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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

Jan 23, 2016

On December 11, 1989, Designing Women aired the episode that finally spoke to actress Delta Burke’s increasing weight gain. It’s entitled They Shoot Fat Women, Don’t They? and came about after months and months of tabloid fodder. This installment examines that episode in depth.

Behind the pageant queen profile is a trained actress. Burke studied acting in London and had appeared in guest roles on a host of series in the 70s and early 80s. In a sense, Suzanne Sugarbaker wasn’t that far removed from Delta Burke.

We hear too from Wendy Burns-Ardolino, Ph.D. and author of TV Female Foursomes and Their Fans who has insight into how the 4 women of this great series collaborated for success.