Clockwise from top left: Charlie’s Angels, 2 Broke Girls, New Girl,
Ringer, The Playboy Club
Photos: © ABC, CBS, ABC, CW, NBC
Who cares about Ashton Kutcher replacing Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men? Or that there’s actually a show premiering (and hopefully being canceled) this fall called Man Up!, which ranks among my most hated phrases due to its gendered implications. Let’s focus on what’s important here: If last season was laden with sitcom writers’ fumbling attempts to create the next Friends (see: Happy Endings, Love Bites, Perfect Couples, Friends With Benefits), then fall television this year is all about girl power and sisters doing it for themselves.
At least 14 new shows making their debuts this fall are female-centric, and out of that, I hope at least five feature women who aren’t cliché, lame archetypes we’ve seen a million times before. Specifically: Let’s leave the Louboutin, makeup, driving, cleaning and other stereotypical jokes out and come up with fully developed, three-dimensional characters. Ones who fall at an appropriate place on the spectrum between “Oh this perfect hairstyle? I wake up looking like this, don’t you?” polished and hot mess. So what’s on the schedule?
Manic pixie dream girl Zooey Deschanel transitions from movies to television in New Girl, in which she plays a woman who dresses exactly like her character in (500) Days of Summer (read: The Anthropologie catalog, pages 1-all—she owns it). Don’t mix up New Girl Zooey with Summer, Zooey, though! This Zooey is a hot mess personified; she thinks overalls make a “sexy farmer” fashion statement. Her best friend is a model; though, so don’t feel too bad for the “new girl.”She’ll be prettified in no time.
Kat Dennings, another indie movie darling, hits the small screen as a waitress in a greasy spoon Brooklyn diner in 2 Broke Girls. Dennings’ quasi-hipster character befriends poor little rich girl Beth Behrs, who’s forced to work in the Williamsburg diner after fortune stop smiling on her. This 21st century, female-centric Odd Couple may be just what American viewers want.
In Whitney, frequent Chelsea Handler roundtable guest Whitney Cummings plays a woman who has been part of a “happily unmarried” couple for years. Unfortunately, lame jokes about sweatpants being the sartorial equivalent of a “No Sex” sign, morning breath and more abound in previews, so I’ll just praise NBC for giving a woman her own multi-camera sitcom.
Sarah Michelle Gellar returns to television after a long hiatus during which she gave birth to daughter Charlotte, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans are salivating. In Ringer, Gellar plays twins Bridget and Siobhan, who had a falling out after Bridget became a stripper and a drug addict. Siobhan is an elegant socialite with perfectly coiffed hair and a wardrobe to die for, but she’s got deep, dark secrets of her own.
Try on Sarah Michelle Gellar’s hairstyles in the Makeover Studio!
If you love Mad Men but hate the chauvinism, NBC and ABC have some fall TV for you! Both The Playboy Club and Pan Am portray the beginning of the women’s liberation movement during the swinging ’60s. In both shows, the characters appear to work in servile roles to men (Playboy bunnies and Pan Am stewardesses); however, the women are really running the show. They know how to use their feminine wiles to get ahead.
Rounding out the girl power (someone call the Spice Girls) theme is ABC’s reboot of Charlie’s Angels. Just like its predecessor, three ball-busting—but hot, obviously—women work for a private detective. This time, however, the “Angels” all have dark, mysterious pasts. It looks like Beyoncé said it best: “Girls—we run the world.”
Try on Zooey Deschanel’s hairstyles in the Makeover Studio!
What fall TV shows are on your must-watch list?