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January 3, 2013

Women will rule cable TV in 2013

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WASHINGTON —

These are all unusual opportunities for women to step into territory that's traditionally been dominated by men — for Kruger to take the role of top cop defined in this era of television by the men of "The Wire" or "The Shield," for Caplan to be a visionary on a new frontier, as Al Swearengen was in "Deadwood," or Walter White is in his meth kingdom on "Breaking Bad."

It's no mistake that some of these roles were created by women. Michelle Ashford, who worked on the miniseries "The Pacific and John Adams," is the creator of "Masters of Sex." Meredith Stiehm, who created "Cold Case" and has been one of the lead writers on "Homeland," is heading up "The Bridge."

And they're not only giving good roles to women. It's Ann Biderman, the creator of "Southland," who cooked up Ray Donovan, the story of a Los Angeles fixer, that's actually part of Showtime's attempt to move away from a slate of shows dominated by female characters. (Imagine that!)

Giving more women a chance to create their own shows isn't just about getting parity in roles. It's a chance to bring in new perspectives that can revitalize the tropes of the Golden Age of TV for men and women alike.

Rosenberg writes about culture and television for Slate's XX Factor. She also contributes to ThinkProgress and theatlantic.com. @AlyssaRosenberg

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