“Women’s Studies” Coming (Hopefully)

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There’s actually something to look forward to on television–or there would be if I had HBO.

It seems that a new series is being developed that will explore the world of gender politics. Of course it’s going to be a comedy. The show is going to be produced by HBO and the Daily Show and Colbert Report executive producer Ben Karlin and will presumably be dishing up some kind of political humor. The story centers around a formerly famous author and feminist who is now teaching at a small liberal arts college in the Northeast. The series is currently titled Women’s Studies and starring Tony award winner Julie White. Playwright and author Theresa Rebeck will be on board as writer and producer.

Read more about it on Reuter’s and Salon.com.

UPDATE:

HBO Dumps Women’s Studies Series (From Student Activism.net)

February 15, 2010

Well, this is annoying. Last April, HBO announced that it was creating a series set in a college Women’s Studies department. It was pitched as a feminist comedy, and it was going to star Julie White, who was fantastic as the funeral home chain executive on Six Feet Under. The co-creators were a veteran woman television writer and an executive producer for the Daily Show and Colbert Report.

But now it’s apparently not happening.

Jezebel has a story up today about how guy-oriented HBO’s post-Sex and the City lineup is, and down in the seventh paragraph it mentions that a flack told their reporter that Women’s Studies “is no longer in development,” which is TV-speak for dead. Oh well.

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Ellen Keim

Ellen is a freelance writer, essayist and copy editor, living with three cats and a husband in Columbus, OH.

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