“It’s been remarkable how much the world changed between the seasons of our show,” Younger star Peter Hermann said at Deadline’s annual The Contenders Emmys event. “There was a seismic election between seasons three and four and a seismic shift in the women’s movement… every time that we’ve come back for a season we really greet each other in a new world.”
Hermann, onstage at the packed DGA Theater with co-stars Hilary Duff and Miriam Shor, also gave props to the writers on TV Land’s flagship original series for deftly “weaving these very serious events into a comedy” with stories like harassment and inappropriate behavior, which was tackled in the Season 5 opener.
The single-camera series create by Darren Star and starring Sutton Foster was recently renewed for Season 6.
Also in the current political climate is the rhetoric of fake news and lies, which, as Shor pointed out, jibes with what the show is based on. Foster plays Liza, a woman who lies about her age to get a job in the competitive world of publishing.
“Having a conversation about the value of truth is well within the confines of what the show is about,” which “happened to tie into what was going on in the country and the conversation we were all having about the importance of facts,” Shor said.
The concept of ageism, though, remains the series’ central premise through it all.
“We are in love with youth culture in this country — we certainly discount in areas of experience [with this particular administration],” said Shor. “I think it’s an interesting subject matter, which is why I think [creator] Darren [Star] thought this would be an interesting show…it permeates every aspect of people’s lives.”
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