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New York University Press

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How to Watch Television

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In her analysis of The Hunt with John Walsh, Amanda Keeler explores the public service function of true crime television programs that feature unsolved or unresolved cases. Trough an investigation of visual style and narrative elements, Keeler examines the multiple intentions of television programs that seek to entertain audiences and simultaneously help solve crimes.


Published version. "The Hunt with John Walsh: True Crime Storytelling," in How to Watch Television. Eds. Ethan Thompson and Jason Mittell. New York: New York University Press, 2020: 221-229. Publisher link. © 2020 New York University Press. Used with permission.

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