The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

Community News Network

January 30, 2013

Slate: How Tina Fey changed TV

(Continued)

Even though more opportunities for women now exist, TV comedy, like TV in general, still remains an unquestionably male-dominated field. "Modern Family" has been the Emmy-anointed Best Comedy on television for three years running, but only one of the 12 producers credited with last year's victory is a woman. Fewer than half of the members of the writing staff of "The Big Bang Theory" are Pennys as opposed to Sheldons. According to IMDB, in the 20-plus years that "The Simpsons" has been on the air, only seven of its 71 episode-writing credits belong to women. Even the "30 Rock" writing staff skews male but, to its credit, just barely: According to NBC, five of its 12 current writers are women.

It may be too early to determine what the lasting legacy of Liz Lemon is, especially since it's not quite clear, prefinale, how to interpret what appears to be Liz's decision to be a stay-at-home mom to her newly adopted twins, Terry and Janet (aka Lil Tracy and Lil Jenna) — a decision that will undoubtedly start a whole new round of Lemonalysis in the blogosphere. But these words written by Fey herself in the aforementioned Bossypants sound at least partly right to me:

My unsolicited advice to women in the workplace is this. When faced with sexism or ageism or lookism or even really aggressive Buddhism, ask yourself the following question: "Is this person in between me and what I want to do?" If the answer is no, forget it and move on . . . don't waste your energy trying to educate or change opinions. Go "Over! Under! Through!" and opinions will change organically when you're the boss. Or they won't. Who cares? Do your thing and don't care if they like it.

---

Jen Chaney, formerly the @Celebritology blogger for The @WashingtonPost, is the current Downton Abbey recapper for @Vulture and a professional pop culture junkie. Follow her @ChaneyJ.

Text Only
Community News Network
Featured Ads
Promotions
Poll

Does Dallas head coach Jason Garrett need for the Cowboys to make the playoffs during the 2014 football season to keep his job?

Yes
No
Who knows with Jerry Jones as owner?
     View Results
Facebook
Must Read
Photos


See more photos and purchase prints here.

AP Video
Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide