Best, Lesbian. Week. Ever. (March 30, 2007)


Sci Fi has released more tidbits about its upcoming 22-episode series Painkiller
, premiering April 13th and starring out actress Kristanna Loken
(aka Paige on The L Word).

Here are a few fun new stills from the series:

There doesn’t seem to be a whole lotta new ground being covered here —
the premise looks like a cross between La Femme Nikita, Dark Angel
and Alias, but — wait, what am I saying? That sounds like a freakin’
great idea for a series! Bring it on!

Channel 4 has canceled the Emmy-winning teen drama Sugar
— or not, depending on whose version you believe. A spokesperson
for the channel claims they never planned to give the show a third season in
the first place, saying "It was concluded at end of the second series because
we felt the girls’ story had run its course." But Sugar Rush producer
and co-creator Johnny Capps says
: "We were surprised and disappointed at Channel 4′s decision
not to recommission Sugar Rush, especially after its ratings and critical
success. We certainly had lots of ideas of where to take the next series and
it was sad not to be able to finish Kim and Sugar’s story properly."

The second series ended with Sugar moving into the flat Kim shares with her
new girlfriend, Saint. Olivia Hallinan, who played Kim, also expressed disappointment
in the show’s demise, saying, "It is such a shame because [the cast is]
all up for it."

It is a shame, for a lot of reasons, especially because it was such a nuanced
and popular portrayal of lesbian and bi teens on British TV. And now we’ll never
get to see that Sugar Rush-South of Nowhere cross-over episode we were
hoping for. You know, like when Arnold from Diff’rent Strokes visited
the girls at Eastland on The Facts of Life. Or when Alex P. Keaton
and the Family Ties gang went to Oxford. Or when the Brady Bunch
kids visited Hawaii. But with lesbians (besides Alice the maid).

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