Observers of the new fall lineup for network TV shows have been commenting that it seems as if we are going back to the 1960s and 70s in terms of how women are presented. The new Charlie’s Angels on ABC, one of the more visible shows of this type, was critiqued by the New York Times’ Maureen Dowd, who noted: “The remake of Charlie’s Angels that ABC is adding to its fall TV lineup is a masterpiece of subtlety. It takes at least 15 minutes before the three girls get wet.” Dowd went on to note: “Sure, the angels of Charlie (Robert Wagner) look hot in thigh-high black boots, red vinyl mini-dresses and devil’s horns. But they have skills, like building car engines, cracking safes hanging upside down after drinking two Cosmos, and putting ‘the cat in cat burglar.’”
But here’s an idea for a show against type: How about a new trio of tech-and-martial-arts savvy “angels” featuring Lisbeth Salander (from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Maggie Q (Nikita), and Vanessa Munroe (the protagonist of Taylor Stevens’s recent novel, The Informationist). There’s a show we’d like to see.