Film & Television

TV Preview: The Small Screen Offers Big Roles for Women


Notorious, a stylish new crime drama, looks at how the media affects public opinion and trial outcome. It’s based on real-life collaboration between Larry King Live producer Wendy Walker and defense attorney Mark Geragos. Starring Piper Perabo, Notorious may prove a good substitute for Scandal fans; that show is on hiatus until Kerry Washington has her baby.

Notorious premieres on Thu., Sep. 22nd at 10 pm EST on ABC.


Conviction follows the story of Hayes Morrison, the very brilliant — but very misbehaved — attorney daughter of a former president. When she is caught with cocaine, she’s offered an opportunity to avoid prison (and scandal). She must head New York’s Conviction Integrity Unit, investigating, and ideally correcting, cases of wrongful conviction. Hayley Atwell stars.  

Conviction premieres Mon., Oct. 3rd at 10 pm EST on ABC.


In Frequency, Detective Raimy Sullivan (Peyton List) is haunted by the death of her father, a supposedly corrupt police officer, gunned down twenty years earlier. In a supernatural twist, 2016 Raimy begins to communicate with her 1996 dad through his old ham radio. With her warning, he avoids death but that dramatically — and dangerously — changes history.

Frequency premieres Wed., Oct. 5th at 9 pm EST on the CW.


In American Housewife, an average (read, imperfect) wife and mother is an oh-so-funny anomaly in oh-so-perfect Westport, CT. Neither rich enough nor thin enough to fit in with the other moms, she’s unapologetic about her flawed family — and determined to keep her offspring from turning into entitled Stepford children. Katy Mixon stars.

American Housewife premieres Tue., Oct. 11th EST at 8:30 pm on ABC.




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  • Susanna Gaertner September 5, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    What I’m thinking is that not one of these shows explores or even reveals—much less revels in—the lives of people over 50. How about a show about second half careers? Rebooting after retirement? Has no one read the stats on the number of Boomers in their second prime, all the middle-oldies with grit and grooming who would make such good subjects?

  • Andrea August 30, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Thanks for these great reviews! Hope the shows are as good as the trailers! Will have to watch some on the elliptical so as not to become a complete couch potato!