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NBC Is Kicking CBS’ Butt in the ‘Valuing Women’ Department

NBC's new "Female Forward" initiative seeks to provide women with the pathways to success that are so often closed to them, simply because of their gender.

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Ava DuVernay Continues to Kill It With a S3 Renewal For Queen Sugar and a New Deal with Oprah

If you haven't been watching Queen Sugar, get thee to OWN (or to Hulu, where I've been watching it, because I'm a heathen who doesn't have cable) and prepare yourself for some of the most powerful, thought-provoking, and visually stunning storytelling on TV right now. And there will be plenty more to enjoy, as Queen Sugar just got renewed for a third season!

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Kathy Bates Was Told to Downplay Her Cancer “Because of the Stigma in Hollywood,” As If Survival Isn’t Badass

Kathy Bates was already one of the best and most consistently-working actresses in Hollywood in the 1990s. The fact that her pace and popularity has remained consistent across film and television through the present is a testament to her talent and to the way fans embrace her for it. So why, then, would those closest to her recommend that she not talk about her bouts with cancer to protect her career?

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Review: Netflix’s G*psy a Frustrating, Bland Rumination on Obsession and Addiction

I really want to like Netflix's G*psy. Created by writer Lisa Rubin and starring the talented and generally fascinating Naomi Watts, it provides us with exactly the kind of nuanced, complicated female character I crave in my media. If only the result weren't so...bland.

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Issa Rae as Lovably Adorkable as Ever in First Season 2 Trailer For HBO’s Insecure

One of our favorite breakout shows of last year is back with an all-new season! Check out the first Season 2 trailer for HBO's hit series, Insecure.

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Issa Rae, America Ferrara, and Other Women in Comedy Talk Pay Gap, Representation, and “Being Likable”

The Hollywood Reporter did a Comedy Roundtable featuring some of the most talented women on TV right now, and so Issa Rae, America Ferrara, Pamela Adlon, Minnie Driver, Kathryn Hahn, and Emmy Rossum discussed things like the pay gap, representation, and roles that are "likable."

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Electric Dreams Come True: Janelle Monáe Joins Philip K. Dick’s Sci-Fi Anthology Series

Janelle Monáe has joined the new anthology series Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams as the villain for an episode titled "Autofac" opposite Juno Temple.

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Get Excited Clone Club! Orphan Black Co-Creator Graeme Manson Talks the Final Season

Orphan Black is coming to an end, and we are preemptively mourning one of the most creative, intelligent, and brilliant female-led sci-fi shows ever created. The final season starts next month, and in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, co-creator Graeme Manson had a lot to say about where the show, and these beloved characters, are headed.

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Racists and Sexists Hate On Star Trek Discovery‘s Diversity Even Though It’s Still Unbalanced in Their Favor

It's not even that serious, you guys.

It always makes me laugh whenever the very people who complain that "liberals are too sensitive," or that we're seeing injustices where they don't exist are the first people to pitch a fit at the slightest hint that maybe white, straight, male, cis, able-bodied, straight-sized people aren't the only people in the world. It doesn't surprise me, but it does always make me laugh. After all, people often project their own behavior on others, amirite?

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CBS Tries to Defend Its Lack of Women and POC Because Listening to Criticism Is Just Too Hard, Apparently

Putting the BS in CBS

CBS' new line of pilots features all male leads, all but one of whom are white, and all male showrunners. But they insist they're 'moving in the right direction.'

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Here Are the Winners of NYC’s Women’s Screenwriting Contest

NYC Media is fighting for more diversity with a special contest for aspiring writers.

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Amazon Orders 2 Seasons of Marvelous Mrs. Maisel From Gilmore Girls Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino So It Must Be Good

Amazon has a lot of faith in Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and her new series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

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Male Hollywood Producer Thinks Industry Gender-Based Wage Gap Is Women’s Fault (SPOILER ALERT: It’s Not)

Gavin Polone is a successful Hollywood film and television producer whose credits include television shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm and Gilmore Girls, and films like Panic Room and Zombieland. After over 30 years in the industry, he clearly knows a lot about creating content people will watch. You know what he doesn't know a lot about? How systemic sexism works.

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Thanks to On-Set Creepiness, Thandie Newton Preferred Nudity to Wearing Her Westworld Costume

As Maeve, the saloon's madam, Newton had scenes both entirely nude, as well as in her elaborate, corseted fuchsia dress. But as she describes it, it was the clothed scenes that made her more uncomfortable.

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An Heiress Hunts for a Wife in the new Queer Period Drama from HBO and BBC One

Shibden Hall, a new eight-part drama from HBO and BBC One, will explore the 19th-century marriage plot through the lens of Anne Lister, sometimes called "the first modern lesbian."

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Photograph 51 Playwright Anna Ziegler Developing Limited Series Centered on a Female Scientist

Currently in early development, the series will be based on Allegra Goodman's 2006 novel by the same name, which follows the perspective of a female scientist at a prestigious research institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Colleen Wing Shows Why She’s a Complete Badass in Iron Fist Clip

I wonder, though... what if she got to play Iron Fist?

After seeing this clip of Jessica Henwick in action, I'm left to wonder just what it would be like if Marvel ended up making her Iron Fist instead of Finn Jones. Sigh.

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Taryn Southern, Yulin Kuang and Clara Chung Join Geena Davis Institute’s #ShesGotDrive Campaign

Also: A GIVEAWAY!

Last night at the YouTube Space in Los Angeles, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, in partnership with YouTube and Ford, launched a brand new campaign called #ShesGotDRIVE, bringing together some of YouTube's most popular and powerful female voices to promote a vision of female empowerment and equality. [Also: GIVEAWAY AHOY!]

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Interview: Powerless Showrunner and Writer Talk Superheroes, Comedy, Feminism, and Politics

Patrick Schumacker is one of the co-showrunners on NBC's new DC universe comedy, Powerless. Sabrina Jalees is one of the show's writers, and is responsible for what is quite possibly the show's most feminist first season episode. When I visited the set, I had the chance to talk with both of them about where the show is headed as its first season continues.

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Kristen Stewart Takes Down Trump, Awesomely Declares She’s ‘So Gay, Dude’ On Saturday Night Live

Kristen Stewart's SNL episode was one of the best of the season, and full of kickass LGBTQ pride.

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