A Case study of american-to-turkish transnational television adaptations
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This thesis provides a close reading of Turkish television series Doktorlar (2006- 2011) and Medcezir (2013-2015) as transnational adaptations of American dramas Grey’s Anatomy (2005) and The O.C. (2003-2007). The research deals closely with adaptation studies, its theory and its appeal for audiences and producers. Additionally, aspects of globalization of the television market and format trade as catalysts in making television content transnational and transcultural are discussed in detail. Later, the relationship of Turkish television series is demonstrated showing Turkey’s presence in the format market and the global television content trade. Conclusively, Doktorlar and Grey’s Anatomy, and Medcezir and The O.C. are comparatively analyzed as transnational/transcultural television adaptations from United States to Turkey. It is concluded that both of these Turkish series derive from their source texts immensely, yet the added local flavor is emblematic of the tendencies and practices of Turkish television as themes of motherhood and morality are sustained while refraining from excessive portrayal of sexuality and avoiding themes of homosexuality altogether. Meanwhile, some recurring themes, industrial tendencies, and the emerging innovative approaches in Turkish television are also mentioned.