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Geek Girl Guide: Fall 2011 Pilots on the Boobs Tube

It’s often said that TV/film/comics/theatre is a man’s world: entertainment content has predominantly been created, performed, and viewed mainly by men.

However, tides are turning, and female TV addicts like myself see a large proportion and greater variety of female roles in all of these areas.


Now don’t get me wrong: I will still be watching House, Chuck, Castle, and other male-headlining shows come fall, but it’s nice to let the ladies take the driver’s seat.

Here are my picks for the most promising (and embarrassing) fall shows!


Alcatraz (Midseason, Mondays 9/8c)

Thirty years after twenty wardens and inmates disappeared from Alcatraz prison, they reappear… having not aged a day. J.J. Abrams is behind what could be a pretty awesome thriller… if they didn’t give away so damn much in the preview. Watch at your own risk.

I Hate My Teenage Daughter (Wednesdays 9:30/8:30c)

In high school, I was tortured by the very same teenage girls who are the devil spawn of the series’ leads Jaime Pressly and Katie Finneran (Emmy and Tony winners, respectively). It will be nice to see their eventual comeuppance, and you can’t go wrong with these veteran ladies in the lead.


Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea (Midseason)

Laura Prepon is awesome, and it’s so nice to see a vehicle with her in the driver’s seat. Based (loosely) on Chelsea Handler’s life, this is a slacker girl’s dream show. Add in some Dot-Marie Jones, and now I’ve got what Chelsea delightfully calls “lady wood.


Good Christian Belles (Midseason)

Originally titled Good Christian Bitches, this ABC comedy is supposed to be the new Desperate Housewives. Not great news who isn’t interested in the old (current?) Desperate Housewives. I’m shocked to see the word “Christian” is staying in the title, and I can never get enough of the cleverly-written underhanded horrific insults women throw at each other. Another high school revenge story? Maybe I need to work through some issues. While I’m doing that, check out the clip.

Revenge (Wednesdays 10/9c)

Sweet little Amy from Everwood (Emily Vancamp) is going to kick some serious ass to get revenge for some blessedly-vague-in-the-trailer family tragedy. It’s nice to see a sweet young thing headline as a powerful, intelligent, and perhaps crazy evil character rather than a straightforward tough-as-nails cop or wide-eyed ingénue.

So what do you think, kids? Are you tuning in for this girl power extravaganza?

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  1. amy

    August 18, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    I'm so excited about the upcoming fall season too! I've got a running list of about 13 shows that I'll either be watching or DVR'ing. ABC's 'Good Christian Belles' looks so funny with Kristin Chenoweth in it, I've missed seeing her on a regular basis since 'Pushing Daisies' was canceled a few years back. I haven't heard much about the other shows, so I was glad you brought them up 🙂

  2. Mandy K

    August 29, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    I don't actually want to watch any of these shows. Does this make me a bad feminist? I'm not going to watch the Playboy Club either, if that helps at all…

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