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Emily Nussbaum‘s latest NY Mag piece definitively declares the upcoming Fall TV slate to be the season of “The She-Runner”. A new ruling class of female Show runners, writers and actresses, spreading the big, bad female agenda on TV’s nation-wide. Rawr.

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Nussbaum writes that all of the Major Networks’ new comedy pilots are, mostly, helmed by females and star a fresh sort of female lead. They each, in one way or another, present a more “hard-edged” woman. Gone are the days of the dough-eyed dork (although the sole exception, and Nussbaum acknowledges it, is New Girls and happens to star just that in its’ lead Zooey Deschanel). What’s “exciting” is how this crop breaks free from former wimpy female leads of the past and instead depicts a grittier breed. Here we have the modern woman. More willing to declare her opinion. Move over Betty Draper, it’s Peggy-on-steroids time.

And my reaction? Meh.

It’s definitely refreshing to have more women on the screen and to have them in starring roles. But, have you watched the trailers for these shows? I mean, really? Uh-Oh. Yikes!

But, I’ll probably give them all a chance. I’m a fan of a lot of these female writers. Especially, New Girl scribe, Liz Meriwether. I also highly recommend Molly Mclear’s blog (she’s joined the writing room for 2 Broke Girls). I’m just really hoping these trailers are the worst of what’s to come and that we can expect more than these one-note, “unconventional” female leads.

Lena Dunham

However, I will say, I’m thrilled to hear Nussbaum enjoyed Girls. Lena Dunham‘s HBO series is something I’ve been looking forward to, anxiously, since renting Tiny Furniture months ago. But calling it the “Great Lady Hope of HBO” might be a tad pre-mature.

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This is an old article on AMC and its’ generation of TV Auteurs. It’s another example of letting creativity and passion reign, and reeling in success. But at what cost? Time to get back to streaming Mad Men on Netflix…

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No, seriously. This exists.

You can make a frog, a swan, a box, a cube and more! It’s not affiliated with the DVD-giant, but it should be.

Oh yeah, and they’re making TV shows now. Why the hell not? Anything that keeps Kevin Spacey busy is okay by me.

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Julianne Moore is going to play Sarah Palin in an HBO film.

Even though she’s a gifted actress,

and even though she’ll  probably net a few noms from this picture,

and even though she looks great in business casual clothes,

I don’t want her to do it. Not her, not anybody with actual talent. There are better stories, there are better roles, there are people more worthy of this budget, of our attention.

Let’s stop celebrating mediocrity for awhile.

Image: PEOPLE.com

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Goodbye Uncle Leo

Len Lesser, better known as Uncle Leo on Seinfeld, passed away this morning.

Lesser’s career spanned 60 years and included television roles on ER, thirtysomething, and Everybody Loves Raymond.

You’ll be missed Len. Here’s one of my favorite Leo moments.

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It’s 66 degrees in February.

My home state is crumbling under the weight of an ignorant governor.

A CBS News Correspondent was brutally assaulted last week in Cairo.

And then this?

Make the world go away.

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God I love Wisconsin and its wacky inhabitants. I also can’t stand the Palins. The crazy story below makes me one proud cheesehead.

 

Bristol Palin’s dancing on TV set off man in standoff, complaint says

According to the complaint, Cowan and his wife were watching “Dancing with the Stars” when Cowan jumped up and swore as Bristol Palin appeared, saying something about “the (expletive) politics.” Cowan was upset that a political figure’s daughter was on the show when he didn’t think she was a good dancer, the complaint states.

 

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