Women against the tide

The stars of Women’s Mur­der Club love the strong fe­male char­ac­ters they have been given, writes Siob­han Duck

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LIKE Sex and the City, Women’s Mur­der Club ex­plores the friend­ship be­tween four power-dress­ing pro­fes­sional women.

But when th­ese girls get to­gether for cock­tails it’s not to dis­cuss climb­ing the cor­po­rate lad­der or bed­ding the pho­to­copy boy, it’s to solve the latest grue­some mur­der.

For­mer Law & Or­der star Angie Har­mon leads the cast as de­tec­tive Lind­say Boxer, who is ob­sessed with her job and de­voted to her gal pals, played by Laura Har­ris, Paula New­some and Aubrey Dol­lar.

Har­ris plays an over-sexed dis­trict at­tor­ney. New­some plays a wo­man torn be­tween her fam­ily and her job as a med­i­cal ex­am­iner. Dol­lar rounds out the four­some as an am­bi­tious jour­nal­ist.

Har­mon, who left Law & Or­der in 2001 to fo­cus on moth­er­hood and a film ca­reer, was lured back to the small screen with a star­ring role in Women’s Mur­der Club.

‘‘I love that this is not just an­other pro­ce­dural show,’’ she says. ‘‘ It’s char­ac­ter-driven as well. We show back­sto­ries about each char­ac­ter and not just the crimes.

‘‘There will be an in­sult about shoes when they (the lead ac­tors) are stand­ing over a corpse. It’s about girls.’’

New­some agrees that Women’s Mur­der Club’s strong, well-writ­ten fe­male char­ac­ters are a large part of its ap­peal, both for its lead ac­tors and its au­di­ence.

‘‘What I love about it and the way they write my char­ac­ter Claire is that she has a re­ally sig­nif­i­cant work­ing life and a very sig­nif­i­cant home life,’’ New­some says.

‘‘And this is why I think so many women will iden­tify with it. She is pulled be­tween her work­ing life and her per­sonal life and the drama en­sues when both of them pull at each other. That’s what hap­pens to women to­day. We have to take care of our homes and we also have to work.’’

Har­ris is equally en­am­oured with the show’s ‘‘fe­male-cen­tric’’ sto­ry­lines.

Har­ris, who be­fore play­ing As­sis­tant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Jill Bernhardt on Women’s Mur­der Club had guest roles in CSI, Star­gate At­lantis and 24, says she spent time with dis­trict at­tor­neys in Los An­ge­les and San Fran­cisco— where the show is set — to pre­pare for the role.

‘‘I re­ally love that it was based on a se­ries of books and the books were so won­der­ful,’’ she says.

‘‘Com­ing into a show based on such great books . . . with the char­ac­ters there is al­ready such depth in all their re­la­tion­ships and that’s what made it re­ally at­trac­tive to me.’’

Dol­lar, who once starred in Daw­son’s Creek, says at its heart Women’s Mur­der Club is es­sen­tially about the friend­ship be­tween four ‘‘for­mi­da­ble’’ women.

Heavy­weight Boxer:

Angie Har­mon, as de­tec­tive Lind­say Boxer, is pleased the show is char­ac­ter-driven.

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