MC@Work: Reality Check

From hard-hitting news producers to terrorist-hunting CIA agents, the range of careers held down by our favorite female characters on TV has never been wider. But just how realistic are these portrayals? Marie Claire asked real-life pros to weigh in.


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    The Job: Executive Producer

    THE NEWSROOM: Mackenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer)

    WHAT THE SHOW NAILS: The setting. "It looks and feels like a newsroom," says Betsy West, executive producer of PBS' Makers and the former EP at ABC News. West also gives Mortimer high marks for portraying the "unrelenting, all-consuming pace of running a newsroom."

    WHAT'S PURE FICTION: The TMI. "Blabbering on about her personal life in front of her entire staff is something an executive producer would never do," says West.

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