Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (February 9, 2007)

WE BELIEVE
NBC comedy pilot Area 52 about a secret government installation in
the desert with an alien resident, has added Jane
Lynch
to the cast. Jane will be playing Irene Maloof, who if she’s anything
like Lynch’s previous characters, probably inappropriately hits on the alien.

HOT FOR TEACHER
More good fall pilot news: there’s a recurring lesbian character in Hackett,
a half-hour, single camera comedy in the works for Fox about a bad-boy literary
luminary who escapes his troubles with women and a disgraced career teaching
at yale to become a public high school teacher in Ohio. One of his fellow teachers
is a woman named Tam, who is described in the casting call as a "sexy 20′s
lesbian" whose lover has left her. Where do I sign up for detention?

LESBIAN QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"Without going into too much detail, we’ve all been there and
done that."

- Belinda Carlisle on The Go Go’s lesbian experiences, to
PlanetOut.com

ZOMBIE
MOVIES? CLOSETED CHEERLEADERS? THAT’S SO HIGH SCHOOL.

My friend Brent
Hartinger
‘s (Geography Club, The Last Chance Texaco) latest excellent
young adult novel came out this week, and I made the mistake of starting to
read it at 11pm last night. Of course I got sucked in and before I knew it,
it was 1am and I was still wide awake, even though I’d promised myself I’d go
to sleep by midnight. My girlfriend, on the other hand, had fallen asleep the
minute her head hit the pillow, like she always does. It’s one of her
more annoying traits.

But
back to the book. It’s a two-part book called Split
Screen: Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies /
Bride of the Soul-Sucking
Brain Zombies
, but don’t let the name throw you–this isn’t one of
those teen horror/slasher novels that are all the rage now (seriously, who lets
their kid read those?). Zombies is about the romantic misadventures
of a gay high school junior named Russell, and his sarcastic bisexual Asian-American
friend Min who has a purple streak in her hair, a mother who wears really tacky
sweaters, and a crush on a closeted cheerleader named Leah. When Russell and
Min volunteer to be extras in a horror movie shooting nearby, the sparks between
Min and Leah start to fly, but Leah’s refusal to admit she’s dating Min threatens
to end the relationship before it begins.

Will Leah finally introduce Min to her cheerleader friends? Will Min get off
her high-horse long enough to let her? Will I get any sleep tonight?

Eh, like the bumper sticker says: you can sleep when you’re dead. Or watching
All My Children.

SHE SHE WHAT?

On this week’s episode:
Valentine’s Day, coming out, and Linda Villarosa’s upcoming novel.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
Watch the conclusion of the two-part lesbian episode of Fox’s Trading Spouses
tonight to find out if the homophobic straight family gets what’s coming to
them–and read our new interview
with Pepper and Judy
to get their take on the whole thing.

Out actress Maile Flanagan just received
another Emmy nomination for her voice-over work on the PBS series Jakers!
The Adventures of Piggley Winks
(she won last year for Outstanding Performer
in an Animated Program).

Next Tuesday on Dirt,
Garbo, Mallory, and a random guy have a graphic threesome. A heartwarming scene
just in time for Valentine’s Day!

That's it for this week! Check back next Friday for another edition of Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever.

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