Best. Lesbian. Year. Ever. 2006

 
 

DECEMBER

JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED
Michelle Hurd Kerry Weaver finally has a love interest again on ER! Courtney Brown, played by Law and Order: SVU‘s Michelle Hurd, was introduced a few weeks ago as a TV producer who convinces Kerry to become a health correspondent for her TV channel.

Courtney flirted lightly with Kerry over the last few episodes, then they spent Thanksgiving together, and finally in last night’s episode, the two women crossed the line and shared a steamy kiss in Kerry’s apartment. And it actually lasted longer than two seconds!

Laura Innes is rumored to be leaving the series soon, so this may be the most this relationship is ever really developed, but it’s better than cranky no-love-life Kerry. And between the burgeoning Kerry-Courtney romance, Pratt’s gay brother, and Sara Gilbert’s recurring role as a caustic nurse, ER is almost gayer than America’s Next Top Model these days.

HAND OVER THE LESBIAN KISSING SCENE AND NOBODY GETS HURT
Patty Hearst and Kristen Bell Just before Thanksgiving, Veronica Mars featured a mystery involving a missing heiress played by Patty Hearst, who turned out to have been blackmailed by her husband after she was photographed having an affair with another woman (played by Keri Pratt). Bizarrely, The CW nixed a planned lesbian kiss between them Hearst reportedly told The New York Daily News, “I meet Keri and I’m like, ‘Hello.’ We didn’t know until we were on the set we couldn’t actually kiss. We were all set for that.” Watch out, CW, Tyra’s not going to like this one bit!

Speaking of Tyra, America’s Next Top Model‘s last lesbian standing, Michelle, was eliminated last week, and her twin sister got the axe in the next episode. In her exit interview with AfterEllen.com, Michelle talked about coming out on the show and then doing a photo shoot where she had to be both Ellen and Portia: “the day after I announced that I might be gay they do the couples shoot, and I happened to be the one with the two girls. At first I was like, ‘Oh, good job, production.’ I didn’t really care, but I thought it was funny. But it ended up being really cool because Ellen rocks, so it was fine.”

I’m just glad they didn’t ask her to be Mary Cheney and Heather Poe.

WHAT? NO NOMINATION FOR BETTY?!
Two out lesbians received Grammy nominations this year: Melissa Etheridge, for “I Need to Wake Up”, which she penned for the environmental documentary An Inconvenient Truth; and Tania Elizabeth of The Duhks, who was nominated for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for “Heaven’s My Home.” Find out who wins when the Grammys air on February 11th.

IS IT WRONG THAT I’M ALSO ROOTING FOR IZZY?
This year’s nominees for the Golden Globes have been announced, and Sarah Paulson is nominated for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television” for her role on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Which gives me an excuse to post this lovely large photo of her here:

She’s up against some pretty stiff competition, though: Emily Blunt (Gideon’s Daughter), Toni Collette (Tsunami: The Aftermath), Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds) and Izzy Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy). And frankly, there are more critics than fans of Studio 60, so I’m guessing her chances of winning at the ceremony on January 15th aren’t great. But it’ll be fun to see Cherry Jones as Sarah‘s plus-one at an awards show, for a change.

L WORD SEASON 4 PHOTOS
Photos for the next season of The L Word were released this week – we posted them all on our blog in three parts, glamour shots, casual stills, and groups/couples. To answer your burning questions: no, there’s no sign of Lara; yes, Marina is back (but so is Max); and yes, there are lots of guestbians. Here’s a preview:

That last one practically Photoshopped itself…

That’s it for this year! Check back January 5th for a new installment of Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. or read past installments here.

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