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Welcome to Advanced TV Herstory, the podcast that connects the dots of TV & feminism and American politics & culture. We tell the stories of women in TV who have had a profound impact on the confidence and aspirations of generations of girls and women.

We highlight the pioneering journalists, talented actresses, and gutsy writers who challenged societal norms and provide historical context for their achievements within the cultural and political trends of the time. By exploring the past, we ensure that the struggles, triumphs, and milestones of these women are not lost to history.

Hosted and produced by television scholar Cynthia Bemis Abrams, Advanced TV Herstory is more than just a podcast. It is a research-based examination of the evolution of television and women in our society. Each episode is an opportunity to inspire listeners to believe in themselves, challenge norms, break barriers, and shape the future of television and our world.

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Jul 19, 2017

Host Cynthia Bemis Abrams welcomed April Smith to Advanced TV Herstory, to discuss writing quality plots from a woman's point of view, side by side with men in the writers' room. Novelist April Smith got her start telling stories on TV for award winning shows like Lou Grant, Cagney & Lacey and Chicago Hope. She highlights her career that began writing short stories in Boston, but found her way to Los Angeles through help from friends. Series featuring April Smith's work include James at 15/16, Lou Grant Cagney & Lacey (writer & producer) and Chicago Hope

Smith's fiction work (mysteries, thrillers and historical fiction) includes the FBI Special Agent Ana Grey series.