Blame Hendricks for Rise in Retro-Sexy TV

Fall will see flurry of sex-filled programs set in the '60s, '70s: Maureen Dowd
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2011 8:45 AM CDT
Blame Christina Hendricks for the sudden rise in retro-sexy TV shows, says one TV producer.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Naked Playboy bunnies, sexy '60s stewardesses, redos of titillating '70s camp like Charlie's Angels—the coming fall TV season promises heaping servings of sex-filled nostalgia. "Hollywood is a world ruled by men, and this season, amid economic anxieties, those men want to indulge in some retro fantasies about hot, subservient babes," writes Maureen Dowd in the New York Times. Why? "It’s the Hendricks syndrome,” Dowd quotes a top male TV producer as saying. “All the big, corporate men saw Christina Hendricks play the bombshell secretary on Mad Men and fell in love."

The TV producer continues, "It’s a hot fudge sundae for men: a time when women were not allowed to get uppity or make demands. If you got tired of women, they had to go away. Women today don’t go away.” To wit, Dowd notes that amid the crop of new shows are ones by and about strong, modern women, featuring Zooey Deschanel, Debra Messing, Chelsea Handler, Ginnifer Goodwin, Kristin Chenoweth, and others. And even "the nostalgic TV shows try to put a feminist spin on the jiggle," writes Dowd. "Sure, the angels of Charlie look hot in thigh-high black boots, red vinyl minidresses." But in the reboot, they can build a car engine "after drinking two Cosmos."

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