Monday, May 23, 2011

Julianna Margulies: Network Executives 'As*holes' For 'Pitting Women Against Each Other'

Speaking to The Huffington Post, THE GOOD WIFE's Julianna Margulies said that she feels a certain pride in blazing the trail for the new batch of women-led programming.

"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."

Still, she understands that there's a lot of work to be done to change the perception and treatment of women stars, even when their shows are so successful. Citing the perceived women-led ratings battle between her show and BODY OF PROOF, Margulies made no secret of her disdain for current scheduling practices.

"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."

She goes on to say she's happy with the show's new fall timeslot on Sunday's at 9 p.m. despite being opposite DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES.

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