Number of TV’s Female-Led Sitcoms Down

As the number of sitcoms that dot primetime TV lineups has declined, so has the number of women at the helm of a half-hour comedy, says Variety. While female-led hour-long dramedies, such as "Desperate Housewives," "Ugly Betty" and "Grey’s Anatomy" have thrived, the same cannot be said of sitcoms. Highlighting only a handful of comedies led by women – including "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and "30 Rock" – Variety reporter Michael Schneider suggested several possible reasons for the decline: There are few female comedy writers and producers in Hollywood, young men are thought to shun women-led comedies and actresses don’t want to act like goofy, Lucille Ball-ish comediennes. (June 2007)Ask and Ye Shall Receive: A survey commissioned by Working Mother magazine  recently found that of the 69 percent of working mothers who requested alterations in their work arrangements, 74 percent were granted their wishes, which included requests for flex-time and telecommuting. (June 2007)