Netflix Continues to Tease Its Upcoming ‘Return to Stars Hollow’

April 19, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

As a parent, one attracts advice constantly. Sometimes it’s welcome and sometimes not. Sometimes it is absolutely perfect. A few years ago, my best friend, her two daughters and my own mother suggested (insisted would be a better word) that I needed to watch a certain series with my then tween daughter. It was ‘Gilmore Girls,’ and they were right!

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This Saturday, on HBO: The Story of the Clarence Thomas Hearings (In the News)

April 15, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

This Saturday, at 8 p.m. EDT, HBO will air “Confirmation,” a film on the notorious 1991 Senate hearings in which Anita Hill charged Clarence Thomas with what now would be termed “sexual harassment.”

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Mystery, Merchants and Motherhood: PBS’s Sunday Night Triple-Header

April 5, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

For those of us still mourning the loss of our beloved “Downton Abbey,” here’s good news. This spring, PBS is serving up three back-to-back series — “Call the Midwife,” “Grantchester” and “Mr. Selfridge” that will transport you across the pond for the next several Sunday nights.

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TV Review: Joan Allen, at the Center of ‘The Family’

March 15, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Whether we see her as a grieving parent, a cutthroat politician, or a powerful hybrid of the two, Joan Allen is at the center of every scene she’s in.

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So Many Happy Endings at ‘Downton Abbey’

March 8, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

All right, ladies. Please pour yourself a cup of tea, select a cucumber sandwich, take out an exquisite sheet of your most formal stationery and your favorite fountain pen. It’s time we all wrote a heartfelt “thank you” note to Julian Fellowes.

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Costume Dramas to Enjoy this Winter – No Corsets Required

February 2, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

For the last six years, on Sunday evenings, I’ve pretty much lived at ‘Downton Abbey.’ So what to do, as it nears its end? Luckily, those of us who relish costume dramas can find consolation on our televisions or computer screens.

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The Fashionable Women in TV

January 22, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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Right now there are so many [TV] shows on with strong, complicated, powerful, not-so-powerful, interesting human beings who are women.

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‘Downton Abbey,’ Season 6: Time to Say Goodbye — on Both Sides of the Pond

December 29, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Whether you’re looking forward to the characters we’ve come to love (and in some cases hate), the human drama unfolding upstairs and down, a happy ending for the Bateses (we can only hope), Dame Maggie’s clever quips, or everything that ‘Downton Abbey’ has served up over the past five years, be sure to watch the final season premiere on Sunday January 3rd on your local PBS station.

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Sex, Lies and Paperwork: ‘Girlfriends Guide to Divorce,’ Season 2 Premieres Tonight

December 1, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

I thought a better title for the show would be ‘Rich White Women Whining.’ . . . But, I confess it grew on me after a couple of episodes for two important reasons: very smart writing and very strong acting.

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Mary Tyler Moore: Feminist and Fabulous

October 12, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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For seven seasons, The Mary Tyler Moore Show made it necessary — even for college students — to stay in on Saturday nights to watch television.

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TV Review: ‘The Women’s List’ Is a Dose of Encouragement for All Women

September 25, 2015 by Carla Baranauckas

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By Carla Baranauckas

The tone of the documentary is not “I am woman hear me roar.” Instead, it is a collection of revealing mini-memoirs in which the pain of rejection, longing and loss, and the stress of complex lives are expressed in fifteen singular ways. It’s not always pretty, but it is real.

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New Slasher Parody ‘Scream Queens’ Promises Diabolical Fun

September 22, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

The creators and cast of ‘Scream Queens’ are obviously deriving great joy in parodying — and paying homage — to the seminal horror classics of our collective culture.

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Wonder Women: Fall’s Network TV Lineup Promises to Be Empowering

September 1, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Whether it reflects a renewed commitment to feminism, a sense that our society needs to be saved, or simply shrewd economics, all three broadcast networks are investing in super powerful females this fall.

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Bravo’s ‘Odd Mom Out’: Poking Fun at the Parenting of the Rich and Famous

July 21, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

With so many seasons of well-to-do women behaving badly (in New York and elsewhere), Bravo seems the right place for a show that promises to poke fun at the picture-perfect parenting of New York City’s Upper East Side mothers.

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The Pros and Cons of ‘Orange is the New Black’

July 14, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

The women’s prison system warrants more attention and definitely needs reform. Meanwhile, ‘Orange is the New Black’ is a step in the right direction. By making these women sympathetic people, they become individuals with pasts and futures.

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