SAME SEX, DIFFERENT CITY — MAKE THAT DIFFERENT COUNTRY
Nina’s Heavenly Delights star Shelley Conn is one of the four leads in a new British television series called Mistresses, a drama airing Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. on BBC One about four 30-something working women friends and their experiences with love (all of which involve infidelity in one way or another). Our U.K.-based blogger browne describes it as "a low-rent version of Cashmere Mafia," and she filled me in on some of the details.
Conn plays a character called Jessica who is sleeping with her male boss but gets involved in planning a wedding for two lesbian characters, Lisa and Alex, that looks like it may lead Jessica to revisit her Heavenly Delights days. There is an obvious attraction between Jessica and Alex, and in the second episode they kissed while Jessica was helping Alex to try on wedding dresses.
The trailer for next week indicates that this story will be continued, as do the spoilers for the next episode (spoiler alert!): "After a steamy night of passion, Alex suggests to Jessica that perhaps she [Alex] shouldn’t get married. But Jessica’s look of shock quickly changes her mind. Alex’s show of love for Lisa at their wedding, however, fills Jessica with jealousy. She gets drunk and ends up sleeping with another wedding guest, Stella."
Sounds like an episode of The L Word, British-style!
The only slightly annoying part so far? Alex told Jessica she started dating women because "men are so tedious. Women are so beautiful." Hmm. Not the most enlightened explanation, but I can’t disagree with the "women are so beautiful" part. Case in point: Shelley Conn.
Look for a full review of Mistresses on AfterEllen.com soon.
GAY FROM NEW YORK, IT’S TUESDAY NIGHT!
The second season of The Big Gay Sketch Show is debuting on Feb. 5, 2008, at 10:00 p.m. ET on Logo, and a photo of the second-season cast has been released:
No, this doesn’t mean that co-producer Rosie O’Donnell is now a cast member, but she and Chastity Bono do appear briefly in each episode as balcony hecklers à la Statler and Waldorf (loved those guys!).
I’ve only seen the first episode of the new season, and while the gay male-focused sketches didn’t seem very funny (and I’m not just saying that because I’m a lesbian), I loved Kate McKinnon‘s spoof of the Sally Field Boniva commercial, Kate and Julie Goldman‘s lesbian bar sketch, and the Alexis-Krystle Dynasty smackdown re-enactment.
(Ah, the good ol’ days of Dynasty — when gays were closeted, women weren’t allowed in the boardroom, and shoulder pads and big belts were the height of fashion. Good times, good times.)
Before the new season starts, you must watch Julie getting lessons in how to act "straight" (fifth episode). When she tries to pick up the acting coach? Genius.