We’ve already discussed how there are too few women writing for TV and movies, and how that makes it challenging to find worthwhile women to watch. Even when there are women on television, they’re often the kind of cloying and annoying characters that make too many compromises, or are possessed with stereotypical flaws that allow them to be palatable to viewers at home (Liz Lemon, I’m looking at you). Or worse, they serve as simply foils or disposable love interests for the show’s male protagonists.
So it’s refreshing when there’s actually a smart, well-written, complex female character on a show. Here are 11 of our favorites (plus an honorable mention). But listen, we can’t watch all the TV (we’ve tried, trust us, we’ve tried). So we’re looking to you to tell us what lady characters don’t make you want to wretch. Tell us in the comments.
This supercut of “Very Special Episodes” tackling difficult issues runs the gamut from “Saved by the Bell’s” Jesse Spano “I’m so excited” on speed rant, to the “Dinosaurs” does steroids. But my own VSE fave? How about the time Tom Hanks played the alcoholic uncle on “Family Ties” and got drunk on
Michael J. Fox’s hair gel vanilla extract? How much vanilla extract would you really have to swill before getting even the tiniest buzz? Somebody try it and report back. [YouTube]
It’s the ’90s, so turn down the Spice Girls, get off your cellular, dial up your modem and let’s get this party started.
Let’s face it: keeping up with pop culture is difficult. With more than 1000 channels worth of TV shows, not to mention a new flood of movies and music every week, it’s practically a full-time job to keep up with everything. Luckily, it is my full-time job. So after the jump, your cheat sheet of the TV shows you need to watch, the albums you need to hear, the movies you need to see, and much, much more this week. Oh, and shall we just dub this the Week of Selena Gomez? Keep reading »
To make a long story out of a short story — or perhaps the other way around — “So You Think You Can Dance” may have stumbled upon The Beatles scandal of the century at their Utah auditions. I couldn’t sleep last night and decided to catch up on a little “SYTYCD” — reality TV has the same effects on me as a glass of warm milk — and I caught contestant Brittany Morgan Starr, who revealed a big secret. Ringo Starr (of the famed band The Beatles, perhaps you’ve heard of them) is her father. Brittany claimed he is in permanent hiding while another man impersonates him in the public eye. I know, so wonderfully bizarre. According to Brittany, her dad, Ringo Starr (real name: Richard Starkey), signed a contract to have another man take his identity as Ringo Starr after John Lennon was shot. And bless FOX for taking us to meet her pops, the “real” Ringo. He turned out to be a toothless man with no discernible British accent in a Sgt. costume. Somehow, my gut tells me delusion runs in the family. At least judging from Brittany’s dance skills. These kinds of segments are exactly why I watch reality TV before bed. Keep reading »
Make a sarcastic statement without saying a word with this Daria Morgendorffer manicure. Scoff … French tips are for popular girls. [Radiant Hour] Keep reading »
So everrrrrrybody’s talking about Oprah’s new Oprah Winfrey Network business–and we’re not gonna lie, we’re watching. The show we’re most psyched on? Her Machiavellian-tinged “Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star.” The show pits 12 regular folks against each other for the chance to, yes, have their own show on the fledgling Oprah-fied network. Most of the prospectives have either cooking program or talk show plans. But not our personal frontrunner: Zach Anner, a 25-year-old guy with cerebral palsy who’s aiming to make a travel show about all the things that go wrong when you travel. He describes his cerebral palsy as “the sexy palsy,” so you know he’s got a sense of humor. Plus, it’s refreshing to see a differently-abled person on television. It also got us thinking: what would we do if we had our own television show? Most likely it would involve traveling, cute animals and random make-out session-filled cameos from Joseph Gordon-Levitt. What about you? Tell us about your television show dreams in the comments. Keep reading »
No more dinette sets or speedboats for TV game show “The Price is Right.” Now they’re featuring lots of American Apparel
clothing for bidding games. How much would you bid on the selection? (We were pretty surprised to see how far-off our imaginary guess was.) Anyhow, we don’t know which to lament more—the downfall of American Apparel or of “The Price is Right.” We miss the days of Bob and Winnebago trailers. [YouTube
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I can accept that everything I love will die eventually. But I refuse to accept that Starz has canceled “Party Down.” I’ve been obsessed with the show from its inception—the series follows cater waiters who are all struggling to catch their big break in Hollywood. It was an exceptionally well-written show with one of the best casts on television. I want to blame vampires and reality TV, but I think in the case of “Party Down,” it was either the fact that all the actors got poached for other shows, that advertisers just weren’t going for it, or the fact that no one I know pays for Starz. Maybe all of the above. Keep reading »
The winner of next season’s “America’s Next Top Model” can look forward to the standard prizes — a contract with a major modeling agency, up close and personal views of Miss Jay’s legs — but also an Italian Vogue cover. “ANTM” followers will know that the standard editorial prize offering is a shoot with Seventeen and the switch to Vogue is a major upgrade. Don’t get us wrong, Seventeen is a decent magazine, but it’s no Vogue Italia. Where Seventeen features models trying to make it, Vogue is more or less for the ones who’ve already arrived. Given that “ANTM” has always claimed to be a career-maker but generally had limited success in actually launching a successful career, this seems like a step towards making good on the promise of being a real supermodel machine. [NY Post] Keep reading »