Title Information

A Companion to Reality Television

Edited by: Laurie Ouellette
eISBN: 9780470659274
Print publication date: 2014


Subject Cultural Studies

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780470659274.2014.x

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A Companion to Reality Television

A Companion to Reality Television presents a comprehensive guide to the study of reality, factual, and nonfiction entertainment television. Broader in scope and scale than existing collections, the Companion encompasses major primetime entertainment formats, including talent competitions, makeovers, dating programs, reality soap operas, and social experiments. It also covers lifestyle/how-to programming, game shows, and talk shows featuring “ordinary” people, and online initiatives that evoke the shifting boundaries of producer versus consumer, content versus advertising, and ordinary versus celebrity.

International in scope, the Companion synthesizes and intervenes within important theories, debates and issues, and traces and explains the social, historical, political, commercial, ethical, and creative dimensions of reality/factual/non-fiction television entertainment. It also analyzes the production, conventions, and reception of major formats, and situates reality television as a global and local phenomenon, identifying and commenting upon emergent trends.

Leading scholars in the intersecting fields of media studies, television studies, cinema studies, and cultural studies provide theoretical depth and clarity on the history of nonfiction and reality television, forge links to important scholarly debates, and analyze the politics of reality entertainment worldwide.

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Ouellette, Laurie (ed). A Companion to Reality Television. Blackwell Publishing, 2014. Blackwell Reference Online. 20 January 2017 <http://www.blackwellreference.com/public/book.html?id=g9780470659274_9780470659274>



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