'Women's Murder Club' Murders Competition
'Women's Murder Club' Murders Competition
ABC's procedural series, Women's Murder Club, may be a neophyte on the boob tube, but it sure has proven murderous to its weekly competition.  Thus far, the freshman crime-solving drama has consistently drawn over 8.5 million viewers each week, delivering strong, solid numbers since debuting last October 12.

The program's impressive numbers offers a welcome validation for one of its stars, who was initially drawn to the show primarily because it is set in San Francisco.

Paula Newsome, who essays the role of medical examiner Claire Washburn, has been having a delicious love affair of sorts with the city for quite some time now.

“I had been in San Francisco a couple of years ago for a production of Caroline or Change, and I just love The City,” Newsome told The Examiner.  “Your restaurants - you guys will be my downfall. It's an amazing city.”

Like her Women's Murder Club co-stars Angie Harmon, Laura Harris and Aubrey Dollar, Newsome is savoring the show's focus on women, as well as the genuine bond that binds the four actresses together.

“Thank God the networks - and people - are really pulling for strong female characters,” Newsome said.  She also cited how there are increasingly more lead/key roles for actresses these days, as is the case with such popular programs like Desperate Housewives, The Closer and Saving Grace.

“We've had this women's movement, where women chose to ‘work' … and now there's this whole dichotomy of work versus relationships,” she added.  “I think women in my generation are struggling with that.  We're beginning to see that on the small and big screen, where women are trying to balance their home life with their work life to varying degrees of success.”

Whether it's the changing landscape of television giving greater focus to the strength of the fairer sex, or the sisterhood among its four female stars, Women's Murder Club appears to have the right formula so far, to keep audiences tuning in for more of their crime-solving.

-Rosario Santiago, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: The Examiner
(Image Courtesy of ABC)