In any given discussion of Game of Thrones and the badassery of its characters, you’ll hear about Arya Stark, the mischievous daughter of Ned Stark of Winterfell who must find her way alone after his execution. Charged with learning to “stick them with the pointy end” and hiding amongst her enemies, the wily and troubled… Read More Why Game of Thrones’ Sansa is a Total Boss
When The 100, based on the book of the same name by Kass Morgan, premiered midseason in spring 2014 I—like many others—was on post-apocalyptic teen angst overload. Though a longtime supporter of The CW network and its mixed bag of shows, I had a full belly of Hunger Games-eque dystopian fiction and mediocre sci-fi television… Read More The CW’s The 100 Knows How to Make It Count
Writing a sexual assault into your canon? Take a look at this handy-dandy checklist first: When is it Okay to Use Rape as a Plot Device? Never. And, yet, it persists. So many television shows, both daytime and primetime, revert to rape as a “deep” or “edgy” stunt to move a story forward, reveal a… Read More Game of No: Why Rape is Not the Answer to Your Story Question
My defection to ABC Family began years ago, with Greek (2007), The Middleman (2008) and Make it or Break It (2009). Now, it’s the channel I turn to first for smart, fun, diverse youth-oriented programming. If you still think ABC Family is the “Family Channel” of yore, rife with conservative, preachy, Seventh Heaven-esque shows run back-to-back with The 700 Club, you’re missing out on… Read More ABC Family Spells “Must-See POC TV”
As a long-time soap viewer, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to hear a character on General Hospital declare that, “Sonny is a good man.” They could record that line and just play it back as needed — and if I had a dollar for every utterance, I could retire in Fiji.… Read More Come to the Dark Side, We (Don’t) Have Cookies
Love triangles are a cornerstone of relationship-themed serial drama. Long before anyone was declaring Team Edward or Team Jacob, both daytime and nighttime soaps were making bank on meaty, angsty, sexy wars of the heart. But triangles are hard to write effectively, and the better ones showcase all the characters involved at their peak awesomeness.… Read More Playing the Triangle: the Dos and Don’ts of Tangled Love
Four years ago, The Good Wife‘s Kalinda Sharma was, undoubtedly, one of the most fascinating characters of the new fall TV slate. Mysterious, beautiful, badass, bisexual and of South Asian origin…what an explosive, and intriguing, combination. She made us teeter on the edge of our seats, breath bated as we tuned in to see what… Read More How Do You Solve a Problem Like Kalinda?