Brain Dump: The Women of the New Fall TV Series

A brain dump is a series of short thoughts on a variety of subjects. Today’s topic is the women of the new TV series for fall 2015.

Supergirl

Still of David Harewood, Chyler Leigh and Melissa Benoist in Supergirl

I’m happy to see a short hair cut on Chyler Leigh in Supergirl. The trend toward super long hair like Melissa Benoist is wearing in the show has gone on too long. Let’s cut that hair, ladies. I know, this has nothing to do with the show, but I’m sick of long hair.

First, Melissa Benoist is fabulous as our newest super hero. She’s fresh and enthusiastic and naive and so damn cute. Super heroes are not supposed to be cute, but I’m voting to let this one be cute while she’s growing into her powers. She can be serious and adult later.

Secondly, Laura Benanti who is playing both Kara’s kind mother and evil aunt is killing it!

Finally, I was fearful from the previews that Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) would be a horrible, overwrought caricature. Refreshingly, Flockhart is playing her as a close to  normal human.

Blindspot

Ashley Johnson and Jaime Alexander in Blindspot

Jaimie Alexander is starring in Blindspot and doing a fantastic job at it. However Ashley Johnson as the geeky Patterson has stolen my attention because of her relationship with her boyfriend David (Joe Dinicol). Patterson took home photos of all of Jane Doe’s tattoos and worked to decode the meaning of them with David’s help. It’s a huge security violation for her to do this and implies she might not be as smart as she should be when it comes to real life. I also worry that David is just with her because he’s a spy who is only there to see the tattoos.

This week her security lapse was discovered by the boss, Mayfair (Marianne Jean-Baptiste). Patterson wasn’t fired, but she broke up with David. We’ll see how that works out in future episodes.

Code Black

Still of Marcia Gay Harden and Luis Guzmán in Code Black

Who needs another medical show, right? Code Black turns out to be pulse pounding, crisis mode emergency room medicine. Everything is urgent and frantic. Amid all this chaos is Marcia Gay Harden as Dr. Leanne Rorish who is calm and kind and dedicated to teaching her charges how to save lives. She’s the eye of a hurricane. She’s grieving the loss of her family while guiding the life savers she’s training.

Dr. Rorish is one of the most powerful and vulnerable characters to come along in a while. And she is flanked by several other interesting female characters. I’m digging Code Black.

Quantico

Still of Priyanka Chopra, Brian J. Smith, Johanna Braddy and Yasmine Al Massri in Quantico

At first it looked like Quantico was mainly a vehicle for Priyanka Chopra, but it’s turned out to be a true ensemble show with moments for many female characters including those played by Johanna Braddy, Yasmine Al Massri (who plays twins Orphan Black style), and Aunjanue Ellis. The male characters on the show are equally well done. The plot of this series is as complicated as How to Get Away with Murder. There are plenty of twists and turns and surprises to egg you along.

What are your thoughts about the women of the new fall TV shows?

Big Casting News for Supergirl

DC Comics is not going to sit still and let Marvel get all the big bucks from female characters such as Agent Carter, the upcoming Jessica Jones, and the female crew of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nope, DC Comics is bringing Supergirl to CBS. Casting announcements appearing for the pilot are making news daily. I’m amped about the female actors who have been cast in this show.

Melissa Benoist will be Supergirl

Melissa Benoist will be Supergirl or Kara Danvers. Her character is called Kara Zor-El on planet Krypton. She is Superman’s cousin, has the same super powers he does, and is vulnerable to kryptonite. She’s now 24 years old and decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she always was meant to be.

Laura Benanti

Supergirl’s mom Alura, back on Krypton, will be played by Tony Award winner Laura Benanti. I’m wondering if there will be singing, because Benanti and Benoist are both excellent singers. It would be a shame to waste that, but it’s probably too much to hope for from a story based on a comic book. Here’s Alura’s character description: “A strong noblewoman, Alura sends Kara to Earth to escape Krypton’s destruction. Her wisdom and guidance echoes across space and time, proving invaluable on Kara’s journey toward becoming Supergirl.”

Calista Flockhart

Supergirl’s boss, Cat Grant, will be played by Calista Flockhart. Cat Grant is described thus: “Grant, a self-made media magnate and founder of CatCo who started her career as a reporter and has built her company into a global powerhouse.” This is the first role Calista Flockhart has accepted since Brothers and Sisters ended, so I’m thinking it must be a juicy part.

Chyler Leigh

Chyler Leigh will be Alexandra “Alex” Danvers, Kara’s foster sister. Her character is describe like this: “Fascinated by Kara’s powers from a young age, Alex developed a lifelong obsession with science which inspired her to become a doctor.” Chyler Leigh playing a doctor – hmm, that sounds sort of familiar, doesn’t it?

Male characters do exist on Supergirl. Casting announcements to date are David Harewood as Hank Henshaw. Hank runs the Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO), which tracks extraterrestrial threats on the planet Earth. Fans of the comics will also know that Hank Henshaw is known as Cyborg Superman. Mehcad Brooks will play Jimmy Olsen, who in this series is a photographer at CatCo.

Scheduled for the pilot episode (at least) is Dean Cain, who played Superman in the 1990s TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman. I had a major crush on Dean Cain when he was Superman (or maybe it was Teri Hatcher as Lois Lane – the memory is a bit blurry) so I’m eager to see what he’ll end up doing on the show.

Also scheduled in the pilot is Helen Slater, who played Supergirl in the 1984 film Supergirl. Cain and Slater’s parts are described only as “mystery roles.”

So far I haven’t seen any announcements as to who will play the villains, bad guys, and crooks with lead-lined boxes full of kryptonite who want to bring down Supergirl.

I’m super excited about the main female cast. What do you think?