Television Narratives
Series Structure
&
Industry Shifts
It’s TV…
even on your SmartPhone
Television reaches large audiences (even in the post-network
era) and communicates
• ...
Post-Network Television
• Multi-Channel Transition
• Fragmentation of Audiences
• Expansion of programmable hours
• Who gets to tell a story,
on which platform?
• Which stories appear on
what channel?
• How do audiences work
with t...
Phenomenal Television
• “current” topics and themes (seen often)
• The “kind” of outlet for a program
• Brand (station/...
It’s not a Movie, it’s TV
All forms of televisual storytelling…
• Are build on the premise of interruption
• Require (a...
Series:
• Form inherited from radio
• Multiple Protagonists
• Exposition reduced via repetition and consistency
• Form...
TV
• Electronic Public Sphere – Mega-Events
• Subcultural Form – Niche Markets
• Window to Other Worlds – Interloping
...
Transmedia Storytelling
• Supplementing the TV/series/serial narrative
on another platform (NOT spin-off, ads, etc.)
• ...
Next week on…
• The TV Series
• The Primetime Serial
• TV Genres
• Web-TV?
• Transmedia
Storytelling
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Narrative tv session1

Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Transcripts - Narrative tv session1

  • 1. Television Narratives Series Structure & Industry Shifts
  • 2. It’s TV… even on your SmartPhone Television reaches large audiences (even in the post-network era) and communicates • Ideas • Values • Morals… Television is easily accessible and potentially “cheap”.
  • 3. Post-Network Television • Multi-Channel Transition • Fragmentation of Audiences • Expansion of programmable hours
  • 4. • Who gets to tell a story, on which platform? • Which stories appear on what channel? • How do audiences work with the stories presented when there is so much to choose?
  • 5. Phenomenal Television • “current” topics and themes (seen often) • The “kind” of outlet for a program • Brand (station/showrunner/genre) • Water-Cooler programs • Cultural Capital  upsetting the norm
  • 6. It’s not a Movie, it’s TV All forms of televisual storytelling… • Are build on the premise of interruption • Require (at different levels) knowledge of characters and/or plot for full enjoyment
  • 7. Series: • Form inherited from radio • Multiple Protagonists • Exposition reduced via repetition and consistency • Form of interruption affects the internal act structure (climax/resolution) • Not all forms of narrative basis resolved at episode’s end  maintaining counterforce(s) • Core “enigma” remains open for ongoing viewing
  • 8. TV • Electronic Public Sphere – Mega-Events • Subcultural Form – Niche Markets • Window to Other Worlds – Interloping • Gated Community – UGC / Fan communities / personalized viewing schedules
  • 9. Transmedia Storytelling • Supplementing the TV/series/serial narrative on another platform (NOT spin-off, ads, etc.) • It enhances the storyworld, adding extensions • Affects series (and serial) narratives in varying degrees “Office” vs. Defiance”
  • 10. Next week on… • The TV Series • The Primetime Serial • TV Genres • Web-TV? • Transmedia Storytelling

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