Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (March 21, 2008)

SPASHLEY SENT TO DETENTION UNTIL SEPTEMBER
Bad news for South of Nowhere fans: The N has moved the premiere date of the second half of the third season — which was supposed to start in two weeks — to the fall.

In a blog post on The N’s website, they explained that they’re doing this for the fans:

All of us at The N have been absolutely overwhelmed by your reaction to the news about South of Nowhere. We so deeply appreciate your passion for and dedication to the show — it has meant a lot to us as a network, just like we know the show means a lot to you.

While sorting through the mountains of feedback that you have shared with us about the show, we realized that if we really want to give South the proper send-off it deserves, we’re going to need more time. So we decided to move the premiere date to the fall. I know it’s going to be hard to wait for the final season, but we’ve planned a lot of special material (retrospectives, a final webisode, podcasts and more) to say goodbye to this beautiful, important series, and we really don’t want to rush it. It is out of respect for the show and for you, the fans, that we’re trying to give it the time and attention it deserves.

Also, this way, when the series airs in the fall, it will be playing with a new season of Degrassi. That means it has a chance to be seen by a lot more people, and I think we can all agree that the more people that see South of Nowhere — that learn about these characters and their lives and loves and struggles — the better.

Thanks for loving South of Nowhere as much as we do. We promise to work hard to honor the final season this fall.

– The-Sarah [The N's General Manager]

Does this remind anyone else of the "I’m doing this for your own good" speech your parents used to give you just before a spanking?

Go to SaveSpashley.com to share your thoughts with other like-minded fans, but I wouldn’t expect much — it’s clear from The N’s redesigned website ("Which Easter Candy Are You?") that they’re making a shift to go after the tween/younger teen audience. And as much as my 13-year-old niece loves South of Nowhere, I don’t see a show that’s fundamentally about a lesbian teen relationship fitting in with a High School Musical lineup. (Although adding a lesbian teen relationship might be the one thing that would make me sit through an entire viewing of that movie.)

And for those of you wondering: No, We’re Getting Nowhere is not going away, too, they’ll just find something else to vlog about when The L Word is over. Which reminds me: You won’t want to miss their recap of The L Word‘s season finale next week, when former guestbians return to share in the sock puppet fun. Look for that exercise in chaos management vlog episode on Wednesday.

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN …
The GLAAD Media Awards were held in New York last weekend, bringing an array of lesbian and lesbian-favorite celebs to the red carpet:

Former Top Chef contestant Josie Smith-Malave and comedian Kate Clinton

Actresses Loretta Devine and Mariska Hargitay

As usual, there were only a few categories in which women or shows/movies/articles about lesbians won the prize: Outstanding Comic Book (Strangers in Paradise) and Outstanding New York Theater – Broadway & Off–Broadway (The Beebo Brinker Chronicles).

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