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Westerns: Then and Now
In 1959, twenty-six series in prime time television were traditional Westerns featuring stories of cowboys, gunslingers, outlaws, and an overall sense of a hero vs. a villain. Over 50 years later, the same themes of of this mid-century genre still exist, though on a much broader spectrum. From traditional representations like "Hell on Wheels" to more modern thematic series like "Justified" and the fantastical viewpoint of HBO’s upcoming “Westworld,” there is something uniquely American that remains compelling and timeless to TV viewers. Hear writers and actors discuss carrying on this rich tradition of iconic characters, and the stories of rags to riches, revenge, duels, outlaws, lawmen, and the communities they protect.
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What is YA TV? Exploring the Difference Between Subject and Audience
Young adult novels are not classified by reading level, but rather by the point of view of the main character. Does this same rule apply to YA TV? Some of the creators of the most seminal “teen centered” TV shows discuss what they believe classifies a show as YA, what storylines they will and will not broach when it comes to this age range, and how they have mastered writing from the teenage perspective while garnering audiences of all ages.
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Younger
Watch a favorite episode of season 2 of this TVLand original comedy series with iconic TV creator Darren Star and his stellar cast. In this episode, after tragedy strikes, Liza wonders if it's time to say goodbye to her 26-year-old life forever.
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