TV's heroines open the Emmy Awards. (ABC)Sunday night's Emmy Awards opened with TV's leading ladies saving the day. In a sketch that kicked of the industry's biggest awards show, Kathy Bates, Martha Plimpton, Christina Hendricks, Zooey Deschanel, Mindy Kaling, Julia Louis Dreyfuss and a naked, cake-eating Lena Dunham, took turns punching host Jimmy Kimmel's face back into form, after some botched botox injections. Then Ellen Degeneres lent him a pair fo pants to wear on stage.
It may have been an act, but it wasn't far from the truth. Women are saving TV from itself. In a climate where networks are scrambling to keep viewers engaged in televised programming, women are the new heroes of small-screen entertainment, providing fresh, innovative content that crosses gender boundaries.
Two of the highest rated new comedies to debut last season-The New Girl and Two Broke Girls---were created by women, and star down-to-earth, low-drama female characters. At the same time, the year's top performers have also been women.