Time in Television Narrative

This collection analyzes twenty-first-century American television programs that rely upon temporal and narrative experimentation. These shows play with time, slowing it down to unfold the narrative through time retardation and compression.

Author: Melissa Ames

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781617032936

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 324

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This collection analyzes twenty-first-century American television programs that rely upon temporal and narrative experimentation. These shows play with time, slowing it down to unfold the narrative through time retardation and compression. They disrupt the chronological flow of time itself, using flashbacks and insisting that viewers be able to situate themselves in both the present and the past narrative threads. Although temporal play has existed on the small screen prior to the new millennium, never before has narrative time been so freely adapted in mainstream television. The essayists offer explanations for not only the frequency of time play in contemporary programming, but the implications of its sometimes disorienting presence. Drawing upon the fields of cultural studies, television scholarship, and literary studies, as well as overarching theories concerning postmodernity and narratology, Time in Television Narrative offers some critical suggestions. The increasing number of of television programs concerned with time may stem from any and all of the following: recent scientific approaches to quantum physics and temporality; new conceptions of history and posthistory; or trends in late-capitalistic production and consumption, in the new culture of instantaneity, or in the recent trauma culture amplified after the September 11 attacks. In short, these televisual time experiments may very well be an aesthetic response to the climate from which they derive. These essays analyze both ends of this continuum and also attend to another crucial variable: the television viewer watching this new temporal play.

Signs of Time

US prime time television drama of the earlier broadcast era featured self-contained storylines and (mostly) amnesiac protagonists.

Author: Ursula Ganz-Blättler

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 9783643802736

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 333

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US prime time television drama of the earlier broadcast era featured self-contained storylines and (mostly) amnesiac protagonists. This changed with the arrival of what television scholar Horace Newcomb termed cumulative narrative: Prime-time series of a new era adopted narrative features more typical for daytime soap opera, and leading characters began to remember where they came from. This study explores the organisational patterns and generic implications leading to the rise of cumulative storytelling. It also points to further venues of analysis for backstory narratives and diegetic memory in general.

Time on TV

Time on TV provides a range of exciting, accessible, yet intellectually rigorous essays that consider the many and varied ways in which telefantasy shows have explored this subject, providing the reader with a greater understanding of the ...

Author: Lorna Jowett

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781838609726

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

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From early examples such as Star Trek and Sapphire and Steel to more contemporary shows including Life on Mars and The Vampire Diaries, time has frequently been used as a device to allow programme makers to experiment stylistically and challenge established ways of thinking. Time on TV provides a range of exciting, accessible, yet intellectually rigorous essays that consider the many and varied ways in which telefantasy shows have explored this subject, providing the reader with a greater understanding of the importance of time to the success of genre on the small screen.

Time Technology and Narrative Form in Contemporary US Television Drama

As such, the narrative modes that I have proposed in this book should be seen as
critical starting points rather than definitive categories into which all programmes
must fit. Like the television programmes that they have been used to examine, ...

Author: JP Kelly

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319631189

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 279

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This book examines how television has been transformed over the past twenty years by the introduction of new viewing technologies including DVDs, DVRs and streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. It shows that these platforms have profoundly altered the ways we access and watch television, enabling viewers to pause, rewind, record and archive the once irreversible flow of broadcast TV. JP Kelly argues that changes in the technological landscape of television has encouraged the production of narrative forms that both explore and embody new industrial temporalities. Focusing on US television but also considering the role of TV within a global marketplace, the author identifies three distinct narrative temporalities: “acceleration” (24; Prison Break), “complexity” (Lost; FlashForward), and “retrospection” (Mad Men). Through industrial-textual analysis of television shows, this cross-disciplinary study locates these narrative temporalities in their socio-cultural contexts and examines connections between production, distribution, and narrative form in the contemporary television industry.

Children Reading Print and Television Narrative

Television. and. Reading. I have been an avid reader of stories in books and
comics for almost as long as I can remember. Although I derive great pleasure
from finding new authors and encountering their stories for the first time, I also
have a ...

Author: Dr Muriel Robinson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135403133

Category: Education

Page: 208

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Contrary to the popular assumption that television viewing is a very different process from book reading and inhibits reading in a variety of ways, the author argues that in fact the two activities can be mutually supportive and involve many of the same strategies. It may have implications for teachers as the book offers a research-based view and calls for a new emphasis in school practice which will include television as text and which supports children's developing abilities to make meaning from a range of texts. The author highlights the need for teachers to consider television in the same way as print media.

Time on TV

Time on TV examines the massive aesthetic and structural changes happening across today's television programs.

Author: Paul Booth

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 1433115697

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 255

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<I>Time on TV examines the massive aesthetic and structural changes happening across today's television programs. Time travel, flash forwards, fake memories: Paul Booth's analysis reveals the theory and practices that are changing television and online media as we know them. His engaging examination of the mashup of television and social media uncovers a temporal complexity at the heart of our own lives. The characteristically enigmatic television narrative becomes emblematic of a very human interaction with social and digital media. A perfect book for twenty-first century television studies, media studies, or anyone who wants to know why there's so much time travel on television, <I>Time on TV answers questions you didn't even know you had about today's television, digital technology, and our daily lives.

