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1st Edition

Television Goes to the Movies

ISBN 9781138476448
Published March 17, 2021 by Routledge
158 Pages

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Book Description

Television and film have always been connected, but recent years have seen them overlapping, collaborating, and moving towards each other in ever more ways. Set amidst this moment of unprecedented synergy, this book examines how television and film culture interact in the 21st century.

Both media appear side by side in many platforms or venues, stories and storytellers cross between them, they regularly have common owners, and they discuss each other constantly. Jonathan Gray and Derek Johnson examine what happens at these points of interaction, studying the imaginary borderlands between each medium, the boundary maintenance that quickly envelops much discussion of interaction, and ultimately what we allow or require television and film to be. Offering separate chapters on television exhibition at movie theaters, cinematic representations of television, television-to-film and film-to-television adaptations, and television producers crossing over to film, the book explores how each zone of interaction invokes fervid debate of the roles that producers, audiences, and critics want and need each medium to play. From Game of Thrones to The TV Set, Bewitched to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, hundreds of TV shows and films are discussed.

Television Goes to the Movies will be of interest to students and scholars of television studies, film studies, media studies, popular culture, adaptation studies, production studies, and media industries. 

Table of Contents

1. Television Programs Go to the Movies: Crossing Boundaries in Exhibition Spaces 2. Television’s Detractors Go to the Movies: Cinematic Representations of Television 3. Television Stories Go to the Movies: Strategies of Adaptation 4. Television Producers Go to the Movies: Transforming Professional Identities

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Jonathan Gray is Hamel Family Distinguished Chair in Communication Arts at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is author of Dislike-Minded: Media, Audiences, and the Dynamics of Taste, Television Studies (with Amanda D. Lotz), Show Sold Separately: Promos, Spoilers, and Other Media Paratexts, Television Entertainment, and Watching with The Simpsons: Television, Parody, and Intertextuality, and co-editor of numerous books including Keywords for Media Studies (with Laurie Ouellette) and A Companion to Media Authorship (with Derek Johnson).

Derek Johnson is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies in the Communication Arts Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of Transgenerational Media Industries: Adults, Children and the Reproduction of Culture and Media Franchising: Creative License and Collaboration in the Culture Industries. He has also edited or co-edited several books, including most recently From Networks to Netflix: A Guide to Changing Channels and Point of Sale: Analyzing Media Retail (with Daniel Herbert).


"In Television Goes to the Movies, Jonathan Gray and Derek Johnson bundle their expertise to examine the relationship between television and film in the twenty-first century. The result is a compelling analysis of how these two media challenge, maintain, and transform industrial, textual, and technological boundaries – a must-read for anyone interested in the contemporary media landscape." Kathleen Loock, Professor of American Studies and Media Studies, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany