Prime-time Television

Prime-time Television

A Concise History

Book - 2006
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A chronological account of the development of prime-time television from its beginnings as a medium of entertainment to the present day.
Television is a unique medium in that both its dramas and its comedies have the ability to tell their stories over real time, with characters developing over years rather than just the two hours allowed in a movie or the few hundred pages of a book. Despite this, very few authors have attempted to look at television from this vantage point. Prime-Time Television provides an essential resource for anyone interested in the history of television. The focus here is on programming: the shows, the producers, the genres, the trends, and the influences. Everyone interested in the questions of why the programs look the way they do, why they're scheduled as they are, why some shows air while others are cancelled, and what has shaped and influenced the shows we see, will want this book.

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Organized chronologically, this text examines trends in the prime-time programming of the broadcast networks from its roots in 1920s radio to present day offerings. Writing as both academics and fans, Moore (U. of Tennessee) and co-authors discuss all of the major technical, aesthetic, and cultural developments in the medium. Sidebars cover such topics as the quiz show scandals and the introduction of the three-camera filmed sitcom. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2006
ISBN: 9780275981426
Branch Call Number: 384.55 MOO
Characteristics: x, 305 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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