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The New Golden Age of Television: From The Sopranos to Game of Thrones and Scandal

Critics may be divided about the year’s best new TV series, but they unanimously agree on one point: we’re currently experiencing a new golden age of television. Whether it’s streaming, on demand, on network television, or on premium cable, there has never been so much must-see TV. Similar to literature, today’s television shows feature layered themes, nuanced motifs, and plenty of flawed characters. TV has become so attractive that movie stars are now more likely to seek out roles in new television shows than in blockbuster films, and indie filmmakers are more interested in developing TV series than micro-budget films. This course will trace the conditions that led to this new golden era, from a revolution in technology to changes in viewing habits. We’ll start from the beginning by revisiting some of the shows that paved the way for today’s renaissance, including Homicide: Life on the Street, Twin Peaks, ER, and Breaking Bad. We’ll become familiar with the biggest names in television today, including David Chase, David Simon, Shonda Rhimes, and Jill Soloway, exploring their trademark styles of creating and producing. Assignments and in-class exercises, such as reviewing a series and recapping an episode, will help to sharpen your critic’s eye and your analytical skills. You’ll gain a clearer understanding of how changing technology has impacted the television industry, creating both new opportunities and new challenges. In addition, you will become familiar with a wide variety of career options in this evolving industry.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of how changing technology has impacted the television industry, creating both new opportunities and new challenges
  • Critical analysis skills
  • Familiarity with careers in the television industry

Ideal for

  • High school students who have completed grades 9, 10, or 11
  • High school students who are interested in exploring careers in the television industry
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.