NBC Leads New Line Up With Some Serious Female Power

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Sure, we still live in mostly a man’s world even in 2014, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t celebrate the major milestones women are achieving every day, in all types of industries.

We’ve already seen how ABC is starting their new fall line-up of TV shows with a slew of ethnic faces, banking on the fact that diversity does in fact sell and attract audiences. Well far be it from them to be the only broadcast network to try something a little different.

Looks like NBC is also taking notice of the incredible viewing power of women, and offering up a handful of new shows led by some well-known women in TV.

‘Bad Judge’ is a comedy that stars Kate Walsh (‘Private Practice’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’) as Rebecca, a judge who goes to court hungover and eats wine and cake for breakfast. It is based on an idea from Anne Heche. It is also executive-produced by Will Ferrell and Adam Mckay, probably part of their new female-based production company dedicated to creating content for women. Oh, and the word “feminism: is mentioned in the trailer below, so we’re already in!

‘State of Affairs’ stars Katherine Heigl (‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ’27 Dresses’, ‘Knocked Up’) as CIA analyst Charlie Whitney Tucker. Her personal life is in disarray after her fiance — the President’s son — is killed by terrorists. We see that his death also affects her professional life; Charlie is hellbent on finding every person involved in his death and having them killed.

‘The Mysteries of Laura’ stars Debra Messing (‘Smash’, ‘Will & Grace’) as Detective Laura Diamond, a woman who has far more success controlling gun-wielding criminals than her twin sons.

While every broadcast network has been announcing their new prime time lineup, and the verdict is still out on whether any of these shows will have staying power. But the fact that women, and women of color are part of the conversation, chosen as leading roles and are being sought out for major TV shows is a huge step in the right direction as far as we are concerned.

We’re so sick of hearing that a network has “already got it’s woman show quota covered”. Like Cate Blanchett said at the 2014 Oscars, women are just as entertaining and engaging to watch as men, so there is no excuse for them not to be playing lead characters, writing scripts, showrunning, and creating ideas for shows.

Once again we must pay homage to Shonda Rhimes who gave two of these women their claim to fame (on ‘greys’) and has been a catalyst in how TV is changing for women.

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Fox also has a couple of new female-centric shows on the way. After the ‘Murder, She Wrote’ reboot fell through, Oscar winner Octavia Spencer quickly found a new TV project in the remake of a Spanish series called ‘Red Band Society’ about a group of ill adolescents who meet and befriend one another in a hospital. Spencer plays a nurse who brings a tough-love approach to the ward.

Taraji P. Henson heads a “who’s who” cast of black actors, including Gabourey Sidibe and Tasha Smith, in Lee Daniels’ (‘The Butler’) hip-hop soap opera ‘Empire’. Daniels has stated that the show will explore what it’s like to go from extreme poverty to riches beyond measure. Henson plays the ex-wife of a powerful producer.

He envisions ‘Empire’ to be the black ‘Dynasty’, which we think is awesome that nothing is as it was anymore, but everything we have previously thought of as ‘normal’ is constantly being changed and challenged. For the media and entertainment industries to portray more and more accurate representations of what real diverse America is like, can only mean a recipe for one thing: success!

Check out the NBC trailers below:

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