Jessica Jones, the popular show about a former superhero who opens her own detective agency, will only have female directors for the 13 episodes of its second season, its executive producer Melissa Rosenberg announced. The series was already scoring brownie points among critics and fans because of its complex female characters and positive portrayal of female friendships — which could be attributed to its female showrunner and a staff that included more women writers and directors than most TV shows. During its first season, about one-third of its directors were women — roughly twice as much as the average TV show. By using exclusively women for its second season, Jessica Jones is following in the footsteps of Ava DuVernay who announced earlier this year that Queen Sugar, her OWN show, would only employ female directors, in order to create more opportunities for women in TV. The new season of Jessica Jones is set to start filming in November and will be on Netflix in 2018 at the earliest.
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