Behold The Latest Trend in Network Television Casting: The Generic, Attractive Brunette
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Behold The Latest Trend in Network Television Casting: The Generic, Attractive Brunette

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | November 26, 2013 | Comments ()


They’re pretty! They’re indistinct! It’d be hard to identify one in a line-up with the rest of them. They are the latest trend in network casting: Generic, Attractive Brunettes, genetically brewed in a studio lab and designed to make the least possible impression.

Hannah Ware — Betrayal


Meghan Ory — Intelligence (debuts in January


Katia Winter — Sleepy Hollow


Megan Boone — The Blacklist


Chloe Bennet — Agents of SHIELD

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Tracy Spiradakos — Revolution


Bitsie Tulloch — Grimm


Jessica De Gouw — Dracula


Kate Samsis — Mixology (Midseason)


Bret Dalton — Agents of SHIELD


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  • e jerry powell

    Add one. A new girl at NBC:Stevie Lynn Jones.

  • Bennetttt

    I've spent most of life being told fake blondes with fake, or semi-fake overly tanned bodies are hot, sexy, and what every hetero male should desire by default. So all I know is I love fair skinned brunettes if that's okay with you? Do you have issue with what kinds of food I prefer too? Should I check with you first from now on to find out what is acceptable?

  • Steve Ward

    I have watched every episode of Sleepy Hollow and I have no idea who this Katia person is. I hearby dub her the Olivia Wilde of television (I saw Wilde in about 8 films before I developed any memory of her, and even now would struggle to point her out in a crowd).

    Edit - Wait, is she Ichabod's wife? She has to be, right?

  • Uriah_Creep

    I'm pretty sure this whole list was just an excuse for Dustin to hit us with that Agent Bland picture at the en. That's near-trolling, man.

  • Steve Ward

    Isn't that pretty much how every Pajiba list goes? You get the actual list, and then you find out what made the writer think to do it in the first place.

  • Bam Bunting

    Chloe Bennett tho

  • Salad_Is_Murder

    Oh jeez, where did all these burnettes come from? If only they weren't 70%+ of the population we'd have had an even harder time finding them.

  • Ben

    Isn't the chick from Sleepy Hollow a ranga?

  • Fie to you for naming Katia Winter as generic. She is hotness personified. If only I could hear her talk in her natural, Swedish, accent.

  • Pajiba_Pragmatist

    Bitsy Tulloch is a redhead, and she's not exactly generic (she's got a wandering eye, a near death sentence in TV).

    Also Chloe Bennet on SHIELD is not so generic as her name may suggest. Her real name is Chloe Wang, and she's half Chinese. She spent some time in her teens as a Chinese pop star.

  • Sean

    Bennett is still dull as hell. Cute however.

  • Pajiba_Pragmatist

    yup. duulll; just not generically dull.

  • e jerry powell

    So I guess it's good that MIla Kunis isn't on TV anymore.

  • Ben

    Not sure that I care, seeing how I prefer brunettes. The more the better.

  • John W

    Right there with ya...

  • I'd add that girl from Orphan Black. There's like 5 of her, and all in that one show. It's like they just dress her up in different outfits.

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  • alwaysanswerb

    I could have sworn Tracy Spiradakos was on the blond version of this list you guys did awhile back

  • stella

    So thats where Megan Orhys been. Come back to Once Upon a time girl!

  • Guest

    As Brunettes rank only behind Redheads on my list I'm fine with this trend.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I fucking loathe Megan Boone.

    That is all.

  • dizzylucy

    I kind of liked her in the pilot, but after that, she's really bugged/bored me. The writers aren't helping her either.

    When they had Margarita Levieva on a guest spot a few weeks back, I found myself wishing they'd cast her instead.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I'm not sure what it is, but the way she says "husband" annoys the fucking crap out of my. It's like over-enunciated or something.

  • lowercase_ryan

    UUUUGH everything she does on-screen is like nails on a chalkboard to me.

