Another TV Rant..

I’m kind of a bitch. Online, that is. In person, I’m sweet-as-pie, absolutely exemplary of my Southern upbringing, but online I can be one of quite the cunty variety. Which is why it’s probably for the best that I keep my online identity so far from my real life name and persona. My real life name, while strikingly similar to that of my online name is different enough that one could really not put the pieces together…

Even more important when I do things like I did tonight…which is call out an executive at a television network over the lack of gender equality in their writer’s rooms. This is a concept I regard highly, as in my real life, I am trying desperately to break into the world of television writing. There is a female voice that is absolutely lacking. A voice that isn’t completely permeated by the arrival of one’s period every 28 days, has a decent grasp of the sciences & doesn’t have to rely on a guy to save her every time she is in trouble. Oh, look, she even knows that “every time” is two words, not one!

Maybe I’m just a different breed. I had the “who’s the boss” life. Raised by my dad, my mother just┬áintermittently┬áin the picture and my dad raising me like the “son he never had” sports-wise…..maybe I’m the exception, fair enough….but that still doesn’t make me want to watch a “damsel in distress” be saved by Sendhil Ramamurthy every week….hot as he may be. Especially with that Texas accent. God damn it if I don’t have a weakness for boys who sound like they’re from my home more than me…..I digress, I want more “Mary Shannon’s” on TV. Women who can not only hold their own, but also handle keeping the men in the shot alive as well. Perhaps I’ve just been spoiled by the capable women provided to me by Constance M. Burge…

 

But I don’t think that’s it….I think the market is there, but the execs haven’t been sold enough on the vision….and fuck all, I suppose it’s my time to show them.

Covert Affairs covertly undermines women.

I am a huge fan of USA’s original programming. I am. I adore most of the shows and even those that I’m not too keen on, I still do find myself watching late at night when their reruns coincide with my insomnia….even Covert Affairs.

Something that has bugged me since the first episode though is that the lead, played by Piper Perabo, just can’t seem to keep herself out of playing the damsel in distress role. In short, she, (as well as pretty much all of the other female characters in the show), really can’t handle herself in the field. She basically sucks at her job…and her ass is always saved by the big, strong man.

Perhaps the hardest thing for me to swallow in all of this is the character portrayed by Anne Dudek. She plays the sister of Piper’s character Annie. I’ve always seen her cast in these strong female roles, cutthroat Bitch in House…and even on Big Love she was devious as fuck….but on this show…she is none of that. They write her as completely naive and it comes off horribly. I just can’t buy that she is that ignorant of what happens around her…sorry. No can do.

Back to the original point, it feels like every episode I catch, I’m not really surprised when Annie gets caught/lost/loses an asset. I just kind of expect it to happen every week….and then I expect to see Sendhil or the lovely Oded Fehr to come in and rescue her….I mean, sure, it’s a cute show, but does it really do ANYTHING for the female gender?