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Shawn Shimpach <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 3 Jun 2010 23:47:21 -0500
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Dear Colleagues,

Please find below details about my new book Television in Transition: The Life and 
Afterlife of the Narrative Action Hero (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010):

Combining an exciting methodology alongside high-interest case studies, Television in 
Transition offers a guide to a medium that has weathered the challenges of first-run 
syndication, a multi-channel universe, netlets, major media conglomerates, deregulation, 
and globalization--all in the space of twenty years. This is a highly original explanation of 
how innovation takes place within the television industry's management of predictability, 
risk, and familiarity. 

-Examines a return in television programming to action narratives with individual (super) 
heroes intended to navigate this new, international, multi-channel universe 

-Explores how television programming "translates" to new spatial geographies 

-Looks at the value of a program's "afterlife," the continued circulation, repackaging and 
repurposing of programming beyond its initial iteration 

-Features illustrative case studies of popular programs including Highlander: The Series, 
Smallville, 24, and Doctor Who 

For further information, please visit the following links:

Television in Transition: The Life and Afterlife of the Narrative Action Hero

Thank you,

Shawn Shimpach
Assistant Professor
Department of Communication
University of Massachusetts
410 Machmer Hall
240 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003

413-545-2341 (office)
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