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Love TV? TV women have brought us great lessons in leadership, achievement and diligence. It’s time their stories are told and in many cases, placed in the proper context of the women’s movement, social change and political trends. Representation of women on TV – whether it’s in the news, programming schedule or sports – is a fraction of the amount of screen time men get. Yet every generation of women is profoundly impacted by what they see. It’s more than the memory of watching it, it’s the confidence that if a girl or woman sees another doing it, she is more likely to believe in herself.

Advanced TV Herstory finds those seminal moments, those important episodes of iconic shows or profiles of women whose persistence was exemplary, and tells those stories. Within each episode, we zero in on the life lessons discovered through research and analysis. Shows from every era and genre, and the women who made them, get their place in the spotlight. 

Hosted and produced by Cynthia Bemis Abrams

Nov 23, 2015

Chief (female) writer for The Mary Tyler Moore Show; Comedy from a woman's perspective; Emmy TV Legends interview 2007

Bumped into James L. Brooks, moved to Hollywood; CBS transitions away from Green Acres and the Hillbillies

Excerpts from Jennifer Keishin Armstrong interview & what she learned researching Mary and Lou...


Nov 18, 2015

Interview with author Jennifer Keishin Armstrong about her book Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And All the Brilliant Minds who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show A Classic

Part 2 of 3/ Writers Susan Silver, Jenna McMahon, Gail Parent, Marilyn Suzanne Miller, Monica McGowan Johnson, Gloria Banta and Pat Nardo.

Sybil...


Nov 12, 2015

Guest Jennifer Keishin Armstrong; Background, Northwestern University. Resource: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong (2013) Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted – and All the Brilliant Minds Who Made the Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic.

Women behind the scenes enthusiastically agreed to be interviewed for book. > The Rhoda look,...


Nov 6, 2015

The Movie-of-the-Week Pilot with Loretta Swit as Cagney. Limits with MASH contract. Auditions by prominent TV/film actresses, Meg Foster gets the nod. Powerful writing, ever-changing timeslot.

Canceled with a caveat > Foster out, Gless in. It's a really great story!