129 episodes

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.

Advanced TV Herstory Cynthia Bemis Abrams, TV Scholar, Writer, Leadership/PR consultant

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    • 4.5 • 27 Ratings

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.

    Role Models in the 4-Female Sitcom

    Role Models in the 4-Female Sitcom

    Cynthia chats role models and memorable characters found in the 4-Female sitcom construct, with Summer Martin of The Unconventional Woman Podcast. Guest Wendy Burns-Ardolino contributes insights into what qualities and traits viewers look for in their role models and how 4 women characters offer fluidity to leading conversations.
    Excerpts from Mara Brock-Akil, showrunner of Girlfriends and the Irish cast of Derry Girls with showrunner Lisa McGee (YouTube)
    https://youtu.be/5y7jcmkotw4 (M Brock Akil)
    Derry Girls https://youtu.be/bbjpEnH_Zb0
    Wendy Burns-Ardolino's book TV Female Foursome and Their Fans  https://mcfarlandbooks.com/product/tv-female-foursomes-and-their-fans/
     

    • 34 min
    Iconic Women, As Characters and Themselves

    Iconic Women, As Characters and Themselves

    In the 3rd of 4 episodes about role models and memorable characters, Cynthia and Summer delve deep into some of the most crafted, defined, distinct women characters to ever grace the dramatic small screen. They follow it up with a list of similarly refined, authentic real women – whose growth and stature have unfolded over the decades.
    Dr. Camille Saroyan (Bones)
    Chris Cagney and MaryBeth Lacey (Cagney & Lacey)
    AnnaLiese Keating (How to Get Away With Murder)
    Olivia Pope (Scandal)
    Robin Roberts (Good Morning America)
    Joy Reid (The Reid Out)
    Gayle King
    Oprah
    Shonda Rhimes
    Martha Stewart
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    Clip: Season 2 opener of Martha and Snoop’s Dinner Party
    Music: Jahzzar's Take Me Higher (www.freemusicarchive.org)
    Summer Martin of The Unconventional Woman podcast
    www.tuwpodcast.com
    Editing and sound design by Catherine Yang

    • 36 min
    They Showed Us Who We Could Be

    They Showed Us Who We Could Be

    Deep chat with Summer Martin of The Unconventional Woman Podcast about role models & memorable characters and what they meant for us, our aunties, mothers and friendships.
    We discuss the powerful impressions of Freddie Brooks of A Different World, The Flying Nun's Sister Bertille and Homeland's Carrie Mathison. Temple University student Maryam Muhammad adds her perspective on Cree Summer's Freddie Brooks.
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    Maryam Muhammad, student at Temple University and blogger at Medium, a place where writers, influencers and podcasters get the word out. Find her work at www.maryamazeeza.com –
    Instagram: @NeptunesNegress and Twitter: @OilyEyelids.
    Summer Martin, co-host and podcaster
    Twitter @summerygory, Instagram: unconventional _woman
    podcast https://www.tuwpodcast.com/
    Claire Danes on Carrie Mathison - Showtime's Homeland YouTube Channel - S. 8 trailer
    Freddie Brooks on A Different World S.6, E.1
    Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, author of Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted.
    Advanced TV Herstory Episodes
    Women of MTM (1970-77) Pt 1
    Women of MTM Pt 2 (Words, Casting, Fashion)
    Women Writers of MTM Pt 3 (Treva Silverman)

    • 28 min
    Celebrating Role Models & Memorable Characters

    Celebrating Role Models & Memorable Characters

    Deep chat with Summer Martin of The Unconventional Woman Podcast about role models & memorable characters and what they meant for us, our aunties, mothers and friendships.
    We discuss the impact of Freddie Brooks of A Different World, Mary Richards of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Cosby Show's Clair Huxtable and others on us and generations older and younger. Temple University student Maryam Muhammad adds her perspective on Cree Summer's Freddie Brooks.
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    Maryam Muhammad, student at Temple University and blogger at Medium, a place where writers, influencers and podcasters get the word out. Find her work at www.maryamazeeza.com –
    Instagram: @NeptunesNegress and Twitter: @OilyEyelids.
    Summer Martin, co-host and podcaster
    Twitter @summerygory, Instagram: unconventional _woman
    podcast https://www.tuwpodcast.com/
     
    Chris Spags' YouTube Channel - Tami Taylor
    The Cosby Show YouTube Channel - Night of the Wretched clip
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    Past relevant episodes of this podcast:
    Jennifer Keishin Armstrong  author of Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted:
    Women of MTM (1970-77)
    Women of MTM: Words, casting & fashion
    Women Writers of MTM
    Dr. Robin Means Coleman on Debbie Allen’s transformation of A Different World
    Cagney & Lacey
    6 Lost Episodes of Cagney & Lacey
    Concept to Pilot: Cagney & Lacey
     
     

    • 34 min
    Presenting Margaret Cho

    Presenting Margaret Cho

    When she starred in All-American Girl in 1994-5, Margaret Cho became a TV Herstory groundbreaker. All-American Girl was the first network sitcom to feature an all Asian-American cast. Cho discusses lessons from the series in depth with Ashley Pacini of The Reel Women and Cynthia.
    This interview caps a summer series collaboration of Advanced TV Herstory and The Reel Women, a community that celebrates the successes of women in filmed entertainment.
    Other topics:
    How a white person can become better ally.
    The PoC talent pipeline.
    A stand-up comedian's schedule in lockdown.
    The Margaret Cho (her podcast on Earios & a few of her guests).
    Her 2002 book I'm the One I Want
    Resources:
    Margaret's website
    The Reel Women
    Jahzzar's Take Me Higher at Free Music Archive
    Introductory shout out to Chicago's Arcus Behavioral Health & Wellness

    • 37 min
    Pepper Reed is a Reel Woman on the Rise

    Pepper Reed is a Reel Woman on the Rise

    Sometimes we don't recognize or celebrate persistence while it's going on. This interview with Pepper Reed, part of the collaboration with The Reel Women, a community of women with careers in TV and film, is a testament to persistence.
    In this episode led by Ashley Pacini, Pepper explains how writing and script supervising influence directing and why she chose the formal training that has prepared her to wear so many hats.
    Ashley & Pepper discuss the positions for which living in Los Angeles or New York are essential, the power of networking and the importance of setting professional goals.
     
     
     

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Mnkaren ,

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.

Deconstructing Damsels ,

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.

livimeikle ,

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!

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