ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS A NON-PREGNANT LESBIAN ON
There’s good news and bad news about Cashmere
Mafia, ABC’s women-in-business dramedy (also known as The Only Show
on Broadcast Television With a Lesbian Character This Season).
The good news? The show is still tentatively set to debut in January, and according
to my super-secret industry sources, after the first seven episodes, Caitlin
(Bonnie Somerville) is still gay and looking to stay that way,
and her relationship with Alicia (Lourdes Benedicto) has been
fleshed out even more.
We also have a few new photos of Bonnie filming Cashmere on the streets
of New York, courtesy of fan site CashmereMafia.net:
I’m throwing in a 2006 photo of Lourdes, too, just to remind you what she
Now the bad news … Lourdes is pregnant in real life, and without giving away
too many spoilers, let’s just say that Cashmere Mafia is writing her
pregnancy into the show.
Which means the “no (non-dead) lesbians
on TV unless they’re pregnant or fighting for custody” rule remains
It’s comforting to know that, amidst the increased uncertainty of global warming,
terrorism and Amy Winehouse concerts, you can still turn on the television
set today and find virtually the same pregnant lesbian story line you saw on
TV in 1994. And 1995. And 1996. And 1997. And … well, virtually every year
since then. [Note to our readers who are parents: I’m not against pregnant
lesbians! Just against lazy writing and never seeing anything but pregnant
lesbians on TV; please read this article
for a more thorough explanation.]
In all fairness, my sources tell me the Cashmere writers were not
originally planning to write this into the show; Benedicto’s pregnancy kinda
forced them into it. And at least the pregnancy story line doesn’t kick in for several episodes. That doesn’t make it any less annoying to watch, though.
The only prominent adult lesbian character on broadcast television in the last
15 years whose story line hasn’t partially or completely revolved around having
a child is Ellen DeGeneres’s characters on her two sitcoms, and Regina Barnes (Paula Marshall) on Out of Practice (2005–06),
(and even she was toying with the idea of getting pregnant shortly before the show was canceled). That’s just sad, people. Sad!
But the truth is, even saddled with this clichéd plot, Cashmere Mafia is still
going to feature one of the better lesbian story lines we’ve seen on TV in a long
time. Which means I’ll watch it even if Caitlin and Alicia open their own sperm bank.
(Um, just kidding, Cashmere writers! Please don’t write that in.)
We’ll let you know as soon as there’s an exact air date; meanwhile check out
official Cashmere Mafia site for more info.