Creator of Showtime's Masters of Sex, Michelle Ashford talks about making a show about sex that's not exactly sexy and how The Sopranos changed her view of what's possible on TV. Plus, she reflects gender disparities in show business.
Banner image: Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen in a scene from Masters of Sex. Photo courtesy of Showtime
Hollywood News Banter (2:30PM)
Kim Masters and John Horn of the Los Angeles Times discuss some of this week's top entertainment news stories.
- Sony announces massive cost-cutting plans which will mean fewer movies being made but perhaps more television shows produced.
- The troubled Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark will close with a $60 million loss.
- Frank Darabont speaks out about AMC and The Walking Dead.
Masters of Sex (2:30PM)
Michelle Ashford, the creator and show-runner of the Showtime series Masters of Sex talks about her decades in the television business. She's worked for years writing pilots -- and making a living doing so -- but never got a series on the air until this one. Now approaching the end of Season One but slated for a second season, Ashford talks about how they made a show about sex not necessarily sexy and how she thinks Masters and Johnson were "accidental feminists" and, by extension, so is the show. She reflects on the gender disparity in the TV business and why that is while also saying she doesn't want to be regarded as a "female writer."
- Michelle Ashford: writer and producer