Stealing the Show: How Women Are Revolutionizing Television

Stealing the Show: How Women Are Revolutionizing Television

From a leading cultural journalist, the definitive cultural history of female showrunners?including exclusive interviews with such influential figures as Shonda Rhimes, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Mindy Kaling, Amy Schumer, and many more. ?An urgent and entertaining history of the transformative powers of women in TV? (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). In recent years, women hav From a leading cultural journalist, the definitive cultural history of female showrunners?including exclusive...

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Title:Stealing the Show: How Women Are Revolutionizing Television
Author:Joy Press
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1501137735
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Stealing the Show: How Women Are Revolutionizing Television Reviews

  • Ang
    Sep 22, 2018
    This was good, though I didn't always agree with the author's conclusions. If you're a TV head, though, it's probably worth checking out. ...
  • Sherwood Smith
    Feb 12, 2018
    History is a giant tease: it jerks around our hopes and assumptions, it ebbs and surges and doubles back on itself. The long arc of history may bend toward justice, but when you're living through a reactionary period, it feels as if progress were being forced treacherously backward ...
  • Nichola
    Dec 03, 2018
    A great look back at the influential women who have moved our television watching selves forward culturally by producing, writing, show running, and creating work showcasing the female point of view and the female experience. Some I knew about, some I sort-of remembered, and some led m...
  • Sandra
    Jan 26, 2018
    Stealing the Show. I thought I was going to love this book. I am pro-female, ever rooting for a woman to make her mark in the world. I am thankful to the women how have struggled to making groundbreaking t.v. and film come to my screen. However except for a few of the women mentione...
  • Sharon
    May 17, 2018
    Interesting and thoughtful. Historical perspective on groundbreaking shows like Murphy Brown but also discussions of industry & cultural impact by newer shows by female showrunners such as Gilmore Girls and Orange is the New Black. Highly recommended for T.V. fans. ***This review ...
  • Kristen Lemaster
    Jul 06, 2018
    A little slow at the start, but then this transforms into a highly entertaining and nuanced exploration of how women fought like hell to break into the television industry. Beware of some spoilers if you aren?t up to date on the shows mentioned (particularly the sections on dramedy a...
  • Lizzie
    Feb 18, 2019
    Love pop culture? Fun foray into how women are reshaping television. Nine chapters covers various women, starting with Murphy Brown and Roseanne as heirs to Mary Tyler Moore, upending the traditional domestic woman. Leading to chapters on Gilmore Girls and Shonda Rhimes paving the way ...
  • Brenda
    Nov 26, 2017
    I felt like I'd fallen down a rabbit hole...a completely different world than the one I live in. I admire strong women who control their destiny and make change happen; but the women portrayed in this book, particularly the last half, seemed to be grabbing at a change that I don't thin...
  • Theresa Alan
    Nov 04, 2017
    If you?re a fan of Orange is the New Black or Scandal or Grey?s Anatomy or Broad City or Transparent or 30 Rock (among others discussed in these pages), this nonfiction book about the struggles and strides of the women behind the camera should be interesting to you. With the ex...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Mar 24, 2018
    I don't read a lot of nonfiction, I expect it to be work. This book is so far from work that I honestly wanted to work more. Divided into chapters, most devoted to individual show runners, this is mostly a book that tells a basic story of a groundbreaking television show. None of these...
  • Kate
    Mar 26, 2018
    Really spectacular. I hesitated, because so much has been happening in Hollywood over the last few months, and I figured this would feel dated. On the contrary, this is a timely and fascinating look at women behind the scenes in television. Recommendddddddd. ...
  • Jennifer Abella
    Oct 15, 2018
    Loved this look at women showrunners, their vision and the impact of their work ...
  • Felicia Risolo
    Mar 30, 2018
    I really liked reading about these different women in their roles - some I was more familiar with than others, so I enjoyed getting a bit more backstory on them. I wish some of the chapters went a bit more in depth but I still enjoyed the whole book. Seems weird to say this, but I enjo...
  • Chris Jaffe
    Aug 25, 2018
