Lady-friendly TV shows you won't want to miss this season
The Mindy Project
Premieres: Tuesday,Â September 25th,Â 9:30 p.m. (FOX)
Thank Maude Mindy Kaling is starring in a show of her own creation, just in time for Tina Fey to pass her the funny-female-writer torch as 30 Rock enters its last season. Playing a hot mess of an OB/GYN whoâ€™s obsessed with romantic comedies, Kalingâ€™s Mindy Lahiri seems to combine a less-grating Kelly Kapoor (her character from The Office) with Kaling herselfâ€”at least the way she comes across in her book of essays, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? Expect awkward dates, multiple Meg Ryan references, and lots of good music (the pilot alone features Le Tigre and M.I.A.). If you can't wait for the premiere,Â watch the entire pilot right now!
Premieres: Wednesday, October 10th, 9 p.m. (ABC)
The captivating Connie Britton (who killed it as Tami Taylor in the underratedÂ Friday Night Lights) is the star of this hour-long drama, playing Rayna James, a hard-headed country-music legend dealing with a flagging career, a needy family, and an unscrupulous sexpot of a stage rival (Heroesâ€™ Hayden Panettiere). Though the premise sounds a little CMT, the fact that itâ€™s written and produced by Callie Khouri, the gal who wroteÂ Thelma and Louise, bodes well for its feministiness.
How to Live WithÂ Your ParentsÂ (for the Rest of Your Life)
Premieres: Midseason, Tuesdays, 8 p.m. (ABC)
FormerÂ Scrubs star Sarah Chalke (who also played the second Becky onÂ Roseanne) is Polly, a woman whoâ€™s â€śdetermined to be the best working single mom in the universe.â€ť The laughs in this comedy come from the wackadoodle parents she and her daughter are forced to move in with, roles shamelessly embraced by Elizabeth Perkins and Brad Garrett. The payoff ofÂ How to Live, which is both written and directed by women, will hopefully be a lighthearted take on the still-stigmatized undertaking of single-motherhood.
Call the Midwife
Premieres: Sunday, September 30th, 8 p.m. (PBS)
Already a hit across the pond on the BBC, this hour-long drama (based on the memoirs of a real midwife) is a serious ladyfest. Jessica Raine plays young nurse Jenny Lane, a newly minted midwife living in a convent in Londonâ€™s rough-and-tumble, poverty-stricken East End in 1957. The show, written by Heidi Thomas (I Capture the Castle), follows Lane as she struggles to serve the communityâ€™s steadfast women, helping them birth their babies (some gritty scenes are not for the squeamish) and celebrating life in the midst of difficult circumstances.
The Carrie Diaries
Premieres: Midseason, Mondays, 9 p.m. (CW)
Whether you loved or loathed it,Â Sex and the City changed the landscape for women in television, and now we get to see Carrie Bradshawâ€™s life pre-Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte, as a high schooler growing up in Castlebury, CT. Though journals take the place of Carrieâ€™s laptop, the show features similarly witty, albeit PG-13-rated banter (in the pilot, sex is referred to as â€śhot-dogging your keyholeâ€ť), self-reflective voiceovers, and plenty of sweet â€™80s style. Watching young Carrie (played convincingly by AnnaSophia Robb) pal around with her crew, worry about losing her virginity, deal with her motherâ€™s death, and fall in love with Manhattan feels a lot like catching up with an old friendâ€”one who aged backward.
EmilyÂ Owens, M.D.
Premieres: Tuesday, October 16th, 9 p.m. (CW)
Mamie Gummer may be the progeny of Hollywood royalty, but in this hour-long dramedy, Meryl Streepâ€™s daughter holds her own as the supersmart, relatably dorky Emily Owens, a first-year intern at Denver Memorial Hospital. Like a less soapy, more awkwardÂ Greyâ€™s Anatomy, the show combines heart-tugging medical situations with Owensâ€™ attempt to leave the insecurities of her nerdy past behindâ€”a greater challenge when she finds out her high school nemesis is a fellow intern.Â Big ups to the show for also casting two black female leads, one of whom plays a lesbian (diversity!).
Premieres: Sunday, October 7th, 9 p.m. (Lifetime)
Queen Latifah, Alfre Woodard, Phylicia Rashad, and Jill Scott are just a few of the amazing women who will be congregating at Truvyâ€™s beauty shop to share triumphs and tragedies while getting their hair did in the retelling of this classic 1989 female-friendship film. The choice cast alone makes it worth tuning in to, but if the made-for-TV version captures the originalâ€™s â€ślaughter through tearsâ€ť heart, Queenie, who also executive-produced it, will surely have a home run on her hands.
The NikkiÂ and Sara Show
Premieres: Fall, exact date and day TBA, 11 p.m. (MTV)
You may be an avid listener of Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaeferâ€™s podcast,Â You Had to Be There, or you may be familiar with the viral video â€śPSAâ€ť these comedians created asking Justin Timberlake to make music again. Come fall, these hilarious besties will be hosting a weekly late-night talk show featuring sketches, monologues, and celebrity and street interviews. Considering theyâ€™ll be taping in the formerÂ TRL Times Square studio, we think MTVâ€™s moving in the right direction.
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
On Now: Wednesdays, 10 p.m. (TLC)
Even if youâ€™ve never seen an episode of the beauty-pageant reality series Toddlers & Tiaras, chances are youâ€™re familiar with six-year-old Alana, the precocious (and seemingly well-adjusted) star of this spin-off. In fact, her hilarious catchphrases, including â€śhoney boo boo childâ€ť and â€śa dollar makes me holler,â€ťhave worked their way into the everyday vernacular (especially at BUST H.Q.). We canâ€™t condone the wacky, tacky stage life, but that doesnâ€™t mean we wonâ€™t grab some â€śgo-go juiceâ€ť (Mountain Dew) and â€śpageant crackâ€ť (Pixy Stix) and root for our favorite little belly wiggler every week.