In September, Austin-based “new media company” ON Networks announced an original series aimed at giving adolescent females a healthy dose of You go girl! Hosted by Saturday Night Live alum Amy Poehler, Smart Girls at the Party will celebrate “extraordinary individuals who are changing the world by being themselves.”
The show seems like it’s been a long time coming (but I bet at least part of it’s influenced by the play Keep Your Eyes Open, about a junior high schooler who uses her video blog to talk issues and not gossip, and that I know Poehler saw because she was sitting behind me during the performance).
In a 2006 interview with Bust Magazine Poehler, a self-proclaimed feminist, said, “I get worried for young girls sometimes; I want them to feel that they can be sassy and full and weird and geeky and smart and independent, and not so withered and shriveled.”
This is her opportunity to show them bitch is the new black.
The first of eight episodes was scheduled to premiere in October, but the business of giving birth to a baby boy – that, given his pedigree, will be the funniest thing ever on the 2032 season of SNL before he embarks on a film career that would make a young Chevy Chase jealous and Archie Arnett a household name – got in the way. Look for Smart Girls at the Party to drop on ON Networks November 17.