Thursday, September 4, 2014

ET: Téa Leoni about Powerful Women on TV

Make Way for Fall TV's Most Powerful Women

With Claire Danes' Carrie Mathison in Homeland and Kerry Washington's Olivia Pope in Scandal, powerful female driven characters are clearly at the helm of TV's biggest shows. And with the a new slate of fall series just around the corner, looks like primetime TV is jam packed with strong leading ladies than ever before!

Viola Davis is the latest actress heading up a Shonda Rhimes series in How To Get Away With Murder. Together, Davis and Rhimes are ushering a new wave of diverse and strong leading women in television.

"What's more important is you see so many African-American women in roles that are so well developed in terrific narratives," Davis told ET at this year's Emmys. "Where they get to shine, where they get to not just be the third girl from the left. That's even more terrific."

In the new ABC drama, premiering September 25, Davis plays Defense Attorney Annalise Keating who teaches her legal tricks in law school.

"I love all these great leading ladies on television right now and I love that's there's more room for us to come and play," Madam Secretary's Tea Leoni tells ET. Leoni plays a steely Secretary of State in the new CBS drama, which debuts September 21.

But Leoni's Secretary isn't the only woman coming to Washington this fall. Katherine Heigel's talking tough on NBC's State of Affairs and playing opposite Alfre Woodard as the President of the United States.

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