A madam secretary with even more bite
Washington should feel flattered by the attention it’s been getting from television in the past few months, most of it surprisingly good.
HBO’s movie adaptation of the 2008 McCain-Palin agonistes, “Game Change,” was a fine bit of reportorial theater-in-the-round for election wonks, but the real springtime blossom was the apolitical comedy series “Veep,” also from HBO, starring Julia-Louis Dreyfus as a neurotically egocentric vice president with animosity to spare. To those two we should add the ridiculously guilty pleasures found in ABC’s “Scandal” (from “Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes), which nimbly turned the dark art of political crisis-management into a soapy form of camp featuring that rarest of broadcast creatures: the strong, black female lead.
Victories all, in one way or another, and it’s worth noting that each hinges on telling its story from a woman’s point of view. Maybe this was the secret all along to making a good “Washington” TV show. Our town’s most interesting characters are the women, not the men.
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