As sexy as Kerry Washington is and great to see her working, it’s rare that men become super-fans of a show with a female lead. Just look at the past ten years, it rarely happens. Do you know ANY man that watched Glenn Close in Damages? We instinctively think of those female-driven shows as “chick flicks” or “soap operas.”So imagine if Olivia Pope was changed to Oliver Polk? Now imagine if he was played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje aka Adebisi from HBO’s Oz. Are you kidding me?! I would so totally watch this show! What up, Blood? What up, Cuz, What up, Gangstaaa!! [*50 Cent Voice*]
More than anything, men love a come-up story…especially if it involves some baller shit. From The Sopranos to Breaking Bad, we like to see an Average Joe rise to become a King. As much as we liked Avon Barksdale in The Wire, we loved seeing Marlo Stanfield rising up to take his spot even more.New cars, new cribs, new jewelry, new clothes…that stuff turns us on almost as much as sex. So, Ms Shonda, if you throw in a few scenes with our revamped male lead Oliver Polk standing over stacks of money earned by illegal means, you’ll have man-fans for many seasons to come!