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Julianna Margulies Calls Network Execs 'Assholes' for Pitting Women Against Each Other

Julianna Margulies Calls Network Execs 'Assholes' for Pitting Women Against Each Other

Emmy and Golden Globe winner Julianna Margulies is a straight shooter who’s called out network executives for pitting her female-led, critically acclaimed NBC drama The Good Wife against another show with a strong female lead – the Dana Delaney starrer Body of Proof on ABC. The actress also told Huff-Po that she thinks the success and acclaim of the Good Wife, which also features Archie Panjabi and Christine Baranski in atypical roles for women, has led to a spate of new shows featuring female leads.

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Emmy and Golden Globe winner Julianna Margulies is a straight shooter who’s called out network executives for pitting her female-led, critically acclaimed NBC drama The Good Wife against another show with a strong female lead – the Dana Delaney starrer Body of Proof on ABC.

Body of Proof, an all-popular crime procedural with a charismatic lead, debuted early this spring with a strong start, due in no small part to its Dancing with the Stars lead in, and trounced the Peabody Award winning The Good Wife in the ratings in its first weeks.

Proving she’s a force to be reckoned with, former ER star Julianna called network execs out on the decision to face two strong female-led shows against one another in an interview with The Huffington Post.

Here’s what Julianna had to say:
"I don't understand executives that pit women against each other, the fact that they brought in Body of Proof, Dana Delaney is a friend of mine, and the two of us were just rolling our eyes, it's like, of course, you finally have two great female leads and you're going to put us on against each other," Margulies said. "You're assholes. You should have put them on against a different show to see where they go, and then in the end, it was split down the middle. It's the feeling that you want to celebrate not de-calibrate."

The actress also told Huff-Po that she thinks the success and acclaim of the Good Wife, which also features Archie Panjabi and Christine Baranski in atypical roles for women, has led to a spate of new shows featuring female leads.

"If you look this year at the pilots that they picked up, I would say more than not, women are the leads in network television, and I think we were the catalysts for that," she said. "And that makes me so happy."

 

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Tracy E. Gilchrist

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.