For Sunday, November 18th 2012 here are network and cable shows that feature some women worth watching on television.
While ABC is hosting the “The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards,” which yes will have women on it, the LA Media Examiner opts for “The Simpsons,” because there is always something irreverent happening with Marge and Lisa while they do their best to transgress a corporate, patriarchal culture and still remember what is it like to be female.
Thursday night picks with details
“The Simpsons” (FOX, 8 p.m.) “Penny-Wiseguys” – Homer (Dan Castellaneta) is thrown for a loop when he discovers one of his bowling buddies is an accountant for the mob. Meanwhile, Lisa (Yeardley Smith) passes out during a saxophone solo and finds out she needs more iron in her vegetarian diet. She decides to try insects instead of supplements; however, she rethinks that decision when she dreams about the bugs pleading for their lives. What will Lisa decide? Will Marge (Julie Kavner) weigh in on the philosophy of insect life and death? Homer will probably just want a beer as Bart (Nancy Cartwright) skateboards through the house. Besides, there is something satisfying knowing a woman does Bart’s voice so well.
“The Good Wife” (CBS, 9 p.m.) “Here Comes the Judge” – Will (Josh Charles) believes a judge is biased against his client and demands a hearing to determine if another judge should take over the case. Grace (Makenzie Vega ) deals with the death of a classmate and starts falling for a “bad boy.” Sadly Grace is the least developed of the characters on the show. They could do so much more with her considering the character of her maternal grandmother…hint, hint. Perhaps this rebellion will add some much needed drama in Grace’s life. Zach (Graham Phillips) searches for a new way to help his dad’s campaign. Hopefully it will not involve videos and taped conversations with slutty teenage girls like his last fiasco. Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) becomes suspicious of Nick (Marc Warren). Surely she has been suspicious all along? It is, however, an intriguing, twisted relationship that usually is not found on network television. Funny that CBS, which has a reputation for an older skewing network, can be the most daring sometimes.
“Dexter” (SHO, 9 p.m.) “Argentina” – Dexter (Michael C. Hall) tries to keep his relationship with Hannah (Yvonne Strahovski) a secret from Debra (Jennifer Carpenter)—and he knows he has to pick one soon. His secret does not last for long when Aster (Christina Robinson), Cody (Preston Bailey) and Harrison (Luke Andrew Kruntchev) pay him a surprise visit and the news leaks out. Isaak (Ray Stevenson) gets out of jail and begins his revenge plan. Quinn (Desmond Harrington) experiences problems with the Russians. The true drama is obviously regarding Dexter’s true feelings for Hannah and his loyalty to Deb. Will he kill Hannah to please Deb? And if he does, is he self-actualized enough to realize what that might mean?
“Homeland” (SHO, 10 p.m.) “I’ll Fly Away” – Brody’s (Damian Lewis) juggling alliances leads him toward a meltdown so Carrie (Claire Danes) stages an intervention, Carrie-style, which can never lead to anything emotionally healthy. But for this show, that is a great thing since it will only lead to more drama and turmoil with very screwed up characters that are the most compelling to watch, besides “Dexter,” (and sometimes “Sons of Anarchy”) on television right now. Meanwhile, a conflicted Dana (Morgan Saylor) seeks comfort from an unlikely source. Again, no good comes from that girl. “The Good Wife,” hopefully, is taking some notes about screwed up teen girls.