Narrative in Film and TV

In films , this resolution has to be achieved within a set time limit depending on
the length of a film and a whole story will be narrated within this allocated time .
The structures of television narratives differ because of the varying way that time
 ...

Author: Eleanor Rehahn

Publisher: Auteur Pub

ISBN: PSU:000065622162

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 126

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In Narrative in Film and TV: A Teacher's Guide, Eleanor Rehahn explores the variations in narrative structure between different fictional texts. She compares films from different eras (in-depth case studies of Casablanca and When Harry Met Sally), different genres (Star Wars, Sleepy Hollow) and different institutions (Pulp Fiction and Run Lola Run) and examines the many ways in which TV presents fiction to its audience (from ER to The Office), addressing all the major narrative theories along the way.

Binge and Bingeability

THE CONNECTION BETWEEN TV VENUE AND CONTENT Over time, television
stories have evolved alongside the ... that changes in advertising structure and
release schedules have pushed television narratives, and dramas in particular, ...

Author: Arienne Ferchaud

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781793603296

Category: Social Science

Page: 104

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Binge and Bingeability: The Antecedents and Consequences of Binge Watching Behavior examines how the television industry has transformed over time to create the circumstances in which binge watching as a mass behavior can emerge, and what role audiences have played in the rising prevalence of this behavior. Arienne Ferchaud, recognizing that this behavior did not spring, fully formed, from streaming services, ties cultural approaches to binge watching with media psychology-oriented theories, including the concept of “bingeability”—the likelihood that a specific sow will be binge watched—alongside the psychological impacts binge watching may have on viewers over time. Scholars of media studies, television studies, sociology, cultural studies, and psychology will find this book particularly useful.

Small Screen Big Feels

In the final section of the book, Ames provides three audience studies that showcase how viewers consume and circulate emotions in the post-network era: analyses of live tweets from Shonda Rhimes's drama, How to Get Away with Murder (2010- ...

Author: Melissa Ames

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813180083

Category: Social Science

Page: 300

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While television has always played a role in recording and curating history, shaping cultural memory, and influencing public sentiment, the changing nature of the medium in the post-network era finds viewers experiencing and participating in this process in new ways. They skim through commercials, live tweet press conferences and award shows, and tune into reality shows to escape reality. This new era, defined by the heightened anxiety and fear ushered in by 9/11, has been documented by our media consumption, production, and reaction. In Small Screen, Big Feels, Melissa Ames asserts that TV has been instrumental in cultivating a shared memory of emotionally charged events unfolding in the United States since September 11, 2001. She analyzes specific shows and genres to illustrate the ways in which cultural fears are embedded into our entertainment in series such as The Walking Dead and Lost or critiqued through programs like The Daily Show. In the final section of the book, Ames provides three audience studies that showcase how viewers consume and circulate emotions in the post-network era: analyses of live tweets from Shonda Rhimes's drama, How to Get Away with Murder (2010--2020), ABC's reality franchises, The Bachelor (2002--present) and The Bachelorette (2003--present), and political coverage of the 2016 Presidential Debates. Though film has been closely studied through the lens of affect theory, little research has been done to apply the same methods to television. Engaging an impressively wide range of texts, genres, media, and formats, Ames offers a trenchant analysis of how televisual programming in the United States responded to and reinforced a cultural climate grounded in fear and anxiety.

Complex TV

Through close analyses of key programs, including The Wire, Lost, Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, Veronica Mars, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Mad Men the book traces the emergence of this narrative mode, focusing on issues such as viewer ...

Author: Jason Mittell

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814771358

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 391

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Over the past two decades, new technologies, changing viewer practices, and the proliferation of genres and channels has transformed American television. One of the most notable impacts of these shifts is the emergence of highly complex and elaborate forms of serial narrative, resulting in a robust period of formal experimentation and risky programming rarely seen in a medium that is typically viewed as formulaic and convention bound. Complex TV offers a sustained analysis of the poetics of television narrative, focusing on how storytelling has changed in recent years and how viewers make sense of these innovations. Through close analyses of key programs, including The Wire, Lost, Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, Veronica Mars, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Mad Men the book traces the emergence of this narrative mode, focusing on issues such as viewer comprehension, transmedia storytelling, serial authorship, character change, and cultural evaluation. Developing a television-specific set of narrative theories, Complex TV argues that television is the most vital and important storytelling medium of our time.

Television

The show ' s lack of concern for the detective formula enables it to break out of
television ' s eternal present tense . In the late seventies , with the advent of prime
- time continuing dramas such as Dallas and Dynasty , television narrative began
 ...

