Interview with novelist Michael Chabon.
In the semi-autobiographical play "Random Sharp Objects," two Jewish women engage in a kind of impromptu psychoanalysis session.
But completing its third season this week is one more show featuring Jewish characters, called "Everwood." The slightly under-the-radar one-hour family drama has a strong teen following and has been making it's own inroads in developing complex Jewish characters.
Becky Wahlstrom isn't a Jew, but she plays one on TV. As Grace Polk on CBS's "Joan of Arcadia," the blond Chicagoan looks refreshingly unlike your stereotypical Jewish character. Of course, Grace's character wasn't supposed to seem Jewish from the start. The contrary, politically outspoken, rebellious teenager in black has been packed with surprises since her character debuted in last year's first season. Recently, it came to light that her mother is an alcoholic. Toward the end of last year, it was revealed that her father was a rabbi and that, at age 16, she was finally giving in to his pleadings that she have a bat mitzvah. Tonight, then, is the big night. Grace will become a woman in the eyes of the Jewish community at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 26.
Edward Burns tells a story to illustrate why he was inspired to write his multicultural comedy, "Sidewalks of New York," featuring characters from Puerto Rican to Jewish to everything in between. "I was on a Manhattan movie set, and this Catholic woman goes, 'My son has his confirmation, I have a baptism to go to, and Sunday is Easter -- oy vey,'" the Irish American filmmaker recalls. "You get that because we're all thrown together on the sidewalks of New York. You step out of your apartment, and you're immediately confronted with representatives of every ethnicity."