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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

Nov 23, 2015

Welcome to the third and final segment in a series that profiles the many talented, funny women who played such a huge role in the making of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. This segment focuses on the creators James L. Brooks and Allan Burns’ first woman writer, Treva Silverman.

Comedy writer Treva Silverman was brought in to write, partly for her perspective on how to frame a woman’s voice realistically in a script. And because she was a funny, talented person. We see that in how some of the best plots and character development involve male characters – Lou, Ted and Murray.

This installment includes reflections from Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, whose 2013 book, Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted, has served as the framework for these podcasts. Armstrong’s book weaves the formative years of Silverman’s career through The Mary Tyler Moore Show’s seven years on the air.