Now that the upfronts—the events at which television networks announce their schedules for the coming season and then try to sell advertising slots to advertisers—are over, we've got a good sense of what's hot and what's not in TV right now. Hot includes cop shows, throwbacks like Michael J. Fox and James Spader, and characters with disabilities (at least on NBC), while after the booms of the last two years, comedies created by women have cooled off. But even if there are fewer female-driven projects on the roster this year, there are a still a lot of women we're excited to have on our television schedules, including these five favorites.

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