The Showrunner

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The hiring of a new assistant triggers a power struggle between an aging TV show creator and her former protégée.

Rising-star showrunner Stacey McCreedy has one goal: to leave behind her nerd-girl origins and become a power player — like Ann Dalloni, her former mentor and current producing partner. Ann, meanwhile, is feeling her age and losing her mind. But she’ll be damned if she cedes control of their hit primetime TV show to Stacey.

After Ann hires Jenna, a young actress hoping to restart her stalled career, as an assistant, the relationship between Ann and Stacey deteriorates into a blood feud. Soon, Jenna must choose whom to support and whom to betray to achieve her own ends. And Stacey will find out if she possesses the killer instinct needed to stay on top.
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About the author

Kim Moritsugu’s six previously published novels include The Glenwood Treasure (shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Best Crime Novel Award), The Restoration of Emily (serialized on CBC Radio), and The Oakdale Dinner Club. She recaps TV shows online as The Hungry Novelist and lives in Toronto.
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Jun 2, 2018
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Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Humorous / Black Humor
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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TV drama is so hot right now; and this novel is about two powerful showrunners who call the shots on set and in the writers’ rooms and back offices of an addictive TV show The Devil Wears Prada in TV land with echoes of the TV series UnREAL Topical current women’s issues and timeless generational conflicts come wrapped in a fun fiction package, perfect for book clubs: Two white women — an old feminist and a young one, fight like mother against daughter for control of their culturally diverse product Great escapist beach/airplane/vacation/public transit read: Relatable, suspenseful, darkly humourous, and what a climax! “Under the author’s deft pen, her small community comes to life; her plot weaves back and forth through time with skill” — Publishers Weekly, for author's previous novel, The Oakdale Dinner Club Author’s track record on upscale women’s fiction: The author has published six previous well received novels about women, including a mystery nominated for the Arthur Ellis award, a romantic comedy nominated for the Toronto Book Award, a coming of middle age story serialized on CBC Radio, and a suburban romp about food, sex, and telepathy Immersion and Research: The author has read widely on TV showrunner and writers’ room culture and has frequented the Los Angeles area to research neighbourhoods and locations; she has also acquired a sizable online following (15,000 page views per month) for three seasons’ worth of witty and irreverent recaps of the TV show Suits
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