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That format, now a well-established convention of television writing, is structured around the concept of the continuing character, with themes and plot ideas for the entire series established in the pilot episode (Boddy, 1990, p. 192). Although the shift in program production and format in the mid-1950s elicited discontent among television critics, which in turn elicited a hostile reaction toward the critics from network executives, the importance of television critics at the newspapers only increased, largely because the networks needed the newspapers as a venue for publishing and promoting their schedules (Spigel, 1998).

Moreover, primetime television schedules are organized to engage audiences and move them relatively seamlessly into the next scheduled program in order to retain the largest possible viewership from one hour to the next. Genre (or formula, see Newcomb, 1974) is central to the progression of evening entertainment ‘‘phases’’ that unfold sequentially and contribute to the ‘‘flow’’ of television (Williams, 1974). In short, the longstanding function of genre to the creation of new series and scheduling is increasingly acknowledged by critics in their evaluation of television.

15). Since the mid1950s, general circulation newspapers have become the primary venue for access to information about television programs. The nature and scope of the television critic’s work has expanded considerably since the late 1940s. In television’s earliest days, many newspapers marginalized coverage of the new medium because they saw it as a competitor for advertising revenue (Watson, 1985). Despite the expendable status of early television critics, many had experience in writing theater criticism for newspapers and were accustomed to the demands of writing on deadline and conforming to prescribed column length, among other journalistic constraints.

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