In Mary's current Critic's Notebook essay in The Los Angeles Times, Mary examines why it may be a bigger deal to star in movies but the good roles for women are all on the television. Looking at the current career of of actresses like Katherine Heigl who are increasily cast in movies as the "post modern shrew" Mary shows that the real meat of the acting profession for women is in the TV aisle.
"There are more and better roles for women on one season of "Brothers and Sisters" and "Big Love" or "Damages" and "Desperate Housewives" than there will be in an entire year of Hollywood films. Roles that require depth and wisdom and boundless energy, that demand of their performers the dramatic flexibility and exploration of character. Roles that don't seem to punish them simply for being women."
"While Heigl and other stars are stuck in narrow, nasty movie roles, women get to do just about anything on TV. "They can chase down aliens ("Fringe"), converse with angels ("Saving Grace"), race through jungles and time continuums ("Lost"), catch serial killers while wearing hats and high heels ("The Closer") and play both sides of the legal field with the likes of William Hurt and Marcia Gay Harden ("Damages)."