchers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on March 7, 1965. It led directly to the passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act. With the 50th anniversary commemorations of “Bloody Sunday,” network and cable news channels have replayed that footage over and over. What’s its history? Why was it so powerful that it managed to galvanize a nation?
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.
The hub for Antenna fall pilot season reviews.
On the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, this post considers how fictional depictions of Kennedy represent history and engage cultural memory.
An examination of the JFK assassination news coverage suggests that the networks did a woeful job in the early hours, but that a local third-rated ABC affiliate provided remarkable journalism that not only helped ABC scoop NBC and CBS, but also foreshadowed the future of TV news.
Antenna contributors review the new fall series from the alphabet network.
Prospect Park’s soap opera strategy tests traditional conceptions of televisual value within an evolving space of digital distribution.
Ten media news items that you might have missed recently.
As we bid farewell to Don’t Trust the B, we also bid farewell to a part of gay black visibility on network television. Luther was a character written in a mold that has (problematically) been deemed passé and disrespectful to the middle class, married/coupled, suburban model of gay televisibility. And for that, we should be saddened.
Despite hard times and dire predictions for U.S. daytime soap operas in recent years, the present moment has in fact turned out to be one of the more exciting and promising in the genre’s history.
Antenna contributors consider the 2012 Fall Premieres from ABC.
While winners and losers may speak most directly to television’s hierarchies, the Emmy telecast itself offers a space in which broadcast networks can reshape prevailing discourses of quality within the television industry.