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Thinking Inside the Box: Heisenberg’s Indeterminancy Principle, the Paradox of Schrodinger’s Cat, and Television

Nate Fisher, Jr: Tell me, am I dead? Nate Fisher, Sr: Yes. And no. In some places you're dead, some you're alive, in some places you never even existed, possibly, theoretically. 'Perfect...

JFK, Don Draper, and the New Sentimentality

The semiotic similarities between JFK and Don Draper are unmistakable. Each is tall, handsome, and typically turned out in a custom-made dark suit with a matching skinny tie. Their demeanors...

Can docudrama/docufiction do justice to the legal system ?

There are a multiplicity of terms that can be used to describe a film composed of televised news extracts, interviews and fictional reconstitutions, which makes it difficult to classify Denys...

The Butterfly Effect: The Chaos of Television

I've been catching a number of butterflies on my television in the last year or so, but they bear little resemblance to the ones that I see from time to time in my backyard. Sitting through an...

Unknown TV Classics

In 1969 Alan Lovell wrote a seminar paper on 'British Cinema: The Unknown Cinema', 'unknown' because of the paucity of scholarly work on British Cinema at the time – a situation which, in 1997,...

Television’s Illustrated Talks

June 2009 Watching a still image presented on television is almost always interesting. Stills seem to temporarily halt the immediate forward motion of the medium: photographs, drawings and other...

Reflecting on ‘Classic Television’: Making and Remaking Television Classics

May 2009 Rachel Moseley writes: Most people have a sense of what might count, for them, as 'classic television'. From long-running serial drama like Coronation Street, to Sunday evening dramas...

In Media Res

April 2009 The introduction of new do-it-yourself (DIY) digital publishing software and the emergence of on-line communities engaged in both creative and collective-intelligence endeavors have...

Playing Doctor in the USA Today

April 2009 With the fifth series of Grey's Anatomy (ABC 2005-present) trouncing Desperate Housewives and battling it out with CSI (CBS 2000-present) at the top of the US Nielsen ratings, it's...

Alternative histories: David Rose and English Regions Drama

March 2009. On July 5 2008, the National Film Theatre in London played host to a remarkable event. It was a talk given by one of the central figures in the history of British television drama,...

Television and the Drama of Money

February 2009. Television and money have a longstanding, deep and expansive relationship, one which scholarship in different national contexts has made the subject of its analysis. That...

‘Breaking the Ninth Wall’ with Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog: Internet Creation

January 2009. It is a curious experience to watch Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog shortly after watching Sweeney Todd (Tim Burton 2007). Dr. Horrible writer-director-composer Joss Whedon is an...

“The status is not quo”: Television’s Horrible Future

January 2009. I'm interested in being an Internet Roger Corman. He's responsible for a slew of the greatest directors of the last couple decades, because he was the only B-movie system that...

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog – A Cult TV Event without the TV

January 2009. "I am a believer in evolution not revolution." "Things are changing and its really important that we make sure that as they change, they change for the better and Dr. Horrible...

Steven Moffat: Time Lord

December 2008. This short piece offers a critical appreciation of one writer (Steven Moffat) and his achievements in one programme (Doctor Who [BBC, 2005-ongoing]). It suggests a way of raising...

The impact of new products on Television Studies

November 2008. In this short reflection on the study of television fictions, I endorse and qualify the recognition by several commentators in recent years that the boundaries between cinema and...

Writing TV into Discourse

October 2008. At the Quality American TV conference in Dublin back in 2004 Maire Messenger Davies highlighted a key problem in studying television: namely, the question of availability. She...