Television Genre


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Television Genre

  1. 1. Television Genre StudiesFurther Reading: Creeber, Glen. Television Genre Book
  2. 2. Review Hitchcock’s Safe Conduct• Inciting Incident• Plot Escalations• Crisis Decision• Climax• Resolution
  3. 3. “Genre”• In the 1950s Truffaud and other French filmmakers believed that the genius of American cinema was its repository of ready-made forms saying “The tradition of genres is a base of operations for creative freedom.”• As is the case with film, genre operates as an important means of communicating information about television programming to prospective audiences.
  4. 4. “Genre Conventions”• Genre Convension are specific settings, roles, events and values that define individual genres and their subgenres.• Genres include Love Story • Horror • Modern Epic • Western • War Genre • Maturation Plot • Redemption Plot • Punitive Plot • Testing Plot • Education Plot • Disillusionment Plot • Comedy • Crime • Social Drama • Action Adventure • Historical Drama • Biography • Docu- Drama • Mockumentary • Musical • Science Fiction • Sports Genre • Fantasy • Animation • Art Film
  5. 5. The “Western”• Perfect for episodic television as it provides both narrative novelty and recurring characters and situations.• The GG, BG dynamics play out perfectly as Aristotelean protagonist and antagonist conflicts playing out a “Hero’s Tale” or Myth.
  6. 6. Sketch Comedy• Derived from music hall in Britain and minstrel shows, burlesque and vaudeville in America.• These forms of theatrical entertainment contained a mix of music, comedy and other specialised acts and tpes of performance, magic acts, acrobatics, animal acts etc.
  7. 7. The Lone Ranger, 1949 - 1956The Lone Ranger was a fictional maskedTexas Ranger who, with his Native Americancompanion Tonto, fights injustice in theAmerican Old West. The character has becomean enduring icon of American culture.The Lone Ranger never drinks or smokes, andsaloon scenes are usually interpreted as cafes,with waiters and food instead of bartenders andliquor.
  8. 8. The Lone Ranger’ Creed … I believe• that to have a friend, a man must be one.• that all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world.• that God put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself.• in being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right.• that a man should make the most of what he has.• that this government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall live always.• that men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.• in my Creator, my country, my fellow man.
  9. 9. Red Skelton Show 1952 - 1970Writers included Johnny Carson. Formatwas a comedy breakthrough that set thegroundwork for future shows such asRowan and Martin’s Laugh in and SaturdayNight Live.