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The Contemporary Television Series$
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Michael Hammond and Lucy Mazdon

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748619009

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619009.001.0001

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Television and the Neo-Baroque

Television and the Neo-Baroque

(p.83) Chapter 5 Television and the Neo-Baroque
The Contemporary Television Series

Angela Ndalianis

Edinburgh University Press

The Colbys (1985–1987) was a television series whose narrative premise centred on the exploits, loves, hates and intrigues of the wealthy Colby family and other characters that entered their story space. The show was a spin-off of the other popular ABC series Dynasty (1981–1989), which had itself copied the successful CBS series Dallas (1978–1991). If anything, the narrative scenarios of these shows reveal the extent to which television series since the 1950s have increasingly favoured an open narrative form that not only weaves into and between multiple story formations that traverse episode and series time, but that also cross over distinct television series into other spin-off shows. The television series and the television serial have increasingly collapsed into one another, so much so that, in more recent times, it has become difficult to distinguish one form from another. This chapter examines the neo-baroque aesthetics inherent within the television series as serial.

Keywords:   television series, television serial, The Colbys, Dynasty, Dallas, neo-baroque aesthetics, spin-off shows, narrative

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