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.
Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”