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Posted Thursday 11/08/18 at 2:22AM EST
Grey's Anatomy boss: Meredith-Derek relationship storyline would've been done differently in the #MeToo era
Source: BuzzFeed News
“If you look at, for example, Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd through the lens of Time’s Up and #MeToo, he was her boss, she was an intern, and she kept saying, ‘No, walk away from me,’ and he kept pursuing her,” showrunner Krista Vernoff tells the Los Angeles Times in a wide-ranging interview about her directing her first episode. “And that is probably not a story we would tell on the show today, and it’s a rare beautiful reflection of the changing times.” The #MeToo movement has resulted in the Grey's writers thinking differently in their handling of this season's Meredith-Andrew relationship. “We’re having to address it differently than we ever would have before,” says Vernoff. “We’re having to talk about and look at power dynamics. It is an ongoing conversation in the writers room. How do we tell that story in a way that feels honest and romantic and sexy and yet proactive and progressive?”
Posted Monday 11/05/18 at 9:44PM EST
Debra Messing on her #MeToo-themed Will & Grace episode: "I went into my dressing room and I cried afterwards"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"It felt instantaneously right and very organic to Grace Adler. One in three women experience sexual assault, so of course it makes sense that Grace would be one of them," Messing says of last week's episode. She adds: "I went into my dressing room and I cried afterwards, because the entire audience stood up on its feet to give a standing ovation and 25 percent of them were crying. That had never happened in 20 years. So we all felt in our cells that the story we were telling was really important."
Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 9:56AM EDT
Will & Grace's powerful #MeToo episode was influenced by the Bill Cosby case
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Last night's episode was graphic, heavy and intense, delving into the #MeToo issues through Debra Messing's Grace Adler. "This episode was an outgrowth of what was going on with the Bill Cosby case," co-creator Max Mutchnick tells The Hollywood Reporter. "The conversation started when we began hearing some of the testimony from the women that had been assaulted by Cosby. We were very taken by the raw coverage of these stories and what made them so potent was the fact that we were hearing the specifics about what had happened to these women." Mutchnick adds: "There was a lot of discussion in the room about how far we would go. But we were always on board with getting specific. We knew that we were not going to tell the story in broad strokes. There was never going to be a line where Grace said on this sitcom, 'He touched me down there.' It was always going to be something specific and graphic and we just had to figure out how far we wanted to take it and what felt right for the show." ALSO: "Grace's Secret" was really about the "not-so-innocent bystanders" who are neither victim nor perpetrator in sexual assault cases.
Posted Monday 10/29/18 at 12:43PM EDT
Runaways star Kip Pardue accused of sexual misconduct while filming an independent TV pilot
Source: Los Angeles Times
Actress Sarah Scott tells the Los Angeles Times that Pardue took her hand and put it on his groin as they were about to film a post-coital scene in May for the pilot Mogulettes. After filming was done, she alleges that Purdue called her into his dressing room and proceeded to masturbate in front of her. When The Times contacted Pardue, he apologized for placing Scott's hand on his penis, but denies masturbating in front of her. The Times explained how Scott had trouble after filing a complaint against Pardue in the post-#MeToo era. She even had to enlist the help of Amy Schumer and her work with Time's Up.
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 10:26PM EDT
Why haven't we seen a flood of #MeToo-inspired shows?
Source: Vanity Fair
Friday was the one-year anniversary of The New York Times publishing its Harvey Weinstein bombshell story that led to the take down of many powerful men accused of sexual misconduct. In the past year, TV shows from GLOW to Jessica Jones to BoJack Horseman have added #MeToo subplots. Even Brooklyn Nine-Nine has a #MeToo-themed episode in the works. "So why haven’t we seen a flood of new #MeToo and Time’s Up-inspired series unfurling across the TV landscape yet?" wonders Joy Press. "One reason is that shows take a long time to incubate; another might be that TV executives were slow to absorb the enormity of the tectonic shift the country was undergoing, and quick to assume that it would not be a lasting phenomenon." She adds: "Ironically, a handful of shows fueled by female rage and trauma appeared just before #MeToo got rolling—and then disappeared. I’m thinking of series like MTV’s Sweet/Vicious, a short-lived black comedy about two college students who become vigilantes avenging campus rapes, and Amazon’s One Mississippi with Tig Notaro as a comedian who has returned to her childhood home to sift through the sexual trauma of her youth. Both series were canceled too soon." A similar fate befell I Love Dick and the recently canceled Dietland. Sweet/Vicious creator Jennifer Kaytin Robinson creator, who is resurrecting her MTV show as a comic book, says she pitched a show about women taking down a toxic boss right around the time of the Louis CK scandal. But a male executive told her, “this won’t be on the air for another 12 to 18 months; do you still think it’s going to be relevant? Because it seems like it’s getting so much better now.” There are some #MeToo-inspired shows in the pipeline, including Netflix's Unbelievable, based on the Pulitzer-winning article An Unbelievable Story of Rape, as well as Hulu's Shrill, starring Aidy Bryant. One unnamed female showrunner tells Press that many TV executives still feel uncomfortable giving female creators too much room to expand portraits of women. “Women’s anger could make for good television, but it means the industry is going to have to shift and trust a woman to articulate that anger,” says the anonymous showrunner. “It still feels like the definition of relatability for female characters is (that) you have to be a perfect martyr, like Elisabeth Moss’ character in The Handmaid’s Tale.”
