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Female lead characters fill new shows in fall TV season

It’s ladies’ night in the world of scripted television.

You don’t need pink slippers, a sugary cocktail or glittery eye makeup -- just an awareness of fall premieres dominated by female lead characters.

Sarah Michelle Gellar -- you know, Buffy -- is coming back to TV. A new “Charlie’s Angels” cast has invaded pop culture.

Then, of course, there’s Zooey Deschanel’s “New Girl” -- complete with promo clips that seem anything but new right now.

The fall TV season is hardly a boys-only club.

Still, scripted TV’s new female leads mark a refreshing departure from the one-dimensional women who commonly characterize the reality TV world.

Here are my top fictional women you should get to know this fall on basic TV networks’ new lineups.

“New Girl” (Fox)

Zooey Deschanel portrays Jess, “an offbeat girl who -- after a bad breakup -- moves in with three single guys and essentially sets a bomb off in their lives.”

Outlook: Mixed. Let’s hope Deschanel’s character has depth beyond the one-liners shown in promos. Premieres Sept. 20.

“Ringer” (CW)

Sarah Michelle Gellar plays a woman who witnesses a murder and then assumes the life of her identical twin sister -- “only to learn that her sister’s seemingly idyllic life is just as complicated and dangerous as the one she’s trying to leave behind.”

Outlook: Positive. Never doubt “Buffy” fans’ loyalty, even when Gellar isn’t Buffy anymore. Premieres Sept. 13.

“Revenge” (ABC)

A woman returns to the Hamptons to seek revenge for a past event “that ruined her family and their reputation.”

Outlook: Shaky. Rich people and rage? Hopefully this show delivers something different from what already defines reality TV. Premieres Sept. 21.

“2 Broke Girls” (CBS)

Two women “form an unlikely bond over having no money and no shame.”

Outlook: Positive. This comedy comes courtesy of the executive producer of “Sex and the City,” so I’m cautiously optimistic. Plus, the lead characters sound like the imaginary friends I’ve created during my adult life. Premieres Sept. 19.

“Prime Suspect” (NBC)

Maria Bello plays an NYPD homicide detective who has just transferred to a new squad.

Outlook: Positive. Cop dramas generally lure fans easily, and this shouldn’t be an exception. Premieres Sept. 22.

“Unforgettable” (CBS)

Lead character Carrie Wells “remembers every day, every hour, every second of her entire life...except for the day her sister was murdered.”

Outlook: Positive. It’s an intriguing concept, especially for those of us who can’t even remember what we ate for breakfast yesterday. Premieres Sept. 20.

“Whitney” (NBC)

Comedian/actress Whitney Cummings plays the title character in this comedy about a “happily unmarried couple.”

Outlook: Mixed. It’s a slightly unoriginal concept in a crowded field. Let’s hope Cummings’ talents give it the “wow” factor. Premieres Sept. 22.

“Charlie’s Angels” (ABC)

You know the drill. Three women solve cases. They have a boss named Charlie.

Outlook: Shaky. Like most TV fans, I’m skeptical of almost any reboot. These female leads have a lot competition from their fresher counterparts. Premieres Sept. 22.

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