Last Tuesday, I watched two hyped ABC sitcom premieres, Selfie and Manhattan Love Story. Both, as far as sitcoms go, are treading some fairly well-worn territory: Selfie is a My Fair Lady update for the digital age, so faithful that its two leads (Doctor Who's beloved Karen Gillan and Harold and Kumar's equally beloved John Cho) go by the names "Eliza Dooley" and "Henry Higgs."
Television, historically, has not been a welcoming place for transgender people. "Trans representation" has previously consisted mainly of male sitcom characters relating stories about dating women who turned out to be transgender, and then saying "Eww!"
Things are changing now, though, with the breakthrough success of Laverne Cox on Orange is the New Black and now director Jill Solloway's new half-hour dramedy Transparent. All eleven episodes of Transparent arrive for binge-watching on Amazon today.
Viola Davis stars as a brilliant criminal law professor Annalise Keating in How to Get Away With Murder.
Last week’s New York Times article about Shonda Rhimes raised a lot eyebrows for its suggestion that the showrunner's autobiography should be called How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman. In my work as a psychologist, I’ve seen firsthand how her characters can be good role models for women—not for being angry, but for the way they define themselves positively.
The Anna Nicole Story. Liz & Dick. This is the kind of “ripped from the headlines” celebutainment feature that stalwart cable channel “for women” Lifetime has brought to the masses—accuracy and subtlety be damned.
“Lisa refuses to play dodgeball because she is sad.” This simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking line is ripped from the wonkily drawn first season of TheSimpsons, in the episode “Moaning Lisa,” where the 8-year-old wunderkind suffers from a bout of depression.