Monday, July 19, 2010

Are Women Getting Short Shrift in Late Night? (Time)

More and more, such disparity is at odds with the real world that these shows spoof, in which women were the past two Supreme Court nominees and anchor two of three network news programs. Saturday Night Live's biggest stars lately have been women: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Kristen Wiig. Ellen DeGeneres is hugely successful in daytime. Are women funny only on weekends and before local news?
In the interest of full disclosure, the only late night shows I watch are The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. I think Craig Ferguson's "Murder She Wrote" skits are brilliant ("Has there been a muuuurder?), but I don't tune in regularly. With that said, is the lack of women hosts in the land of late night something anyone in the audience is actually thinking about, or is it just writers and researchers? "Well over half of Jay and Dave's viewers are women, says Nielsen," but I'm not hearing a clamoring for a woman behind one of the talk show desks. What are your thoughts?
Read the full article here.

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