September 30, 2011 6:12pm PT by Jethro Nededog
The Most Badass Woman of the New Fall TV Dramas Is... (Poll)
Two weeks into the season and with more than half of the new fall shows featuring female leads, The Hollywood Reporter thinks it’s time to see which new drama and thriller actresses broke through and which ones don’t have a fighting chance.
Here are the new drama and thriller lead actresses of the fall season.
Maria Bello, Prime Suspect: Bello plays Det. Jane Timoney who already struggles in a world dominated by men. But when she transfers to a New York City homicide department, she finds that to be especially true. The NBC series’ ratings have been on the low side and experienced a 17% dip in viewership from last week’s premiere. Is Bello tough enough to get your vote?
Claire Danes, Homeland: On the new Showtime series, Danes plays CIA agent Carrie Mathison, one of the agency’s best experts on Middle Eastern terrorism. Her unorthodox methods and compulsive need to get at the truth has landed her in hot water already. But when she receives information that leads her to believe a newly returned POW (played by Damian Lewis) is working with Al Qaeda, she’s willing to risk her career to stop a terrorist act on American soil. Can she count on your support?
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ringer: There was a lot of buzz for SMG’s return to television. She plays twins Bridget and Siobhan who get all twisted up in each other’s lives. At every turn, there seems to be a new person who wants them dead. While The CW show experienced a dip in viewers in its second week, this week that number increased by 9%. Gellar still has some Buffy kicks left in her and she carries a gun in her designer purse. That’s hot. Is it hot enough to win your vote?
Rachael Taylor, Charlie’s Angels (pictured above, left): Taylor plays Abby Sampson, a rich girl who has lost everything. She has a talent for safecracking and getting past the toughest security. Has she unlocked your vote?
Minka Kelly, Charlie’s Angels (pictured above, center): Kelly plays the newest member of the crew, Eve French. Orphaned at a young age, she has street smarts to match her good looks. While she tends to be a loner, she has proven herself loyal to those she allows in her life. Can she rely on your vote?
Annie Ilonzeh, Charlie’s Angels (pictured above, right): Ilonzeh plays former police detective Kate Prince. She’s athletic, smart, and has a vast rolodex of criminal informants at her fingertips. The ABC remake has been struggling with its viewership and experienced a 29% dip in the ratings this week. But, do you think Ilonzeh is a fighter?
Poppy Montgomery, Unforgettable: Now a fiery redhead, Montgomery plays former police detective, Carrie Wells. Carrie has the unique gift of a flawless memory, which comes in handy when she rejoins the police homicide division. This week the CBS series slipped 14% in the ratings from last week’s premiere, but does Montgomery have a grasp on your vote?
Emily VanCamp, Revenge: VanCamp plays Emily Thorne, who masquerades as the ideal woman of privilege while she takes down The Hamptons rich who ruined her family. The series premiered to good ratings, but experienced an 18% drop its second week. Have you warmed up to VanCamp’s cold vengeance?
You can vote as many times as you'd like for as many actresses as you'd like through midnight next Thursday below. Do you want to nominate someone? We're also counting write-in votes. Just remember, she needs to be an adult and considered a lead on a new fall drama.
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