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August 13, 2010


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The role of women on crime shows has definitely evolved in the last forty years (and it's about time!). Even on McMillan and Wife (look at that -- she doesn't even get a name in the title), the wife was either getting kidnapped or helping in the most roundabout ways while the man did the actual leg work. But now on Castle, the detective is a woman and the mystery writer assistant is a guy. A nice change!

Camille Minichino

Wow, that's the first time I've ever seen "Miss Kitty" though I've heard a lot about her (from you, Ann??) Guess I'll have to check on who the actress was.

Another surprise here: Diana Rigg, whom I saw in Medea, as the Avenger lady!


Hi Staci, I've heard of Castle, but have not seen it. Sounds like I should! Hmmm. wonder if it's on NetFlix...


Hi Camille!
I've mentioned Miss Kitty a few times in my talks, mostly because some readers have brought her up as a reference point to Inez (i.e., Inez is "Miss Kitty unchained!"). It's been a long time since I'd seen her in action though, so YouTube was fun in that regard.
I'll admit, there were clips where I just wish Miss Kitty would *do* soemthing! But this was the '50s/early -60s, and that was the marshal's job. Interesting bit of trivia: According to Wikipedia, Gunsmoke ran 20 seasons and was the U.S.'s longest-running prime-time, live-action drama with 635 episodes. (Law and Order had 476 episodes.)

Susan C Shea

NCIS - hmmm. sounds like something I'd better check out. Thanks for the hot tip, Ann1

Susan C Shea

Note for Camille: I saw Diana Riggs on Broadway as Heloise, as in Abalard and Heloise. Fine play, completely overshadowed by the opportunity every night to see Emma Peel naked! (for a split second as the lights went black)

Camille Minichino

Rigg was wonderful on B'way -- now I find she's even more versatile than I thought!

Robin Jarossi

DR's still on the stage – or she still was last year, when she appeared at the Chichester Festival in Hay Fever. Sadly, she doesn't seem to have so much happening on TV at the moment.

I love watching the Avengers opening credits again. It still seems impossibly glamorous!

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