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For many women in late-night television, this depiction of a male-dominated workplace rings true, with one glaring exception: The show Molly works for is hosted by, of all things, a woman. While there are now more women writing for late-night shows than ever before, female hosts, like female presidents, largely remain a figment of the Hollywood imagination. More encouraging are the gains made by female comedy writers. A decade ago, a tally of women writing for late-night shows read like binary code: zeros and ones across the board. Progress has not been easy, according to women in late-night TV.

At the same time as a David Letterman-like figure whose three decades on the air have absent her disengaged and fearsome, Thompson is so regally good that you ask humbly for more of an actress who absolutely never went away but who has in recent years often kept en route for the margins of movies. She was Mrs. Her status as someone whom anyone in their right mind adores is absolutely assured. She makes altogether around her, including some of her guests, tremble. Her reign in late-night television, though, is at risk of coming to an end. All of her writers are men. Could Katherine deny her own femininity while all together being a late-night trailblazer for women? Most of the real-life late-night hosts are referenced or make cameos, as well as Seth Meyers and Bill Maher.