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National Programming. p. 249-275 . Prime-Time Network Programming. The most popular programming appears on prime-time. There are several different formats of series that appear on prime-time Short run miniseries is a popular format that appear in prime-time. Prime-Time Network Programming.

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prime time network programming
Prime-Time Network Programming
  • The most popular programming appears on prime-time.
  • There are several different formats of series that appear on prime-time
  • Short run miniseries is a popular format that appear in prime-time.
prime time network programming3
Prime-Time Network Programming
  • Audience shares are the lifeblood of the modern media industry.
  • Average viewership has been in decline for the past thirty years.
  • Network television averages five million viewers. (Cable 110,000)
situation comedies
Situation Comedies
  • Sitcoms are formulaic:
    • A group of engaging characters
    • Plots are sprung onto characters (as opposed to being developed)
    • Characters have a series of “marked” traits.
    • They are seen as conventional, very rarely breaking social taboo.
a structural analysis of
A structural analysis of…
  • How could one compare and contrast the two shows?
  • Is there a major difference between the two shows beyond their “masks”?
  • Social Taboos?
different types of sitcoms
Different Types of Sitcoms
  • Slobcom – The Counter-Sitcom with less than ideal family situation
  • Dramedies – A blend of comedy and drama design to increase the “texture” of the show.
different types of sitcoms7
Different Types of Sitcoms
  • Cross-Genre – A show that elements from sitcoms and other types of shows.
  • Quirky – A sitcom that “defies contemporary description”
a thematic approach to sitcoms
A Thematic Approach to Sitcoms
  • Nuclear Family – (The Simpsons)
  • Single-Parent Family – (Empty Nest)
  • Unconventional Family – (My Two Dads)
  • Workplace – (Murphy Brown)
  • African-American – (Bernie Mac)
  • Female-Dominated – (Roseanne)
spinoffs and clones
Spinoffs and Clones
  • Spinoff- Secondary characters from a previous hit on a network put into a new setting.
  • Clone – A series of imitations that follow the pattern established by a successful show.
other types of shows
Other Types of Shows
  • Crime Shows
  • Medical Dramas
  • Movies
  • Music and Variety
  • Reality Television
  • Roots, a 14-hour adaptation of a bestseller started the trend toward miniseries.
  • Lonesome Dove and the Thornsbirds also led the way for miniseries.
  • The miniseries is in decline today. (e.g. The Tenth Kingdom)
music and variety
Music and Variety
  • American Bandstand
  • Your Hit Parade
  • MTV & VH1
  • Behind the Music
  • Before They Were Rock Stars
non prime time network tv
Non-Prime-Time Network TV
  • Networks fill the early-morning daypart with newscast and talk, weekends with sports
  • Soaps, games, and talk shows dominate daytime network television just as they once dominated daytime network radio
  • Late night fare consist mostly of talk and comedy/variety programs.
network tv sports
Network TV Sports
  • By 1990, combined broadcast/cable rights payments for on the spot sports events exceeded a billion dollars.
  • Cable, because it can fill the niche role of broadcasting can use sports to increase a networks market share.
  • However, there are some serious issues with televising sports.
children s programs
Children’s Programs
  • FCC declared the broadcast networks should have a minimum of three hours of educational children’s programming on per week. (E/I)
  • Nickelodeon is still the front runner for children’s programming on cable.
so what why is this important
So What?Why is this important?
  • In order to be able to understand the message and forces behind a show, you must remove the “mask” of the show.
  • Formulas in the media exist for a reason, they have been proven successful.
  • To break the mold set up by the media, you must understand the rules behind it.