RTF305-17_Apr01_TV Narrative_BBoutline

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Television Narrative The ‘Sitcom’ (Situation Comedy Series)
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Bill Moyers ’ definition: “Television is the campfire around which our nation-tribe sits to weave and reweave its traditions and tales.”
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The nature of TV narrative Key elements primarily (fundamentally) sponsor-supported success tied to ratings, demographics continuous ‘flow’ of programs/audience ‘schedule’ built around specific … genres and formats ongoing series dominant series formats: half-hour comedy hour-long drama
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TV series narrative efficiency, economy of series programming stasis and change => reinventing the formula fundamental tension between: “episodic” => each segment stands alone “serial” => each segment is part of a continuing story primetime series tendency to combine serial and episodic strategies steady evolution toward seriality key issue: syndication (“reruns”)
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The sitcom network TV’s “foundation genre”
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This note was uploaded on 04/26/2009 for the course RTF 305 taught by Professor Nasr during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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