The fall lineups have been set (including some mid-season shows) so it’s time to see how women creatives have fared.
Here’s what we have been able to find out (research assistance from Stephanie Rosenfeld)
Fox – Five new shows- no female creators
ABC- Seven new shows – 2 female creators – one comedy, one drama
CBS – Five new shows – no female creators
NBC – Eight news shows – 2 female creators – one comedy, one drama
CW- Two new shows – no female creators
Common theme I noticed, shows about women by women didn’t make the cut. But there are a bunch of shows about women by men that did. I will look at them in a later post.
Off the Map – Jenna Bans – creator. This show is executive produced by Shonda Rhimes and that means that Shonda now has her hands in three shows on this network.
Better Together - Shana Goldberg-Meehan – creator. Goldberg-Meehan is the daughter of Gard David Goldberg and wrote for many years on Friends.
ABC pilots that didn’t make the cut
Wright vs. Wrong – Stephnie Weir – creator and starring Debra Messing
Awkward Situations for Men – creators- Jeff & Jackie Filgo
Cutthroat – Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters – creators (A dramedy about an ambitious Beverly Hills single mother who runs an international drug cartel.)
CBS pilots that didn’t make the cut
I Witness – Trey Calloway & Pam Veasey creators (A detective/professor uses her psycho-physiological skills to solve crimes.)
Untitled Burgess/Green project – Mitchell Burgess & Robin Green – creators
Untitled Medical – Hannah Shakespeare – creator – John Wells EP (A mobile medical team travels the U.S. helping those in need.- 3 female leads)
Open Books – Gail Lerner – creator (About a female book editor and her circle of friends.)
Chase – Jennifer Johnson -creator
Love Bites – Cindy Chupack – creator
CW pilots that didn’t make the cut
Betwixt – Elizabeth Chandler – creator (Revolves around “changelings” who are responsible for saving humans from evil; based on novel of the same name.)
Untitled Amy Holden Jones – Amy Holden Jones- creator (Aspirational, sexy freshmen class at Harvard Medical School embark on the biggest challenge of their lives, seen through the eyes of a young woman who is excited and intimidated by her surroundings)
Untitled Wyoming Project – Amy Sherman-Palladino & Dan Palladino – creators (Family soap set on a horse farm in a small town in the Midwest or the Rockies. )
And we lost a number of female created shows to cancellation including:
Mercy (NBC) – Liz Heldens
Cold Case (CBS) – Meredith Stiehm
New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS)- Kari Lizer
Accidentally on Purpose (CBS)- Claudia Lonow
3 shows created by women with female leads on CBS are now gone.