  • $6950553

    So you're saying that the generic hollywood attractive roles are now open to more brunettes? Sounds like progress.

    Also, there's nothing generic about Katia Winter.

  • Kate at June

    I really don't understand these lists. A while back there was an identical one on Pajiba for blondes.

    If the solution is more actors of color, then YES, yay, all for that.
    If the issue is that they are pretty,'s television. Kinda hand in hand there.

  • kasper

    ummm...aren't there still plenty of generic, attractive blondes on tv? Pretty much every actress cast is attractive, and 90% of them are blonde or brunette. It isn't a trend so much as the way tv has always been.

  • tjedison

    I'd throw Minka Kelly in the bunch, too

  • laylaness

    Excuse you, she's Lyla Garrity.

  • Michelle

    Can we add that very pretty, but exceptionally generic feeling woman that plays Hayley on The Originals?

  • FireLizardQueen

    I think she's more than just pretty, though. Girl is stunning.

  • logan

    Anyone else think Chloe, SHIELD, looks like Elisha Dushku?

  • emmalita

    She does, and somehow annoys me so much I wish they would re-cast the role with Dushku.

  • Rick Snee

    It's amazing: if you make a list, then you can call it a trend by simply ignoring everyone who doesn't qualify for that list!

  • koko temur

    I can pick up the one from the blacklist in a line up any day. She is the one that kills all the other suspectes by creating black hole of charisma.

  • emmalita

    I watch just for Spader. She just blands out every other person on the show.

  • koko temur

    she rubs bland over all the surfaces..?

  • dizzylucy

    Way to plant, Bland.

  • emmalita

    She pours bland all around....

  • BlackRabbit

    It puts the bland on its skin or else it gets the hose again.

  • e jerry powell

    With her going all Sarah Connor last night...

    I just couldn't. It was too too. I think I lost all interest in everything that happened once they started the quest to restore the communications system.

  • Bananapanda

    Am I the only one who thought Megan Boone was the same actress who played Chuck's sister (married to Dr. awesome) ?

  • e jerry powell

    If I'd ever watched Chuck, I'd probably agree.

  • emmalita

    They kind of look similar, but Sarah Lancaster is much more interesting on the screen than Boone.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    God, they should recast Blacklist with Sarah Lancaster. How did she not get that role in the first place? Surely she auditioned.

  • emmalita

    Has anyone seen her recently? Did Megan Boone stuff her in a locker?

  • I walked past my mom's tv and saw her on some horrible christmas special on some cable network. What a waste.

  • Bananapanda

    I think you need a corresponding list for vaguely Asian brunettes starting with Chloe and the woman on Bones.

  • Art3mis

    Disagree on Katia (though the rest is pretty spot-on).

  • For one thing, her hair is red in that picture.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    So she's a generic (fake) redhead. Big deal.

  • Modernlove

    I'll give it to Chole for at least giving a light ethnic twist to the normal brunette look. And I'll never stop thinking Megan Ory looks exactly like my cousin...

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    The Revolution girl is blond, guys. And actually kind of distinct, if not especially gifted.

  • Tracy Spiridakos is referred to in our house as "scowly hot". Though that's not enough to keep us watching Revolution.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Ooh, "scowly hot" is a good one. And yeah, I don't really know why I've kept watching. Inertia, I guess. And I had hoped Kripke would get better, but... Not so much. The big guy from Mad Men is basically a wizard now, though.

    ETA: Pajiba should have me do Revolution reviews. They'd be hilarious, and I would get to write "Fat Gandalf" eight or nine times a week.

  • Yes, they're hot. No, I couldn't remember their names or put it to their faces now and I just saw the list.

  • cruzzercruz

    Bret Dalton's face waiting at the bottom made me jump, then laugh heartily. That's the most he's ever made me emote.

  • The Blacklist and S.H/I;E[L"D ladies are legit hotties.

    /deep thoughts

  • K11Win

    But Joe Flacco is not.

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