Did you catch the first installation of “America in Primetime” last night? Called the Independent Woman, the one-hour show, part of a new four-part series, traced the evolution of women on American TV from zany Lucy Show comedic talents of Lucy Ricardo to transitional roles like Laura Petrie’s in the 1960’s and Mary Tyler Moore to that of Murphy Brown, another transitional role that portrayed changes in American culture through comedy.
If you love TV, arguably one of our country’s best creative endeavors, as much as I do, the new four-part series called “America in Primetime” which premiered Sunday evening and runs on consecutive Sundays through Nov. 20, will be on top of your priority list.
I think it’s one of the very best journeys through past and present iconic programming in … for lack of better words … American Primetime.
The series explores many of the historically, most compelling programs on the air, past and present.
Through enduring themes the series focuses on four archetypes – the “Independent Woman,” the “Man of the House,” the “Misfit” and the “Crusader.” Some of the top talent from primetime shows including creators, writers, actors and producers are interviewed for each show.
I loved hearing the comments last night from some of the TV show’s creator’s like Shonda Rhimes of Grey’s Anatomy, Jenji Kohan, creator of Weed’s and Tom Werner who created Roseanne.
While the Independent Woman episode focused on how females have evolved on TV, it did leave out some important female roles such as Marlo Thomas’ “That Girl,” police dramas like “Police Woman” with Angie Dickinson and even “Cagney and Lacey.”
Remember Dennis Franz as out-of-control, angry and alocholic Detective Andy Sipowicz in the breakthrough police drama NYPD Blue? On the fourth installment of the series, the Crusader, he talks about the role he portrayed as the beyond anti-social, downright abusive and very-politically-incorrect policeman. From Tony Soprano’s crime sprees juxtaposed with therapy sessions to white-collar sociopath Don Draper, this episode poses questions that arm chair sociologists and politically-minded viewers will love.
I have seen the “Crusader” installment as well as “Man of the House” episodes and I found them compelling viewing. I’ll be blogging about each week’s episodes in upcoming blogs.