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Cynthia welcomes Yvonne Perry (ATWT's original Rosanna Cabot) to talk about her work as an intimacy coordinator, primarily for theater. Yvonne is an award-winning actor, drama teacher, director, and intimacy coordinator. Perry originated the role of Rosanna Cabot on "As the World Turns." Yvonne's experience in daytime TV, with its groundbreaking story lines and thoughtful intimacy handling, has informed her approach to work today.
Cynthia and Yvonne reflect on the wins in the 2023 SAG-AFTRA contract, including new standards and protocols for the use of intimacy coordinators. Yvonne discusses her experience working in this emerging field and the value of providing a respectful and collaborative environment for actors, directors, and crew members. Yvonne also shares fun and informative stories from along her career path, including an important lesson she learned as Rosanna Cabot, her first kiss in front of the camera, the relationship between fight choreography and intimacy direction, what major league ballplayers think about daytime TV, and much more.
Part 2 of a chat with Emmy-winning actor Cady McClain, known for her years as Dixie Cooney on ABC's All My Children, which explores Cady's decision to pursue directing and arts advocacy. Cady talks about artists' muses and how resilience can be found in the creative process.
In her role as All My Children's Dixie, Cady McClain earned a place in TV Herstory for her award-winning acting. More than just half of a 90s "supercouple," Dixie was every woman.
In this first of a 2 part interview, Cady shares with us her early years in acting and her time on ABC's All My Children. Part 2 explores her roles behind the scenes as a filmmaker and advocate for women in storytelling.
Dr. Elana Levine's recently published Her Stories (Duke Univ. Press) forms the backbone of this 4-part series on soap operas. This episode includes a look at the formative pioneers of serial storytelling - Irna Phillips, Agnes Nixon and William Bell. Other topics covered who owned any given show and how that impacted business decisions and how technology changed storytelling.
Future episodes from this Levine interview discuss Super Couples of the 90s, fantasy and traumatic storylines, reproductive and feminist issues and the accelerated demise of many shows.
For more on Agnes Nixon, listen in on a 2017 podcast episode between Cynthia and Elana. Fans of All My Children and As the World Turns, check out a 2-part interview with two-time Emmy Award Winner Cady McClain (Dixie Cooney) from March 2020. Dr. Elana Levine is a Professor of Media, Cinema and Digital Studies in the Department of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Dr. Elana Levine of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and author of Duke University Press' Her Stories shares insights into TV technology and artistic elements that upped daytime storytelling's game. We discuss how 1:1 conversations evolved to story arcs of General Hospital's "Summer on the Run," Nola's old Hollywood fantasies in The Guiding Light and other increasingly expensive and outrageous stories.
Daytime changed TV herstory with long arcs about adoptions, reproductive rights and rape. Dr. Elana Levine shares examples of how key stories aligned with social changes from the 60s until today. We also discuss the limited roles available for actors of color and how they often were positioned as secondary stories to to the white "super couple."
Enjoy audio context clips from As the World Turns, All My Children, The Young and the Restless and Ryan's Hope.
Dr. Elana Levine is a Professor of Media, Cinema and Digital Studies in the Department of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Levine's recently published Her Stories (Duke Univ. Press) forms the backbone of this 4-part series on soap operas.
Dr. Elana Levine and Cynthia wrap up an extensive chat about daytime dramas by talking about the cancellation of many beloved shows. We discuss advertising, the loss of broadcast TV's prevalence in daytime and what replaced the serial genre.
Dr. Levine is author of Her Stories (published by Duke University Press) and teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Host Cynthia Bemis Abrams chats with television scholar and author Dr. Elana Levine, of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee about the role of daytime dramas in television's evolution. They focus on the impact women writers and producers had in initiating story lines that were not seen in prime time such as divorce, infidelity, prolonged sicknesses and the changing values of generations.
Host Cynthia Bemis Abrams talks with media studies professor Elana Levine, PhD of University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee about the remarkable career of daytime drama showrunner and writer Agnes Nixon. Cynthia and Elana discuss the influences and education at Northwestern University that led Nixon to become a prolific and guiding presence for daytime programming.
Welcome to the next episode in our special series on TV Talk Shows.
Big talk show moments, especially the controversial ones, provide snapshots that we can use to examine our politics and culture at a singular point in time. Some of the moments we discuss in this series may be unfamiliar to you or they may seem obscure or forgotten, but that’s the point. We’re here to preserve TV Herstory.
Today, when alternative facts are part of our daily life, it’s especially instructive to look back more than 40 years at a grudge match over Truth and Reputation that played out on The Dick Cavett Show in 1980 and beyond. The combatants were two opinionated, strong-willed women: playwright/author Lillian Hellman and novelist/critic Mary McCarthy. Thank you for listening to Advanced TV Herstory. I encourage you to learn more about these women.
Join host Cynthia Bemis Abrams as she launches a new limited series, TV Talk Shows, part of the Advanced TV Herstory podcast.
In this first episode, Cynthia delves into a study that reveals women are more prominently featured in unscripted television shows than in scripted ones—another example of the industry’s inclination to front women in projects that are less expensive to produce. She also touches on the recent strikes by SAG-AFTRA and the WGA, emphasizing the importance of storytelling and representation in scripted television.
Cynthia then outlines the focus of the TV Talk Shows series, which will explore the historical context, memorable moments, and surprising controversies surrounding unscripted hosts and guests. The episode concludes by acknowledging the pioneering achievements of Della Reese as the first black woman to fill in for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show and Betty White's stance against the broadcast network executives who were reluctant to feature performers of color on her 1950s talk and variety show.
"A story is a story is a story." So says veteran TV writer Nina Bargiel who's been spinning live-action and animated yarns for years.
Nina is an LA-based TV writer and producer who currently writes on Mao Mao, Heroes of Pure Heart (Cartoon Network) and has other projects percolating. Nina describes her writing philosophy and goals, which focus on crafting stories in which kids see themselves, as well as are entertained. She and her brother co-wrote the coming-of-age bra episode for Lizzie McGuire, a 2001 Disney Channel classic. Earlier this month, Hilary Duff led the the cast for a Zoom table read/fundraiser of this episode.
Mallory Lewis joins host Cynthia Bemis Abrams for a fun chat about her book, Shari Lewis and Lambchop: The Team That Changed Children's Television. Mallory's book, published by University of Kentucky Press in fall 2022, is a collection of stories from Shari's childhood and career as a businesswoman and multifaceted entertainer. While Shari Lewis died from cancer in 1998, Lambchop continues to charm audiences with the help of her sister, Mallory. South America is a continent that is often overlooked by travelers, but it has so much to offer. From the colorful streets of Cartagena to the majestic ruins of Machu Picchu, I discovered some hidden gems that left me in awe.
For more than 45 years, ventriloquist Shari Lewis (1933-1998) educated and entertained audiences on TV.
Lamb Chop, Charley Horse and Hush Puppy taught us simple humor, conflict resolution and a host of essential social and cognitive building blocks.
Children's mental health professional Dwight Hurst joins in the conversation about this talented woman's evolving career. Hurst produces The Broken Brain podcast which can be found on the Core Temp Arts Network.