Television: Manly Pursuits

Goodbye, stoic and silent. This fall a slew of series is out to show that guys can have real feelings too

Pity the poor, misunderstood TV male. O.K., don't. (But stop laughing so loud! It stings!) Consider this, however: while TV's menfolk hardly lack for meaty roles or paychecks, when it comes to self-reflection they almost bump into a glass ceiling. Feminism gave us decades of women who pondered what it means to be female--Mary Richards, Ally McBeal, Carrie Bradshaw. But a lack of curiosity about what being a man means is practically TV's definition of masculinity.

This fall, though, may leave you wondering when men turned into such sensitive, introspective creatures. On the syndicated talk show The Other Half, four men...

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