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March 6th, 2014
thesmithian

If the dictum of good writing is “write what you know,” what do women and people of color know? What dreams and nightmares do they have? What are their battles and fantasies? What stories aren’t we hearing from them?

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February 16th, 2014
thesmithian

Univision is launching…La Fabrica, a Spanish and English initiative that will produce original Web video series.

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February 2nd, 2014
thesmithian

'…Bill Kristol is now a contributor at ABC News, after a decade spent offering inaccurate predictions and baseless smears against Democrats on Fox News.'

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January 28th, 2014
thesmithian

ABC has given a pilot order…based on Eddie Huang’s memoir…set in the ’90s and revolves around a Chinese family that moves to suburban Orlando. (Huang’s real-life family is Taiwanese.) It centers on hip-hop-loving Eddie, raised by an immigrant father who is obsessed with all things American and an immigrant mother who is often bewildered by white culture.

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January 24th, 2014
thesmithian

OWN’s Tuesday night episode of the Tyler Perry drama The Haves and the Have Notsset a series record, drawing 2.84 million total viewers.

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December 22nd, 2013
thesmithian

'We need boys, but we need girls right there, right one step behind the boys”—this is the network talking—“one step behind the boys, not as smart as the boys, not as interesting as the boys, but right there.'

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October 11th, 2013
thesmithian

Magic Johnson will not return to ESPN as an NBA studio analyst, citing…busy schedule.

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September 4th, 2013
thesmithian

In ‘95, despite an online campaign (the first in the history of television) to save the cult hit, ABC cancelled “My So-Called Life.”

much more, here.

In ‘95, despite an online campaign (the first in the history of television) to save the cult hit, ABC cancelled “My So-Called Life.”

much more, here.

August 26th, 2013
thesmithian

The decisions that Maddow makes go a long way toward defining what MSNBC is…Phil Griffin, the president, calls Maddow “our quarterback,” the person who sets the tone for the network…and Griffin has spent the past two and a half years reinventing the network in Maddow’s image. At almost any time of the day, you can turn it on and encounter someone whose liberalism is earnest, upbeat, and perhaps a little wonky. Melissa Harris-Perry, one of the network’s rising stars, is a Tulane professor who rallies her followers on Twitter with the hashtag #Nerdland…

a bit more, here. full piece is published on paper.

The decisions that Maddow makes go a long way toward defining what MSNBC is…Phil Griffin, the president, calls Maddow “our quarterback,” the person who sets the tone for the network…and Griffin has spent the past two and a half years reinventing the network in Maddow’s image. At almost any time of the day, you can turn it on and encounter someone whose liberalism is earnest, upbeat, and perhaps a little wonky. Melissa Harris-Perry, one of the network’s rising stars, is a Tulane professor who rallies her followers on Twitter with the hashtag #Nerdland…

a bit more, here. full piece is published on paper.

August 13th, 2013
thesmithian

"You’re not going to go into a network and sell a show on really fascinating tales of black women, and Latina women, and old women and criminals. But if you take this white girl, this sort of fish out of water, and you follow her in, you can then expand your world and tell all of those other stories. But it’s a hard sell to just go in and try to sell those stories initially. The girl next door, the cool blonde, is a very easy access point, and it’s relatable for a lot of audiences and a lot of networks looking for a certain demographic. It’s useful."

more, plus an audio interview with Jenji Kohan, showrunner for Orange Is the New Black

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