Novelist & TV Writer April Smith on “Lou Grant, Cagney & Lacey” and storyelling
Novelist April Smith got her start telling stories on TV for award winning shows like Lou Grant, Cagney & Lacey and Chicago Hope. In this interview, Smith describes writing for & producing highly influential women characters in TV Herstory. She also recounts how her prolific work on Movies of the Week set her up for success as a novelist.
This interview is a follow-up to a previous podcast installment about the Women Who Reported Watergate. America was fascinated with investigative journalism, which had found a renewed platform following President Nixon’s resignation. CBS’s attempt at bringing drama to the newsroom could only have been a success with great writers and an established lead character.