Thursday, March 22, 2012
IN HONOR OF GLORIA STEINEM'S BIRTHDAY: Smash has been renewed for a second season, but creator (and primary writer for Season 1) Theresa Rebeck is going to be out as showrunner. Given how messy the season's been, it's not surprising, but what concerns me is that I believe it leaves Our Friend Shonda Rhimes (who, admittedly, will soon have 3 shows she's running on ABC's schedule) and Michelle King (who co-runs The Good Wife with her husband) as the only female drama showrunners on the big 4 networks (adding in comedy does help, as Suburgatory, Up All Night, and New Girl are all created/run by women). Even shows with strong female leads (Revenge, Missing) are run by men, and that's troubling--admittedly, there are a bunch of great women working on behind-the-scenes stuff (Jane Espenson is heavily involved in Once Upon A Time, Susannah Grant created A Gifted Man), but more female voices are a good thing, right?
Posted by Matt at 9:18 PM