Per Amazon’s usual pilot-selecting process in which viewers choose what projects they want to see go to series, the series order comes after the pilot launched Nov. 5 on the streaming service to good reception among fans. As for critical reception, “Good Girls Revolt” especially received positive reviews from industry experts.
Variety‘s Brian Lowry said, “Any show that begins with the Rolling Stones’ Altamont concert and includes “Light My Fire” can’t be all bad. Plus, it’s an interesting look at journalism back when it operated under a totally print-oriented metabolism.”
Set in 1969, “Good Girls Revolt,” centers around group of young female researchers at “News of the Week” who simply ask to be treated fairly, chronicling sexual-discrimination cases of the era.
Inspired by Lynn Povich’s book of the same name, the series stars Genevieve Angelson, Anna Camp, Erin Darke, Chris Diamantopoulos, Hunter Parrish, Jim Belushi, Joy Bryant and Grace Gummer as journalist Nora Ephron.
Series creator Dana Calvo, a former journalist, previously told Variety how her Amazon project could revitalize the genre of scripted newsroom television. “Hollywood is notorious for rejecting journalism shows,” she said. “The phrase you always hear, which doesn’t entirely make sense to me, is that reporters are reactive…I would not say they are reactive…They try to stay on top of the story. They try to do the smart story.”
The pilot was penned by Calvo (“Made in Jersey”), directed by Liza Johnson (“Return”) and exec produced by Calvo, Lynda Obst, Darlene Hunt, Don Kurt and Jeff Okin. TriStar Television produces with Amazon Studios.
Calvo is repped by CAA and Dan Halsted at Manage-ment.