FROM Michelle Ashford
Showrunners Ilene Chaiken and Michelle Ashford Fox's hit series Empire has just resumed its second season with a ratings bang. That means Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard are back as Cookie and Lucious Lyon, now trying to regain control of their record label. We're bringing you a conversation with two showrunners -- Ilene Chaiken of Empire and Michelle Ashford, creator of Showtime's Masters of Sex. The two sat down to talk about their different paths to success, how they deal with the daily pressures of putting out strong shows, and the state of diversity in television with Michael Schneider at this year's meeting of the National Association of Television Program Executives.
Showrunners Ilene Chaiken & Michelle Ashford Michelle Ashford, creator of Masters of Sex and Empire showrunner Ilene Chaiken sit down with Michael Schneider to talk about their process of becoming TV writers and executive producers, and why they don’t typically call themselves "showrunners."
‘Masters of Sex’ Today we revisit Kim Masters' conversation with Michelle Ashford, the creator and showrunner of the Showtime series Masters of Sex. The show was just picked up for third season. Ashford talks about her decades in the television business. She's worked for years writing pilots -- and making a living doing so -- but never got a series on the air until this one. She also addresses how a show about sex is not necessarily sexy and how she thinks Masters and Johnson were "accidental feminists" and, by extension, so is the show. She reflects on the gender disparity in the TV business.
Masters of Sex Michelle Ashford, the creator and show-runner of the Showtime series Masters of Sex talks about her decades in the television business. She's worked for years writing pilots -- and making a living doing so -- but never got a series on the air until this one. Now approaching the end of Season One but slated for a second season, Ashford talks about how they made a show about sex not necessarily sexy and how she thinks Masters and Johnson were "accidental feminists" and, by extension, so is the show. She reflects on the gender disparity in the TV business and why that is while also saying she doesn't want to be regarded as a "female writer."
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
'Dandelion and Quince,' food and crime, 'All About Eggs' Sarah Lohman talks about the murder and historic recipes that form the backbone of her new book, “Ohio 1910,” and Rachel Khong shares highlights from Lucky Peach’s last cookbook, “All About Eggs.” Michelle Mckenzie tells us how to cook oft-forgotten fruits, veggies and herbs, and Jonathan Gold reviews AR Cucina in Culver City. Plus: raspberries at the market and a special guest DJ set from Alton Brown.
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."