Morning Brew – “Queer as Folk” writer bringing lesbians back to TV


Good morning!

Let’s start with some great news. Russell T Davies wrote on the original UK Queer as Folk and now he has TWO gay-themed drama series coming to television. They are called Cucumber and Banana (weird, I know) and are actually sort of spin-offs from one another. Cucumber will focus on an older gay man while Banana will follow “younger characters from the parent show,” including a “young lesbian” named Scotty, dealing with her first love. Scotty and co. will start shooting in 2014 and will eventually play on Channel 4. Davies was working with Showtime originally but they passed on it so he brought it back to the UK. *Shakes fists at Showtime* At any rate, please make all the lesbians cooler than Lindsay and Melanie, thanks.


Shonda Rhimes is writing a memoir for Simon & Shuster to be published in 2015. Surely there will be some great Grey’s tidbits in there.

Miranda Otto stars as the legendary poet Elizabeth Bishop in Reaching for the Moon, which I cannot believe I haven’t seen yet. The actress spoke with Collider about the movie, on how she wasn’t familiar with Bishop or her lover, but fell for the script immediately.


A fake trailer was made for Machete Kills … in Space and you can catch a glimpse of Michelle Rodriguez and Lady Gaga as long as you won’t be disappointed it’s not a real film.

Tegan and Sara penned a a blog on LGBTQ rights around the world, based on their tour experiences.


Taylor Schilling looked so lovely at a Variety event that will soon be available for our viewing pleasure. The Orange is the New Black star was part of a conversation with TV’s top actresses, including Lizzy Caplan and Malin Akerman.

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The New York Times has a great piece on the making of Fun Home: The Musical. Apparently it’s not so easy to turn a graphic novel about butch lesbians and suicide into a musical.

Some rude guy named James Arthur is hating on Lucy Spraggan. Luckily Lucy isn’t taking it lying down. If you’re not already following her on Twitter, do it. I just did!

IndieWire asks why 2013 has been a “harsh year” for LGBT couples on screen. I think it has to do with the fact that we’re finally getting some different kinds of stories told and we are not perfect humans. IndieWire writes, “They are all studies of relationships, and of human existence and its many dualities.” Like straight people, we don’t always get happy endings.

BuzzFeed talked with out Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson.

Today in Lesbianish TV: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, *Anne Burrell on The Queen Latifah Show, Buffy (FX 7 a.m., 8 a.m.), *Ellen marathon (FX 9 a.m.), *Catfish: The TV Show “Kya & Alyx” (Logo 10 a.m.), The Laramie Project (HBO Zone 12 p.m.), *Grey’s Anatomy (Lifetime 1 p.m., 2 p.m.), Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley (HBO 1:45 p.m.), The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.), Secrets of a Restaurant Chef (Food Network 2 p.m.), Monster (Universal HD 2 p.m.), *Friends “The One with the Lesbian Wedding” (TBS 4:30 p.m.), Finding Bigfoot (Animal Planet 5 p.m., 6 p.m.), *Jersey Strong “New Beginnings” (Pivot 5:30 p.m.), The Other Shore (Showtime2 6:30 p.m.), Jane Velez-Mitchell (HLN 7 p.m.), Cousins Undercover “Veteran’s Vintage Overhaul” (HGTV 8 p.m.), Chasing Amy (Pivot 8 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m.), Glee “Movin’ Out” (Fox 9 p.m.), Grey’s Anatomy “Somebody That I Used to Know” (ABC 9 p.m.), The Returned “Victor” (Sundance 9 p.m.), White Collar “Ice Breaker” (USA 9 p.m.), Degrassi “Spiderwebs” (TeenNick 9 p.m.), Two and a Half Men “Mr. Walden, He Die. I Clean Room” (CBS 9:31 p.m.), Time of Death “Maria & Cheyenne” (Showtime2 10 p.m.), Notes on a Scandal (HBO2 12 a.m.), Basic Instinct (Encore Love 12:50 a.m.) (Thanks Roni!)

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