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 8:17AM EDT
#MeToo movement was glaringly missing at the Emmy Awards
Source: The New York Times
The #MeToo and Time's Up movements that were a big part of the Golden Globes and Oscars ceremonies earlier this year were almost completely missing at Monday's Emmy ceremony. "Unlike at previous awards shows this year, emblems of the movement weren’t pinned to lapels or sequined gowns. #MeToo was mostly absent from acceptance speeches and even from the monologue — except for fleeting jokes by the hosts, Michael Che and Colin Jost," says Maya Salem. Even Les Moonves went unmentioned, while the words "Time's Up" were only mentioned once, by The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Amy Sherman-Palladino. ALSO: Les Moonves was to network television what Harvey Weinstein was to independent film, so why wasn't he brought up?
Posted Sunday 9/09/18 at 12:19PM EDT
Six more women accuse Les Moonves of sexual misconduct as CBS negotiates his exit
Source: The New Yorker
Ronan Farrow has followed up his bombshell New Yorker story that accused the CBS chairman and CEO of sexual harassment with another article detailing allegations from six more women. The story comes CBS' board of directors is reportedly negotiating Moonves' exit. "Six additional women are now accusing Moonves of sexual harassment or assault in incidents that took place between the nineteen-eighties and the early aughts," writes Farrow. "They include claims that Moonves forced them to perform oral sex on him, that he exposed himself to them without their consent, and that he used physical violence and intimidation against them. A number of the women also said that Moonves retaliated after they rebuffed him, damaging their careers." In a statement, Moonves said three of the encounters were consensual, without going into detail. “The appalling accusations in this article are untrue," he said. "What is true is that I had consensual relations with three of the women some 25 years ago before I came to CBS. And I have never used my position to hinder the advancement or careers of women. In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations. I can only surmise they are surfacing now for the first time, decades later, as part of a concerted effort by others to destroy my name, my reputation, and my career. Anyone who knows me knows that the person described in this article is not me.”
- Les Moonves is expected to step down as early as Monday morning
- Moonves isn't expected to get a $100 million exit package
- Moonves may have sexually harassed his doctor 19 years ago
- Time's Up reacts to the six new women who've accused Moonves of sexual misconduct: "“These allegations speak to a culture of toxic complicity at CBS, where the safety of women was continuously ignored to protect the careers of powerful men and the corporation."
- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Rachel Bloom denounces potential Moonves $100 million exit package: "As an employee of CBS, I would just like to say that Les Moonves should be fired without getting a f*cking dollar. The actions described in this article are those of sexual assault and shame on anyone else in the corporation who knew about his crimes."
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 10:03PM EDT
Time's Up slams Les Moonves' potential $100 million exit package from CBS
"A man accused of rigorously reported allegations of harassment should not be rewarded with a golden parachute,” said the group founded by Hollywood women to combat sexual misconduct and gender inequality, in a statement. "Les Moonves walking away with a $100 million settlement sends a message to survivors everywhere that powerful men can act without fear of consequence...Rather than reward an alleged predator, this $100 million could fund the legal defenses of countless women and men facing workplace harassment and abuse across the country."
