Gloria Allred and Me

1 Sep

I’m excited to announceComedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber, Los Angeles, America - 14 Mar 2015 that I sold a legal drama to CBS inspired by the life of feminist lawyer Gloria Allred. I talked to Variety about it. Here’s the official log line: Inspired by the life of the famed feminist attorney Allred, the fictional drama revolves around a fearless, outspoken lawyer who takes on the toughest civil rights cases and is masterful at using the media in order to get justice.

Baby Ruby

19 Mar

Ruby_fullsize-113She’s really cute.

Welcome to the World Ruby

13 Feb

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On January 26, I had a baby girl, Ruby Lucinda Groban. She was a month early but huge and healthy, weighing in at 7 pounds, 5 ounces and a very tall 21 inches. So far, she’s a blondie. Her middle name is for her late uncle, Louis Terrell, who died last year. Her first name is just something I always thought would be a pretty name for a little girl. Also, now my kids will have a special affinity for the book series and cartoon

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The Newsroom: Episode 304

3 Dec

It was fun to see my name in the opening credits of Episode 304 of “The Newsroom” last Sunday. There’s only two more episodes left, so tune in.IMG_7079

The Newsroom Premiere

7 Nov

The premiere for the last season of “The Newsroom” was last Tuesday at the Directors Guild in LA. Here’s a picture of me with my go-to HBO premiere date, Sarah Heyward, a writer on “Girls.” (It was election night so my husband was busy working in Sacramento). The series premiere is this Sunday night at 9PM. Tune in!image


7 Oct

Ron Perlman and Dana Delany in "Hand of God."

Ron Perlman and Dana Delany in “Hand of God.”

Next week I start writing for “Hand of God,” a new drama from Amazon Studios. It’s the TV directing debut of Marc Forster (“World War Z,” “Finding Neverland”) and stars Ron Perlman (“Sons of Anarchy.”) I’m also a producer on the series. Check out the pilot on Amazon.

Porter Magazine

14 Sep

Liberty Ross

Liberty Ross

I wrote about the lovely model and designer Liberty Ross for the cover of Porter magazine, which is published by Net-A-Porter. I also wrote about stylist Maryam Malakpour of NewbarK for the June issue of Porter.

The Newsroom Airs Nov 9

10 Sep

cdn.indiewireTune in to HBO on Sunday nights starting Nov.9 for the 3rd and final season of “The Newsroom,” which I worked on. Here’s the trailer.

The Lulu Show

28 Jun

I sold a show inspired by my New York Times Styles story about Lulu, an app that lets women anonymously review and rate men. I’m excited that Lulu’s co-founder, Alexandra Chong, will be a producer on the project. I sold the pitch to E! which is trying to develop more scripted dramas. The studio is Warner Brothers. So, this is what I’ll be working on now that we just finished writing Season 3 of “The Newsroom.” It was a great experience and I learned a ton from working with Aaron Sorkin. The show airs in November.

Shining Shondaland

10 Jun

imgresI love Shonda Rimes’ commencement speech at Dartmouth, especially this part:

Shonda, how do you do it all?
The answer is this: I don’t.
Whenever you see me somewhere succeeding in one area of my life, that almost certainly means I am failing in another area of my life.
If I am killing it on a Scandal script for work, I am probably missing bath and story time at home. If I am at home sewing my kids’ Halloween costumes, I’m probably blowing off a rewrite I was supposed to turn in. If I am accepting a prestigious award, I am missing my baby’s first swim lesson. If I am at my daughter’s debut in her school musical, I am missing Sandra Oh’s last scene ever being filmed at Grey’s Anatomy. If I am succeeding at one, I am inevitably failing at the other. That is the tradeoff. That is the Faustian bargain one makes with the devil that comes with being a powerful working woman who is also a powerful mother. You never feel a hundred percent OK; you never get your sea legs; you are always a little nauseous. Something is always lost.
Something is always missing.
And yet. I want my daughters to see me and know me as a woman who works. I want that example set for them. I like how proud they are when they come to my offices and know that they come to Shondaland. There is a land and it is named after their mother. In their world, mothers run companies. In their world, mothers own Thursday nights. In their world, mothers work. And I am a better mother for it. The woman I am because I get to run Shondaland, because I get write all day, because I get to spend my days making things up, that woman is a better person—and a better mother. Because that woman is happy. That woman is fulfilled. That woman is whole. I wouldn’t want them to know the me who didn’t get to do this all day long. I wouldn’t want them to know the me who wasn’t doing.
Lesson Number Three is that anyone who tells you they are doing it all perfectly is a liar.