Of all the people and all the networks I can think of that would be great to produce a show about the women’s liberation movement, Mila Kunis and The CW don’t come to mind. But apparently I am not using my imagination enough. Kunis will, in fact, executive produce Meridian Hills, a drama set in 1972 that explores the women’s liberation movement, for the CW. And yes, this is the same network that produces Hart of Dixie which is about a doctor that wears shorts to work.
I guess when Gloria Steinem isn’t available, the next obvious choice is Mila Kunis, Maxim’s Sexiest Woman Alive for 2012. Yes, I am sure there was an episode or two of That 70′s Show that mentioned the women’s lib movement but Mila’s character, Jackie, was pretty much the opposite of a feminist. Now, Gloria would have been a reach, but I am sure there are a number of women’s lib scholars or women’s studies professors at top universities that would have done just as well as the star of Family Guy. Hopefully they will have some good consultants for the show.
According to CNN, Sydney Sidner is set to pen the script and executive produce alongside Kunis, as well as Chris Keyser, Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum, Cami Curtis, Susan Curtis, and Robot Chicken‘s Lisa Sterbakov.
“Meridian Hills is set in a boozy Midwest country club in 1972, during an era when the Equal Rights Amendment was just beginning. The drama follows a young, newly married woman who joins the Junior League and discovers an eclectic group of other young women who become unlikely allies in her quest to change the system.”
This sounds like it will be as much about the women’s lib movement as Hart of Dixie is about serious medical procedures.
I just don’t know if the CW is the network to cover the second wave of feminism. I suppose Nikita of Nikita is a strong female character, but mostly because she is an assassin. Feminists in the 1970s weren’t punching and kicking people (well sometimes) to show their strength.
This should could be really exciting because 1972 was the year before a lot of really big things happened including The Battle of the Sexes, the first battered women’s shelters were opened, a woman’s right to abortion was established, the first woman’s bank opened in New York City and Sandra Day O’Connor became the first woman on the Supreme Court.
Maybe the CW and Mila can do it but for now I think this is going to be a show with great 1970s fashion, key parties and women throwing drinks in men’s faces.