Author: Horace Newcomb

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: UCSC:32106007724385

Category: Television broadcasting

Page: 647

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The fourth edition of this acclaimed work features essays on such current topics as Mr. T, Dallas, music videos, soap operas, and the ideology and politics of television. The contributors span a wide range of disciplines and employ a variety of approaches--including semiotics, cultural studies, and institutional analyses, along with more traditional views of plots and themes--to provide readers with a broad, balanced perspective on popular television.

Prime Time Law

The volume features a foreword by the legal advisor to the shows L.A. Law and Paper Chase. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Author: Robert M. Jarvis

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015045696161

Category: Law

Page: 323

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Presents an in-depth survey of how lawyers are portrayed in television dramas and comedies. Spanning five decades, 18 contributions refer to about 350 shows (both the famous and the obscure) as well as to more general topics such as science fiction, situation comedies, soap operas, westerns, and lawyers who are female and/or young. The volume features a foreword by the legal advisor to the shows L.A. Law and Paper Chase. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Narrative and Social Control

Magnum, P.I., for example, was the first prime-time television narrative about “
well-adjusted” veterans whose friendships were forged in part through the shared
subtext of Vietnam. Recuperated through familiar forms and formulas, the ...

Author: Dennis K. Mumby

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780803949324

Category: Education

Page: 244

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What is the relationship between narrative, society and the forms of control that function in society? This critical analysis examines the role of narrative in the creation of various social realities. The central theme is that narrative is a pervasive form of human communication integral to the production and shaping of social order. Each chapter provides both a theoretical framework and an examination of narratives in a range of communication contexts - interpersonal, small group, organizational and mass media - illustrating the far-reaching impact of narrative on our lives and social organizations.

Tuning in

American Narrative Television Music Ronald Wayne Rodman ... Television
dramas , especially those that aired in onehour time slots , took on story lines that
resembled feature films with a narrative arc that , along with character
development ...

Author: Ronald Wayne Rodman

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: UOM:39076002883804

Category: Music

Page: 356

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This work looks at and listens to the first 50 years of American narrative television music as a unique art form. Drawing on music in a wide variety of television genres, author Ronald Rodman develops a new theory of television music to explain how it conveys meaning to American viewing audiences.

Television

Each serial narrative segment ends with a small climax , which raises new
enigmas rather than leading to resolutions . We enter , or “ flow ” into , a
commercial break on the heels of a question mark . Will Betsy arrive home in time
to see Craig ...

Author: Jeremy G. Butler

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: 0534166865

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 369

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"Television "explains how television programs and commercials are made, and how they function as producers of meaning. Author Jeremy Butler demonstrates the ways in which cinematography and videography, acting, lighting, set design, editing, and sou

Time Travel in Popular Media

No rules govern time travel in these stories. Some characters move by machine, some by magic, others by unexplained means. Sometime travelers can alter the timeline, while others are prevented from causing temporal aberrations.

Author: Matthew Jones

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476620084

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

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In recent years numerous films, television series, comic books, graphic novels and video games have featured time travel narratives, with characters jumping backward, forward and laterally through time. No rules govern time travel in these stories. Some characters move by machine, some by magic, others by unexplained means. Sometime travelers can alter the timeline, while others are prevented from causing temporal aberrations. The fluid forms of imagined time travel have fascinated audiences and prompted debate since at least the 19th century. What is behind our fascination with time travel? What does it mean to be out of one’s own era? How do different media tell these stories and what does this reveal about the media’s relationship to time? This collection of new essays—the first to address time travel across a range of media—answers these questions by locating time travel narratives within their cultural, historical and philosophical contexts. Texts discussed include Doctor Who, The Terminator, The Georgian House, Save the Date, Back to the Future, Inception, Source Code and others.

Studies of Broadcasting

ety / Show , and Television Narrative . Hobby / Personal Interest remains fairly
well represented in TV 2 also during prime time , sharing space , however , with
genres such as Television Narrative , Cinematic Narrative , Games and Variety ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UIUC:30112002353727

Category: Radio broadcasting

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Critical Approaches to Television

It appears as if resolution and closure are not important in many of today ' s
television programs . ... This is the luxury of television narrative , which allows for
the growth and maturation of television characters — slowly , and over time .
Hence ...

Author: Leah R. Vande Berg

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin College Division

ISBN: IND:30000060683277

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 439

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Open Letter

As we will see , the videotapes by Morin , in the media context of television and
its prescriptive narratives , will illustrate a ... a dialectic which positions television
in relation to its viewer , the time of television narrative in relation to everyday
time ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:B4581176

Category: Literature

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The Sins and Virtues of Prime time Television

However , these findings reflect a far more complex relationship between
television , narrative and viewers . Table 4.10 Means for Sins and Virtues by Sex
Men Women n = 51 n = 36 Hope * 3.68 4.10 Faith * 3.56 3.97 Justice 3.47 3.79 ...

Author: Kendra Lee Gale

Publisher:

ISBN: MINN:31951P00754649Y

Category: Television programs

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This paper is a content analysis of the moral character of fictional characters on popular prime-time, American television programs.