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snl bookDocumentary filmmaker and screenwriter Matt Sienkiewicz, an assistant professor of communication, is co-editor (with Nick Marx and Ron Becker) of the new book Saturday Night Live and American TV. The book features essays that address issues ranging from race and gender to authorship and comedic performance, while following the 35-year history of the Emmy-winning show. “Success on television is all about balancing innovation with tradition — providing the audience with something new and current, but not so new that it feels totally unfamiliar. I would argue ‘SNL’ represents this as well as anything on TV,” says Sienkiewicz. “It’s a  great chance to look at a single source and see how things like technology, economics, politics and social mores have shaped the medium of television.” Read an interview with Sienkiewicz in the Boston College Chronicle.

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