TV Junkie: Women in Late Night Comedy - They Do Exist!
Female staffers of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" have posted a rebuttal to a blog post at Jezebel.com that asserted that the show was a "boys club" lacking diversity. Women actually make up 40 percent of the staff and "generate a significant portion of the show's creative content". The Jezebel post reminded us of another poorly researched and badly written piece in Salon last January that ranted about "the strange, men-only world of late-night TV". While some will complain that somehow Tinseltown hasn't been able to put together a sustainable "big network" late night show with a female host, Fox's Wanda Sykes experiment being the latest failure in that discipline, they gloss over the success of Chelsea Handler's show on E! which is where we find ourself going at 11pm more often than not.While Kimmel and Leno might be low on the female staffer front [but wait: a reader tells us that Kimmel's head writer is a woman!], the same can't be said for Letterman who has had women writers involved with his show for years (they created the Stupid Pet Tricks, Stupid Human Tricks, and many other segments that are a staple of the show) and, perhaps more significantly, his director is female. Also, if you watched any of the livestreaming that the "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" crew did last month, you saw many women staffers, including producers and writers, watching the broadcast of the show with Fallon as active participants.
We're not saying that the environment is equitable or ideal - there is obviously a lot of room for improvement, but there's a difference between that reality and the obvious falsehoods that are perpetuated because they elicit some kind of self-righteous knee-jerk reaction.
It looks like Spain, the winner of today's World Cup match between Spain and Germany, will be going to Sunday's final (Germany and Uruguay battle for 3rd on Saturday) and certainly there will be many vociferous fans of soccer in Los Angeles glued to the tube but a new poll by the Economist sheds light that this vociferousness perhaps masks the fact that soccer still has very few fans in the United States. This doesn't mean that World Cup sponsors haven't enjoyed a spike in US interest in their brands or that Americans weren't tweeting about World Cup players: all this happened, but for how long this afterglow will last? How the market interprets thee facts, no doubt, will end up shaping how prominently the 2014 World Cup will be on our TV screens. In the meantime, we're ready to enjoy what we can get in the last couple matches.
Those of you who were feeling the absence of "True Blood" (and pretty much any other original programming) on July 4th should consider checking out the "True Blood: Music From the HBO Original Series Volume 2". Lots of great tunes that hearken back to the heady days of Season 2 when life wasn't complicated by werewolves and shape-shifting relatives. With great new tunes by Beck, M. Ward, and Robbie Robertson the only things we found lacking were: a. Jace Everett's "Bad Things" which we think should be on every volume of "True Blood" music collections, not just Volume 1, and b. some indicator in the album notes about which episode each song in the volume appeared on. We're avowed fans of the show, but not obsessed, and thus need a few reminders here and there.
The TV Junkie Plan: "MythBusters", "Tosh.0", "Colbert Report" (Steve Carell).
Tomorrow AM: Tour de France