TV Review: ‘Mad Men’—the End, Part I

April 8, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Since Day One, Don Draper’s personal life has been a train wreck, but he was always able to weave magic for clients. He’s an abhorrent human being, but we root for him. The wonder of “Mad Men” is that Don, despite his womanizing and whiskey, has somehow been the moral compass of the show for us all along.

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WIGS, a New Breed of Women’s Programming—Watch Online!

March 25, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Celebrating its second anniversary this spring, WIGS offers more than 150 episodes of scripted content, including 15 high-end original series, 7 short films, and 10 documentaries, all starring female leads.

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This Year’s Lackluster Oscars: Some Highs and Some Lows

March 4, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

After all, there was a lot to celebrate this year: great movies, phenomenal actresses, Ellen. I was especially looking forward to Ellen.

Frankly, I was underwhelmed.

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CBS Reporter Jennifer McLogan Weathers the Storm

February 13, 2014 by Patricia Allen

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

During a crisis it is not unusual for viewers to form an attachment to reporters who cover ever-changing events. Unknown to CBS’s Jennifer McLogan, I have become her BFF. She is heroic, always there, unafraid, competent, confident, and reassuring.

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Wednesday 5: Women on Screen

January 15, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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The Hollywood Reporter brings together six incredible actresses from films in 2013 in a dynamic roundtable discussion; five Oscar-worthy documentaries directed by black women filmmakers; the culture of trauma and victimization increasingly evident in Downton Abbey; an inspiring commerical by Bing on even more inspiring women; and director Jane Campion leads the Cannes 2014 jury.

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Five Good Reasons to Catch Tomorrow’s Golden Globe Awards

January 11, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

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The Golden Globes, honoring “the best in film and television” (airing live on NBC, Sunday, January 12, at 8 p.m. EST), is the perfect blend of celebrity fun. Not too stuffy. Not too casual. So put on your slinkiest flannel gown, pour a cup of tea, curl up on the couch, and enjoy.

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Will this be the Year of Lady Edith? Rejoice, Fellow Fans: Downton Abbey Returns

December 28, 2013 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

This year, Lady Edith will be the Crawley daughter to watch. I’ve a sense that Edith feels the old system let her down. Why should she adhere to it anymore? I think the girl is tired of playing the victim.

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Book Review: Lucy Lethbridge’s ‘Servants’ or Why We Love ‘Downtown Abbey’

December 26, 2013 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Far from the warm picture depicted in Downton Abbey, relations between servants and masters were cool and distant. The former were not fully recognized as fellow sentient beings—their feelings were not considered and their employers generally carried on social (and even physical) functions as if the servants were not there.

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Wednesday 5: Over-40-and-Fabulous Actresses Under the Radar

December 18, 2013 by Paige Morrow Kimball

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By Paige Morrow Kimball

What about the actresses who aren’t on the “top ten box office earner” list? What about those actresses over 40 who work constantly in film and television, but have yet to become household names? These women have been at it for years, with dozens of roles under their belts. They’ve paid their dues, honed their craft, and they have somehow managed to survive in the volatile business of entertainment.

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“Came Hell And High Water”: The Final Season of HBO’s ‘Treme’

December 10, 2013 by Alexandra MacAaron

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I would argue, passionately, that the best stories about post-Katrina New Orleans have been told by HBO in the network’s masterpiece miniseries, “Treme.”

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TV Review: ‘Dance Moms’—Guilty Pleasure, or Just Plain Guilty?

November 30, 2013 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Abby Lee Miller, a dance diva of enormous proportions, runs a now famous (or infamous) dance school in Pittsburgh. She is demanding, temperamental, and award-obsessed.

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Which Witch? Two New Series Cast Their Spells This Fall

October 29, 2013 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

t’s about time someone focused on the feminine side of horror. Sure, there are lady vamps and zombies in those other shows, but the mythology behind them is fairly male. This fall, however, two new series put the power in the hands of women: Lifetime’s The Witches of East End and American Horror Story: Coven on FX.

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“Toto, I Don’t Think We’re at the Emmys Anymore”

September 24, 2013 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

There were lots of surprises when The 65th Annual Emmy Awards aired Sunday night. The show was indeed surprising. And sad. And more than a little strange.

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Wednesday 5: ‘Nashville,’ Movies Starring Bookstores, and Ellen DeGeneres on the Abercrombie & Fitch Controversy

May 29, 2013 by Women's Voices For Change

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Is “Nashville” the most feminist show on TV?; a fabulous list of movies starring bookstores; women using the language of motherhood to protest war and violence; how the future of women and girls is tied to water; and Ellen DeGeneres weighs in on the size 10 controversy at Abercrombie & Fitch.

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Wednesday 5: Women Directors at Tribeca, Jenna Lyons, and a Dazzling Centenarian

May 1, 2013 by Women's Voices For Change

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In this week’s Wednesday 5: Women behind the lens at the recent Tribeca Film Festival; TV shows that hired no women writers in 2011-12; Jenna Lyons takes J.Crew from “ugly duckling to fashion arbiter”; a centenarian, Kathryn Wasserman Davis, dazzles us; and Saudi Arabia launches its first anti-domestic-violence campaign.

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