Minority Report Card: Grimm, America’s Next Top Model and More.   Leave a comment

“Don’t ask me. I’m just a girl.”-Malibu Stacy

For every major network premiere this season I will be looking at whether it passes the Bechdel test, a test that asks whether the premiere has two female characters who have a conversation about something other than a man. I will also see whether it passes the same test modified to apply to people of color and then modified to apply to queer people. In this post I’ll be catching up on the shows that premiered early and from here on out there should be a steady stream of premieres to talk about each week. Let’s begin!

Grimm (NBC)

This bland procedural with a fairy tale twist returns for a second season this fall.

Bechdel test: Pass

People of color test: Pass

Queer people test: Fail

Notes: There is no question that main character and noted white heterosexual male Nick Burkhardt is the star of the show. In fact, all of the instances of women or people of color talking to each other happened in instances where Nick was involved in the conversation, but two minor characters happened to direct their comments at each other for a moment. Still, there is a high number of female and non-white characters in the main cast, even if they are clearly there in support of Nick.

Oh Sit! (The CW)

This new show is a game show based on musical chairs because sometimes TV just hates you.

Bechdel test: Pass

People of color test: Pass

Queer people test: Fail

Notes: Since the sideline reporter for the show is Tanika Ray, a black woman, and she interviews every contestant as they leave, it’s safe to assume every episode will pass the first two tests. Representation is not the problem with Oh Sit!. The problem is everything else about it.

The Next: Fame is at Your Doorstep (The CW)

This new reality show is the latest shameless attempt to rip off The Voice.

Bechdel test: Pass

People of color test: Pass

Queer people test: Fail

Notes: None of the people on this show talk about their orientation. Based solely on the premiere, I’m not sure yet if it’s an American Idol situation where they carefully avoid the subject or if queerness just hasn’t come up yet.

America’s Next Top Model (The CW)

Tyra Banks’s search for the prettiest and most blindly obedient girl in America returns for a 19th cycle.

Bechdel test: Pass

People of color test: Pass

Queer people test: Unknown

Notes: With Tyra Banks as the host, it’s safe to say every episode will pass the first two tests. This cycle features a bisexual contestant, Destiny. I couldn’t find any information on the orientations of new judges Johnny Wujek, Rob Evans and Bryanboy and I’m not going to make assumptions, so for now that third test is unknown.

As you can see, shows that premiere very early on in the season aren’t generally the biggest shows on TV, but next week I’ll have reports on the premieres of The Voice, Go On, The New Normal, Parenthood, The X Factor, Glee and Shark Tank.

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