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Foreword: It's Television. It's HBO, Toby Miller

Introduction: If It's Not TV, Then What?, Marc Leverette, Brian L. Ott, and Cara Buckley-Ott

Part I: Industry and Economics

Introduction: The Not TV Industry, Marc Leverette

1. Para-Television and Discourses of Distinction: The Culture of Production at HBO, Avi Santo

2. And Now No Word from our Sponsors: How HBO Puts the Risk Back Into Television, Tony Kelso

3. Will Yingshuiji Buzz Help HBO Asia?, Shawn McIntosh

4. It's Not TV, it's HBO's Original Programming: Producing Quality TV, Janet McCabe and Kim Akass

Part II: Text and Contexts

Introduction: The Not TV Text, Brian L. Ott

5. Carnivale: TV Drama without TV Genre, David Marc

6. Challenging Sitcom Conventions: From The Larry Sanders Show to The Comeback, Lisa Williamson

7. "Cocksucker, Motherfucker, Tits," Marc Leverette

8. Baltimore on The Wire: The Tragic Moralism of David Simon, Blake D. Ethridge

Part III: Audiences and Identity

Introduction: The Not TV Audience, Cara Louise Buckley

9. K Street: "Raping HBO" or "What HBO is All About"?, Conor McGrath

10. Praise You Like I Should: Cyberfans and Six Feet Under, Rhiannon Bury

11. Fashion(able/ing) Selves: Consumption, Identity, and Sex and the City, Cara Louise Buckley and Brian L. Ott

12. "No Country for the Infirm": Angels in an Unchanged America, Joanna L. Di Mattia

About the Author

Marc Leverette, Colorado State University, USA Brian L. Ott, Colorado State University, USA Cara L. Buckley-Ott, Colorado State University, USA


"The ultimate question of this varied collection is not whether HBO is TV, but whether television today is the same as it once was: has TV not changed to take account of new forms of leisure, new social and sexual mores, new modes of electronic entertainment and so on? With verve, the authors approach the HBO phenomenon from multiple perspectives to make clear its important role in a new, complex media landscape."--Dana Polan, Professor of Cinema Studies, NYU, and author of The Sopranos

"If HBO represents the apogee of post-network programming, the essays collected here represent the new wave in television studies. Cutting through HBO's self-promotional hype, the authors closely examine industrial and economic issues, while also discussing specific programs and audience responses. This extremely informative book is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the key issues in today's TV industry."--Heather Hendershot, author of Shaking the World for Jesus and editor of Nickelodeon Nation

"The editors have carefully assembled an in-depth investigation unlike any before, and are to be saluted for the breadth and depth of this important work. HBO has redefined modern television, and this book, has in its own way, helped to redefine the way we look at HBO."--Brian Cogan, Molloy College

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