This Wednesday is Galentine's Day, the fictional-turned-actual holiday from NBC's Parks & Recreation, wherein ladyfriends grab brunch and celebrate one another's awesomeness. To help get you in the mood, from today through Wednesday Bitch will post two daily Galentine's cards featuring Parks and Rec characters that I drew for you to share with your friends!
The rather unhappily squished cast of Hot in Cleveland.
In recent years, some TV industry-watchers have declared victory for older women on cable, writing that the explosion of original programming on cable channels has opened up opportunities for aging actresses to snag bigger, sexier roles.
And indeed, The Closer's Kyra Sedgwickdid usher in a spate of high-quality, high-profile roles for women over 40. For example: Holly Hunter on Saving Grace, Glenn Close on Damages, and more recently, Laura Linney on The Big C and Laura Dern on Enlightened. As a bonus, these women followed another trend as well: the anti-hero protagonist craze that hasn't let up since The Sopranos. We got complex female characters who have both wrinkles and a few character flaws.
But the proliferation of cable programming hasn't been all good for older women. There's not a lot of evidence that ladies over 40 will keep the ground they've gained, either.
For starters, the channel TV Land has become a retirement home for sitcom hall-of-famers, and that's a mixed blessing.