The 2015 New York Television Festival brought together six of the biggest producers in television for an in depth panel conversation Tuesday in Manhattan. Among the featured showrunners was Starz' "Power" EP Courtney Kemp Agboh who, among other things, addressed the most annoying and persistent question she receives from fans of the show.
"A lot of fans of my show ask me when will Tasha (Naturi Naughton) beat Angela (Lela Loren) down," said Agboh.
Tasha of course, is the tough-as-nails wife of drug kingpin James "Ghost" St. Patrick, played by Omari Hardwick, while Angela is the federal prosecutor determined to take Tasha's family's empire down. Agboh said that Tasha and Angela coming to a physical confrontation would be a gross stereotype.
"That is so tired and it will never happen as long as I'm running the show," said Agboh. "Tasha is not dumb enough to beat down a federal prosecutor -- A -- and B, these are adults on my television show."
The response was met with an enthusiastic cheer from the crowd in the SVA theater in Chelsea.
"I could never get that question again and it would be too soon," joked Agboh.
Joining Agboh on the panel were showrunners Blair Breard ("Louie"), Anya Epstein ("The Affair"), Barbara Hall ("Madam Secretary"), Michelle King ("The Good Wife") and Stephanie Laing ("Veep"). The six women discussed the importance of mentorship in the industry, the difficulties of navigating the relationship between producers and network executives, and the challenges of writing a new season each year.
The panel was also noteworthy in that all six showrunners featured were women, a fact that led to another memorable quote from Agboh about breaking stereotypes.
“I think I would love for it not to be a thing when there are a bunch of women showrunners somewhere,” Agboh told the crowd Tuesday, after being asked what changes she would like to see in the television industry moving forward. “It does not have to be pointed out all the time."
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