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Remake Television: Reboot, Re-use, Recycle (Hardcover)

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By Carlen LaVigne (Editor), William Proctor (Contribution by), Steven Gil (Contribution by)
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Remakes are pervasive in today's popular culture, whether they take the form of reboots, "re-imaginings," or overly familiar sequels. Television remakes have proven popular with producers and networks interested in building on the nostalgic capital of past successes (or giving a second chance to underused properties). Some TV remakes have been critical and commercial hits, and others haven't made it past the pilot stage; all have provided valuable material ripe for academic analysis. In Remake Television: Reboot, Re-use, Recycle, edited by Carlen Lavigne, contributors from a variety of backgrounds offer multicultural, multidisciplinary perspectives on remake themes in popular television series, from classic cult favorites such as The Avengers (1961-69) and The X-Files (1993-2002) to current hits like Doctor Who (2005-present) and The Walking Dead (2010-present). Chapters examine what constitutes a remake, and what series changes might tell us about changing historical and cultural contexts-or about the medium of television itself.

About the Author

Carlen Lavigne holds a Ph.D. in communications studies and teaches at Red Deer College in Alberta, Canada. She is the co-editor of American Remakes of British Television: Transformations and Mistranslations and the author of Cyberpunk Women, Feminism and Science Fiction: A Critical Study.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780739183335
ISBN-10: 0739183338
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication Date: February 27th, 2014
Pages: 264
Language: English