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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

Mar 20, 2017

Ann Curry's 10 years as face of news on The Today Show

Matt Lauer chemistry

Jane Pauley's forced departure in 1989

Bryan Gumbel's spin of Pauley departure

ABC's Kelly Ripa about voice, managing the message and taking risk.

Resource: Brian Stelter's (then a reporter for the New York Times) 2013 book, Top of the Morning:...


Oct 25, 2015

Picks up from podcast discussion of leadership growth of Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (The Closer Pt 1, Seasons 1-4)

Introduction of Capt. Sharon Raydor, played by Mary McDonnell

Style differences

Marriage challenges, alcoholism

Niece Charlie (played by Sosie Bacon) as parenting test

Are Johnson & Raydor modern day...


Jul 15, 2015

Kyra Sedgwick as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson

TNT Original Series - acclaimed and high ratings

Personal and professional growth

The Leadership Challenge by William Kouzes and Barry Posner


Jul 6, 2015

Sports Night - time capsule show during cable news' heyday & early days of the internet.

Felicity Huffman character - strong woman leader

Robert Guillaume character - mentoring leadership & journalistic integrity

Fight against corporate decisions

Advancement of women in male-dominated field

Serious issues covered in...