Finally, a podcast that studies, analyzes and celebrates women in TV. Thousands of comedies, variety shows and dramas have aired, yet the presence of strong women – both in front of and behind the camera - is an experience we need to understand better and embrace.
With an eye to aligning the leadership lesson, time capsule observation or fascinating backstory of a show’s success or failure, my goal of Advanced TV Herstory is to connect the treasures of the past to the great potential of today’s TV and online platforms. Tomorrow’s success is rooted in understanding what has come before us. So gear up for a little sociology, economics, strategy, storytelling and fun.
Year 7: A Brief State of the Podcast
Celebrating the podcast's 7th complete year, Cynthia revisits highlights of the past year, muses on the state of TV and streaming today, and preaches the wisdom of owning physical copies of your favorites.
Top Rate TV Liza
Liza Minnelli is celebrating 50 years since Cabaret, her big break film.TV revealed of Liza's talents as well as her love of performing which was not always detected on film. Cynthia spotlights Liza sharing the stage with Mikhail Baryshnikov, The Muppets, Goldie Hawn, Robert Plant, Guns & Roses, Shirley MacLaine and Diahann Carroll in a host of formats that showcased her dramatic, dancing and singing.
Lorna Luft's Me and My Shadows
The Judy Garland Show Christmas Special https://youtu.be/oOmjvgaT9-A
The Muppet Show (Nov. 1979) Copacabana clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCGSZmTsX7o
The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood, or Oh Wolf, Peter Wolf https://youtu.be/DixzC8Fur5g
UK Daily Mail interview about the early days of HIV/AIDS https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2004484/Liz-Taylor-taught-live-life-Liza-Minnelli-pays-moving-tribute-friend.html
Women of The Americans
Cold War espionage with an 80s feminist touch - The Americans (FX, 2013-2018) gave us a new form of anti-hero in Elizabeth Jennings, played by Keri Russell. Cynthia and guest author Linda Mizejewski discuss the award-winning series' women, its commitment to accuracy and the bold approach of depicting spies as real people. Linda Mizejewski's book The Americans, published by Wayne State Press https://www.wsupress.wayne.edu/books/detail/americans Slate's podcast series on The Americans https://slate.com/tag/the-americans
Advanced TV Herstory episode on Viewers for Quality TV https://advancedtvherstory.libsyn.com/tending-the-fandom
Cynthia recounts the lives and careers of talented TV women who died in 2021. While some died unexpectedly of disease, the long list features names of women who worked well into their golden years. Join this celebration of their impact on TV and come away with renewed energy to cheer on the amazing women in your own circle, while they're still around. The list includes: Betty White, Cloris Leachman, Jessica Walter, Cicely Tyson, Markie Post and Mary Wilson of The Supremes.
Pt. 2 Revisiting Diana Ross' Central Park Concert feat. Shayla Lawson
This is the second of 2 episodes featuring a deep discussion with poet, author, and professor Shayla Lawson about 1983's Showtime worldwide stream of Diana Ross' concert in a summer deluge.
Lawson delivers a candid description of the herstoric concert's impact and what Diana Ross and her authenticity mean to women of color in Lawson's 2020 book, This is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope .
Revisiting Diana Ross' Central Park Concert with Shayla Lawson (Pt. 1)
This is the first of 2 episodes featuring a deep discussion with poet, author, and professor Shayla Lawson about 1983's Showtime worldwide stream of Diana Ross' concert in a summer deluge.
Lawson delivers a candid description of the herstoric concert's impact and what Diana Ross and her authenticity mean to women of color in her 2020 book, This Is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope.
The “Wow” factor
Who knew? All these shows I grew up watching - it’s fascinating to learn the back stories, and the impact on shows that came later. I find myself thinking “wow - I never knew that!” every time.
What Was And Will Be
Abrams does a beautiful job of creating comprehensive episodes on women's impact in TV. Not only does she do clear research, but she includes experts to offer a more nuanced view. Episodes range from single TV episodes to overall social change through the medium. Definitely worth high praise.
Fascinating, compelling, very high quality
I loooooooooooooove this podcast. There are so many media podcasts that are basically just "two dudes talk about shows they like" and this is a perfect antidote for the worst of those. The podcast feels like the best kind of media studies college class with the professor you want to hang around to talk to after class. Highly, highly recommended and can't wait for more episodes!