Take Back The (Network TV) Night

November 13, 2009

The New York Times' Bill Carter has a great piece out on the lack of women writers on the staffs of late night television shows. 
from the article:

In many ways, television today is about women more than men.

More women watch television than men; female producers and writers have had huge success in prime time and daytime; in January, women will occupy two of the three seats as anchors of network evening newscasts.

But there is one glaring exception: very few women make it inside the writing rooms for late-night television hosts, despite that women make up a larger proportion of their audience than men.

Irin over at at Jezebel used Carter's article to break down the number of women writers per show. The results: 

"The Jay Leno Show": Zero.
"Late Show with David Letterman": Zero.
"The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien": Zero.
"The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson": One, apparently (his sister).
"Jimmy Kimmel Live!": One.
"The Colbert Report": One.
"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart": Two female writers just added.
"Late Night with Jimmy Fallon:" Three out of "about a dozen."

Among Late-Night Writers, Few Women in the Room (New York Times)

Guess How Many Female Writers There Are On Late Night? (Jezebel)

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