Commenting on "quality" : an analysis of 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation and Parenthood as socially constructed tenants of the “quality tv” discourse

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Title: Commenting on "quality" : an analysis of 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation and Parenthood as socially constructed tenants of the “quality tv” discourse
Author: Shelton, Brittany Lee
Abstract: In order to better understand how viewers, critics, journalists and series producers help shape the “quality TV” discourse and position shows within it, this project uses case studies of 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation and Parenthood to dissect how style, narrative and paratexts influence public discourse about “quality” programs both in print and on the Internet. Using Kristen Marthe Lentz’s theories on “quality TV” and “relevance programming,” I examine how each show uses a cinematic style in combination with various strategies such as special episodes, narrative complexity, intertextuality, patriarchal narrative and feminism to align themselves with other “quality” series more readily found on basic and pay-cable, while also allowing viewers and critics on popular culture sites like the A.V. Club to make “quality” comparisons.
Department: Radio-Television-Film
Subject: Quality TV Comedy Relevance Discourse 30 Rock Parks and Recreation Parenthood
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2012-05-5163
Date: 2012-05

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