For Sunday, November 11th 2012 here are network and cable shows that feature some women worth watching on television.
While ABC might feature women in fantasy worlds—even if it is just in the Hamptons on “Revenge,” or Storybrooke in “Once Upon a Time,” they are still strong, and yes, sometimes stereotypical, but almost always entertaining. CBS’s “The Good Wife” struggles more with how career women function within a corporate and political world, which is a fascinating primer for any woman struggling with complicated personal and professional relationships in her life. Finally, LA Media Examiner’s pick for the top strong women for Sunday night must go to the Showtime duo of Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) in “Dexter” and Carrie (Claire Danes) in “Homeland” because nothing is more compelling than women who are just a little crazy but still are at the top of their game—even when those around them might question their ability to function.
“Once Upon a Time” (ABC, 8 p.m.) “Child of the Moon” – Ruby (Meghan Ory) is the prime suspect after a vicious murder and the first full moon in Storybrooke—now that the curse is gone. Sadly the preview looks like a rehash of the initial Red Riding Hood tale when she discovers she is the wolf. And apparently, there are more flashbacks to that storyline when Red meets other wolf people like her. Leroy stumbles upon something in the Storybrooke mine that could help bring Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Emma (Jennifer Morrison) back into modern Storybrooke and out of the Ogre-infested wasteland they are stuck in.
“Revenge” (ABC, 9 p.m.) “Penance“ –Mason Treadwell (Roger Bart) delves further into Emily’s (Emily VanCamp) past while Kara (Jennifer Jason Leigh) begins to unravel. The teaser makes it look like Emily just might reveal her identity to Mason. She’s not that stupid. Unless she is going to set him up again, use him and possibly somehow vanquish him. But that would lead her into “Once Upon a Time” territory.
“The Good Wife” (CBS, 9 p.m.) “Anatomy of a Joke” – Cary (Matt Czuchry) has an uneasy reunion with his father when he and Alicia (Julianna Margulies) travel to Washington, D.C. to represent a comedienne who is being sued by a television network for indecency. Alicia has her plate full as always when a former client turns to her for help. Diane (Christine Baranski) and Will (Josh Charles) question Clarke’s (Nathan Lane) latest strategy to help the firm out of debt. “The Good Wife” needs to exploit Diane’s character far more this season. What a waste of a great character having to only deal with the financial turmoil of the company. She does make questionable romantic choices, perhaps she could make one that puts the firm in even worse jeopardy.
“Dexter” (SHO, 9 p.m.) “Chemistry” – Things heat up as Dexter (Michael C. Hall) and Hannah (Yvonne Strahovski) grow closer—what else can happen when two serial killers are attracted to each other? Sal Price (Santiago Cabrera) discovers Dexter and Hannah are involved so he helps Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) uncover new evidence about Hannah. Obviously there will be a price to pay for Deb. Quinn (Desmond Harrington), the eternal screw-up, makes questionable choices to protect his girlfriend, the stripper. Oh, Quinn.
“Homeland” (SHO, 10 p.m.) “The Clearing” – Carrie (Claire Danes) and the team work to regain control of their operation, while Brody (Damian Lewis) attends a fundraiser at a Virginia horse farm. Saul (Mandy Patinkin) visits Aileen (Marin Ireland) in solitary confinement, hoping to get some intelligence on the latest attack. Dana (Morgan Saylor) pressures Finn (Timothée Chalamet) to come clean about the deadly hit and run incident. Sadly Dana is a bit too idealistic for the already jaded Finn. She does not quite realize her actions will somehow put the family at risk. The question is: should that family bother being saved?