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An Analytical Guide To Television S Battlestar Galactica

Author : John Kenneth Muir
ISBN : 9781476606569
Genre : Performing Arts
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When the space drama Battlestar Galactica debuted on ABC in 1978, it was expected to be the most popular new program of the year. Instead, it was attacked as a Star Wars rip-off and canceled after a mere 17 stories. The author acknowledges the show was full of dramatic clichés and scientific inaccuracies, but despite these shortcomings, Battlestar Galactica was a dramatically resonant series full of unique and individual characters, such as Commander Adama (Lorne Greene) and ace warrior Captain Apollo (Richard Hatch). The author contends that Battlestar Galactica was a memorable attempt to make science fiction accessible to mainstream television audiences. The brilliant work of artist John Dykstra brought a new world of special effects to network television. Battlestar Galactica also skillfully exploited legends and names from both the Bible and ancient mythology, which added a layer of depth and maturity to the weekly drama.
Category: Performing Arts

Terror Television

Author : John Kenneth Muir
ISBN : 9781476604169
Genre : Performing Arts
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Although horror shows on television are popular in the 1990s thanks to the success of Chris Carter’s The X-Files, such has not always been the case. Creators Rod Serling, Dan Curtis, William Castle, Quinn Martin, John Newland, George Romero, Stephen King, David Lynch, Wes Craven, Sam Raimi, Aaron Spelling and others have toiled to bring the horror genre to American living rooms for years. This large-scale reference book documents an entire genre, from the dawn of modern horror television with the watershed Serling anthology, Night Gallery (1970), a show lensed in color and featuring more graphic makeup and violence than ever before seen on the tube, through more than 30 programs, including those of the 1998-1999 season. Complete histories, critical reception, episode guides, cast, crew and guest star information, as well as series reviews are included, along with footnotes, a lengthy bibliography and an in-depth index. From Kolchak: The Night Stalker to Millennium, from The Evil Touch to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Twin Peaks, Terror Television is a detailed reference guide to three decades of frightening television programs, both memorable and obscure.
Category: Performing Arts

An Analytical Guide To Television S One Step Beyond 1959 1961

Author : John Kenneth Muir
ISBN : 0786455349
Genre : Performing Arts
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Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond made its television debut in 1959, nine months before Rod Serling’s classic The Twilight Zone, and paved the way for a generation of television programs devoted to paranormal topics such as the occult, ESP, and ghost stories. One Step Beyond was also where some of Hollywood’s most famous leading men, including Warren Beatty, William Shatner, and Charles Bronson, got their starts in television. This complete reference work to the 96 half-hour episodes that ran for three seasons on ABC also offers a detailed history, extensive commentary and summaries of the critical reception of One Step Beyond as well as coverage of the sequel series produced in 1978 entitled The Next Step Beyond. Complete credits for both series are provided.
Category: Performing Arts

Beautiful Tv

Author : Greg M. Smith
ISBN : 0292777841
Genre : Performing Arts
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During its five-year run from 1997 to 2002, the popular TV show Ally McBeal engaged viewers in debates over what it means to be a woman or a man in the modern workplace; how romance factors into the therapeutic understanding of relationships; what value eccentricity has and how much oddity society should tolerate; and what utility fantasy has in the pragmatic world. In addition to these social concerns, however, Ally McBeal stood out for being well-constructed, narratively complex, and stylistically rich—in short, beautiful TV. Starting from the premise that much of television today is "drop-dead gorgeous" and that TV should be studied for its formal qualities as well as its social impact, Greg M. Smith analyzes Ally McBeal in terms of its aesthetic principles and narrative construction. He explores how Ally's innovative use of music, special effects, fantasy sequences, voiceovers, and flashbacks structures a distinctive fictional universe, while it also opens up new possibilities for televisual expression. Smith also discusses the complex narrative strategies that Ally's creator David E. Kelley used to develop a long-running storyline and shows how these serial narrative practices can help us understand a wide range of prime-time TV serials. By taking seriously the art and argument of Ally McBeal, Beautiful TV conclusively demonstrates that aesthetic and narrative analysis is an indispensable key for unlocking the richness of contemporary television.
Category: Performing Arts

Battlestar Galactica And Philosophy

Author : Josef Steiff
ISBN : STANFORD:36105131745213
Genre : Performing Arts
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"A collection of essays exploring philosophical, political, and cultural themes of the television show Battlestar Galactica"--Provided by publisher.
Category: Performing Arts

