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ISBN-13: 978-1405185356 ISBN-10: 140518535X Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (May 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140518535X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405185356
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,567,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Shawn Shimpach's Television in Transition is a timely and original study of the complex industrial and textual dynamics of contemporary televisoin production. . . Like the industry it examines, Television in Transition's thesis is multifaceted, but Shimpach does an excellent job in guiding the reader through the new narratives and spatio-temporal configurations of TVIII." (Popular Communication, 12 July 2011)


"Shimpach’s canny book shows how these uncertain times reveal a cultural and corporate desire––in on-screen heroics and industrial antics alike­––to “save” television ... even as it transforms before our very eyes." John Hartley, author of “Television Truths”

"With trenchant insight and far-reaching interpretation, Shawn Shimpach confronts transformations in the media landscape that dramatically are changing the fundamental experience of TV today.  Most impressively, he demonstrates richly productive ways to combine industry analysis with close reading of individual programs in order to account for continuities and breaks in what television now means in our everyday life.  This is destined to be a major work in television studies."  Dana Polan, Cinema Studies, New York University author of The Sopranos (Duke University Press) and Julia Child's The French Chef (forthcoming, Duke)

"Shimpach has written a smart and savvy book that connects the new industrial configurations of American television to the texts it produces.  He examines aesthetics, narrative, and genre while accounting for the ideological workings of gender and incorporating an international perspective." Roberta Pearson, University of Nottingham

"Shimpach eloquently describes the impact of new global business forces in the TV industry through an insightful examination of four different kinds of heroes. His analysis reveals new ways to think about what stories TV can tell about heroism in the 2000s." Sharon Ross, Columbia College Chicago

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Schellpeper on June 24, 2011
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This book brings an interesting discussion of how TV is influenced by society and influences society itself. Enjoyable read.
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