Morning Brew – Thurs. March 8: “Skins” is coming to an end, Jennifer Beals has a new film on the way


Good morning, Brewbies! Trish Bendix will be lezzing it up at SXSW for the next few days, so I’ll be taking care of your morning news needs. If you’re in Austin, you should really check out Trish’s panel, “Subtext and Shipping: The Lesbian Community Online.” Or follow her on Twitter for info about her other Texas shenanigans.

Bittersweet news from Bristol: After two series of lackluster ratings, E4 is pulling the plug on Skins. A spokeswoman for the network released a statement saying, “Skins is a brilliant show which has defined a generation and will go down as a truly iconic, game-changing piece of television but after seven series it is time for E4 to make way for the next generation of the bold, the new and the innovative.”

Even though series six has been scattershot, I’m sad to see it go. The good news is that it will be back next year with a handful of “special farewell episodes.” Skins’ official Twitter announced that they didn’t know “the who, the where and the what,” but that they were excited for one last hurrah. To me, that sounds like we might get some action from previous generations, which could mean:

Oh, lesbian entertainment gods, hear my cry! There isn’t a mountain I wouldn’t climb, a soul I wouldn’t sacrifice, a desert I wouldn’t crawl across on my hands and knees for one more round of Garibaldis!

Speaking of perfection, Jennifer Beals is in the throes of a new film project.

According to IndieWire, she’ll star in and produce The Lord of Vinyl, an indie jazz film that explores:

… [the] life and comic despair of a lonely 40-something Angeleno who’s obsessed with jazz and hides from the disappointment of the world inside the beauty of music. He unexpectedly finds himself exploring the possibility of new love with an unhappily married post office worker (Beals) just as he attempts a reconciliation with his estranged 11-year old daughter, now living with his ex-wife and former best friend.”

I’d like it better if Beals were the lead, but I’m not opposed to seeing her in a uniform — even a postal service one.

Heather Peace is hitting the road again this spring and summer. Her “Fairytales Tour” will kick-off on May 22nd in Birmingham. (That’s Birmingham, UK; not Birmingham, Alabama, Americans.)

Photo credit: Andrew Whitton

The tour will feature her soon-to-be released Fairytales album, which was produced by Oscar-nominated musician Nigel Wright. You can check out the dates for the full tour at, and join us in wringing our hands and chewing our fingers and wondering and wondering and wondering when BBC3 will finally announce Lip Service‘s series two spring premiere date.

Today in lesbianish TV: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The New Adventures of Old Christine “Unidentified Funk” (Lifetime 11:30 a.m.), The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.), Mulholland Dr. (TMAX 3 p.m.), The Rosie Show (OWN 7 p.m.), Chopped “The Icing on the Steak” (Food Network 8 p.m.) – With chefbian Crystal Fox, Boys Don’t Cry (Ovation 8 p.m., 10 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m., midnight, 4 a.m.), Grey’s Anatomy “Hope For the Hopeless” (ABC 9 p.m.) (rerun), Archer “Skin Game” (FX 10 p.m.), HBO Comedy Half Hour “Suzanne Westenhoefer” (HBO Comedy 10:15 p.m.) [As always, thank you, Roni!]

Today is the last day to vote in the first round of our March Madness: The Ultimate Lesbian Kissing Championship tournament. There are some real nail-biters going on over there, so be sure to cast your vote before round two starts tomorrow!

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