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[ecrea] CFP: Finale: Considering the Ends of Television Shows

Wed Jun 24 19:51:04 GMT 2009

Edited by David Lavery

At least since the end of M*A*S*H (1972), the final episodes of television series have often become ?cultural spectacles? (as Joanne Moreale deems them in an important essay on the Seinfeld finale). Recently, the finales of Life on Mars, The Sopranos, and Battlestar Galactica proved controversial, engendering water cooler debates around the world. The final episode of LOST in May 2010 may likely prove the most-buzzed in the history of the medium.

TV finales fascinate us because they bring ??verses? to an end?in the case of long-running shows, very complicated ?verses, exposing in the process our cultural obsessions, our ?reading? practices, our imagined identities, our fascination with television.

I am developing a collection of essays on TV finales and I hope you will want to contribute.

At the project?s website--<> will find a comprehensive (but by no means all-inconclusive) list of possible British and American television series contributors to Finale might want to write about. I remain open to other suggestions.

Send me an e-mail at <mailto:(david.lavery /at/>(david.lavery /at/ and propose (briefly, succinctly) the essay you might contribute to the book. Tell me a bit about yourself as well (if we do not already know each other).

Dr. David Lavery is Professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University (1993- ). The author of over one hundred published essays (several on poetry and poetics), chapters, and reviews, he is author / co-author / editor / co-editor of eighteen books, including Joss: A Creative Portrait of the Maker of the Whedonverses and The Essential Cult Television Reader. The organizer of international conferences on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Sopranos, and Lost, a founding co-editor of the journals Slayage: The Online International Journal of Buffy Studies and Critical Studies in Television, he has lectured around the world on the subject of television (Australia, Turkey, the UK, Portugal, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany) and has been a guest/source for the BBC, NPR, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The New York Times, A Folha de Sao Paulo, The Toronto Star. From 2006-2008, he taught at Brunel University in London.

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Stargate SG-1


Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

thirty something

This Life

Till Death Us Do Part

Twin Peaks

Veronica Mars

West Wing

The Wire

The Wonder Years


Xena: Warrior Princess

The X-Files

<>Yes Minister


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