Extended and revised call for chapters on select FX Channel original TV series are sought for an edited book collection.  In a similar vein as The Essential HBO Reader (2008), this scholarly collection will serve as a valuable resource for TV scholars and educators on FX’s history and its most critically acclaimed, noteworthy series.

Each chapter is expected to focus on each series’ creation and production history, its overall aesthetics and key performances, core themes, its association with genre conventions, and relevance to the FX Channel.  We still need chapter proposals on the following series:

Rescue Me, The Shield, Sons of Anarchy,  Atlanta, What We Do in the Shadows, American Crime Story (anthology), American Horror Story (anthology), Fargo (anthology), Mrs. America

Please send abstracts of 300-500 words identifying your chosen series accompanied by a short third person author bio (100 words max) to david.pierson@maine.edu as a Word document by May 15, 2024. Final chapters should be 6000-8000 words including references, and will be due on November 30, 2024.  For inquiries and questions on the availability of series, please feel free to contact David Pierson at david.pierson@maine.edu or Brian Faucette at brfaucette@gmail.com.


Editor Bios

David Pierson is a professor of media studies at the University of Southern Maine.  He has published an edited collection Breaking Bad: Critical Essays on the Contexts, Politics, Style, and Reception of the Television Series, a monograph on The Fugitive TV series, along with published chapters and journal articles on such TV series as Better Call Saul, Black Mirror, Breaking Bad, Combat, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Mad Men, Seinfeld and The Shield.  

Brian Faucette, Ph.D. teaches film and English composition courses at a two-year college.  His research focuses on the representation of American masculinities in contemporary and classical American film and television and American crime dramas in television. He is the author of Hawaii Five-O (2022) which is part of the Wayne State University TV Milestone series. He is the co-author of the book Cop Shows: A Critical History of Police Dramas on Television (2015). His most recent essay “It is Difficult to be a White Man in America: White Male Supremacy and the Alt-Right in HBO’s Watchmen” appears in the After Midnight: Analyzing the Post-Watchmen Sequels Ed. Drew Morton Univ. Press of Mississippi (2022). He has also contributed three new essays on Black Mirror, The Flash, and an Overview of Comic Book TV Shows for The Television Genre Book 4th edition (2023) edited by Glenn Creeber.