Posted Thursday 8/30/18 at 1:33AM EDT
Louis CK's return may be a preview of how other #MeToo offenders stage their comebacks
The #MeToo offenders could find their way back to the public eye by following Louis CK's lead, staging small comebacks that will generate repeated outrage that will dissipate over time, says Christina Cauterucci. "Here’s a forecast for future post-#MeToo returns based on what has transpired since Sunday," says Cauterucci. "Every time CK or one of his canceled peers reemerges, some people will get mad, but most people won’t, and there will be other, more pressing outrages to smother with energy, and before anyone fully grasps what’s going on, they’ll be back on tour, or rolling through the credits of our TV shows and movies, with an ugly entry on their Wikipedia pages but a growing bank account to soothe that indignity." She adds: "CK’s Sunday set suggests that it may not be a sympathetic Charlie Rose roundtable or glossy magazine spread or self-aware, highly produced streaming special that heralds these men’s reentry into public life. The more likely route to reputation renovation will simply be nonchalant reintroduction into the cultural bloodstream, little by little, like routine allergy shots that cause a milder reaction with each prick."
- Why do the bad men think we need them? "It seems that these men think the world needs them and their work"
- Louis CK should be banished until he demonstrates some measure of understanding of what he has done wrong
- There seems to be a sexist double standard for comebacks: Samantha Bee and Kathy Griffin had to beg for forgiveness, while Louis CK just had to sit out
- Louis CK specialized in a comedy of complicity: "When the charming f*ck-up does something genuinely unforgivable, where is there left for him to go?"
- Michael Che's argument that "any free person has a right to speak and make a living" belittles and delegitimizes the actual conversation around Louis CK
- Louis CK apologists should follow the lead of Michael Ian Black, who seemed to have learned something from sympathizing with the disgraced comedian
Posted Tuesday 6/26/18 at 4:47PM EDT
Rashida Jones and Donald Glover team for a Time's Up workplace sexual harassment PSA
Jones said she volunteered to direct the public service announcement and she asked Glover to be the narrator, and he "very graciously" said yes.
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 10:08PM EDT
The Good Doctor and Jane the Virgin are among the shows that added #MeToo-themed storylines
The Good Doctor creator David Shore says the ABC drama will continue tackling sexual harassment after incorporating the issue in a storyline this season. “The challenges and the difficulties and the frustrations — we wanted to embrace it and we wanted it to carry forward,” Shore says. “We didn’t want it to be something that happens and then it’s just forgotten about. We wanted it to play out over a few episodes. We didn’t want it to be what the show is completely all about, but we wanted to deal with it honestly, and that means for more than just a moment. This is something that carries on and that people live with.” For Jane the Virgin, the #MeToo movement prompted the show to revisit a consensual affair Jane had with a graduate school adviser years earlier. Now, a mature Jane looked back at the affair with more scrutiny, especially with regard to its power dynamics.
Posted Wednesday 6/06/18 at 6:44PM EDT
Jon Hamm: Mad Men's Don Draper would've been "excoriated" in the #MeToo era
Source: New York Daily News
“He would’ve been excoriated, I think, probably,” Hamm told the New York Daily News. "His behavior in many ways is deplorable, and in other ways is admirable,” Hamm added. “And it’s even both of those things with the same characters. He was both terrible and great to Pete. He was both terrible and great to Roger. He was both terrible and great to Peggy. He was both terrible and great to Betty. He’s a complicated guy, and I’ve said this before about him in many capacities, he’s damaged goods.”
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 1:02PM EDT
Dick Wolf: Law & Order: SVU helped pave the way for the #MeToo movement
Wolf and Mariska Hargitay discussed last night their long-running NBC drama, which they credit for helping victims of sex crimes come forward. “I think it’s opened the door into a multitude of conversations over the years. If you look at the #MeToo movement, she founded it, a long time ago,” Wolf said, pointing to Hargitay. “We got to take the onus off the survivor and put it where it belongs, on the perpetrator,” Hargitay added. “It did change and it did give people the courage to come forward and realize ‘Guess what, you’re not alone.’”
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 11:47PM EDT
Inside Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's #MeToo-inspired sexual harassment storyline
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"That stuff was blowing up and continuing to blow up and it felt like stuff that intersected with the stuff that we've talked about on the show a lot," says co-creator Robert Carlock of the #MeToo movement. "And our characters, Kimmy especially, would have a strong point of view on it."
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 1:00AM EDT
Survey suggests viewers are unaffected by the #MeToo movement
Source: The A.V. Club
Morning Consult polled 2,202 American adults to see if sexual misconduct allegations hurt any of the high-profile Hollywood men, and the study found that only Louis CK and Kevin Spacey were viewed less favorably.