Analysis of Television Drama Analysis of Television Drama In television drama technical codes and conventions are used by the director to structure the specific text. Such codes are well applied in the serial television drama Alias. A modern, government conspiracy styled show that follows the adventures of Sydney Briston, a young girl who works as a double agent for the American government.
In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: From Beats to Arcs: Newman bio Television is a story machine.
Every day, thousands of hours of narrative zip through the airwaves and cables and into our sets and minds. Television does more than just tell stories, of course, but its function as a storytelling medium demands analysis, and with this essay I offer a framework for analyzing one kind of television narrative.
Unlike some accounts of television as a storytelling medium, however, this one will not isolate the text from its makers and users. For the past twenty-five years there have been two main forms of hour-long prime-time programs. Serials such as St.
Elsewhere NBC, —88 dramatize long-form stories in ways similar to daytime soap operas. Evening serials became an important form of American television programming in the s after the ratings success of Dallas CBS, —91 and the acclaim and awards bestowed on Hill Street Blues NBC, — Later in the s and in the early s the serial saw its presence diminish as episodic programs and reality shows grew in popularity, but as I write it is enjoying a revival at the same time that many sit-coms e.
Over the quarter-century since the rise of the serial, American television has undergone enormous changes with the introduction of more than one hundred new channels, pervasive new structures of media ownership and synergy, and transformations in the technologies of media production and distribution.
But in spite of all these developments, the past twenty-five years have seen a remarkably stable condition obtain in which the most basic narrative conventions of the PTS have not been significantly altered.
A program is overseen by a showrunner who reviews all of the scripts and guides the storytelling; each serial episode resolves some questions but leaves many others dangling; serials tend to focus on ensembles, with each episode interweaving several strands of narrative in alternation scene by scene; a season has approximately twenty-four episodes, begins in fall and ends in spring, and offers sweeps periods every November, February, and May.
Elsewhere, the PTS is really a hybrid of episodic dramas and serials such as soaps and miniseries. And although they share many qualities with episodics, PTSs offer a distinct mode of investment in character, a product of their long-format storytelling.
Beginning with those MTM dramas so often figured as "quality TV," the PTS has functioned as a distinct [End Page 16] group style whose norms of artistic production are shared among its makers.
By calling it a group style I mean to assert a basic commonality among many different programs on the level of form. This commonality is independent of any program's "quality" and also of its genre status as cop, doc, legal, sci-fiThe Affair is an American television drama series created by Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi.
The series premiered on Showtime on October 12, A TV version of the pilot episode was made available online beginning on October 6, , via YouTube, caninariojana.com, and several other on-demand formats.
The X-Files is an American science fiction drama television series created by Chris Carter. The original television series aired from September 10, , to May 19, , on Fox. The program spanned nine seasons, with episodes.
A short tenth season consisting of .
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Television is a story machine. Every day, thousands of hours of narrative zip through the airwaves and cables and into our sets and minds. Television does more than just tell stories, of course, but its function as a storytelling medium demands analysis, and with this essay I offer a framework for analyzing one kind of television narrative.