Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (October 5, 2007)

 
 

ELLEN DEGENERES + RACHEL GREEN = MICHELLE
PARADISE

The new lesbian half-hour dramedy Exes
& Ohs
(based on the short film The Ten Rules), about a single lesbian in Seattle and her group of
friends, debuts this Monday, Oct. 8 on Logo (and Oct. 11 on Showcase
in Canada). I’ve seen the first two episodes, and aside from some cringe-worthy
names (the Beever cafe? a musician named Crutch?), I liked the show. Enjoyed
it, even. Why? In a word (well, two words): Michelle
Paradise
. Her character, Jen, is smart, appealing and relatable — the
kind of ex-girlfriend person with whom I’d probably be friends with in
real life.

The rest of the cast
is pretty good, too. I can already tell that Marnie Alton’s (Josie and
the Pussycats
) Sam — Jen’s ex, current best friend, and resident heartbreaker — is going to be a big hit with viewers.

Megan Cavanagh (A League of Their Own, and a million
other movies) is her usual funny self as Chris, but her character’s romantic
partner, Kris, played by Angela Featherstone (The Wedding
Singer
, Soul Survivors),
is a little too cartoony/over-the-top for me.

The couple does offer some funny moments, though. And as a lesbian
who has dated two Sarahs (um, not at the same time, and way before Lori!), the
Chris-Kris thing did make me laugh.

Then there’s the aforementioned Crutch, a musician played by
Heather Matarazzo, who seems superfluous and
annoying. I like her purple hair, though.

Aside from these minor quibbles (and the blinding whiteness of the cast), this
is a fun show. But you can pretty much tell that from the description of the
first episode: "Jennifer is trapped on a yacht where her ex-girlfriend
is getting married …" (Don’t you hate it when that happens?)

Here are a few group shots:

U.S. readers can download the first episode on iTunes now or hop over to logoonline.com
to watch
video clips
from the upcoming season, and Canadian readers can find more
info at Showcase.ca.
The first two episodes will also be screening this month at the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, P-Town
Women’s Week
, the Portland
Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
, Reel
Pride Michigan
and Out
on Film
.

More good news? Dara (aka bad machine)
will be recapping the episodes on AfterEllen.com starting next week, and — even better! — Michelle Paradise will be doing weekly video blogs for AfterEllen.com about each episode of the show (answering your questions, sharing funny anecdotes, etc.). Look for the first one on the blog on Tuesday.

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