Television: Meet The Post-Ally Women

On Providence, NBC's new hit, and a trio of shows from Lifetime, the ladies forswear yuppie fantasies and seek relevance

Busy as she is strapping on those sandals, cocktailing to an imitation Bonnie Raitt and taking on clients who want to sue God, Ally McBeal probably doesn't have time to watch some of the new woman-themed TV programming that has arisen in her wake. And perhaps that's really best; for if she did have a look, Ally might see her dream of upmarket long-term love crumble like so much poorly packed wedding china. Indeed, what Ally would discover is that life with a good-looking professional and a Sub-Zero fridge doesn't add up to much, that happiness might be easier to come...

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