BUT WILL SHE DO THAT DOLPHIN CALL ON CUPID?
Sarah Paulson and Portia de Rossi have joined the growing list of out female actors — which currently includes Cherry Jones, Saffron Burrows, Kirsten Vangsness, and Sara Gilbert — who are in regular or recurring roles on prime time broadcast network television in the upcoming 2008-2009 season.
This week, ABC picked up the comedy Cupid for its midseason lineup, which co-stars Paulson as a psychiatrist in love with a guy who may be the mythic god of love.
Sarah Paulson at a Roundabout Theatre event in April
Claire was played in the first version by Paula Marshall, who went on to play a hip lesbian doctor in the 2005-06 sitcom Out of Practice. Clearly there’s some kind of lesbian-ish karma around this show!
Paula Marshall in the first Cupid
Personally, I think it sounds like a crap premise and exactly the kind of sitcom I avoid, but I like Paulson and the original version was critically well received (it even has a fan site), so I might give it a chance.
Plus wherever Paulson is, BFF Amanda Peet is sure to guest-star — and what better way to update the newer version of Cupid than to give it a lesbian love triangle?
Paulson with Amanda Peet
C’mon, Rob — heterosexual romance is so 10 years ago.
THE MORE THINGS CHANGE, THE MORE PORTIA’S HAIR STAYS THE SAME
Meanwhile, Ellen’s new wife Portia de Rossi is co-starring in another ABC midseason pick-up, Better Off Ted, a workplace comedy TV critics are already calling one of the worst-titled shows ever.
Not much is known about her character Veronica yet, except that she’s a "superhuman boss." And that Veronica looks really, really similar to Nelle Porter. (Not that I’m complaining — I loved Sub Zero Nelle!)
De Rossi in Ted, left, (2008), and on Ally McBeal (1998)
Does this mean Ted will have a unisex bathroom, too? That’s fine, but there better not be any dancing babies!
— by Sarah Warn