Episode 216: Designing Women with Maggie Friedman

Susan and Sharon get to sit down with writer/producer/show-runner Maggie Friedman to talk about the show that inspired her to embark on a career in television: Designing Women.
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The Conversation

  • How an Ally McBeal spec script got Maggie into a room with Kevin Williamson – and onto the staff of his first show, Dawson's Creek.
  • Maggie set her sights on getting into AFI – and did -- because a mean girl told her she couldn’t!
  • HE DID IT/SHE LIED: Those T-Shirts from the Designing Women Anita Hill episode – and the impact it had on Maggie.
  • Which of the Designing Women are you? Sharon is a Julia, but is Susan Mary Jo – or Anthony?
  • “Guns, and AIDS, and condoms – OH MY!” How Designing Women took on all the current issues, that are unfortunately still current today.
  • SPOILER ALERT: What happens when you write HUGE CLIFFHANGERS – and then your show gets cancelled!
  • Big Hair, Big Shoulders! Was the Atlanta of Designing Women accurate? Susan grew up in Georgia -- and has thoughts.
  • Republican Dixie Carter’s deal: “For every liberal rant you make Julia say, I get to sing a song!”
  • “Georgia On My Mind”: Ray Charles sings with the Designing Women!
  • Young Susan’s brush with fame: Mark Harmon and Peter Scolari – both in one hour!

WOMEN OF THE HOUSE” – the little-known 1995 “sequel” where Suzanne Sugarbaker goes to Congress to fill her late husband’s house seat.

Our Audio-ography

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80s TV Ladies™ Episode 216: “ ‘Designing Women’ with Maggie Friedman” Produced by 134 West and Susan Lambert Hatem. Hosted by Susan Lambert Hatem and Sharon Johnson. Guests: Maggie Friedman. Sound Engineer and Editor: Kevin Ducey. Producer: Melissa Roth. Associate Producer: Sergio Perez. Music by Amy Engelhardt. Copyright 2023 134 West, LLC and Susan Lambert. All Rights Reserved.