In the Good News Department: UPDATED with Less Good News

There are some good things happening on our TV sets. I want to point out a few of them I’ve seen talked about in the past week. One is coming up tonight, the others are still in development and require a wait.

UPDATED: See the new information added to the Fresh Off the Boat section below.

Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay Team Up Again

David Oyelowo, Ava Duvernay & Oprah Winfrey on the set of "Selma"
David Oyelowo, Ava Duvernay & Oprah Winfrey on the set of “Selma”

Oprah Winfrey and Ana DuVernay will work together again to create a new series. Winfrey will co-create and co-star in the new series Queen Sugar, which will air on OWN. The drama is based on the book by Natalie Baszile and is set on a sugarcane farm in Louisiana.

DuVernay made the announcement on Twitter.

Jill Soloway and Feminist Comedy

Image via Deadline
Jill Soloway

Ana DuVernay cited Jill Soloway in her tweet. Soloway will create a half-hour feminist comedy for MTV. As yet untitled, the series will be about two young girls who meet at summer camp and bond over their passion for second-wave feminism. Both girls are struck by lightning and their friendship, power and destiny is sealed. Now, 10 years later, they are bent on saving all of womankind.

Another Awesome Woman for A.K.A. Jessica Jones

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Carrie Anne Moss

I keep seeing announcements for new cast members for A.K.A. Jessica Jones The latest is that Carrie Anne Moss has joined the cast of Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones. That makes 3 very badass females so far.

Fresh off the Boat

Fresh Off the Boat. Image: ABC
Fresh Off the Boat. Image: ABC

In I’ve Waited 20 Years to Watch Fresh Off the Boat, BlogHer writer Grace Hwang Lynch said,

I’ve waited 20 years to see a show that even vaguely resembles my own [family] on the screen. And now, the sitcom based on celebrity chef and TV personality Eddie Huang’s memoir Fresh Off the Boat features a Taiwanese immigrant family… named the Huangs … in prime time.

Fresh Off the Boat premiers tonight on ABC.

The next step is to take, not an immigrant story, but a story about Americans of Asian origin who have been Americans for generations.

I talked about how representation matters so much to people here and here and here and many other places on this blog. Seeing this story on TV is a step in the right direction. #RepresentationMatters

UPDATE: Some Less than Good News

On February 7, Grace Hwang Lynch posted something about the PR for Fresh Off the Boat on her own blog Hapa Mama: Fresh Off The Boat? How About a Seat on the Bus? She describes the PR outreach to bloggers by ABC. There were no bloggers of Asian descent included in the outreach. Go read the entire article by Grace, but I just want to add my objections to the way ABC is promoting and doing PR for their new comedy series. If #RepresentationMatters, it matters in the way you conduct PR as well as in the way you show people behaving on TV.

Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones Set for Netflix

Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones is a comic book come to life featuring a female character. Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix have stepped up to the heroine based story with this upcoming series.

Here’s the story from Marvel about the female leads.

After a tragic ending to her short-lived super hero stint, Jessica Jones is rebuilding her personal life and career as a detective who gets pulled into cases involving people with extraordinary abilities in New York City. Trish is a syndicated radio talk show host, former model and child TV star known to her adoring fans as “Patsy” Walker.

The 13 part story will air in the spring on Netflix, but I don’t know an exact date.

Krysten Ritter
Krysten Ritter

Krysten Ritter stars as Jessica Jones. She’s hung up her cape and opened a detective agency.

Rachael Taylor in a scene from "Crisis."
Rachael Taylor in a scene from “Crisis.”

Her best friend Trish will be played by Rachael Taylor. According to the publicity about Trish, she helps Jessica embark on the most dangerous case of her career.

Also in the cast are Mike Colter as Luke Cage, and David Tennant as Kilgrave.

Netflix has a deal with Marvel for 4 series. Fingers crossed, they are all lead by female characters. Melissa Rosenberg is the woman behind Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones.

Most women in actual comic books are just there because their boobs are falling out of their bras. Let’s hope that Jessica Jones on television can button her blouse and be an interesting lead character in a fun heroic romp. Krysten Ritter’ getting billing ahead of David Tennant, for heaven’s sake. She better be THE BOSS. She better be something this man can let his 7 year old daughter watch.

Rachael Taylor photo from Crisis by NBC – © 2013 NBC Universal Media. Krysten Ritten photo via IMDB.