Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (November 9, 2007)


TV Guide reports that Wallace Shawn has joined the cast of The L Word in a four-episode arc for the upcoming fifth season, which premieres Jan. 6 on Showtime. You may be wondering: Wallace who? Maybe this picture (Shawn’s on the bottom) will jog your memory:

Yes, Wallace Shawn played the evil Sicilian mastermind Vizzini in The Princess Bride. It sounds like he could bring some of that smarminess to The L Word, where he’s going to play William Halsey, the financier of Jenny Schecter’s movie, Les Girls. Wait, am I stereotyping financiers as smarmy? OK, I am.

This bit of news brought a couple of things to mind for me: (1) Jenny somehow got out of that boat! (2) Wallace Shawn, gifted character actor though he is, does not make me want to watch The L Word.

It seems to me that The L Word is relying rather heavily on stunt casting these days. We’ve already got Cybill Shepherd playing a slightly over-the-hill, kooky comedienne lesbian, and Kelly McGillis referencing her Top Gun stripes by playing a military lawyer.

Oh, wait a minute. I’m all right with that Kelly McGillis thing. Fake military all the way!

Earlier this week, it seemed like Rosie was about to get her own prime-time news show on MSNBC, but three days later, all that fell apart. The New York Times reported yesterday that "a principal hurdle" in the path of getting the show on the road was the length of Rosie’s contract. (Get your minds out of the gutter!)

An NBC executive explained that Rosie only wanted to commit to one year, whereas NBC wanted her to sign up for two, partly so they could charge more to advertisers for the potential program. On her blog, Rosie responded in a fashion that was somewhat less cryptic than usual:

we were close to a deal
almost done
i let it slip in miami
causing panic on the studio end

what can u do

2day there is no deal
my career as a pundit is over
b4 it began

Every time I read Rosie’s blog it gives me the urge to write everything in free-form haiku-like verse. I wonder if Sarah would be OK with changing style to that?

no lesbians on tv
writers strike makes no difference
did u think it would


at least we have
a shot at love

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