FROM Tracy Byrd
After Harvey Weinstein's ouster, will Hollywood change its sexism culture? Actress Katherine Kendall is one of about two dozen women who have accused now-ousted studio executive Harvey Weinstein of rape or sexual harassment. In the aftermath of these revelations, the soul searching has begun around Hollywood. How could this go on for so long? Would it have helped if there were more women in positions of power in film and TV? We talk with three women who’ve worked in Hollywood for decades -- a casting agent, a producer, and an actress -- about their experiences with harassment and sexism.
Why are so many African American roles going to Brits? The lead actor in the movie “Get Out” -- a satire on race in America - is British. The actor who played Martin Luther King in “Selma” is British.
Can Hollywood’s Diversity Problem Be Solved? This week the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences appointed three new governors: Reginald Hudlin, Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Gregory Nava. It was their first tangible action in reaction to the furor over the #oscarssowhite campaign. But anger over racism in Hollywood continues to flare up. Twenty-five Asian-American directors and actors sent a letter this week to the Academy, protesting Chris Rock’s Asian jokes at the Oscars last month.Of course, the problem of racism in Hollywood is much bigger than the Oscars. A USC study last month found, once again, that Asian, black, Latino, female and LGBT people are underrepresented in front and behind the camera in films and TV. So, with all this attention are things getting better? Will they get better?
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
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."
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.