Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (November 17, 2006)

Christina CoxI also caught up with Christina Cox (Better Than Chocolate) at the Power Up gala, and learned she’s in the middle of filming a new series for Lifetime called Blood Ties, based on a series of novels by Tanya Huff. Cox plays an ex-cop who now hunts bad guys of the paranormal kind. The kicker? Her best friend/future love interest is a (male) vampire, and she has a romantic history with both of her ex-partners – one male, one female. That’s right: she kicks ass, she’s bisexual, and she’s friends with the Undead. I love it already!

So does Huff, which is a good sign. She recently blogged about her impressions of the rough cut of the first two episodes, and said, “Christina Cox is absolutely perfect as Vicki….I can’t imagine anyone else playing the part.” Look for the series to debut in February.

Eva Longoria publicly denounced this week the rumors that she and Beyonce are planning to star in an American version of Tipping the Velvet, the BBC mini-series about a lesbian couple in Victorian-era London. “Stop the madness” Longoria told People magazine. “Believe me, I would love to work with Beyonce one day. She’s so talented. But this is definitely not something we are doing together. It’s completely and absolutely not true.”

All I can say is: duh! This sounded about as plausible as Lindsay Lohan and Lara Flynn Boyle teaming up for a remake of Desert Hearts. And about as appealing.

Michelle ParadiseLogo announced this week that they’ve just begun production on a half-hour comedy about lesbian friends and relationships to air in 2007 called Exes and Oh‘s (formerly titled The Rules and based on a short film of the same name). The series follows the adventures of Jennifer (openly gay actress Michelle Paradise, pictured), a documentary filmmaker who is searching for Ms. Right in Seattle, WA. Her friends include Sam (Marnie Alton), who was Jennifer’s first love but is now her fun-loving, commitment-phobic ex-girlfriend; long-time partners in love and business Chris (Megan Cavanagh) and Kris (Angela Featherstone), who are trying to run a home-based pet accessory enterprise while overrun by pets with whom they’re too in love to give up for adoption; and Crutch (openly gay actress Heather Matarazzo), who wants to be a famous indie-ish, punk-ish, rock-ish rock star.

I managed to snag a super-secret still from the series:

Christina Cox

I’m not sure what they’re discussing, but I think it’s who called shotgun on the way to Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles.

Josie the lesbian chef was booted from Top Chef (Bravo) this week, but Michelle is still in the running on Top Model (WB).

On last night’s Shark (CBS), two high school girls fell in love and one of their boyfriends found out and ran over his girlfriend’s girlfriend with his car. I’ll write about it later today on the blog, once I’ve had time to actually watch it. You can watch it in full now on the official site.

Meanwhile, Studio 60 (NBC) tackled gay marriage and religious homophobia in their recent interesting two-part episode. The best inadvertently funny line was Sarah Paulson’s question to Matthew Perry, “Do you want me to say I’m gay?” Um, yes please!

The lesbian 30 Rock episode is now available to download for free on iTunes.

Kristanna Loken outed her girlfriend Michelle Rodriguez this week. Sort-of. Read about the whole thing here.

An article about how daytime dramas are faring these days says “An upcoming All My Children will feature a lesbian who falls in love with someone confused about their sexual identity.” Hmmm.

Hop topics on the blog this week (besides the Kristanna-Michelle controversy) include Queen Latifah and Emma Thompson in Stranger Than Fiction, who would make the best female James Bond, whether Anne Heche is worthy, and the beauty of Alyson Hannigan, all grown up.

Casino Royale director Martin Campbell revealed at the film’s UK premiere this week that he considered making Judi Dench’s spymaster M a lesbian in the new James Bond movie, but new star Daniel Craig convinced him not to. Thanks a heap, Daniel!

That’s it for this week! There won’t be a column next Friday due to the Thanksgiving holiday, but check back the following week for a new installment of Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (or read past installments here.)

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