‘The Girls on the Bus’ screening

Monday, April 8, 2024

Noon 1:30 p.m. PT

Wallis Annenberg Hall (ANN), Sheindlin Forum (106)

Watch the first episode of the new Max streaming service series, “The Girls on the Bus” and then hear from co-writer and executive producer Amy Chozick (New York Times, Wall Street Journal) in a Zoom Q&A with Professor Christina Bellantoni.

The drama series is inspired by Chozick’s experiences on the campaign trail with multiple presidential candidates. It invites viewers to hit the campaign trail alongside four female journalists, each of them different in their reporting styles and personalities. The story centers on Sadie McCarthy (Melissa Benoist), a journalist who romanticizes a bygone era of campaign reporting and scraps her whole life for a shot at covering a presidential candidate for a paper of record. Sadie joins the bus and eventually bonds with three female competitors, Grace (Carla Gugino), Lola (Natasha Behnam), and Kimberlyn (Christina Elmore). Despite their differences, the women become a found family with a front-row seat to the greatest soap opera in town — the battle for the White House.