Off-script Viewing: Dolly Parton's 1990 Christmas Special
Recorded conversation of Cynthia Bemis Abrams and Kelli Johnson, watching the 1990 Dolly Parton Christmas Special from Pigeon Forge, TN.
TV holiday specials are art forms unto themselves and loyal listeners, and often they’re the best way for Advanced TV Herstory to discuss the legacy of an iconic woman known foremost for her music.
Let’s face it, if we’re looking to identify with women on TV, we’re outnumbered and out-resourced every day. That goes for Christmas specials through the decades, hosted by male performers. Whether it’s on news analyst panes or sports coverage of women, our presence is scant and our voices marginalized.
We don’t have an hour, let alone weekends’ worth of coverage across numerous channels that covers the actions of women in and of TV.
But what if we did - have an hour to celebrate the great work of women in TV and the important roles and moments that shape our today. It’s the storytelling we’re missing. It’s the representation we need to understand we don’t see on TV. And remember, we have to do more than count roles and lines connected to women of TV. We’ve grown desensitized to the absence of diversity, not able to see the wealth of talent that could create the TV landscape that speaks to all of us, for all of us.
Where can women go to have THAT kind of analysis and understanding?
Until such time as that sort of show reaches TV, rest assured you’ll find it here at Advanced TV Herstory. Subscribe on Google Play, Apple Podcast… Otto Radio.. Places were you find podcasts. Play it directly on our podcast website – www.tvherstory.com. My thanks to David Brown, audio technician extraordinaire. Music in this episode is Jazzer’s Take Me Higher and is found at Free Music Archive.
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