Global Formats and Canadian Television: The Case of Deal or No Deal

Ira M Wagman

Abstract


This article discusses the circulation of format television, with a particular emphasis on the Canadian version of the program Deal or No Deal. It argues for the importance of circulation as a concept for understanding the ways in which format television programs—and other forms of popular culture—travel in different cultural contexts. Through the case of Deal we can see how delays, interruptions, re-purposing, and reframing of artifacts are part of the daily rhythms that characterize the circulation of cultural works on a global scale and serve as a possible analytical opening for appreciating the flows of culture that have historically existed between the United States and Canada.

Cet article examine la circulation des formats télévisés, mettant un accent particulier sur la version canadienne de l’émission Deal or No Deal. Il affirme l’importance de la circulation pour comprendre comment les formats télévisés—et d’autres formes de culture populaire—diffèrent selon le milieu culturel. Avec Deal or No Deal, on peut voir comment les retards, interruptions, adaptations et recadrages font partie intégrante des rythmes quotidiens qui caractérisent la circulation des oeuvres culturelles à l’échelle mondiale et offrent une ouverture possible pour l’analyse de ces flux culturels qui ont longtemps existé entre les États-Unis et le Canada.


Keywords


Television; Canada; Circulation; Globalization

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.2013v38n4a2692

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