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A surplus of lady spy shows

Have you noticed all the female spies on TV lately? Of course you haven't because by the time you realize it, you're already too late. You're dead. But seriously, the reason we see so many super sexy secret agents may have to do with on-screen flexibility (not that kind):
There are plenty of career paths for female TV characters who lack secret identities: police officer, doctor, lawyer, advertising copywriter, forensic anthropologist, inn keeper. Spycraft, though, confers the advantage of adaptability. In a single episode, Covert Affairs’ rookie CIA agent Annie Walker (played by Piper Perabo) uses the skills of a linguist, a bodyguard, an investigator, a psychiatrist, and a diplomat. Corman and Ord told me that flexibility wasn’t the reason they made Annie a spy, but they agreed that “it allows us more storylines than just being a cop.”
Or the secret could be something more simple, as one commenter points out: 1.) men like action movies AND 2.) men like watching pretty girls. I personally think that the truth lies somewhere in-between.

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1 comment:

  1. I think Perabo should have kept her alias as a struggling singer-songwriter at Coyote Ugly, then I'd watch the show.