RTF 317 Screening Journal 7
RTF 317 Screening Journal 7 RTF 317
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Date Created: 09/30/15
It s hard to know what actually separates quality TV from your average television show It could be higher production values or less common subject matter or something else altogether As Feuer says quotthe judgment of quality is always situated That is to say somebody makes the judgment from some aesthetic or political or moral positionquot Feuer 228 For a show like Game of Thrones it seems to be largely though not entirely an aesthetic judgment In one episode we see a variety of rather magni cent settings from sweeping landscapes to rolling hills to ancient castles to dripping dungeons The costumes are elaborate and precise with Lady Stark in furs and Robb Stark s army in periodappropriate armor All of these are things that would be fairly out of place on any network TV show simply because of the costs associated with creating enough costuming Despite the fact that quota cable service like HBO has a very small audience of subscribersquot Feuer 229 Game of Thrones has managed to nd an incredibly wide audience Whether it s because HBO Go makes the show available to more people on more platforms or because more people have shelled out the cash for HBO the audience for Game of Thrones has only grown with the show s popularity Because the show airs on a paid cable network and the subscribers are quotwilling to pay extra for more specialized and more highbrow farequot Feuer 229 Game of Thrones can take risks that network TV could not The show is marketed toward a more mature audience with frank discussions and depictions of death sex and politics that attract the kind of people who are likely to pay for the content There is also an air of pretentiousness and seriousness that shows like Game of Thrones promote but the important thing is that HBO realizes this and capitalizes on it We know that it quotgives us texts that are not TVquot and it quotpromotes them as art cinemaquot Feuer 233 To an audience that tends to recognize when they are being played this could be something of a turnoff But HBO takes this and spins it on its head For instance just this week Kit Harington appeared as his character 39jon Snow in a sketch comedy depicting how terrible of a dinner guestjon Snow would certainly be In doing this HBO and Game of Thrones make their characters more accessible while maintaining a show whose content merits being paid extra for
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