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  • Craneby Robert Crane; Christopher Fryer

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 29.95

    On June 29, 1978, Bob Crane, known to Hogan's Heroes fans as Colonel Hogan, was discovered brutally murdered in his Scottsdale, Arizona, apartment. His eldest son, Robert Crane, was called to the crime scene. In this poignant memoir, Robert Crane discusses that terrible day and how he has lived with the unsolved murder of his father. But this storyline... more...

  • Pinkoes and Traitorsby Jean Seaton

    Profile Books 2015; US$ 33.33

    During the Margaret Thatcher years, Britain experienced mass unemployment, trade union strikes, bloody war in Northern Ireland and the Falklands, and an existential threat to its public service broadcaster, the BBC. Pounded by a coherent free market argument, the BBC had to justify its right to the Licence Fee and its independent place in the 'unwritten'... more...

  • Reality TVby June Deery

    Wiley 2015; US$ 22.95

    Reality TV has changed television and changed reality, even if we are not among the millions who watch. Written for a broad audience, this accessible overview addresses questions such as:  How real is reality TV? How do its programs represent gender, sex, class, and race? How does reality TV relate to politics, to consumer society, to surveillance? ... more...

  • The Methods of Breaking Badby Jacob Blevins; Dafydd Wood

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2015; US$ 35.00

    Vince Gilligan's Breaking Bad has emerged as the embodiment of the recent renaissance in television-making. The visionary scope and complexity of the series demand rigorous critical analysis. This collection of new essays focuses on a variety of themes in Breaking Bad. Walter White is discussed as father, psychopath and scientist and as an example... more...

  • The Comic Galaxy of Mystery Science Theater 3000by Chris Morgan

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2015; US$ 29.95

    One of the most original shows in the history of television, Mystery Science Theater 3000 is a beloved cult hit built on the back of another cult phenomenon: the bad movie. The show's premise involved a man and some robots watching cheesy movies and cracking jokes. Over its 197 episodes, MST3K developed a passionate fan base that took it from a... more...

  • Firefly Revisitedby Michael Goodrum; Philip Smith

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2015; US$ 74.99

    A short lived series created by Joss Whedon, Firefly nonetheless developed such a loyal following that Whedon was compelled to write and direct a big screen sequel in 2005. The show continues to generate a life of its own in books and comic books. This collection of twelve essays focuses on a number of themes including colonialism, race, gender,... more...

  • Internet Drama and Mystery Television Series, 1996-2014by Vincent Terrace

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2015; US$ 39.95

    Created around the world and available only on the Web, internet "television" series are independently produced, mostly low budget shows that often feature talented but unknown performers. Typically financed through online crowd-funding, they are produced with borrowed equipment and volunteer casts and crews, and viewers find them through... more...

  • Consuming Pleasuresby Jennifer Hayward

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    "To be continued... " Whether these words fall at a season-ending episode of Star Trek or a TV commercial flirtation between coffee-loving neighbors, true fans find them impossible to resist. Ever since the 1830s, when Charles Dickens's Pickwick Papers enticed a mass market for fiction, the serial has been a popular means of snaring avid audiences.... more...

  • The Essential Cult TV Readerby David Lavery

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 50.00

    The Essential Cult TV Reader is a collection of insightful essays that examine television shows that amass engaged, active fan bases by employing an imaginative approach to programming. Once defined by limited viewership, cult TV has developed its own identity, with some shows gaining large, mainstream audiences. By exploring the defining characteristics... more...

  • Lum and Abnerby Randal L. Hall

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 40.00

    In the 1930s radio stations filled the airwaves with programs about rural Americans struggling through the Great Depression. One of the most popular of these shows was Lum and Abner, the brainchild of two young businessmen from Arkansas. Chester "Chet" Lauck and Norris "Tuffy" Goff based Pine Ridge, the community they created on the air, on the hamlet... more...