Cable Guys

Cable Guys

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From the meth-dealing but devoted family man Walter White of AMCOCOs Breaking Bad, to the part-time basketball coach, part-time gigolo Ray Drecker of HBOOCOs Hung, depictions of male characters perplexed by societal expectations of men and anxious about changing American masculinity have become standard across the television landscape. Engaging with a wide variety of shows, includinga The League, a Dexter, anda Nip/Tuck, among many others, Amanda D. Lotz identifies the gradual incorporation of second-wave feminism into prevailing gender norms as the catalyst for the contested masculinities on display in contemporary cable dramas. Examining the emergence of male-centered serials such asa The Shield, a Rescue Me, anda Sons of Anarchy aand the challenges these characters face in negotiating modern masculinities, Lotz analyzes how these shows combine feminist approaches to fatherhood and marriage with more traditional constructions of masculine identity that emphasize menOCOs role as providers. She explores the dynamics of close male friendships both in groups, as ina Entourage aanda Men of a Certain Age, wherein characters test the boundaries between the homosocial and homosexual in their relationships with each other, and in the dyadic intimacy depicted ina Boston Legal aanda Scrubs .a Cable Guys aprovides a much needed look into the under-considered subject of how constructions of masculinity continue to evolve on television.qSeason two finds the Ava Show canceled and Regan learning how to be a stay- at-home mom. 5. ... 1 (1998): 74a€“93, 75. 6. The show lost its showrunner just as it began shooting because of a personal tragedy, which unquestionably impacted its first season. ... Amanda Marcotte, a€œHow to Make a Critically Acclaimed TV Show about Masculinity, a€ 6 Sept. ... Donald N. S. Unger, Men Can: The Changing Image and Reality ofFatherhood in America (Philadelphia; Temple University Press, anbsp;...

Title:Cable Guys
Author:Amanda D. Lotz
Publisher:NYU Press - 2014-01-01


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