USA Today - 24 October 2010
For these TV actresses, the time for action is now

One could argue that network TV hasn't had a real kick-butt female action star since Alias and Buffy the Vampire Slayerwent off the air. What conditions are necessary for the creation of such a rare specimen? "You can't be a whiner," says veteran TV warrior Lucy Lawless (Xena, Spartacus). "And they have to write for you as though they would a man. Your very femaleness is the counterpoint."

With those and other qualities in mind, USA TODAY examines this season's crop of newcomers who can fill the void.

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