Gender and TV script-writing

So “Who’s the Caboose?” is this 90s-era mockumentary about the process of auditioning during pilot season in LA.  There are some sharp moments in the script referencing the dearth of feature roles for women.  I found the following very short segment pretty incisive.


Offscreen: So what is it you’re auditioning for?

Sarah Silverman: Well it’s really exciting, because um, the lead character is funny, and dynamic, and charismatic, and quick-witted, and really suave, and just a dream role.  And uh, I’m auditioning to play his wife.

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