Women against the tide
The stars of Women’s Murder Club love the strong female characters they have been given, writes Siobhan Duck
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.
Angie Harmon, as detective Lindsay Boxer, is pleased the show is character-driven.