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Broadcasting

  • 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...

  • Television Historiesby Gary R. Edgerton; Peter C. Rollins

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    From Ken Burns's documentaries to historical dramas such as Roots, from A&E's Biography series to CNN, television has become the primary source for historical information for tens of millions of Americans today. Why has television become such a respected authority? What falsehoods enter our collective memory as truths? How is one to know what is real... 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The Oprah Phenomenonby Jennifer Harris; Elwood Watson

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    Her image is iconic: Oprah Winfrey has built an empire on her ability to connect with and inspire her audience. No longer just a name, "Oprah" has become a brand representing the talk show host's unique style of self-actualizing individualism. The cultural and economic power wielded by Winfrey merits critical evaluation. The contributors to The... more...

  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The 7 Secrets of Awakening the Highly Effective Four-Hour Giant, Todayby The Gang

    Titan Books 2015; US$ 9.32

    “The Gang? from It?s Always Sunny in Philadelphia attempts their most ill-conceived, get-rich quick scheme yet: publishing a “self-help book? to hilarious, sometimes dangerous, and often revolting, results. The Gang may have finally found their golden ticket. Left alone to close down Paddy?s Pub one night, Charlie Kelly inadvertently scored himself,... more...

  • Totally Charmedby Jennifer Crusie; Leah Wilson

    BenBella Books, Inc. 2015; US$ 14.95

    From Cole's downfall and Phoebe's somewhat questionable fashion sense to the power of three in history and literature and a magical tourist's guide to the Halliwells's hometown of San Francisco, this clever, lighthearted essay collection offers a fun and funny look at the world of the WB hit series  Charmed . Edited by New York Times bestselling author... more...

  • My Ox Is Broken!by Adam-Troy Castro; Billy Gaghan; Carissa Gaghan

    BenBella Books, Inc. 2015; US$ 24.95

    The Amazing Race is a reality show like no other and it has the best set around. Bestselling novelist, Adam-Troy Castro, explores The Amazing Race in My Ox is Broken! one of the first books ever published about one of the best reality television programs around. From Thailand to Greenland, this show has consistently gone where no other show... more...