    This was a very interesting book about the rise of female showrunners on TV. I really enjoyed most of the book, but there were a few chapters dealing with shows I hadn't heard of before and I didn't get as much out of those chapters. Maybe that's on me, though. I nearly gave this book ...
  • Mediaman
    Oct 01, 2018
    This lop-sided book is nothing but feminist propaganda. It does a horrible job regarding the history of women on television, contains errors, and skips over many significant events or people in order to focus on a few modern women that the author wants to promote and praise. Nothing fa...
  • Niamh
    Jun 24, 2018
    If anything, this makes me more and more motivated to get writing and launch that career I want. ...
  • Chris Roberts
    Feb 25, 2018
    Lena Dunham is the voice of a masturbatory, hyper-self and her pathological ethos lends itself well to Generation Trash. A feral Lena Dunham, naked on a toilet seat, devouring cake, is a scene I've watched in a hundred David Lynch movies. Chris Roberts, God Ascendant ...
  • Amanda
    Oct 31, 2018
    Was a well informed book. Disappointed that it didn't go more in depth, with more showrunners, but that's just a personal preference. Was disappointed to see a show misnamed in the index. There is no "My" in front of Crazy Ex Girlfriend, something the creators have spoken about at leng...
  • Ignacio
    Jan 15, 2019
    Mediante nueve artículos sobre una creadora y una o dos series producidas por ella, Joy Press cuenta y analiza cómo cada una se hizo hueco en un mundo eminentemente masculino y abrió la puerta a nuevos personajes e historias. El recorrido, iniciado a finales de los 80 con Diane Engl...
  • Carli
    Jan 02, 2019
    This book is perfect for a female-pop-culture inclined nerd like me! Loved learning about the inner workings of female-run TV shows, and loved thinking about the broader cultural implications these shows have had for women in society. The interviews were interesting, and the broader co...
  • Patricia Romero
    Feb 04, 2018
    This book looks at how these women fought to get where they are and to be treated as equals with the men who are primarily running television/film.  While I thought the book started out strong and ended strong, the middle was little more than telling us about the series episodes an...
  • Katie
    Jan 21, 2019
    As it is practically impossible for me to be a casual fan of anything TV-related, this book seemed like it was made for me. A book about female showrunners and executive producers? YES PLEASE. Upon finishing it, though, I would say it helps to be a fan of these women and their shows. D...
  • Genevieve Brassard
    Feb 20, 2019
    If you like TV, complex female protagonists, and feminism (plus a dash of Hollywood gossip ?), this book might be for you ? ...
  • Andréa Fehsenfeld
    Jun 29, 2018
    Books that examine the history of pop culture are always a good read. With memories and attention spans getting shorter and shorter, it's easy to forget how ground breaking certain films, TV shows and books have been, let alone the timely movements that brought change to each medium. ...
  • Anna Bogetti
    Nov 15, 2017
    This book wasn?t exactly what I was expecting.i was under the impression that it was going to be about female showrunners and their stories, but really it was just a description of their shows. The first chapter was the strongest, describing how groundbreaking the show was and the li...
  • Maddie Gretzky
    Oct 17, 2018
    I really enjoyed how Joy Press focused on the writing side of things, even when I wouldn?t have thought to wonder about that aspect. Now, where?s the remote- I have some rewatching to do. ...
  • Sophia Moir
    Mar 25, 2018
    Do you watch TV? Do you read books? Are you pro-women smashing the glass ceiling? Then this book is for you! Genuinely found this a fascinating read. The author?s expert knowledge of women working their way up the ladder at various TV shows was really insightful. The only issue I had...
  • Taylor (TaysInfiniteThougts)
    May 18, 2018
    This book covers the struggles and strife of females behind the camera. I enjoyed reading this and learning about the history of TV and the role women have played. If you love history, especially the history women have created, you will love this book. You would think that all of the s...
  • Miz
    Mar 20, 2019
    timely and very well-written, but it lost a star for its lena dunham section, which was better than i thought it would be, but was still annoyingly protective of her. ...
  • Kim Forney
    Sep 24, 2018
    : I liked the book. It was long and had so much information about women in television. I was confused at first trying to follow a timeline with TV shows who stars were women (Murphy Brown, Roseanne, and Cagney & Lacey) and talking about women writers and producers. She intertwines ...