09 Other Desilu Shows From Women in Early TV for the American Women Writers National Museum [Video]

09 Other Desilu Shows From Women in Early TV for the American Women Writers National Museum [Video]

Many thanks to Janice Law of the American Women Writers National Museum who invited me to give a short talk on The Women of Early TV.

I enjoyed sharing the names and careers of women like Peg Lynch, Gertrude Berg, Selma Diamond, and D.C. Fontana to the members who gathered on Zoom last Wednesday morning. There are so many more I could have talked about whose names don’t appear in mainstream books about the history of television so we have to learn who they are and carry those names forward ourselves.  It’s one of the missions of the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting – and has been one of my missions all my life.

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Transcript:

…and those programs include some very very popular shows. The Andy Griffith Show — still in reruns today as well and something that we know in television history for a million reasons including the fact that this young man grew up to be Academy Award-winning director Ronnie Howard right? So this was an amazingly iconic show that people still recognize and reference today. Obviously The Mod Squad — very fresh and new thing for the 60s. So she had a good eye — Lucille Ball had a good eye for what would sell and what was progressive and moving forward right? Isn’t that interesting? She captured both the past and the present in the ideas that she put forward and of course, Mannix was just basically an iconic detective show. However, also think about the progressiveness of it. His “girl Friday” was an African-American woman and she was a working woman, right? Who had a real position in his company and she was very intrinsic to what he did. So that’s a pretty amazing step forward again all coming out of Lucy’s creative ideas. Yes to this no to that. These are the shows she said yes to including, I like to say, a little show called Star Trek right?

Many thanks to Janice Law of the American Women Writers National Museum who invited me to give a short talk on The Women of Early TV.

I enjoyed sharing the names and careers of women like Peg Lynch, Gertrude Berg, Selma Diamond, and D.C. Fontana to the members who gathered on Zoom last Wednesday morning. There are so many more I could have talked about whose names don’t appear in mainstream books about the history of television so we have to learn who they are and carry those names forward ourselves. It’s one of the missions of the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting – and has been one of my missions all my life.

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Women pioneers who created, produced, or shepherded many of America’s most wildly popular, early television programs will be profiled by Dr. Rosanne Welch.

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