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Fall TV’s Must-Have Character: The Kick-Ass Chick

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THURSDAY

30 Rock
Thursday @ 8-8:30pm (NBC)

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Tina Fey in 30 Rock. © 2012 NBCUniversal Media, LLC.

Murphy Brown may have lied to her generation, but 30 Rock‘s Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) just proved to the women of today that we can have it all. In addition to her successful career, Liz can now boast an über-hot husband (James Marsden) who loves her fornot despite—her many quirks and who is committed to building a family with her. And Liz didn’t just do it—she did it her way, snacking on Sabor de Soledad while refusing (most of the time) to bend to the strong wills around her. In the battle of Liz Lemon versus life, it is officially Liz’s turn to victoriously exclaim: “Ya burnt!” – Sarah Katz (@sarahdkatz)

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Last Resort
Thursday @ 8-9pm (ABC)

© 2012 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.
Daisy Betts, Jessy Schram, & Autumn Reeser in Last Resort. © 2012 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.

Truth be told, the strong, take-no-prisoners ladies of Last Resort originally inspired the idea for this Feature. Four—Lieutenant Grace Shepard (Daisy Betts), Sophie (Camille De Pazzis), Tani (Dichen Lachman), and Cortez (Jessica Camacho)—watch their sixes on the island, while two—Christine Kendal (Jessy Schram) and Kylie Sinclair (Autumn Reeser)—do battle on the home front. Each stands resolute with impressive fortitude against those that would do them harm. Having drawn their respective lines in the sand, nothing and no one—be they enemy governments or terrorists—is going to keep these ladies from manning their posts and fighting the good fight. – Sarah Katz (@sarahdkatz)

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The Vampire Diaries
Thursday @ 8-9pm (The CW)

Photo by Bob Mahoney – © 2012 The CW Network.
Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, & Steven R. McQueen in The Vampire Diaries. © 2012 The CW Network.

Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) very well could have been the TV version of Bella Swan: a beautiful, depressed human girl attracted to two hot supernatural beings. However, instead of just being a pawn in a love triangle, she’s a fully fledged character—a strong woman who doesn’t just wait around for men to save her. When her boyfriend went on a bloodlust bender, she didn’t asked to be turned to join him, she picked up a stake and took some fighting lessons. – Kristal Bailey (@kristal_bailey)

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FRIDAY

Fringe
Friday @ 9-10pm (FOX)

© 2011 Fox
Anna Torv & Jasika Nicole in Fringe. © 2011 Fox.

The women of Fringe know a thing or two about ass-kicking. Despite all the emotional traumas that FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) has been through (which include being an experimental drug test subject, the betrayal and death of her fiancé, the death of her daughter, and a billion other tragedies) she still remains determined to save the world from hyper-intelligent pseudo-scientists. Cryptanalysis, knowledge of Latin, linguistics, and computer hacking are only a few of FBI Junior Agent Astrid Farnsworth‘s (Jasika Nicole) diverse skill set that come in handy when assisting the Fringe team in solving their weekly mysteries, all the while displaying a nurturing side as scatter-brained Walter’s semi-caretaker. – Brian Rudloff (@RealBrianRudlof)

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Sarah Katz

Sarah Katz

Born-and-bred New Yorker. Lifelong film & TV lover—from chick flicks, rom-coms, rom-droms, rom-drams, and tweentertainment, to Shakespeare, period pieces, James Bond, fairy tales, and mafia movies.