Fifties Television

The possibility of new film syndication and feature package deals in television obviously threatened the two dominant television networks , CBS and NBC . Business Week in 1956 reported a network public relations campaign against feature ...

Author: William Boddy

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 025206299X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 308

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Just a few years in the mid-1950s separated the "golden age" of television's live anthology drama from Newton Minow's famous "vast wasteland" pronouncement. Fifties Television shows how the significant programming changes of the period cannot be attributed simply to shifting public tastes or the exhaustion of particular program genres, but underscore fundamental changes in the way prime-time entertainment programs were produced, sponsored, and scheduled. These changes helped shape television as we know it today. William Boddy provides a wide-ranging and rigorous analysis of the fledgling American television industry during the period of its greatest economic growth, programming changes, and critical controversy. He carefully traces the development of the medium from the experimental era of the 1920s and 1930s through the regulatory battles of the 1940s and the network programming wars of the 1950s.

The Fifties

Children born in the late 1940s were the first generation to grow up with television. The full impact of this phenomenon would not be seen for many years. On this page you will read about the beginnings of television.

Author: Mary Ellen Sterling

Publisher: Teacher Created Resources

ISBN: 9781576900277

Category: History

Page: 98

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The Other Fifties

The psychic , ideological , social , and cultural landscapes of America were profoundly altered by the new medium in the fifties , but we are probably no worse , and perhaps better off , for it . Television is not the devil to which we ...

Author: Joel Foreman

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252065743

Category: Social Science

Page: 356

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From the Edsel to Eisenhower, from Mau Mau to Doris Day, and from Ayn Rand to Elvis, contributors to The Other Fifties topple the decade's already weakened image as a time of unprecedented peace, prosperity, and conformity. Representing the fifties as a period of cultural transformation, contributors reveal the gradual "unmaking" of traditions and value systems that took place as American culture prepared itself for the more easily observed cultural turbulence of the 1960s. Well known contributors demonstrate how television, the novel, the Hollywood movie, the Broadway musical, and rock and roll assaulted midcentury American attitudes toward sexuality, race, gender, and class, so altering public sensibilities that what was novel or shocking in the fifties seems tame or even downright difficult to grasp today. They also rebut the widely held view that 1950s consumerism led to cultural homogeneity, replacing this view with a picture of robust popular markets that defied conservative controls and actively subverted conventional norms and values. Brushing away the haze of an era, The Other Fifties will help readers understand the decade not as placid or repressed, but as a time when emancipatory desires struggled to articulate themselves.

British TV and Film Culture in the 1950s

Boddy, William (1993), Fifties Television: The Industry and its Critics (Urbana and Chicago, University of Illinois Press). Briggs, Asa (1965), The Golden Age of Wireless: The History of Broadcasting in the United Kingdom: Volume II ...

Author: Su Holmes

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 9781841509211

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 273

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This book focuses on the emerging historical relations between British television and film culture in the 1950s. Drawing upon archival research, it does this by exploring the development of the early cinema programme on television - principally Current Release (BBC, 1952-3), Picture Parade (BBC, 1956) and Film Fanfare (ABC, 1956-7) - and argues that it was these texts which played the central role in the developing relations between the media. Particularly when it comes to Britain, the early co-existence of television and cinema has been seen as hostile and antagonistic, but in situating these programmes within the contexts of their institutional production, aesthetic construction and reception, the book aims to ‘reconstruct’ television’s coverage of the cinema as crucial to the fabric of British film and television culture at the time. It demonstrates how the roles of cinema and television - as media industries and cultural forms, but crucially as sites of screen entertainment - effectively came together at this time in such a way that is unique to this decade.

Revisiting and Revising the Fifties in Contemporary US Popular Culture

of all the fifties stands for' (Newcomb 105): television. Already exerting its power in the 1950s, television played a major role in laying the groundwork for the nostalgic reevaluation of the fifties in the 1970s and 1980s.

Author: Eleonora Ravizza

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783662618745

Category: Social Science

Page: 229

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In this book, Eleonora Ravizza analyzes how contemporary American popular culture has represented and reproduced the fifties. By investigating the cultural work of films and TV series from the last two decades, the book uncovers the inherent limitations of a ‘revisionist’ take on the fifties. Ravizza argues that, due to the visual nature of the fifties—crystallized in American consciousness through the widespread influence of television—most contemporary attempts to rework and rewrite the regressive gender, queer, and racial politics fall short of such a revisionist reevaluation. ​

Pop Goes the Decade The Fifties

Chart 2.1 TV History “Quick Facts” (continued) 1959 • TV sets in 42 million homes. • September: Bonanza, first Western broadcast in color. • October: The Twilight Zone premieres on CBS. • RCA sells 90,000 color model CT-9 TV sets.

