Best. Lesbian. Year. Ever. 2006

 
 

FEBRUARY

ELLEN GETS 11 DAYTIME EMMY NOMINATIONS AGAIN
Eh, that’s so 2004…I mean, yay, lesbian talk show host!

MOIRA IS THE NEW JENNY, BETTE AND TINA ARE THE NEW…MELANIE AND LINDSAY?
Maybe it’s just me, but I’m digging the last few episodes of The L Word. Alice is finally back to her old self, Helena and Dylan are heating up the screen, Shane and Carmen are great together, and that scene with Bette and Alice at the opera was great, in a “this just seems so wrong” sort of way. Even Jenny is getting interesting–she seems to have ceded the Most Annoying Character role to Moira this season (and not because Moira’s trans, just because she’s annoying).

Now if only Bette and Tina would do something–anything!–besides come up with new things to fight about. I expect them to start blaming each other for global warming any day now.

TIME FOR ANOTHER SARAH WATERS BOOK
Time magazine’s European edition recently profiled celebrated lesbian author Sarah Waters (Fingersmith, Tipping the Velvet). Her newest book The Night Watch, which will be released on March 23rd, is set in the 1940s instead of the Victorian period, but is just as unabashedly lesbian.

Time says: “The acute sense of period and themes of lesbian love and relationships unfolding that distinguished Waters’ earlier work get full play in this vivid, compassionate re-creation of 1940s London, which starts postwar and reverses into the Blitz.”

Publisher’s Weekly says: “Waters’s sharply drawn page-turner doesn’t quite equal the work of literary greats who’ve already mapped out WWII-era London. But she matches any of them with her scene of two women on the verge of an affair during a nighttime bombing raid, lost in blackout London with only the light of their passion as a guide.”

I say: does it really matter what it’s about? It’s a Sarah Waters book. The most important question is, who will BBC cast in the miniseries? I vote for Kate Beckinsale! And Lena Headey. And Rachel Shelley. And Saffron Burrows…wait, how many lesbian characters are there, again?

MARCH

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA WRITER GOES ALL LESBIAN BROKEBACK
Toni Graphia, a writer and co-executive producer on the Sci-Fi Channel series Battlestar Galactica, came out on a Writer’s Guild panel of gay and lesbian TV writers, to sustained applause from the audience.

http://www.afterellen.com/Print/2006/3/nightwatch.html”I’m not out,” she said, “so when they asked me [to be on the panel], my first response was, how did you get my name? My friends said, ‘This is the year to be gay with Brokeback Mountain and all. If you were ever going to do it, now is the time.’ If you invite me back next year, I’ll be able to tell you if I was discriminated against.”

During the panel, Graphia (who has written for several shows, including Carnivale, Roswell, Chicago Hope, and China Beach) said that sometimes the resistance to gay and lesbian characters comes not just from the networks or advertisers, but other writers. When Graphia suggested a lesbian story line for Carnivale (HBO), which chronicled the lives of a group of traveling circus performers in the 1930s, she said she was met with ”some homophobia in my own writers room.”

”It was like this big wall of resistance,” she said. ”This actually got said to me: ‘Back in the ’30s, they didn’t have lesbians.”’

Um, putting aside this assertion’s complete historical inaccuracy, have these writers seen the extremely poor hygiene standards of the men in Carnivale? That alone would have turned at least a few women gay. Throw in all the swearing and spitting, and Clea DuVall’s strange effect on women, and I’m surprised the human race propagated at all during that decade.

V FOR “VERY LIKELY TO BE A BOX OFFICE HIT”
The Natalie Portman-led V for Vendetta, which opens this weekend, has a small but pivotal lesbian subplot. The sci-fi thriller set in 2020 London includes a taboo lesbian romance destroyed by the repressive government, with one of the imprisoned lesbians saying in voice-over, “I still don’t understand why they hate us so much””, as she is tortured by being forced to watch a montage of L Word scenes involving Max and Jenny over and over again.

Amelie MauresmoAMELIE MAURESMO ON TOP
Out French player Amelie Mauresmo is the #1 women’s tennis player in the world again this week. You can check her out for yourself in the Nasdaq-100 Open tournament in Miami this weekend.

For more fake but fun Amelie news, read “Martina Arrested after Trying to Maim Mauresmo”, and “Denny’s New Amelie Mauresmo Grand Slam Breakfast Flavored with Controversy“. Because the day we can’t find humor in French lesbian tennis players is the day…well, I don’t know, but it’s bad.

DEGRASSI
The episode kicking off the lesbian storyline on the fifth season of the popular teen Canadian show Degrassi: The Next Generation finally airs in the states in April on The N. Don’t get too excited, it’s no South of Nowhere, but the lesbian storyline is pretty well written, and so far, neither of the girls has died of breast cancer. Yeah, the bar’s pretty low these days…

L WORD SEASON 3 FINALE: “LONG PAINFUL TRIP
Season 3 of The L Word finally ended this week, and I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted. Alice was great as always, and Helena was fun (even if she was a completely different character than she was last season), but other than that, watching the show this season was a weekly poke in the eye with a sharp stick.

I’m all for realistic storylines, but does everyone have to be so unhappy? Dana? Dead. Shane? Miserable. Carmen? Brokenhearted. Lara and Alice? Miserable and brokenhearted. Helena? Brokenhearted and penniless. Bette and Tina? Brokenhearted, and locked in a misery spiral. The happiest person on this show is Max, and that makes me miserable. At least Jenny’s love life is looking up, in the form of new cast member Claude (Elodie Bouchez), who is a French version of Jenny. But as much as I’m liking Jenny more these days (and Mia Kirshner is always brilliant), God forbid this become The Jenny Show–then we’ll all be miserable!

Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
 
 

Tags: