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Title: Prime times : technology, temporality and narrative fom in contemporary US TV drama
Author: Kelly, John-Paul
ISNI:       0000 0004 2737 1223
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2012
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Over the past ten to fifteen years, television has undergone a profound and rapid technological transformation, a period in which there has been a proliferation of screens and the introduction of various new distribution platforms such as the DVD box set, the Digital Video Recorder (DVR) and the internet. Within this newly configured digital mediascape, the industrial logics of the past have given way as different patterns of distribution and alternate models of production and storytelling have come to the fore. This thesis examines this period of transformation, drawing a parallel between the new industrial temporalities of the medium's current phase (referred to as "TVIII") and the emerging narrative temporalities of contemporary US drama. Taking a broad socio-cultural approach that integrates scholarship on time and technology from a wide range of disciplines, my research highlights the key temporal shifts that have taken place within the twenty-first century and maps these debates onto a study of the industrial structures and narrative forms of TVIII. Ultimately, this cross-disciplinary approach seeks to offer a broad and historically grounded analysis of recent narrative developments in US prime time drama. Focusing on the US television industry, my research proposes a number of distinct narrative and distributional modes, including "real-time" and "acceleration" (24 [Fox, 2001 - 2010]; Prison Break [Fox, 2005 - 2009]), "complex" and "non-linear time" (Lost [ABC, 2004 - 2010]; FlashForward [ABC, 2009 - 2010]) and finally "retrospective time" (Mad Men [AMC, 2007 - Present]). Using a mixture of industrial and textual analysis, this thesis highlights the intricate and interdependent relationships that underpin production, distribution, and narrative form in contemporary television industries.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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