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Viewing entries from category: American Quality Television (AQT)

Breaking Bad Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday August 18, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, OCR A Level, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Television, American Quality Television (AQT)

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Institutional Factors

Breaking Bad has, in a short period of time become iconic, ‘must see TV’ that in terms of genre conventions can be categorised as Crime Drama but also as AQT (American Quality Television). The programme has eclipsed the status of critical and commercial success and become widely accepted as one of the ‘greatest television programmes of all time’ in a range of polls canvassing a broad demographic – it entered the...

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CSI Case Study »

Rob Miller | Friday December 14, 2012

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Hot Entries, Television, American Quality Television (AQT), Television Crime Drama

Currently in its thirteenth season CSI remains the most watched television programme globally for over five years. CSI premiered on the American network CBS in 2000 and has multiple scheduling in the UK on channels such as C5 (normally at 9pm), Sky Living, CBS Drama and 5 USA. The Police Procedural/Forensic Crime Drama hybrid (see Genre below) has received significant critical and commercial success and has a mass target audience.

Success spawned the development of a...

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AQT Conventions »

Rob Miller | Friday August 10, 2012

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Key Concepts, Genre, Media Language, Narrative, Hot Entries, Television, American Quality Television (AQT), Television Crime Drama, Television Drama

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Examples

Dexter | 24 | CSI | NCIS | Bones | Cold Case | Monk | Sopranos

Codes and Conventions

  • High production values
  • Star marketing
  • Multi-stranded narrative
  • Use of narrative enigma
  • Takes risks but arguably USP is predictable
  • Character driven (ensemble cast)
  • Often controversial narratives
  • Has pedigree – critically acclaimed
  • “Upscale, well educated, urban dwelling 25-45” (Aspirers)
  • Literary and self-conscious (understands the market and...
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