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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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Aesthetic TV: Soy tu fan [I’m Your Fan] (Canal 11, 2010–12), Pacientes [Patients] (Canal 11, 2012–13)

Aesthetic TV: Soy tu fan [I’m Your Fan] (Canal 11, 2010–12), Pacientes [Patients] (Canal 11, 2012–13)

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(p.142) Chapter Six Aesthetic TV: Soy tu fan [I’m Your Fan] (Canal 11, 2010–12), Pacientes [Patients] (Canal 11, 2012–13)
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Dramatized Societies: Quality Television in Spain and Mexico
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Paul Julian Smith

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781383247.003.0007

Chapter 6 begins by addressing in detail the Anglo-American debate on aesthetics in TV studies. It goes on to argue that a Mexican revisionist romantic comedy (shot by movie directors and starring a movie actress) can be read as an example of “centrifugal” cinematic television that expands its initial premise to embrace wide ranging social contexts. Conversely, a second series (a small scale drama on group therapy) is “centripetal,” burrowing into the complex psychologies of its characters. Both series thus engage in very different kinds of complexity that have, nonetheless, been linked to the aesthetics of quality television.

Keywords:   TV aesthetics, Canal Once, Mexican TV series, Romantic comedy

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