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TV 101: Memorable TV Women in the Making

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Mar 9th 2011 3:30PM
Lisa SimpsonI'm not one of these guys who, upon hearing that it's Women's History Month, complains to his bros and random passers-by that there's no Men's History Month. And while typically the first thing that comes out of a guy's mouth after he says "Listen, I love women," is the most misogynistic thing you'll hear all day, I'm here to tell you that's not always the case.

Listen, I love women, and I owe a great debt to the TV women of my childhood for helping to make me the person I am today. See? I told you it could be done. But I'm here not to herald the women of television -- that has been sufficiently and wonderfully covered by TV Squad staff already in our Top 100 Female TV Characters list -- but to acknowledge the daughters of those great women. The young TV women influenced and molded by TV's greatest women. Women!

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100 Most Memorable Female TV Characters

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 2nd 2011 12:00PM
100 memorable women on tv

March is Women's History Month, which makes it the perfect time for our countdown of the 100 best female TV characters in prime-time history.

You may love some of them, you may hate some of them, but it's a sure bet that all of these TV women will spark memories of some of the best tube-watchin' TV land has offered.

Don't agree with some of our picks? Then sound off with your own selections in the comments.

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Characters I'm Missing the Most This Summer

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jun 27th 2010 5:00PM
While there are some shows on right now that are helping me get through the pain ('Friday Night Lights' being chief among them), the summer for me is a long, hot period without some of my favorite shows. There's no 'Glee,' no 'Modern Family', in short, there's very little to get me through the night.

While I do miss the series themselves, it's the characters for whom I am truly pining. The 2009-2010 television season had a ton of breakout characters who are quickly rivaling their more established counterparts for a place in my heart. Here are my favorite new characters that are making me wish that it was fall already.

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Jenna Fischer wasn't sexy enough to play Sydney Bristow

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 18th 2008 3:04PM
Jenna FischerOne of the fun games to play when it comes to TV shows is "What If." What if Mickey Rooney had been cast as Archie Bunker on All in the Family? What would have happened to the show (and to Rooney)?

That's one of interesting revelations (though that one has been known for quite some time) in the new book Mickey Rooney as Archie Bunker and Other TV Almosts by Eila Mell. It lists a bunch of actors and actresses who almost got roles we know and love. For example, Jenna Fischer (The Office) tried out for the role of Sydney Bristow on Alias, but was deemed not sexy enough for the part (as we told you about before). Whitney Houston didn't want the role of Bill Cosby's daughter on The Cosby Show so the role went to Lisa Bonet. And Leonardo DiCaprio almost played David Hasselhoff's son on Baywatch (the role went to Brandon Call and later Jeremy Jackson). That one isn't surprising at all, considering DiCaprio did work on Growing Pains and other shows.

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RedEye readers love Benjamin Linus but not Don Draper

by Bob Sassone, posted May 12th 2008 12:05PM

Jack McBrayerAs we told you last week, RedEye is in the middle of their annual Best Character on Television tournament, and now we're into the second round. It looks like some strong favorites have emerged, while some fan favorites have been voted off the island.

That wouldn't include Don Draper from Mad Men (who lost to Jermaine and Bret from from Flight of the Conchords), Morgan Grimes from Chuck (who lost to Michael Scott from The Office), or Captain Jack Harkness from Torchwood. He actually lost to Herbert from Family Guy. That has to be embarrassing.

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Say goodbye to Oliver, but did you love or hate him?

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Feb 21st 2007 7:27PM

Oliver Trask is a despised TV character. The day is closer upon us. The end of The O.C. will come to our screens tomorrow night.. The originator and main reason why the development floodgates of Hollywood were opened to introduce us to programming such as Laguna Beach and other bad teen shows based on excess and other items of unimportance.

Although there are many broken hearted O.C. fans amongst us, we aren't that upset to see a character like Oliver Trask off into oblivion. He was able to exude as much hate that a writer could place on a single character, and I am personally glad to see him go.

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