Netflix Review: ‘Orange is the New Black’ — The Bad Girls Club is Back

June 21, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

In season four, ‘Orange is the New Black’ is focusing on the privatization of prisons, and the ethical issues that come with that trend. Critics who have already watched the entire fourth season are warning that it’s the darkest one yet, with a more oppressive institution and a brutal new villain.

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The Wednesday Five: Women of the 2016 Tony Awards

June 15, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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In this week’s Wednesday Five, we share with you our favorite award-acceptance speeches and performances from the storied Tony Awards. These women and their performances this season were, as fellow actress Audrey McDonald beautifully declared, “intelligent, resonant, and vibrant.”

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Netflix Review: ‘The Ascent of Woman’ — Making Women Part of the Narrative

May 24, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

The series, ‘The Ascent of Woman,’ makes a compelling case that the way a society treats its women is indicative of not only its overall fairness, but also its economic success.

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Power and Fashion in ‘The Good Wife’

May 13, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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Much has been written about the final episode of CBS’ “The Good Wife.” And an equal amount of time and analysis have been dedicated to the show’s fashion choices, which have functioned as their own performance of larger messages, symbols, and ideas about women and power.

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Tomlin and Fonda Reinvent the ‘Boston Marriage’ in ‘Grace and Frankie,’ Season 2

May 10, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Fonda and Tomlin, real-life friends ever since their work together on the early feminist comedy ‘9 to 5,’ appear to be having the time of their lives onscreen. They are such pros, and it’s wonderful that they have such a worthy vehicle.

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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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