The New York Times profiles Amy Bloom, noted author and creator of the television series "State of Mind," starring Lili Taylor, about therapists in a group practice in New Haven. Felicia R. Lee writes:

She turned to what she knew, which included more than 20 years as a therapist (she has a master’s degree in social work) in a group psychotherapy practice in Middletown, Conn. For now, she has set therapy aside for writing.

Ms. Bloom, 54, said goodbye in May to her writing students at Yale, found a small apartment in West Hollywood and added credits for creating, writing and producing "State of Mind" to her résumé. […]

"I learned how to write television scripts the same way I have learned to do almost everything else in my entire life, which is by reading," Ms. Bloom said. She chatted in her small office near the 32-acre Warner Brothers lot here, home to dozens of sets. She recalled poring over 10 television scripts, including samples of the hit "NYPD Blue," to get some sense of how they are structured. Learning to write that way, she said, was akin to learning a "weird kind of haiku," or "an extreme form
of show-and-tell."

Bloom’s book "Come to Me" was a National Book Award finalist, and "A
Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You" was nominated for the National
Book Critics Circle Award. Her latest novel, "Away," is due in
bookstores on Aug. 28.

In the Aug. 13 issue of The New Yorker, Nancy Franklin writes about the Lifetime channel and changes underway to make its programming more appealing to younger viewers by adding new series like "Army Wives."

Lifetime has always gone after a demographic that is largely ignored — no, actively shunned — by other networks: older women. But, aside from the fear-and-loathing programming, there isn’t much to choose from on the depressing and often ridiculous menu of offerings. It’s an endless loop of victimization followed by empowerment, interlarded with syndicated sitcoms like the third-rate "Still Standing" and "Reba." It’s an odd thing to say about a channel that’s for women, but Lifetime somehow just isn’t very grown up. As a lobbying force, it may stride briskly through the corridors of power; on an artistic level, it bounces along on My Little Pony.

Lucy Mangan of The Guardian (UK) argues for the return of "Cagney and Lacey." "It was the first (and so far only) show to present working women trying to balance their professional and personal lives, and the first (and so far only) cop show to accord female comradeship the same intensity and nobility as the police brotherhood is habitually given," writes Mangan.

Over at AfterEllen.com, nogoal4u posted a montage of "over 40 and fabulous" actresses making waves this summer, followed by some speculation of which 30-something, 20-something and even younger actresses have the chops to be over 40 and fabulous someday.

Christine

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