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Where Are the Best Roles for Actresses: TV or Movies?

Considering that television holds second-rate status to film in a lot of people's minds, it's amazing to think of all of the stellar silver screen actresses who are currently working on TV. In a recent panel organized by The Hollywood Reporter, a whole bunch of them — including Sigourney Weaver, Regina King, January Jones, Anna Paquin, Rose Byrne, and Mary McDonnell — talked about the great roles available for women on the small screen right now.

That got me wondering if TV is providing actresses with better opportunities than film. But then there are actresses like Kate Winslet, who prove that meaty, interesting movie roles for women are still out there.

Take a look at this discussion and then tell me: Are the best roles for women on TV right now? Or are women getting more interesting opportunities in the movies?

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lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
I think it's ridiculous to try to pick one or the other. Movies & tv have gone hand in hand for so long, and especially now we are seeing just as much great writing and as many great characters on tv as we see in movies (there's also an equal amount of crap in both). as for femal characters, however, i actually think movies still have a one-up on tv. people keep saying that we're now seeing these great, strong female characters in leading roles on tv, but if you really look at them most of them are cliches - you have shows like the Law & Orders, CSIs, Saving Grace, In Plain Sight, Southland, The Closer which have these great actresses playing the same bad ass woman who sometimes also gets emotional and is also a whore - this doesn't make me as a woman respect my gender! then the rest of the shows are all pretty much soap operas, from Desperate Housewives to all the teenager shows, which again show women as over-emotional sluts! Even an amazing show like Mad Men! How can we be respected when we're constantly portraying ourselves as these objects of sex with no substance whatsoever?! the answer is is movies. sure, you still have your stupid rom coms and then your really stupid rom coms, but look at the last few Best Actress Winners - Kate Winslet in The Reader, Marion Cotillard in La Vie en Rose, Helen Mirren in The Queen, Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line; the list goes on - these are real (literally), strong, amazing female characters who don't have to use their body to make themselves known!
sourcherry sourcherry 8 years
TV, definitely. In fact, I think the notion of TV holding second place is not really true anymore. Lately I've been a lot more intrigued by tv shows than movies. It seems to me that there's been more inovation on the small screen, and part of the reason behind it is the great female characters on it.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I think both have some good options. One advantage of tv is that the actress can show the evolution of a character more deeply.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Either or, though I must admit my favorite characters are from TV
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