Casey Wilson And June Diane Raphael Are Making A Show About Women With Anger Issues For Hulu
If you don’t already have Hulu, you might want to reconsider soon. The network just gave the green light to a show about a woman with anger issues, and it’s probably going to be awesome. The show, which is tentatively called Unhinged, will star Casey Wilson and be written by her and her writing-production partner, June Diane Raphael, who worked on Happy Endings and Grace & Frankie. The series is still in the very early stages, but it’s coming from a real place. Wilson recently wrote on Lenny Letter about her struggle with anger, which is something women — or even men for that matter — just don’t talk about.
We assume men who get angry are animals and women who get angry are, well, unhinged. But there’s a lot more to being angry than that, and exploring the issue in a TV series written by two smart women who know what they’re talking about is a great way to talk about it.
Wilson’s Lenny Letter is about growing up being a “handful” for her parents. She writes that she’s yelled at people at work and tripped a roommate for talking behind her back, but she generally didn’t label it as “anger.” It was just her personality.
Wilson wrote in her Lenny Letter article, “As an actress, anger had actually served me fairly well, as it can be galvanizing and motivating. But I just wasn’t sure what I was so angry about. It wasn’t a constant state of being — in general I am quite upbeat. Rather, it felt like a tidal wave waiting in the wings that threatened everything in its path. I had no control over it.”
She eventually got some help for it and now, she told New York’s Vulture, and she and Raphael (who also gets the rage thing) are able to look at their anger “with fondness.” And that’s when you know you can finally write a good show about it.
The angry woman is a common trope in entertainment. Because historically an angry woman is not “feminine.” Being angry is something women shouldn’t really do in public, whether they have it all under control or not. It’s becoming more common for women on TV to be portrayed as a little flawed — there’s the alcoholic Jessica Jones, the recovering addict and general hot mess on Netflix’s Love, and Rebecca Bunch on My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. But in society, women’s anger is something that no one talks about seriously.
Wilson told Decider that anger intrigues her. “I think it’s an interesting color on women and a funny one that has been explored a lot with men, but it’s trickier when women are angry,” she said. “I just think it’s ripe for comedy.”
Now we’ll get to see what dealing with anger looks like, and if Wilson and Raphael’s past work is any clue, it’s probably going to be spot on.