Television show

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A television show (often simply TV show) is any content produced for broadcast via over-the-air, satellite, cable, or internet and typically viewed on a television set, excluding breaking news, advertisements, or trailers that are typically placed between shows.wikipedia
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Satellite television

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A television show (often simply TV show) is any content produced for broadcast via over-the-air, satellite, cable, or internet and typically viewed on a television set, excluding breaking news, advertisements, or trailers that are typically placed between shows.
A satellite receiver then decodes the desired television programme for viewing on a television set.

Miniseries

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A show with a limited number of episodes may be called a miniseries, serial, or limited series.
A miniseries (or mini-series) is a television program that tells a story in a predetermined, limited number of episodes.

Serial (radio and television)

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A show with a limited number of episodes may be called a miniseries, serial, or limited series. Except for soap opera-type serials, many shows especially before the 1980s, remained static without story arcs, and the main characters and premise changed little.
In television and radio programming, a serial has a continuing plot that unfolds in a sequential episode-by-episode fashion.

Television special

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A one-time show may be called a "special".
A television special (often TV special, or rarely "television spectacular") is a stand-alone television show which temporarily interrupts episodic programming normally scheduled for a given time slot.

Electronic program guide

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Television shows are most often scheduled well ahead of time and appear on electronic guides or other TV listings.
By tuning into an EPG channel, a menu is displayed that lists current and upcoming television programs on all available channels.

Terrestrial television

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A television show (often simply TV show) is any content produced for broadcast via over-the-air, satellite, cable, or internet and typically viewed on a television set, excluding breaking news, advertisements, or trailers that are typically placed between shows.
The BBC began broadcasting in 1929 and had a regular schedule of television programmes in 1930.

Live television

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The first national live television broadcast in the US took place on September 4, 1951 when President Harry Truman's speech at the Japanese Peace Treaty Conference in San Francisco was transmitted over AT&T's transcontinental cable and microwave radio relay system to broadcast stations in local markets.
In general, a live television program was more common for broadcasting content produced specifically for commercial television in the early years of the medium, before technologies such as video tape appeared.

Home video

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Television shows can be viewed as they are broadcast in real time (live), be recorded on home video or a digital video recorder for later viewing, or be viewed on demand via a set-top box or streamed over the internet.
The home video business distributes films, telemovies and television series in the form of videos in various formats to the public.

Television comedy

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A show may be fictional (as in comedies and dramas), or non-fictional (as in documentary, news, and reality television).
Among the earliest BBC television programmes in the 1930s was Starlight, which offered a series of guests from the music hall era, which often included singers and comedians.

Reality television

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A show may be fictional (as in comedies and dramas), or non-fictional (as in documentary, news, and reality television).
Reality television is a genre of television programming that documents supposedly unscripted real-life situations, and often features an otherwise unknown cast of individuals who are typically not professional actors.

Drama (film and television)

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A show may be fictional (as in comedies and dramas), or non-fictional (as in documentary, news, and reality television).
In film and television, drama is a genre of narrative fiction (or semi-fiction) intended to be more serious than humorous in tone.

Broadcast programming

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Television shows are most often scheduled well ahead of time and appear on electronic guides or other TV listings.
Dayparting is the practice of dividing the day into several parts, during each of which a different type of radio programming or television programming appropriate for that time is aired.

Local programming

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It may be topical (as in the case of a local newscast and some made-for-television films), or historical (as in the case of many documentaries and fictional series).
The terms local programme, local programming, local content or local television refers to a television program made by a television station or independent television producer for broadcast only within the station's transmission area or television market.

Educational television

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They could be primarily instructional or educational, or entertaining as is the case in situation comedy and game shows.
Educational television or learning television is the use of television programs in the field of distance education.

Television documentary

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A show may be fictional (as in comedies and dramas), or non-fictional (as in documentary, news, and reality television).
Documentary television is a genre of television programming that broadcasts documentaries.

Fiction

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A show may be fictional (as in comedies and dramas), or non-fictional (as in documentary, news, and reality television).
More broadly, fiction has come to encompass imaginative storytelling in any format, including writings, theatrical performances, comics, films, television programs, animations, games (most notably, video games and role-playing games), and so on.

Instructional television

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They could be primarily instructional or educational, or entertaining as is the case in situation comedy and game shows.
Instructional television (ITV) is the use of television programs in the field of distance education.

Hill Street Blues

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For instance, Hill Street Blues and St. Elsewhere were two of the first American prime time drama television series to have this kind of dramatic structure.
The show received critical acclaim, and its production innovations influenced many subsequent dramatic television series produced in the United States and Canada.

Television pilot

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Then they often "pitch" it to the various networks in an attempt to find one interested enough to order a prototype first episode of the series, known as a pilot. Eric Coleman, an animation executive at Disney, told an interviewer, "One misconception is that it's very difficult to get in and pitch your show, when the truth is that development executives at networks want very much to hear ideas. They want very much to get the word out on what types of shows they're looking for."
A television pilot (also known as a pilot or a pilot episode and sometimes marketed as a tele-movie) is a standalone episode of a television series that is used to sell the show to a television network.

Development hell

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Sometimes they save it for mid-season, or request rewrites and father review (known in the industry as development hell). Other times, they pass entirely, forcing the show's creator to "shop it around" to other networks.
Development hell, development limbo, or production hell is media industry jargon for a film, video game, television program, screenplay, software application, concept, or idea that remains in development (often moving between different crews, scripts, or studios) for an especially long time before it progresses to production, if it ever does.

Character (arts)

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When a person or company decides to create a new series, they develop the show's elements, consisting of the concept, the characters, the crew, and cast.
A character (sometimes known as a fictional character) is a person or other being in a narrative (such as a novel, play, television series, film, or video game).

Microwave transmission

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The first national live television broadcast in the US took place on September 4, 1951 when President Harry Truman's speech at the Japanese Peace Treaty Conference in San Francisco was transmitted over AT&T's transcontinental cable and microwave radio relay system to broadcast stations in local markets.
Microwave radio relay is a technology widely used in the 1950s and 1960s for transmitting signals, such as long-distance telephone calls and television programs between two terrestrial points on a narrow beam of microwaves.

Television film

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It may be topical (as in the case of a local newscast and some made-for-television films), or historical (as in the case of many documentaries and fictional series). A television film ("made-for-TV movie" or "television movie") is a film that is initially broadcast on television rather than released in theaters or direct-to-video.
These features originally filled a 90-minute programming time slot (including commercials), later expanded to two hours, and were usually broadcast as a weekly anthology television series (for example, the ABC Movie of the Week). Many early television movies featured major stars, and some were accorded higher budgets than standard television series of the same length, including the major dramatic anthology programs which they came to replace.

Story arc

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Except for soap opera-type serials, many shows especially before the 1980s, remained static without story arcs, and the main characters and premise changed little.
On a television program, for example, the story would unfold over many episodes.

Sitcom

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They could be primarily instructional or educational, or entertaining as is the case in situation comedy and game shows.
A situation comedy television program may be recorded in front of a studio audience, depending on the program's production format.