I love ‘The Bold Type,’ but it’s a decade late

I love 'The Bold Type,' but it's a decade late

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I love The Bold Type, but it frustrates me endlessly.

Over the years, the Freeform dramedy about three young women working at a magazine has displayed a maddening disregard for verisimilitude, and for the most part that adds to its charm. But with the final episodes now airing, I can’t help wonder what The Bold Type could have been — what it perhaps thought it was all along — with just the slightest attention to reality of what it’s like to work in media.

A quick overview: Jane (Katie Stevens), Kat (Aisha Dee) and Sutton (Meghann Fahy) are best friends who met while interning for Scarlet magazine, part of the multimedia conglomerate Safford, not unlike Conde Nast or Hearst (it’s loosely based on the life of real-life Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles). I was skeptical going into Season 1, but found myself won over by the enduring TV fantasy of New York City, the leads’ chemistry, and Sutton’s steamy affair with Safford board member Richard (Samuel Page). A friend of mine who worked at a magazine said she was afraid to watch in case it might be triggering to her own trials and tribulations in the world of print media. Read more…

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