For Thursday, November 15, 2012 here are the cable and network shows that feature some women worth watching on television.
What Thursday night shows work
The LA Media Examiner has a complicated relationship with the CBS hit “The Big Bang Theory” but it is still a top choice for women worth watching. While Penny (Kaley Cuoco) has only just started to evolve, and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) has ended up with Howard (Simon Helberg), the most interesting female by far is the brilliantly comedic Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) who will compromise all her ideals to be with her true love, Sheldon Leonard (Jim Parsons). If only the writers would stop making excuses for the male characters…
NBC’s “30 Rock” works on so many comedic levels by juxtaposing Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) with the entire cast, it is guaranteed to make any viewer not only laugh but hopefully think about what it is like for a female in a power position in entertainment. Actually, just any woman who does not want to compromise her ideals. Lemon, like most women who are complicated, is both likable and dislikable at once. It is also refreshing to see a woman who is not so easily maternal and who might be getting married but has had a long complicated road down the relationship pathway.
ABC’s “Scandal” is definitely a bit soapy but it is hard to argue there is not a much tougher character on television right now that does not sling a gun over her shoulder to get what she wants or to help people in need. Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) uses her brain and superb manipulative skills to fix everyone’s life but her own.
Thursday night picks with details
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS, 8 p.m.) “The 43 Peculiarity”—Howard (Simon Helberg) and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) try to discover where Sheldon (Jim Parsons) disappears to every afternoon at 2:45. It certainly will not have anything to do with sex unless Sheldon has finally hit puberty. Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) are having a few issues with jealousy. When aren’t Leonard and Penny having a problem?
“30 Rock” (NBC, 8 p.m.) “Aunt Phatso vs. Jack Donaghy”— Tracy (Tracy Morgan) portrays Jack (Alec Baldwin) as a villain in a new movie, prompting friction between them. Meanwhile, Liz (Tiny Fey) undergoes foot surgery, and Jenna (Jane Krakowski) tries to protect Kenneth (Jack McBrayer) from Hazel’s sly machinations. There is nothing like angry Tracy and angry Jack, except for angry Liz. Perhaps it will be angry Liz in pain tonight as well.
“Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC, 9 p.m.) “Second Opinion”—The crash victims continue to pursue their lawsuit (who wouldn’t after that ordeal?), which requires them to face their injuries—a Shonda Rhime signature move—making her characters painfully grow and the audience squirm, pleased it is not them experiencing life at the same emotional intensity. Bailey (Chandra Wilson) manages to get Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) to assist with a pediatric case while Cristina (Sandra Oh) tries to adjust to her new surroundings.
“Scandal” (ABC, 10 p.m.) “Spies Like Us”—A sinister letter hints at Huck’s (Guillermo Diaz) dark and violent past and warns that it might be revealed. Meanwhile, Olivia (Kerry Washington) wants Harrison (Columbus Short) to contain the damage from a coworker’s secret. A nice way for Olivia and Harrison to grow closer, or further apart, depending on how he treats her. Cyrus (Jeff Perry) and Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) deal with the fallout from James’ (Dan Bucatinsky) front-page story.
“Burn Notice” (USA, 10 p.m.) “Over the Line”—Michael (Jeffrey Donovan) is accused of a crime at a local hotel as well as becoming a target of a CIA task force. When isn’t Michael accused of something? Almost more compelling is what will Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) blow up this week and why?