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Attack of the Ally McBeals

Is ''Men in Trees'' star Anne Heche the new Ally McBeal? -- We put this fall's TV career women on the ''McBealometer''

The introspective, plucky career woman has returned to television, which, depending on your worldview, means the birth of a new set of icons or the death of feminism. (That is, if there's any feminism left to destroy once Meredith from Grey's Anatomy is done with it.) Below we McRate the potential McBealians on our patented McBealometer. You're McWelcome.

MARIN FRIST (ANNE HECHE)
A self-proclaimed ''expert'' on the battle of the sexes, yet her fiancé cheats on her with a magazine journalist (yuck!).
BETTY FRIEDAN********************ALLY MCBEAL

RACHAEL RAY (RACHAEL RAY)
Perky like McBeal and has her own muse (Oprah filling in for the dancing baby), but obviously no issues with food.
BETTY FRIEDAN********************ALLY MCBEAL

BETTY SUAREZ (AMERICA FERRERA)
More smarts in her pinkie than McBeal had in her entire waifish bod. (Although the poncho is so the new micromini.)
BETTY FRIEDAN********************ALLY MCBEAL

KITTY WALKER (CALISTA FLOCKHART)
Looks just like McBeal; sounds just like Ann Coulter. Hmm...it turns out Ally could have been more annoying.
BETTY FRIEDAN********************ALLY MCBEAL

Originally posted Sep 22, 2006 Published in issue #899 Sep 29, 2006 Order article reprints
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