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Dramatized Societies: Quality Television in Spain and Mexico$
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Paul Julian Smith

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781781383247

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781383247.001.0001

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Educational Television: XY (Canal 11, 2009–12)

Educational Television: XY (Canal 11, 2009–12)

(p.115) Chapter Five Educational Television: XY (Canal 11, 2009–12)
Dramatized Societies: Quality Television in Spain and Mexico

Paul Julian Smith

Liverpool University Press

Chapter 5 treats the first of Canal 11’s modern series, which, striking a blow against clichéd machismo, takes as its theme the crisis in contemporary manhood. Set at a fictional magazine, this workplace drama addresses the conflict between public interest and private profit in the media, even as it explores the relationships between varied models of men: old and young, rich and poor, straight and gay. More specifically, the sex scenes between men here provoked complaints to the Mexican authorities. The chapter argues, however, that the educational remit of the channel, previously expressed in dutiful documentaries, is properly extended here in a compelling fiction that charts new paths for men in modern Mexico.

Keywords:   Educational TV in Mexico, Canal Once, TV drama in Mexico, Mexican masculinities

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