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A Feminine Touch on TV

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The 2011-2012 television season is coming to a close and there were some clear winners this year, and definitely there was a slaughter when it cames to the shows that have been cancelled. It seems like this television season there were an extremely high amount of casualties, with more programs still on the chopping block with decisions still hanging in the balance. In the meantime, those shows that had a powerful and successful season can relish in their pick up, because they really stood out a head above the rest. Three new shows that have really been fan favorites and have stood out among the pack are New Girl, Don't Trust The B---- in Apartment 23, and Once Upon a Time. Each has a different special element that has made its mark on this television season and has resonated with viewers including strong female forces to be reckoned with.

The Zooey Deschanel-helmed New Girl has provided a voice for the quirky and the offbeat, and dare I say it, the "adorkable." Zooey's character Jess has not only coined a new term, but struck a chord with viewers because of her hilarious (and often misguided) attempts at dating and views on relationships, her off-kilter relationship with her three male roommates, as well as her relationship with her ultra-attractive model friend Cece. Nothing is ever average or straightforward when it comes to Jess, which is partly why many New Girl fans have designated Jess as their spirit animal. Never one to walk the straight and narrow, Jess doesn't miss a hilarious moment to show just what makes her geek chic!

Krysten Ritter's no nonsense, unapologetic character Chloe on the hit new show Don't Trust The B---- in Apartment 23 has made her mark on the television world and we can't imagine how we ever lived without her. Chloe always has a trick or scheme up her sleeve that is outside of the box which flaunts her master manipulation skills. Chloe is not one to back down from a fight, especially because she's probably started it herself, or from a challenge. Chloe is that popular girl you know that you can't help but want to be best friends with, and at the very same time, you have a continuous itch to slap her. Ritter can tread that fine line of bitchiness like no one else and she knows how to deliver a line effortlessly with ease and precision. She also keeps Chloe an on going enigma by keeping fans on their toes showing that even a Queen B can be dethroned every once in a while.

Once Upon a Time has made its mark in 2011-2012 by shaking up the idea of what fairy tales mean. The three female leads, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla and Ginnifer Goodwin have each transfixed viewers and made Sunday night programming must see TV. Brash, brazen, and fearless, Once Upon a Time and its core leading ladies make an hour of television seem like five minutes with the show's fast paced storylines and uniquely twisted duality of storybook tales and reality collide. Parrilla's Regina/Evil Queen pulls you into her conniving embraces that often leaves viewers in an uneven state of not knowing whether she's pure evil and to loathe her or if she is still redeemable and is just a victim of circumstance. Goodwin's Mary Margaret/Snow White is a fighter who believes in humanity and the good in everyone, even though at times it looks like all hope may be lost. Morrison's Emma Swan as the gun packing sheriff of Storybrook not only stands up for what is right and protects not just the town people, but for the people that she loves.

Female domination took hold of the 2011-2012 and shook it to its foundation. Strong female figures didn't just dip their toes in the waters of television; they made a massive cannon ball. Breaking down barriers, stereotypes, and gender roles, women made a striking impact on this year's television season, and for the 2012-2013, I foresee it's no going back!