PBS to Honor Sarah Silverman, Lena Dunham as 'Women Who Make America'
by Christian Toto 21 Jan 2014, 9:55 AM PDT
The media's infatuation with Girls star/creator Lena Dunham will continue in 2014.
PBS announced this week plans for new installments of its Makers: The Women Who Make America series.
The six, one-hour documentaries will focus on business, politics and entertainment. The latter will feature interviews with Girls star Lena Dunham and comedian Sarah Silverman, among others.
Audiences hear from actress-producer-activist Jane Fonda, who at 75 is playing a sharp, sexy and powerful media mogul on the award-winning series The Newsroom; television powerhouse Shonda Rhimes, who created Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal; screenwriter Linda Woolverton, who re-imagined the traditional Disney princess by making Belle (Beauty and the Beast) a self-possessed, strong-willed young woman; writer-director-actress Lena Dunham, who mines comedy and drama gold by exploring what it’s really like to be a young woman today ... Produced by Rory Kennedy with Producer/Director Linda Goldstein Knowlton. The documentary is scheduled to air September 2, 2014.
HBO's Girls is not a ratings magnet, yet Dunham is considered by many in the media to be a new, important voice for her generation. Vogue magazine just dubbed her the new queen of comedy.
Silverman is best known these days for her strong abortion support, including appearances on behalf of abortion fundraisers.