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Stealing the show : how women are revolutionizing television

Author / Creator
Press, Joy, 1966- author
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"From a leading cultural journalist, a definitive look at the rise of the female showrunner--and a new golden era of television. Female writers, directors, and producers have radically transformed ...

"From a leading cultural journalist, a definitive look at the rise of the female showrunner--and a new golden era of television. Female writers, directors, and producers have radically transformed the television industry in recent years. Shonda Rhimes, Lena Dunham, Tina Fey, Amy Schumer, Mindy Kaling: These extraordinary women have shaken up the entertainment landscape, making it look like an equal opportunity dream factory. But things weren't always this rosy. It took decades of determination in the face of preconceived ideas and outright prejudice to reach this new era. In this endlessly informative and wildly entertaining book, veteran journalist Joy Press tells the story of the maverick women who broke through the barricades, starting with Roseanne Barr (Roseanne) and Diane English (Murphy Brown), whose iconic shows redefined America's idea of "family values" and incited controversy that reached as far as the White House. Barr and English inspired the next generation of female TV writers and producers to carve out the creative space and executive power needed to present radically new representations of women on the small screen. Showrunners like Amy Sherman Palladino (Gilmore Girls), Jenji Kohan (Weeds, Orange Is the New Black), and Jill Soloway (Transparent) created characters and storylines that changed how women are seen and how they see themselves, in the process transforming the culture. Stealing the Show is the perfect companion to such bestsellers as Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Tina Fey's Bossypants, and Shonda Rhimes' Year of Yes'; not to mention Sheila Weller's Girls Like Us and Rebecca Traister's All the Single Ladies. Drawing on deep research and interviews with the key players, this is the exhilarating behind-the-scenes story of a truly groundbreaking revolution in television"--

Female writers, directors, and producers have radically transformed the television industry in recent years, shaking up the entertainment landscape, making it look like an equal opportunity dream factory. Press shows that it took decades of determination in the face of preconceived ideas and outright prejudice to reach this new era. She tells the stories of the maverick women who broke through the barricades, whose iconic shows inspired the next generation of female TV writers and producers to carve out the creative space and executive power needed to present radically new representations of women on the small screen.

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Creator
Joy Press
Format
Books
Publication
  • First Atria books hardcover edition
  • New York, NY : Atria Books, [2018]
  • ©2018
Physical Details
  • viii, 311 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBNs
9781501137716, 1501137719, 9781501137723, 1501137727, 9781501137730
OCLC
on1007504539

  • "February 2018"--Title page verso.
  • Includes index.

  • Introduction -- Look back in anchor : Diane English's Murphy Brown and the culture wars -- From rage to riches : Roseanne Barr and Roseanne -- Walking and talking as fast as they can : Amy Sherman-Palladino's Gilmore Girls -- The vajayjay monologues : the prime-time empire of Shonda Rhimes -- Sitcom and the single girl : Tina Fey's 30 Rock, Liz Meriwether's New Girl, and Mindy Kaling's The Mindy Project -- A voice of a generation : Lena Dunham's Girls -- Gross encounters : Inside Amy Schumer and Broad City -- Crime family values : Jenji Kohan's Weeds and Orange Is the New Black -- Body politic : Jill Soloway's Transparent -- Epilogue
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