Law And Literature

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ISBN : UCSC:32106019235024
Genre : Law and literature
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Category: Law and literature

The Encyclopedia Of Superheroes On Film And Television

Author : John Kenneth Muir
ISBN : UOM:39015058234611
Genre : Performing Arts
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Contains alphabetically arranged entries on the superheroes of film and television, providing information on cast and credits, a format guide, episode descriptions, cross references, and commentary.
Category: Performing Arts

Eaten Alive At A Chainsaw Massacre

Author : John Kenneth Muir
ISBN : UOM:39015055883717
Genre : Performing Arts
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This comprehensive reference work begins with an overview of Tobe Hooper's career, then offers detailed entries on every Hooper feature; a chronological look at his television movies and miniseries; and information on his episodes from horror television series. A concluding essay considers Hooper's place in horror film history and compares his work to such greats as Romero, Craven and Carpenter.
Category: Performing Arts

A History And Critical Analysis Of Blake S 7 The 1978 1981 British Television Space Adventure

Author : John Kenneth Muir
ISBN : UOM:39015047858942
Genre : Performing Arts
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Blake's 7, Terry Nation's science fiction tale of cosmic freedom fighters, became a hit series in Great Britain when it premiered in 1978. Eight years later, the show quickly became a cult program in America. A dramatization of futuristic outlaw heroes who defend the innocent from both alien and human conquering forces, the series might better be said to be equal parts Robin Hood and The Magnificent Seven. The series defied traditional genre elements of science fiction television, and developed the concept of the continual story arc years before such shows as Babylon 5 and Deep Space Nine.This book provides a critical history and episode guide for Blake's 7, including commentaries for all 52 episodes. Also included are analytical essays on the show, dealing with such topics as themes, imagery and story arc; a consideration of the series as a futuristic Robin Hood myth; cinematography and visual effects; and an overview of Blake's 7 in books, comics and videos. A detailed appendix lists the genre conventions found in the series. The author also includes information about Blake's 7 fan clubs and Internet sites.
Category: Performing Arts

The Seventies In America

Author : John C. Super
ISBN : WISC:89082384942
Genre : History
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Entries describe the decade's events, musical groups and performers, authors, political groups, movies, and literature, each assessing the topic's impact and tracing subsequent events.
Category: History

The Films Of John Carpenter

Author : John Kenneth Muir
ISBN : UOM:39015050105314
Genre : Performing Arts
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The films of John Carpenter cover a tremendous range and yet all bear his clear personal stamp. From the horrifying (Halloween) to the touching (Starman) to the controversial (The Thing) to the comic (Big Trouble in Little China), his films reflect a unique approach to filmmaking and singular views of humanity and American culture. This analysis of Carpenter's films includes a historical overview of his career, and in-depth entries on each of his films, from 1975's Dark Star to 1998's Vampires. Complete cast and production information is provided for each. The book also covers those films written and produced by Carpenter, such as Halloween II and Black Moon Rising, as well as Carpenter's work for television. Appendices are included on films Carpenter was offered but turned down, the slasher films that followed in the wake of the highly-successful Halloween, the actors and characters who make repeated appearances in Carpenter's films, and ratings for Carpenter's work. Notes, bibliography, and index are included.
Category: Performing Arts

The Unseen Force

Author : John Kenneth Muir
ISBN : UOM:39015060107201
Genre : Performing Arts
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THE UNSEEN FORCE: THE FILMS OF SAM RAIMI
Category: Performing Arts

Science Fiction Horror Fantasy Film And Television Credits Actor And Actress Credits Director Producer Screenwriter Cinematographer Special Effects Technician Make Up Artist Art Director And Other Credits

Author : Harris M. Lentz
ISBN : 0786409509
Genre : Performing Arts
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Using popular games as a metaphor for our temporal lives, this six-session DVD curriculum neatly sorts out what's fleeting and what's permanent in God's kingdom. Being Master of the Board is not the point; being rich toward God is. Winning the game of life on Earth is a temporary victory; loving God and other people with all our hearts is an eternal one.
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Tv Guide

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105118873889
Genre : Television programs
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Category: Television programs

Books In Print Supplement

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105025888426
Genre : American literature
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Includes authors, titles, subjects.
Category: American literature