We don’t want your must-see TV: Transatlantic television and the failed “Coupling” format
Sanson, Kevin (2011) We don’t want your must-see TV: Transatlantic television and the failed “Coupling” format. Popular Communication, 9(1), pp. 39-54.
NBC's failed attempt to remake the BBC's Coupling generated a significant amount of press coverage in summer 2003. At the core of the debate was a struggle to reconcile an increasingly integrated transatlantic television market with traditional assumptions about culture and its authentic connection to space and place. The interest in the remake not only created a space where certain national differences were played out and performed but also facilitated an equally compelling transatlantic dialogue about creative ownership, appropriation, and a network's responsibility to its audiences. In doing so, the media attention highlighted how television formats are best understood not as innocuous commodities of international trade but as potential sites of articulation, contestation, and community in an increasingly transnational television environment.
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