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The DVD Novel: How the Way We Watch Television Changed the Television We Watch

The DVD Novel: How the Way We Watch Television Changed the Television We Watch by Greg Metcalf
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In 1981, NBC's Hill Street Blues combined the cop show and the soap opera to set the model for primetime serial storytelling, which is evident in The Sopranos, The Wire, and Breaking Bad. In 1963, ABC's The Fugitive showed how an anthology series could tell a continuing tale, influencing The X-Files, House, and Fringe. In 1987, NBC's The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd changed the situation comedy into attitudinal comedy, leading to Weeds, Nurse Jackie, and Entourage. The DVD Novel: How the Way We Watch Television Changed the Television We Watch not only examines how American television shows changed, but also what television artists have been able to create.

The book provides an alternate history of American television that compares it to British television, and explains the influence of Dennis Potter's The Singing Detective on the development of long-form television and the evolution of drama shows and sitcoms. The work considers a wide range of network and cable television shows, paying special attention to the work of Steven Bochco, David Milch, and David Simon, and spotlighting the influence of graphic novels and literary novels in changing television.

ABC-CLIO; July 2012
234 pages; ISBN 9780313385827
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Title: The DVD Novel: How the Way We Watch Television Changed the Television We Watch
Author: Greg Metcalf
 
ISBNs
0313385823
9780313385810
9780313385827