Author Archives: Leila Cohan-Miccio

It’s Hard To Like I Hate My Teenage Daughter

It's Hard To Like I Hate My Teenage Daughter

I Hate My Teenage Daughter is a new show that follows Annie (Jamie Pressley) and Nikki (Katie Finneran), two moms who were outcasts in high school (I’m so sure, Jamie Pressley) dealing with parenting two popular teenage girls.

There’s actually potential in this idea. Unfortunately, none of that potential is present in the actual show I Hate My Teenage Daughter. More »

Dear Slate: Why Wouldn’t You Be Able To Say “Vagina” On TV?

Dear Slate: Why Wouldnât You Be Able To Say âVaginaâ On TV?

Over at Slate’s Browbeat blog, this season’s crop of Whitney Cummings-penned pilots and their attendant vagina jokes have raised the question “since when can you say vagina on TV?” Wait a second. Why would you not be able to say vagina?

Of course you can say vagina on TV. It’s an anatomical term. You can say stomach. You can say spleen. Therefore, you can say vagina. It’s not a dirty word. Cunt is a dirty word. Pussy is a dirty word. Twat is a dirty word. Vagina is just a fact. Ladies have vaginas. It’s how it is. More »

In Honor Of Amy Poehler: Our Favorite Strong Women On TV This Season

In Honor Of Amy Poehler: Our Favorite Strong Women On TV This Season

he Arrested Development reunion (and your subsequent realization that now you have to shell out for Showtime) isn’t the only news to come out of this weekend’s New Yorker Festival. At her interview with Ariel Levy on Friday night, Amy Poehler asserted television’s superiority over movies, particularly in the area of multifaceted female characters.

“I think films are kind of catching up in a way to where television has been for a long time. Television is still, in my opinion, the best place for female characters,” opined Poehler.

We’re inclined to agree — sure, this has been a banner year for female-focused movies, but television has been rocking the lady-led shows for a while now. Just look at Lorelai on Gilmore Girls or The Wire’s Kima or take your pick of the four besties mini-genre: Sex and the City, Golden Girls, or Designing Women. In fact, television is building on the precedent those shows have set with a current crop of female heroines that are, frankly, killing it, including (especially) Poehler’s own Leslie Knopes on Parks & Recreation. Let’s check out some of the rest of the best.
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Crushable Predicts The Plot of the Angry Birds Movie

Crushable Predicts The Plot of the Angry Birds Movie

The Angry Birds movie is moving forward apace. And while there are those doubters out there who think it’s silly and preposterous to make a feature film out of an iPhone game, the creators of said film will not be discouraged. In fact, David Maisel, the former Chairman of Marvel Studios (and executive in charge of the picture), believes it will change the face of video game movie adaptations. This is, clearly, excellent news. No longer will movie premises be confined to the tyranny of board games, as recently and excellently discussed by Mindy Kaling in the New Yorker. The world of video game based films is only at its beginning. After the jump, our projections for 2012’s blockbusters. More »

Ladies Be Filmin’: Pan Am

Ladies Be Filminâ: Pan Am

Pan Am follows a flight crew on the eponymous airline: stewardesses (they wouldn’t become flight attendants for twenty years) bohemian Maggie (Christina Ricci), spy (!) Kate (Kelli Garner), runaway bride Laura (Margot Robbie), and sexually adventurous Colette (Karine Vanesse), sunny captain Dean (Mike Vogel), and crew Ted (Michael Mosley), and Sanjeev (Kal Parekh), as they fly a new plane’s maiden voyage from New York to London. More »

Ladies Be Filmin’: NBC’s Prime Suspect

Ladies Be Filminâ: NBC's Prime Suspect

As Detective Jane Timoney on Prime Suspect, Maria Bello is essentially a female Jimmy McNulty (of The Wire, duh): natural born POlice who’s determined to solve the case, even if it’s not making her any friends. Dogged. Aggressive. Medium unlikeable. She’s the kind of character that, on a lesser show, would result in the lieutenant saying things like “Timoney, you’re really chapping my ass here.” But Prime Suspect is not a lesser show. Prime Suspect is awesome. More »

Ladies Be Filmin’: NBC’s Whitney

Ladies Be Filminâ: NBC's Whitney

First things first: while Whitney has a lot of problems, it is, blessedly, nowhere near as bad as the godawful advertising campaign (brilliantly discussed at Splitsider and parodied by Best Week Ever) indicated. Sure, there are a lot of hacky jokes about gender (it’s funny when people act like the opposite gender from what they are!) and sure, the laugh track is grating, but I didn’t hate it nearly as much as I thought I would. More »

Ladies Be Filmin’: ABC’s Revenge

Ladies Be Filminâ: ABC's Revenge

Contrary to what you might have thought from Revenge‘s massive advertising push, the show is not actually about a lady in a giant spiky dress, though that would be kind of an amazing premise. Rather, Revenge follows Emily (Everwood‘s Emily Van Camp) as she exacts revenge on the fancy Hamptons folk responsible for her father’s wrongful arrest and eventual death. For those of you who remember tenth grade English, yes, this is an extraordinarily loose adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo.
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Ladies Be Filmin’: Unforgettable

Ladies Be Filminâ: Unforgettable

The fall TV season is underway and, despite the ever-lower numbers of women in the writers’ rooms, it’s being hailed as the year of the women: 17 out of the 25 new scripted shows on the Big Five networks are female-centered and many were created by women. In this series, comedian Leila Cohan-Miccio watches the new female-centered shows and evaluates how realistic their portrayals of women actually are. Up now: Unforgettable. More »

Ladies Be Filmin’: New Girl

Ladies Be Filminâ: New Girl

The fall TV season is underway and, despite the ever-lower numbers of women in the writers’ rooms, it’s being hailed as the year of the women: 17 out of the 25 new scripted shows on the Big Five networks are female-centered and many were created by women. In this series, comedian Leila Cohan-Miccio watches the new female-centered shows and evaluates how realistic their portrayals of women actually are. Today, Zooey Deschanel quirkfest New Girl. More »

Ladies Be Filmin’: The Playboy Club

Ladies Be Filminâ: The Playboy Club

The fall TV season is underway and, despite the ever-lower numbers of women in the writers’ rooms, it’s being hailed as the year of the women: 17 out of the 25 new scripted shows on the Big Five networks are female-centered and many were created by women. In this series, comedian Leila Cohan-Miccio watches the new female-centered shows and evaluates how realistic their portrayals of women actually are. And now, The Playboy Club, the first of this season’s two 1960s flashback shows. More »

Ladies Be Filmin’: 2 Broke Girls

Ladies Be Filminâ: 2 Broke Girls

The fall TV season is underway and, despite the ever-lower numbers of women in the writers’ rooms, it’s being hailed as the year of the women: 17 out of the 25 new scripted shows on the Big Five networks are female-centered and many were created by women. In this series, comedian Leila Cohan-Miccio watches the new female-centered shows and evaluates how realistic their portrayals of women actually are. And now, the first of this week’s two Whitney Cummings-penned pilots, 2 Broke Girls. More »