author, The Sopranos Sessions
The Sopranos: The Show That Changed Television
April 1, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
School of Communication and Media - Presentation Hall, Room 1040
Sponsored by The Film Institute at Montclair StateCostFreePosted InThe Film Institute at Montclair State
Join us for a free screening of the pilot episode of The Sopranos and conversation with TV critic and author Alan Sepinwall (Rolling Stone), and television studies Professor Hugh Curnutt, as they discuss the impact of the TV show that is considered a game changer for the industry, and has been called one of the masterpieces of American popular culture.
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Alan Sepinwall is an American television reviewer and writer. He spent 14 years as a columnist with The Star-Ledger in Newark until leaving the newspaper in 2010 to work for the entertainment news website HitFix. He then wrote for Uproxx, where he worked for two years. He now writes for Rolling Stone. Sepinwall began writing about television with reviews of NYPD Blue while attending the University of Pennsylvania, which led to his job at The Star-Ledger. In 2007, immediately after The Sopranos ended, series creator David Chase granted his sole interview to Sepinwall. In 2009, Sepinwall openly urged NBC to renew the action-comedy series Chuck, and NBC Entertainment co-president Ben Silverman sarcastically credited Sepinwall for the show's revival. Slate.com said Sepinwall "changed the nature of television criticism" and called him the "acknowledged king of the form" with regard to weekly episode recaps and reviews. Sepinwall and television critic Dan Fienberg hosted a podcast at HitFix called Firewall & Iceberg, in which they discussed and reviewed television until October 2015. During his time at Uproxx, Sepinwall hosted a podcast called TV Avalanche with fellow television critic Brian Grubb.
Hugh Curnutt works in the areas of critical media and cultural studies. His research is broadly concerned with evolving communication technologies and the shifting intersection of media producers and consumers. His work has explored the changing televisual landscape, especially reality TV's role in the ongoing reconfiguration of television's institutions, performers, and audiences in a post-network era. His current project examines the impact of mobile technologies and self-authored media content on contemporary celebrity and the political economy of digital labor. Dr. Curnutt's research has appeared in a range of scholarly journals and anthologies, including Media, Culture & Society; Television & New Media; Communication Quarterly; Film and Television Stardom; and Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society.