vulture.com. In her October 30th piece, she mentioned other female private eyes -- Netflix's Jessica Jones, Hulu's rebooted Veronica Mars and the CW's Nancy Drew.
Years before actress Cobie Smulders was born, there was a totally cool female private eye on ABC. Her name was HONEY WEST and she was played by the late Anne Francis. If GOOD MORNING AMERICA had responded to any of my employment requests to be a segment producer on the show, or an on-air contributor, I would've included a HONEY WEST mention in the Cobie Smulders interview as a respectful nod to women's history in television. Classic film fans know blonde Anne Francis as the outer space alien beauty in 1956's FORBIDDEN PLANET and as Fanny Brice's Ziegfeld showgirl pal in 1968's FUNNY GIRL. Anne Francis rocked that female private eye TV role.
HONEY WEST strutted into the private eye boys club like a combination of Marilyn Monroe and Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer. Unlike the cases of Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe or John Shaft, the female private eye genre has been unwisely untapped by Hollywood. Chicago private eye V.I. Warshawski (the V.I. standing for Victoria Iphigenia) solved murder cases in novels by Sara Paretsky. The 1991 film, V.I. WARSHAWSKI, starred Kathleen Turner in the title role. Hollywood didn't do anything else with the Chicago private investigator.
I pitched a movie version of HONEY WEST starring Michelle Pfeiffer as Honey with a good supporting role for Anne Francis. But does Hollywood ever listen to me? No.
STUMPTOWN airs Wednesday nights on ABC. Honey West would dig it.