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So Where Did All the #MeToo TV Shows Go?

Oct 5, 2018  •  Post A Comment

That’s the question posed by Vanity Fair TV Correspondent Joy Press.

Writes Press, “Ironically, a handful of shows fueled by female rage and trauma appeared just before #MeToo got rolling—and then disappeared. I’m thinking of series like MTV’s ‘Sweet/Vicious,’ a short-lived black comedy about two college students who become vigilantes avenging campus rapes, and Amazon’s ‘One Mississippi’ with Tig Notaro as a comedian who has returned to her childhood home to sift through the sexual trauma of her youth. Both series were canceled too soon.”

Press also says in her essay, “#MeToo subplots have become a standard element of several TV shows, among them ‘GLOW,’ ‘The Good Fight,’ ‘Jessica Jones,’ and ‘BoJack Horseman.’ It’s such a pervasive topic that even a comedy like ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ is considering addressing it, and the ‘Murphy Brown’ reboot has an upcoming episode about #MeToo entitled #MurphyToo.

“So why haven’t we seen a flood of new #MeToo and Time’s Up-inspired series unfurling across the TV landscape yet? One reason is that shows take a long time to incubate; another might be that TV executives were slow to absorb the enormity of the tectonic shift the country was undergoing, and quick to assume that it would not be a lasting phenomenon.”

Press concludes her piece with this anecdote: “Veteran producer Lynda Obst has been working on female-focused stories for years, including a forthcoming TV version of ‘The Hot Zone’ starring Julianna Margulies. Although Amazon canceled her recent series about young, second-wave feminists, ‘Good Girls Revolt,’ after one season, she feels optimistic about the current moment for women’s narratives. ‘Our stories haven’t been told—there are hundreds of stories about women that haven’t been told. The window isn’t going to close all of a sudden, like, “We are not interested in women anymore!”’ she declared. ‘We have awakened.’”

We urge you to read Press’s complete essay, which you can find on the Vanity Fair site if you click here.

One Comment

  1. One thing I learned in this business a long time ago, is that if there is demand for the product it gets made. As she writes in the article many shows have done episodes already and many more are planning them. But there may not be a demand for a weekly series. I do know that there are a lot of activists who will be looking for a cause next week. Maybe they could stand outside the studio executives offices and demand the programming that they aren’t seeing.

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