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America In Primetime: Independent Woman

Airs Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Edie Falco, Peter Facinelli and Steve Buscemi on the set of the critically acclaimed series "Nurse Jackie," featured in AMERICA IN PRIMETIME.

AMERICA IN PRIMETIME presents some of the most compelling shows on television today, as well as those of the past, by focusing on key character archetypes — the man of the house, the independent woman, the misfit and the crusader — that have remained a staple of primetime through the generations, capturing both the continuity of the character and the evolution.

Shonda Rhimes, creator of "Grey's Anatomy," is featured in AMERICA IN PRIMETIME.
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Above: Shonda Rhimes, creator of "Grey's Anatomy," is featured in AMERICA IN PRIMETIME.

Eva Longoria ("Desperate Housewives") is featured in AMERICA IN PRIMETIME.
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Above: Eva Longoria ("Desperate Housewives") is featured in AMERICA IN PRIMETIME.

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The show features more than a hundred in-depth interviews with the creators, writers and actors who give life to the characters whom audiences have come to love, and demonstrates how the finest television today has its foundation in the best television of yesterday.

The four-part series premieres Sundays, October 30 through November 20, 2011. "Independent Woman" will air on Sunday, October 30 at 8 p.m. "Man of the House" will air on November 6 at 8 p.m. "The Misfit" will air on November 13 at 8 p.m. "The Crusader" will air on November 20 at 8 p.m.

"Independent Woman" - Witness the transformation of women from model housewives to complex, and sometimes controversial, characters.

Interviews include Roseanne Barr (“Roseanne”); Candice Bergen (“Murphy Brown”); Eva Longoria and Felicity Huffman (“Desperate Housewives”), Robert and Michelle King and Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”); James L. Brooks and Mary Tyler Moore (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show”); Shonda Rhimes and Sandra Oh (“Grey’s Anatomy”); and Liz Brixius and Linda Wallem (“Nurse Jackie”) among others.

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The Independent Woman: The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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The Independent Woman: Sex and the City

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The Independent Woman: The Good Wife

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Above: "The Independent Woman" reveals how women have transformed from model housewives to complex, and sometimes controversial, characters.