Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (July 6, 2007)


Openly bisexual actress Saffron Burrows has been cast as a guest star in a multi-episode arc on ABC’s Boston Legal, which kicks off its fourth season this fall. According to the press release, Burrows’ character is "a sexy, sophisticated commercial litigator who once had a passionate affair with Alan [James Spader], the chemistry of which still lingers and distracts."

Too bad Saffron’s not playing gay, but since Portia de Rossi is going to be playing a lesbian on Nip/Tuck, we’ve reached our quota for an openly lesbian or bisexual actress playing an openly lesbian or bisexual character on prime-time television: 1.

Nonetheless, kudos to Saffron, who’s been in a low-key but openly acknowledged relationship with actress Fiona Shaw (Petunia Dursley of the Harry Potter movies) for several years. Will this make me tune in to Boston Legal? The verdict’s still out.

Season 3 of ABC’s Once and Again
(1999–2002) is finally coming out on DVD! Probably. Well, the signs are looking
good, anyway: reports
that the man in charge of licensing ABC shows told them recently that he’s looking
to license the all three seasons of the show to a new distributor, now that
the license for Buena Vista Home Entertainment (which released the first two seasons
on DVD) will be expiring soon.

I’d quote a trademark line from the series, but that’s the beauty of Once
and Again
: it didn’t have one-liners, it was all about the art of conversation.
The characters talked like real people do: overlapping, conflicting, muddled
and often using a lot of words to say very little. Like this conversation between
14-year-old Jessie (Evan Rachel Wood) and her therapist when
Jessie’s still in denial — about herself, and about her friend Katie (Mischa
, before being Mischa Barton wasn’t cool):

Therapist: So, your friend is gay …
Jessie: No, no, no. My friend being gay wouldn’t bother me. What bothers me
is people saying she’s gay if she’s not. Like there are girls in my school
who say they’re gay and know if they are or they aren’t, but at least it’s
their choice to say it.
Therapist: I see.
Jessie: And with Katie, I just don’t think that she is, because I know her
really well. And if she was, she would be going to that meeting tonight and
she’s not, so she’s obviously not gay.
Therapist: Well, that settles it, then.


If you want even more O&A, check out Sarah’s new blog post Where are they now? The women of Once and Again.

Now if only ABC would release Relativity
on DVD, the lesbian TV circle of life would be complete.

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