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TV Writer Issues Call to Action

Posted September 27, 2007, 5:32 pm in Entertainment
Credit Growing Bolder

Susan Silver
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The writer of TV classics like "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "The Bob Newhart Show" has issued a call to action for any TV viewer over 50.

Susan Silver tells Growing Bolder that she wants everyone to write letters to the networks and demand they start featuring characters, especially women, over 50 on their shows.

"There was a show called 'Maude;' it did really well. There was a show called 'Golden Girls;' they were like 90, but that did really well. So, don't you think women in their 50s should have their own show?" she said.

She said a recent New York Times article hyping the number of older women on TV got her fired up.

"It's a lie. I got excited when I saw the headline, 'Hot Women of a Certain Age.' But there were like two of them -- Kyra Sedgwick -- what, is she like 40? And she looks 12. And Sally Field, who I'll never get over that she's doing the osteoporosis ads like our generation's June Allyson," Susan told Growing Bolder.

"I think (the networks) aren't being realistic. We have all the money and we're the largest growing population, and it's kind of this weird, phony, yes, they're addressing our needs but they're really not."

Susan says she knows that networks aren't serious about putting women over 50 on TV because of her own experiences. She has written a TV pilot based on her column, The Search for Mr. Adequate, and has been shopping it around to the networks.

"They said, 'We love it. We love the writing. It's funny. You're fabulous. Could you make them younger?' I said, 'Well, maybe like around 50?' They said no. 'Around 40?' They said no. I said, 'But you did that show. It was called "Sex in the City." What's the point of doing another show about four 30-year-old women?'"

Susan is no rookie when it comes to knowing what will do well. She has penned scripts for 15 movies-of-the-week and five feature films.

She thinks the only way we'll start seeing fabulous women over 50 on TV is if the fans start writing letters to the powers-that-be.

"I think they respond to that. They bring back shows when fans complain, and I think if we all had our Howard Beal 'Network' moment and sat down and wrote this letter, we could get a show on."

So, are you ready to join the revolution and start writing letters? Here's where you can send them:

Ben Silverman
Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment
3000 W. Alameda Ave.
Burbank, CA 91523

Nina Tassler
President, CBS Entertainment
7800 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039-2112

Stephen McPherson
President, ABC Entertainment
500 S. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521-4551

FOX Broadcasting Company
P.O. Box 900
Beverly Hills,CA 90213

Want to hear more of our conversation with Susan Silver? Click here to listen to her take on this summer's hit reality show, "Age of Love."


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