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Introduction: Television Formats--A Global Framework for TV Studies Tasha Oren and Sharon Shahaf I. Format Theories and Global Television 1. More than Copycat Television: Format Adaptation as Performance Vinicius Navarro 2. Calling Out Around the World: The Global Appeal of Reality Dance Formats Dana Heller 3. Television Formats and Contemporary Sports Tony Schiarto 4. A Political Economy of Formatted Pleasure Eddie Brennan 5. Interpreting Cubanness, Americanness, and the Sitcom: WPBT-PBS's Que Pasa USA? Yeidy M. Rivero II. Transnational Formats: Historical Perspectives 6. From Discrete Adaptations to Hard Copies: The Rise of Formats in European Television Jerome Bourdon 7. "National Mike": Global Host and Global Formats in Early Italian Television Chiara Ferrari 8. Telenovelas in Brazil: From Traveling Scripts to a Genre and Proto-Format both National and Transnational Joseph Straubhaar 9. Reversal of Fortune? Hollywood Faces New Competition in Global Media Trade Paul Torre III. Case Study: The Idol Franchise 10. Idol Worship: Ethnicity and Difference in Global Television Biswarup Sen 11. NZ Idol: Nation Building through Format Adaptation Joost De Bruin 12. Global Television Formats in Africa--Localizing Idols Martin Nkosi Ndlela 13. We Are the World: American Idol's Global Self-Posturing Erica Jean Bochanty-Aguero IV. Trans-Formats: Local Articulations and the Politics of Place and Nation 14. The Social and Political Dimensions of Global Television Formats: Reality Television in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia Marwin M. Kraidy 15. A Revolution in Television and a Great Leap Forward for Innovation? China in the Global Television Format Business Michael Keane 16. Global Television Formats and the Political Economy of Cultural Adaptation: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in India Lauhona Ganguly 17. Global Franchising, Gender, and Genre: The Case of Domestic Reality Television Sharon Sharp 18. Reiterational Texts and Global Imagination: Television Strikes Back Tasha Oren

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Tasha Oren is an Associate Professor of English and Media Studies, and is the Coordinator of the Media, Cinema, and Digital Studies track at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Sharon Shahaf is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Georgia State University.


"An engrossing and highly stimulating collection that provides critical new bearings for television, cultural and globalisation studies in the second decade of the new millennium. The authors offer a highly nuanced and suggestive re-negotiation of the global/local dichotomy that has bedeviled media studies in the past. This is a critically thoughtful and robust challenge to recent scholarly orthodoxies about what is happening to world television. A magisterial collection of critical insights that dares the student and teacher to re-examine what they are seeing on television now." --Albert Moran, Professor of Screen Studies, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia "This extraordinary anthology shows how format TV is transforming the look, feel, and appeal of television in societies around the world. These essays help to expand our understanding of what a format is and how it works, both globally and locally, drawing fascinating connections between commerce, creativity, and the everyday lives of viewers." --Michael Curtin, Mellichamp Chair of Global Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

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