2007 tv pilots May 16, 2007Posted by sindhub in "the gaze", motherhood, opting out, race, The TV Set, tv, women in television.
I was looking at TV pilots for the 2007-2008 television season, and I was struck by how many pilots related to ‘girl power,’ especially the idea of a supermom who balances work and family. It’ll also be interesting to see how many of them actually get picked up by the networks, and if the number that are picked up is proportional to how many were created. Here are some examples (there are probably a lot more, but I thought these were particularly relevant):
- Mr. and Mrs. Smith: based on the blockbuster movie
- Cashmere Mafia: “Sex and the City creator Darren Star is back to New York in this new dramedy pilot, about four female executives, friends since college, who support one another through the trials and tribulations of work, family, and everything else life in New York City throws at them.”
- Women’s Murder Club: “A series of mystery books by James Patterson was the inspiration for this new series, which tells the story of four women who work together to solve some of the most confounding murder cases out there. Their jobs as a homicide detective, a medical examiner, a newspaper reporter, and an assistant district attorney give them a formidable range of skills, and their strong friendship provides basis for the teamwork that’s necessary to crack each case.” (more…)
Sigourney Weaver isn’t pretty? April 23, 2007Posted by lindamc in Aliens, Attractiveness and age, beauty myths, bodies, female perfection, People Magazine, Sigourney Weaver, The TV Set.
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In the most recent addition of People Magazine (April 30, 2007) there is a short article about Sigourney Weaver and how she got her start. It’s opening section is on how her mother through that she was “just plain” and not pretty. This appariently shaped Weaver’s life. The article does mention her career in film (with specific reference to Aliens!) but mainly scopes out her life of self-acceptance for her “craggier” face, and her too tall” frame (at 5’11 1/2”). The article has her define beauty as: “‘when a woman is comfortable in her skin – whatever age she is, whatever body type she is'” and this quote is placed in extra large, bold font. It ends with her discussing her face: “‘My face is my canvas. And I think it’s much more interesting now than it ever was.'” The article has no substance but this, and seems to be just a catchup on her life in terms of outward attractiveness. It seems to be a growing fad too, that older women get to explain how they stay attractive (yoga, gym, smoothies, etc) and they say that they like themselves more now. I think it is really interesting that this article, which could have been about her new film: The TV Set but is instead only about her looks. The film is listed once, at the bottom right hand corner of the last page next to two other films she is known for (Aliens being one of them).