Sharon Gless to “Nip/Tuck” – will somebody tell me why?


What is it about Nip/Tuck that attracts fabulous women? I’m serious. The list of past guest stars includes Famke Janssen, Vanessa Redgrave, Alanis Morissette, Jill Clayburgh, Rosie O’Donnell, Kathleen Turner, Brooke Shields and Jacqueline Bisset. Plus, Lauren Hutton, Madonna, Paula Marshall, Portia de Rossi, Jennifer Coolidge, Tia Carrere and Daphne Zuniga are scheduled for season 5. Now yet another lesbian crush has signed on — the icon formerly known as Christine Cagney, Sharon Gless.

Gless will appear in a four-episode arc as Colleen Rose, a talent agent who wants to represent Sean. (I guess even plastic surgeons need agents in Hollywood.) I’m glad Gless is building on her recent success in Burn Notice, the spy drama from USA that was one of summer TV’s nicest surprises. But I just can’t get in to Nip/Tuck. I’m not sure why. I mean, Dexter is one of my all-time favorite shows, and it’s nothing if not graphic. But Nip/Tuck makes me weak in the knees. And not in a good way.

The other project Gless recently announced sounds a lot more interesting to me — the stage adaptation of A Round-heeled Woman: My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance. The source material is Jane Juska’s account of her experience as a semi-retired Berkeley teacher who took out a personal ad in the New York Review of Books to attract someone of her intellect.

The ad said, “Before I turn 67 — next March — I would like to have a lot of sex with a man I like. If you want to talk first, Trollope works for me.” Trollope, by the way, is a Victorian novelist and no relation to the woman you met at the bar last night.

Gless optioned the book and tried to sell it as a series in America, without success. Now, a British producer is helming the project. Gless plans to play Juska, a part that will doubtless include nudity. Prior to that, no real-life nips and tucks are on her schedule.

Do you watch Nip/Tuck? What do you love/hate about it? Will this season’s lesbian story line and guest stars like Gless make you tune in? Tell me what I’m missing. Meanwhile, here’s a glimpse of what made us fall for Gless in the first place.


Cagney and Lacey


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