ROSIE’S LEAVING THE VIEW. IN RELATED NEWS, THE NUMBER OF LESBIANS ON NETWORK TV WILL DECLINE BY 50%.
If you somehow missed the media frenzy earlier this week, Rosie O’Donnell is leaving The View when her contract expires in June. Scribe Grrrl already blogged about the announcement and the media’s take on the whole thing; I’ll just add that as controversial as her short reign on the show has been, Rosie brought some much-needed edge to The View and to network TV in general, where people tend to play it all too safe these days. When Barbara Walters and company are looking for her replacement, I hope they’ll consider another out outspoken lesbian — maybe Judy Gold? Of course, they’d have to bleep out every other word she said, so maybe she wouldn’t work — but it would give Donald Trump something else to complain about!
YOU TAKE THE GOOD, YOU TAKE THE BAD …
The Big Gay Sketch Show premiered this week, and judging by your comments on our review, y’all didn’t love it. My initial reaction to the show was mixed, too, as I mentioned in my column a few weeks ago. But trust me when I say it gets better starting with the next episode, with skits like "Lesbian Speed Dating." I snagged a teaser of the first half of it, so you can check it out for yourself. The concept isn’t original, but it’s written in a fresh way, and Julie Goldman and Kate McKinnon (the show’s two out female cast members) are very funny:
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Catch the second half of "Lesbian Speed Dating," and a funny Facts of Life skit (Jo and Blair, finally united!), when the episode airs next Tuesday on Logo (or download it from iTunes).
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
The Turner Classic Movie channel’s upcoming month-long series of films exploring "gays & lesbians as represented in classic Hollywood cinema" doesn’t include any films with lesbians. Now that’s classic.
Maureen McCormick (Marcia from The Brady Bunch) reveals in her upcoming autobiography that she had a crush on Eve Plumb (Jan).
Although Bravo initially ordered only six episodes of Work Out, they quietly extended the order to eight episodes, so this week was not the season finale, after all. Look for two more episodes and a "reunion" episode on May 15th.
That’s it for this week! Check back next Friday for a new edition of Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever.