Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (August 8, 2008)

Last week the trailer for the new modern-day B-movie Bitch Slap caused quite a stir in these parts, what with its nonstop cleavage baring, guns blazing, Xena and Gabrielle reuniting, and girl-on-girl kissing action. You paid attention, and I’m happy to report that the actresses of Bitch Slap paid attention back.

Erin Cummings, who plays the red-headed corporate power broker Hel, sent a gracious email thanking readers for their enthusiastic response to the film. Fans of Dante’s Cove will recognize Cummings as Michelle from Season 2 of the here! series.

"I was blown away by the overwhelming support and excitement that your readers offered in their comments," Cummings wrote. "Thank Goddess — women who get it! Yes, this film has gratuitous cleavage shots. Yes, sexual innuendo permeates every line of dialog. Yes, it is reminiscent of all those terribly trashy B films that are so obviously driven by a male point of view. And that’s why this film is so much fun — we’re in on the joke too!"

The ladies of Bitch Slap

Cummings also promised that readers would get more than the split-second shots seen in the trailer of her and fellow actress Julia Voth (who plays hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold Trixie) kissing. Fellow co-star America Olivo (leather-wearing drug runner Camero) also gets in on the action.

"Yes, that is me kissing Julia in those shots," she explained. "However, I also kiss America. And America kisses Julia. We each kiss each other. It’s complicated …"

Now that’s the kind of complicated I like. Read Cumming’s full email here. Watch with bated breath for film updates (or just rewatch the trailer, for the 100th time) here.

Oh, Buffy. I miss you still. This week a promo clip from the never-completed Buffy the Vampire Slayer animated series was leaked onto the web. The show would have been set back when Buffy and the Scoobies were still in high school. This means Willow wasn’t yet the lesbian witch we’ve all come to know, love, be frightened by and love some more.

The short spot was effectively the series’ pilot episode and shows the slayer and friends battling vamps and other beasties while discussing — what else — parties and apocalypses. We see not-quite-gay-yet Willow flash her old crush on Xander, her softer-side-of-Sears fashion and her geeky side. ("Am I panicking out loud?" Adorable.)

While the promo doesn’t show Dawn, the little sister formerly known as The Key would have appeared in the series as well. So, um, is the show then all just false memories implanted by monks? The physics of this is making my head hurt, but the clip’s familiar quippy dialogue is helping to soothe my confusion.

The project, which was greenlit by Fox in 2002, was never produced despite the pilot featuring almost all of the live-action show’s original actors voicing their roles including Alyson Hannigan, Nicholas Brendon and Anthony Stewart Head (minus only Buffy herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar). Alas, no network bit and the series went into permanent mothball status. Bummer, because how much do you want to bet Joss Whedon and Co. would have slipped in some sly references to Willow’s burgeoning sexuality?

Queer comic Margaret Cho has not one, but two new shows coming to a TV near you. Cho’s new reality series The Cho Show premieres Aug. 21 on VH1. And she has also landed a role on the new scripted series Drop Dead Diva for Lifetime.

The latter is a pilot about a dead model/actress named Deb whose soul ends up in the body of a brilliant but frumpy lawyer named Jane. Cho will play Jane’s assistant. With that setup and Cho’s presence, I’m expecting some form of hilarity to ensue.

Meanwhile, Cho’s reality series chronicling her life, friends and family got its first promo trailer.

While the series is unscripted, it is also admittedly not-quite reality. In an Advocate interview, Cho said situations were planned out beforehand and her entourage plays versions of themselves. For example, 3-foot-10-inch actress and comic Selene Luna plays her assistant on the show but is actually just a longtime friend. But at least Cho’s parents, particularly her often-imitated mother, are refreshingly themselves. As is the sentiment of self-worth and acceptance that runs through all of Cho’s comedy.

by Dorothy Snarker

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