Author: Ralph G. Giordano

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440844720

Category: Social Science

Page: 360

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Covering significant historical and cultural moments, public figures and celebrities, art and entertainment, and technology that influenced life during the decade, this book documents the 1950s through the lens of popular culture. • Presents a balanced perspective on the decade that debunks the popular myth that the 1950s was uniformly a happy, carefree time of wholesome fun and "the good old days" • Documents the suburban transformation that drastically changed American society • Provides data that shows television viewing statistics and viewer ratings that helps readers see the influence of television media in the 1950s • Includes a section that explores how the changes within the 1950s have a legacy that continue to affect our current cultural climate

America in the Fifties

both the technology and the marketing vision were in place earlier , the emergence of television is rightly considered a phenomenon of the fifties . The impact of television was immediate . Even in 1950 , when the federal government ...

Author: Andrew J. Dunar

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 0815631286

Category: History

Page: 372

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Blessed by a booming economy, the United States experienced the benefits of technology in the 1950s, with television and the automobile transforming the way people lived, and the space race offering new challenges. At the same time, the nation faced domestic divisions and international crises that would have far-reaching historical and political consequences. The 1950s evoke images of prosperity, suburbia, a smiling President Eisenhower, cars with elaborate tail fins, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and the "golden age" of television-seemingly a simpler time in which the idealized family life of situation comedies had at least some basis in reality. A closer examination, however, recalls more threatening images: the hysteria of McCarthyism, the shadow of the atomic bomb, war in Korea, the Soviet threat manifested in the launch of Sputnik and the bombast of Nikita Khrushchev, and a clash over the integration of public buses in Montgomery, Alabama, and a high school in Little Rock, Arkansas. Andrew J. Dunar successfully shows how the issues confronting America in the late twentieth century have roots in the fifties, some apparent at the time, others only in retrospect: civil rights, environmentalism, the counterculture, and "movements" on behalf of women, Latinos, and Native Americans. The rise of the "beats," the continuing development of jazz, the emergence of rock ‘n’ roll, and the art of Jackson Pollock reveal the decade to be less conformist than commonly portrayed. While the cold war rivalry with the Soviet Union generated the most concern, Dunar skillfully illustrates how the rise of Nasser in Egypt, Castro in Cuba, and Communist regimes in North Korea, Vietnam, and China signaled new regional challenges to American power. This book will be ideal for instructors of American history survey courses at the high school and undergraduate levels.

Encyclopedia of Television

... Waltons; Wonder Years Further Reading Boddy, William, Fifties Television: The Industry and Its Critics, Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1990 Friedan, Betty, "Television and the Feminine Mystique," TV Guide (February 1 and 8, ...

Author: Horace Newcomb

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135194796

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 2800

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The Encyclopedia of Television, second edtion is the first major reference work to provide description, history, analysis, and information on more than 1100 subjects related to television in its international context. For a full list of entries, contributors, and more, visit the Encyclo pedia of Television, 2nd edition website.

Bright Signals

78 They had proposed a system of 441 lines; 24x3 aspect ratio; and interlaced scanning at 20 frames per second. 79 Fink, “Perspectives on Television,” 1326. 80 William Boddy, Fifties Television: The Industry and Its Critics (Urbana: ...

Author: Susan Murray

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822371700

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

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First demonstrated in 1928, color television remained little more than a novelty for decades as the industry struggled with the considerable technical, regulatory, commercial, and cultural complications posed by the medium. Only fully adopted by all three networks in the 1960s, color television was imagined as a new way of seeing that was distinct from both monochrome television and other forms of color media. It also inspired compelling popular, scientific, and industry conversations about the use and meaning of color and its effects on emotions, vision, and desire. In Bright Signals Susan Murray traces these wide-ranging debates within and beyond the television industry, positioning the story of color television, which was replete with false starts, failure, and ingenuity, as central to the broader history of twentieth-century visual culture. In so doing, she shows how color television disrupted and reframed the very idea of television while it simultaneously revealed the tensions about technology's relationship to consumerism, human sight, and the natural world.

Entertaining television

ITV Cultures: Independent Television Over Fifty Years, Buckingham: Open University Press, pp. 57– 70. Bird, S. Elizabeth (2003) The Audience in Everyday Life: ... Boddy, William (1990) Fifties Television: The Industry and its Critics ...

Author: Su Holmes

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9781526101600

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

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Entertaining television challenges the idea that the BBC in the 1950s was elitist and ‘staid’, upholding Reithian values in a paternalistic, even patronising way. By focusing on a number of (often controversial) programme case studies – such as the soap opera, the quiz/ game show, the ‘problem’ show and programmes dealing with celebrity culture - Su Holmes demonstrates how BBC television surprisingly explored popular interests and desires. She also uncovers a number of remarkable connections with programmes and topics at the forefront of television today, ranging from talk shows, 'Reality TV', even to our contemporary obsession with celebrity. The book is iconclastic, percipient and grounded in archival research, and will be of use to anyone studying television history.