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These TV Heroines Are Poised to Have a Huge Season

These TV Heroines Are Poised to Have a Huge Season

With vacation [almost] behind us, our minds are already turning to September — and daydreaming about what our favorite girls on TV will get up to this season.

Based on where finales left off last year, and the tidbits that have leaked out via TCAs, we can already tell that some of our favorite female characters are about to deliver on that vow that all of us make at one time or another: "This is so gonna be my year."

Keep your eye on:


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Bridget Regan, "Jane the Virgin"
There's nothing like kidnapping a newborn in the finale to ensure that you get an interesting arc next season! We predict that Rose a.k.a. Sin Rostro will die in a blaze of glory early in season two, but it'll be nail-biting action all the way to the end for the concrete-spilling, baby-stealing, poreless villain. 

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Tea Leoni in "Madam Secretary"
As many dramas do, this one got off to a slow start in season one as it tried to find out what worked (we could watch Patina Miller and Geoffrey Arend flirt all day) and what didn't (no disrespect, but enough of the kids). But its recent moves suggest that it's going to be a bit more grown up in season two. Morgan Freeman and Madeleine Albright will be showing up in a cameos, for one thing. Leoni's Elizabeth McCord is still trying to make these espionage charges go away — an urgent, sophisticated situation if there ever was one — and the president's plane has just gone missing. We love knowing that McCord is the kind of down-to-earth gal who cracks an IPA when she gets home, but we got our fill of that in the first go-round. We're raising our beers to brainier political stories for her in season two.

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Julianna Margulies in "The Good Wife"
This one might seem like cheating; Alicia Florrick has a big season every year. But we've never seen the character so alone as she'll be when the show returns. Almost all of the people who figured prominently into her life — Kalinda, Will, Zach and Grace — have gone away. She lost a hard-fought election. Peter is turning his sights to the presidency. And she's once again launching her own firm. Beneath that Eileen Fisher exterior, homegirl is feeling a little unmoored — I mean, she made her new desk out of a door. And since the show has already had her start one firm, they must know they'll have to tell a drastically different story to prevent repetition. So I'm guessing that we see Alicia go a bit crazy soon. 

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Hannah Simone in "New Girl"
Alicia's getting another law firm, and Cece's getting another wedding. We were caught off guard when Schmidt proposed to her in the show's season finale. But "New Girl" is another series in need of dynamic reinvention, and this storyline just might be the perfect path to it. After all, planning a wedding with Schmidt is bound to raise points about traditional gender roles (what makes me feel like he'll be the one obsessing over the registry?), how marriage changes your single-girl friendships, and the ways a guy from outside your culture can wreak family havoc. Of course, the real question is whether Cece can get Taylor Swift to come to her wedding again.

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Xosha Roquemore in "The Mindy Project"
Producers have already confirmed that they'll be giving Tamra more to do this season, and the timing couldn't be better: "The Mindy Project" has a strong girls-figuring-it-all-out vibe at the heart of it, and this season finds Mindy herself having figured, well, a lot of it out. With a baby coming any minute and her life partner all but locked up, she's in need of a strong female foil, and that is Tamra, who's as full of untapped potential as she is unexpected romances (Morgan!). We don't really know what Tamra really wants out of life — but we hope that by the end of next season, we do.

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Karla Souza, "How to Get Away With Murder"
Full disclosure: Souza's Laurel Castillo didn't exactly win our hearts at first. She seemed broody and underwhelming at the start of HTGAWM, little more than the campus Jennifer Connelly doppelganger. But man, did things pick up. Laurel's connection with Frank didn't always make sense, but it definitely served as a way to bring her personality to the forefront. Castillo is a genius who forgets to empathize (usually with the guys she's sleeping with). And her trip home on break was by far the most interesting of the gang's — more Castillo family angst, please! It was Laurel's face who flashed in our minds first when we spotted Rebecca's body — and in the long-term, she seems she and the ice in her veins could outlast the rest of this bunch. We can't wait to watch her do anything and everything in season two.

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Ta'Rhonda Jones, "Empire"
We feel that good things are on the way for Porsha, the woman behind the Cookie Monster, based purely on this sophomore season dye job. They wouldn't give her this hair if it wasn't her year.

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