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Friday, June 11, 2010

Serials, Novels, and TV

N+ Magazine ran an amazing essay recently about the explosion of popular serial dramas on TV in the last 20+ years. From Hillstreet Blues to Lost, Richard beck covers it all and even tosses in a wrinkle of the history of novel publication that I didn't know: some of the greatest 19th century novels were originally published as serials, and people went nuts if the chapter wasn't published on time. But Mr. Beck takes it all on step further by suggesting that Lost is the epistemological end of the TV serial as we know it. This is fascinating stuff.

You can read it here.