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Title Transatlantic television drama : industries, programs & fans / edited by Matt Hills, Michele Hilmes, and Roberta Pearson.
Imprint New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019]

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Subject Television programs -- United States -- History and criticism.
Television programs -- Great Britain -- History and criticism.
Television broadcasting -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
Television broadcasting -- Great Britain -- History -- 21st century.
Alt Name Hills, Matt, 1971-
Hilmes, Michele, 1953-
Pearson, Roberta E.,
Description 1 online resource (xi, 316 pages) : illustrations
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Summary "This collection explores the current wave of US/UK television dramas, focusing on industry strategies, performance styles, issues of 'quality, ' and audience receptions. It covers key programs including Black Mirror, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones and Sherlock. Issues of national identity, streaming services, and transnational fan cultures are all explored"-- Provided by publisher.
In 2014, the UK science-fiction television series Black Mirror was released on Netflix worldwide, quickly becoming a hit with US audiences. Like other beloved British imports, this series piqued Americans' interest with hints of dark comedy, clever plotlines, and six-episode seasons that left audiences frantic for more. In Transatlantic Television Drama, volume editors Michele Hilmes, Matt Hills, and Roberta Pearson team up with leading scholars in TV studies and transnational television to look at how serial dramas like Black Mirror captivate US audiences, and what this reveals about the ways Americans and Brits relate to each other on and off the screen. Focusing on production strategies, performance styles, and audience reception, chapters delve into some of the most widely-discussed programs on the transatlantic circuit, from ongoing series like Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Orphan Black, and Sherlock, to those with long histories of transnational circulation like Masterpiece and Doctor Who, to others whose transnational success speaks to the process of exchange, adaptation, and cooperation such as Rome, Parade's End, Broadchurch, and Gracepoint. The book's first section investigates the platforms that support British/American exchange, from distribution partnerships and satellite providers to streaming services. The second section concentrates on the shift in meaning across cultural contexts, such as invocations of heritage, genre shifts in adaptation, performance styles, and, in the case of Episodes, actual dramatized depiction of the process of transatlantic television production. In section three, attention turns to contexts of audience reception, ranging from fan conventions and fiction to television criticism, the effects of national branding on audiences, and the role of social media in de- or re-contextualizing fans' response to transnational programs.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: flying the flag for contemporary transatlantic television drama / Matt Hills, Michele Hilmes and Roberta Pearson -- Making Masterpiece matter: the transnational cultural work of America's longest-running prime-time drama series / Michele Hilmes -- BBC America: cloning drama for a transnational network / Chris Becker -- Branding bridges: sky Atlantic, 'quality' imports and brand integration / Sam Ward -- Traveling Without a passport: "original" streaming content in the transatlantic distribution ecosystem / Karen Petruska and Faye Woods -- Sherlock and Elementary: the cultural and temporal value of high-end and routine transatlantic television drama / Roberta Pearson -- Mainstream trends and masterpiece traditions: ITV's Downton Abbey as a hit heritage drama for Masterpiece in the US / Eva Redvall -- Boundary collisions in HBO-BBC transnational coproduction: Rome and Parade's End / Robin Nelson -- Meta-commentary and mythology: episodes as a performance of transatlantic TV / Jonathan Bignell -- Game of Thrones: investigating British acting / Gary Cassidy and Simone Knox -- Black Mirror as a Netflix original: programme brand "overflow" and the multi-discursive forms of transatlantic TV fandom / Matt Hills -- Contextualizing quality US television programs for the UK: The Guardian's media and televisions blogs and the role of critics / Paul Rixon -- Fans, fezzes and freebies: branding British television series at the San Diego Comic Con / Lincoln Geraghty -- From imagined communities to contact zones: American monoculture in transatlantic fandoms / Lori Hitchcock Morimoto -- Crossing over the Atlantic: SuperWhoLock as transnational/transcultural fan text / Paul Booth.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780190663148 (electronic bk.)
0190663146 (electronic bk.)
9780190663155 (epub)
0190663154 (epub)
9780190663162 (electronic bk.)
0190663162 (electronic bk.)
9780190663124 (hardcover)
019066312X (hardcover)
9780190663131 (paperback)
0190663138 (paperback)
OCLC # 1076874793
Additional Format Print version: Transatlantic television drama. New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019] 9780190663124 (DLC) 2018014434 (OCoLC)1041881955.

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