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5 Shows After Dark: Yeah, She's Great, But She Needs Plastic Dishes

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | July 8, 2012 |

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | July 8, 2012 |

“The Skinny” on Logo at 8:00pm ET. This is a movie exploring issues in the LGBTQ community and how those issues specifically affect different races within the community.

“Big Ang” on VH1 at 9:00pm ET. Series premiere. This is a spin off from the “Mob Wives” series featuring a woman who looks and sounds like Harvey Fierstein doing his best “loud Italian woman” impression.

“Inspector Lewis” on PBS at 9:00pm ET. Fifth season premiere.

“True Blood” on HBO at 9:00pm ET.

“The Newsroom” on HBO at 10:00pm ET. I’ve been reading the recaps of this as I don’t have HBO and understand that they’re playing with one of my least favorite TV and movie tropes, the smart ambitious woman that is so clumsy she’s just constantly knocking shit over. I get it that there are genuinely clumsy women out there, and some of them are smart and ambitious, but it’s one of those character traits that somehow never seems to turn up on similar male characters. You’d never have someone like Jed Bartlet mapping out a great idea only to punctuate the speech by whapping his hand into his coffee mug, sending the contents flying across the desk as he scrambles to right the cup and clean up the spill. It feels more like a way to take the teeth out of a character than anything else.

Genevieve Burgess hates summer television just as much as it hates her.

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