We Interrupt Your Reading...For Some Watching! Television For, By and About Badass Women
I encourage all of our Badass Women’s Book Club hosts to begin every meeting asking for introductions and encouraging members to share something (else) they’ve been reading, watching or listening to that other members might enjoy. Lately so many suggestions have involved all the amazing television offerings for, by and about badass women! I hope you find lots of great recommendations below!
Amazon’s Emmy-award winning Fleabag is a huge favorite of our Badass Women’s Book Club members. But to be clear, actress and writer’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s story wasn’t one of overnight success. Check out her podcast interview with her on Elizabeth Day’s “How to Fail” podcast. And then listen to this episode (exactly one year later) after her Fleabag success. (and check out Elizabeth Day’s How to Fail book!)
Thanks, Dixie Carter, for Giving Big-Mouthed Women a Boost. This was a touching tribute to the actress who starred as Julia Sugarbaker in the beloved 90s sitcom Designing Women, focused on four women balancing life and work while employed at the Sugarbaker & Associates interior design firm in Atlanta. The series, created by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, is credited for being ahead of its time for touching on issues like women's rights, racism and homophobia. A reboot written by original creator Bloodworth-Thomason is currently in development at ABC. All seven seasons of Designing Women are now available on Hulu.
Sarah Goldberg plays Sally on HBO’s Barry, the show about an ex-marine-turned-hitman who decides to make a career transition. To acting. On the show, Sarah stars alongside Bill Hader. And Henry Winkler. Turns out even Emmy-nominated actress suffer from imposter syndrome! Check out this podcast interview where she talks about she deals with it.
I’ve already shared how I’m overwhelmed by all of the love for “Friends” among the teen set. Even fashion is getting in the act with the Ralph Lauren X Friends 25th Anniversary fashion collection. Listening to this recent episode of On Point helps me understand the recent nostalgia TV takeover. (But be warned – after listening you may have the theme song from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air stuck in your head for days!)
Speaking of TV nostalgia, remember ER? (Paging George Clooney!) I loved this article about how the doctors might have made the show memorable, but it was the nurses who made the show radical. Challenging the established narratives that hospital dramas were only about the lives and stories of the doctors, ER presented a radical rethinking of who matters in a hospital and what stories are worth telling.
There are several new shows I’m hoping to check out this fall, including Carol’s Second Act, a new CBS sitcom starring Patricia Heaton (The Middle, Everybody Loves Raymond) as a retired teacher who begins a second career as a doctor. If you’re thinking about your own second act, check out my recent blog post on reinvention and what’s next!
While Kaling’s tale (she’s also the writer) is a light comedy, we’ve all seen art imitating life at some point in our careers. Check out these 5 books if you’re struggling to overcome the impacts of a toxic work environment.
Unbelievable is based on true events, much like the “ripped from today’s headlines” of Law and Order SVU. Check out this interview with SVU actress, Mariska Hargitay, as she reflects on Harvey Weinstein, #MeToo and her 21 seasons battling sexual violence on screen.
Page to Screen updates - both of these books by badass women are being developed into shows!