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Thousands of comedies, dramas & news shows have aired, yet the presence of strong women – both in front of and behind the camera - is often a story untold. Advanced TV Herstory believes it’s all worth telling and re-telling.

Sometimes shows offer great leadership lessons or are so timeless in their writing that people say the series has aged very well. We’ll revisit moments in TV where women broke records, exceeded expectations or put their careers on the line. Advanced TV Herstory connects the treasures & moments of the past and places it into context of American life, for women, today.

Tomorrow’s success is rooted in understanding what has come before us. Knowledge is power. So gear up for a little storytelling and fun, sociology, fashion, economics or strategy. It’s all here in Advanced TV Herstory.

Hosted and produced by Cynthia Bemis Abrams

Dec 14, 2016

Betwitched's incredible popularity

Elizabeth Montgomery and William Asher as producers

Backstory of high school writing submission

Noted woman writer Barbara Avedon helped develop the script

Holiday episode boldly addresses series underlying message of diversity


Nov 26, 2016

Career profile of Agnes Nixon, including interview with media studies professor Elana Levine, PhD of University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Nixon (Northwestern University) legacy of daytime drama show creation

Approach to storyelling

 

 


Nov 5, 2016

Aired for single season, during the Bush administration

Woman VP ascends to presidency

Balance of sinister & good

Geena Davis, woman surrounded primarily by men

 


Oct 15, 2016

Maude character was spin off from All in the Family, a Norman Lear production

Bea Arthur's theatrical chops

Plots touched on every controversial topic of the day & was a sought-after cameo role for big name stars.

Norms & values discussed across the generations - Maude, daughter Carol (played by Adrienne Barbeau) &...


Oct 7, 2016

America’s EveryWoman, Rosie O’Donnell

Humble beginnings,

Comedy roles in sitcoms & A League of Their Own

1996-2002 award winning talk-variety show

Burnout, followed by a publishing career

Books: Celebrity Detox (2007)

Billie Jean King, Donald Trump and beauty pageants

The View, Barbara Walters, Alpha...