Because I am old and have a memory like -- well, Swiss cheese, but this is in one of the parts that has cheese -- this announcement from Fox was kind of interesting:
This spring, FOX, the home of genre-twisting hits “Joe Millionaire,” “My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé” and “Temptation Island,” will expose the battle of the sexes, turning traditional gender roles upside-down and giving women all the power on WHEN WOMEN RULE THE WORLD (working title).
What if it was “a woman’s world”? What if made ALL the decisions? If men were their subjects? These questions and more will be explored when a group of strong, educated and independent women, tired of living in a man’s world and each with a personal axe to grind, rule over a group of unsuspecting men used to calling the shots on WHEN WOMEN RULE THE WORLD.
The unscripted series will reveal how women and men react in a world where women are in charge and men are subservient, and each gender’s ability to adapt to a new social order will be put to the test.
The participants will be brought to a remote, primitive location where the women will have the opportunity to “rule” as they build a newly formed society – one where there is no glass ceiling and no need to dress to impress. For the men, their worlds of power and prestige are turned inside-out and upside-down. And for these women, turnabout is fair play!
So, why is this interesting? Because, in 1977, Norman Lear made a comedy called ''All That Glitters,'' about a business where the women called the shots and men were the underlings. (If the cheese in my head is still ripe, I think the implication was that the larger world was also run by women. Not the worst show, either.
Now, I know some of you smart readers are going to point to literary examples of female rule as well. ''Regiment of Women;; by Thomas Berger comes to mind, for one. But I'm more included to think that TV borrows from TV.