Afternoon Delight: “Great Expectations” for Gillian Anderson, Shabby says you “can’t win” when it comes to lesbian audiences

Good afternoon and TGIF!

Happy birthday to One Tree Hill’s Sophia Bush. Remember when the 29-year-old actress made out with Brokeback Mountain actress Kate Mara on Nip/Tuck? Good times.

I’m a fan of Modern Family. Does that make me a Modern Fanily? The show’s producers are on the hunt to recast baby Lily. Twins Jaden and Ella Hiller have played the adorable daughter of gay couple Cameron and Mitchell for the last two seasons of the popular show. During an interview with EW, the show’s executive producer Steve Levitan said, ”We adore Jaden and Ella, but have started to think that they’d rather be at home playing than working as actors. If we end up making a change, it’s only because we want what’s best for them.” Can the Hillers file for unemployment?

Speaking of famous twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen made me incredibly uncomfortable while sporting really short shorts in this grainy photo shoot for their new online company StyleMint. The ad is for T-shirts. Can you tell?

The twins are selling their first limited collection of affordable shirts. StyleMint, which requires you to fill out a questionnaire in order to become a member, offers shopping suggestions tailored to customers’ personal preferences.
Mary-Kate Olsen told Women’s Wear Daily, “With StyleMint.com, Ashley and I have created an online experience reflecting our love of style and allowing us to engage with our customers directly, which is an inspiring new way for us to think and create as designers.” I like the idea of their new company but do they have to pose like they are in a CK1 ad? Creepy.

In the latest episode of MTV’s Made, a Pagan punk rocker with two lesbian moms wants to made over as a prom queen.

X-Files alum Gillian Anderson has signed on to play Miss Havisham in a new BBC adaptation of Great Expectations. (I’ll be the first one to admit that I had the Scully haircut in college. Although the combination of the bobbed-do and my round face made me look like a pumpkin rather than a sexy red-headed FBI agent.) The three-part drama will air this Christmas on BBC One, in celebration of the 200th birthday of author Charles Dickens.

Out comedian Judy Gold’s one-woman off-broadway show, The Judy Show: My Life as A Sitcom is playing at the DR 2 Theater in New York. The Village Voice raves, “Gold is a riot as she recounts her childhood as a head-banging outcast, segueing into her sudden popularity as the campus clown, then going on to standup success as a hard-hitting dispenser of comic observation.” Man, sometimes I wish I still lived in New York!

The UK’s racy lesbian reality show Candy Bar Girls premiered last night. If you watched it, what did you all think of the first episode?

During an interview with Digitalspy, the Candy Bar Girls cast discussed being criticized by the lesbian community.

Shabby: Lesbians will hate us more than anyone.

Sheauntelle: It’s been said that they are jealous and I think that might be a little bit true. I don’t understand why anyone in the lesbian community could feel under represented on this show.
Shabby: On forums and blogs, they are saying we are not a good representation.
Sheauntelle: We may be missing a big Diesel Dyke, but they are so over-represented in the lesbian world.
Shabby: You can’t win. … “Oh we want to you show loads of different types of lesbian. Oh you’re not showing the lesbians that look like lesbians." I don’t get it.
Jo: I think there could have been a bigger range of ethnic groups and maybe a wider age range.

Candy Bar Girls airs on Thursdays at 10 pm on the UK’s Channel 5. Be sure to read our recaps, dutifully contributed by Great LezBritain columnists Sarah and Lee.

As you probably already know, out singer Beverly McClellan did not win NBC’s The Voice. Boo! In a recent interview with TVLine, McClellan discussed following her dreams and being a bald lesbian artist.

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Amber Heard‘s new movie, The Ward, opens (in the U.S.) today.The film is directed by horror master John Carpenter, so it’s unlikely that (in the shower scene below) Heard is screaming about getting hit with a blast of scalding hot water.

Eek! Will you go see The Ward this weekend?

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