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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

There’s Going To Be a Show On The CW Called Ladyballs


Hit the jump for context.

Ladyballs is an hour-long dramedy being developed by Rashida Jones, who’s leaving Parks and Recreation during the upcoming sixth season season. Via The Hollywood Reporter, it:

“revolves around two twenty-something estranged friends in search of love in New York who are reunited after learning that they’ve been dating the same guy. When their plot to humiliate the two-timer goes viral, they realize the ‘payback’ business is a lucrative one and set up a clandestine business to continue bringing down the hand of justice for those who have been wronged.”

Meh on the whole “20-somethings looking for love in the Big Apple!” thing, but whatever, it’s the CW. And the rest of the premise looks pretty cool, plus I like Rashida Jones. She gets major props for choosing Ladyballs over the show’s original name: The Revengers.

Blech. That’d be an OK title if I hadn’t heard Ladyballs first. Once you go Ladyballs you never go back. No other title will ever live up to it.

Ladyballs.

Ladyballs.

Ladyballs.

Rashida’s not the only Jones who’ll be working on the show. Her older sister Kidada Jones, a model/actress/fashion designer, is producing. Neither of them is set to appear in front of the camera, but hey, it’s early. There’s still time.

Psssst, Joneses. Can Amy Poehler guest star? Something about her on a show called Ladyballs appeals to me on a spiritual level.

(THR, via The Jane Dough)

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  • Anonymous

    I am not the target audience for Ladyballs. I will watch it.

  • http://anna.balasi.com/ AnnaB

    Ugh. I’m constantly frustrated by the need to equate anyone’s brassiness/gumption/bamf-ness/guts with *balls*. Betty White said it best, “Why do people say ‘grow some balls’? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough,grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding.” Not that I’d think it clever if they called it “Ladyvagina” but couldn’t they have come up with something better than Ladyballs?

  • Amber Dawn

    I love that quote, and I love Betty White, but she reportedly didn’t actually say it, it was a comedian called Sheng Wang. http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php?t=76366

  • Fisty

    Rashida Jones is bad ass. Because of that I’d check it out.

  • Miss Cephalopod

    I think it was Hal Sparks?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcM0DPH2bNo

  • Shannon

    I actually really hate the title “Ladyballs.” That said, I also really dislike the premise, so as long as the title appeals to the intended audience (which, does that include me? I don’t even know anymore) my opinion doesn’t matter.

  • Herbert West

    Given that they wanted to call it Revengers, and that vaginas are better than balls, why didn’t they call it “Revenginas” ?

  • CMFTW

    Ditto!

  • UndeadMsScarlet

    I’m a big Rashida Jones fan, but I’m not on board with this premise. I don’t believe getting revenge is a healthy way to deal with being wronged, so the concept of a business built around payback doesn’t sit well with me. In my opinion, revenge does not inherently mean justice and the instinct to equate the two concerns me.

    I’ll give the pilot a shot because of Jones, and maybe a couple of subsequent episodes depending on the cast, but I’m wary…

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    I’ll give the pilot a shot because of Jones, and maybe a couple of subsequent episodes depending on the cast, but I’m wary…

  • Brittany K

    The CW actually had a show called Hellcats, although it didn’t last long, maybe a season?

  • Ashe

    Glad I’m not the only one who rolled my eyes.

  • Anonymous

    Over here in Britain, “balls” is usually used when someone messes up (i.e. “don’t balls it up”), and being an avid reader of Private Eye I’m reminded of Colemanballs more than anything else.

    Just saying, this could be fun when it comes over the UK.

  • Anonymous

    Over here in Britain, “balls” is usually used when someone messes up (i.e. “don’t balls it up”), and being an avid reader of Private Eye I’m reminded of Colemanballs more than anything else.

    Just saying, this could be fun when it comes over the UK.

  • Anonymous

    Over here in Britain, “balls” is usually used when someone messes up (i.e. “don’t balls it up”), and being an avid reader of Private Eye I’m reminded of Colemanballs more than anything else.

    Just saying, this could be fun when it comes over the UK.

  • Dessa Brewington

    I am a lady with balls, and believe me, theres nothing glamorous about them. This show can try to make it sound cool, but for men and women alike, balls just lead to suffering.

  • http://anna.balasi.com/ AnnaB

    Argh, snopes!!! Why do you destroy my fantasies with reality?!

  • AverageDrafter

    I wonder if the characters learn that lesson somewhere along the way… I’m guessing after enacting nasty revenge on what turns out to be an innocent target.

    “Revenge is never a straight line. It’s a forest, And like a forest it’s
    easy to lose your way… To get lost… To forget where you came in.” – Hattori Hanzo

  • LifeLessons

    Nah. Which is too bad because I LOVE Parks and Recreation.

  • Eisen

    Sounds terrible and old.

    Why is it that women always have to look for “true love”, guys are always the cheaters and women want revenge (and mostly behave like they are completely nuts)?
    Where is the effing show where women are cool if “date” doesn’t mean “relationship”, these things are open talked about and where things like open relationships exist? Where are the shows, books, movies where women are absolutely okay if boyfriends/husbands watch porn and turn their heads if an attractive woman walks by – because they do the same thing!
    grrr

  • UndeadMsScarlet

    I can only hope!

    Aside from the “eye for an eye and the whole world goes blind” idea, my issue with revenge is that it focuses on the person who did the perceived wrong and gives them a lot of power over one’s life, as opposed to focusing on oneself and moving on. At the end of the day, one still has to go through the moving on part, so it’s hard for me to understand why anyone would want to spend time on the angry, hateful feelings portion.

    In regards to women specifically, I think they’re often portrayed as going too far (in my opinion) and doing things in the name of payback that could get them into legal trouble. It’s also easier for someone outside the situation to look at it and call her crazy, which all-too-often in my experience gets translated to “women are crazy,” not to mention the issues that brings up with how our society views actual mental illness. I’m worried that the ‘comedy’ portion of ‘dramedy’ in this show will lend itself to that. It’s definitely a case of waiting to see, but it’s admittedly difficult not to let my apprehensions turn into assumptions