Undead TV

Undead TV

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When the final episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer aired in 2003, fans mourned the death of the hit television series. Yet the show has lived on through syndication, global distribution, DVD release, and merchandising, as well as in the memories of its devoted viewers. Buffy stands out from much entertainment television by offering sharp, provocative commentaries on gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and youth. Yet it has also been central to changing trends in television production and reception. As a flagship show for two U.S. a€œnetletsa€a€”the WB and UPNa€”Buffy helped usher in the a€œpost-networka€ era, and as the inspiration for an active fan base, it helped drive the proliferation of Web-based fan engagement. In Undead TV, media studies scholars tackle the Buffy phenomenon and its many afterlives in popular culture, the television industry, the Internet, and academic criticism. Contributors engage with critical issues such as stardom, gender identity, spectatorship, fandom, and intertextuality. Collectively, they reveal how a vampire television series set in a sunny California suburb managed to provide some of the most biting social commentaries on the air while exposing the darker side of American life. By offering detailed engagements with Sarah Michelle Gellara€™s celebrity image, science-fiction fanzines, international and a€œyoutha€ audiences, Buffy tie-in books, and Angela€™s body, Undead TV shows how this prime-time drama became a prominent marker of industrial, social, and cultural change. Contributors. Ian Calcutt, Cynthia Fuchs, Amelie Hastie, Annette Hill, Mary Celeste Kearney, Elana Levine, Allison McCracken, Jason Middleton, Susan Murray, Lisa ParksQuoted in a€œEvent-Like Promos Build Loyal Young Core forwB, a€ Advertising Age, 1 February 1999, s1. 40. ... a€œFemme Leads Earn Piece of the Actiona€; and Jeff Jarvis , Buffy the Vampire Slayer Tv series review, TV Guide, 25 April 1997, 12. 44.

Title:Undead TV
Author:Elana Levine, Lisa Ann Parks
Publisher:Duke University Press - 2007-10-12


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