Morning Brew: Friday, Feb. 11: The UK announces lesbian reality show “Candy Bar,” MEN debut video for “Who Am I To Feel So Free”


FRIDAY! Yesss.

Let’s start out with some music. Here’s a new video from MEN for their very queer single “Who Am I To Feel So Free?” I bet you’ll have dirty thoughts about a lighthouse now every time you see one. (And yet, this video is safe for work.)


Want to hear Lady Gaga‘s “Born This Way”? Now you can, it in all its celebratory gay “be who you are” glory. It sounds more Madonna-esque to me than anything else she’s ever done. She also said she wrote it in 10 minutes. It’ll take it about half that long to make it the most listened to song on the internet today.

Truebies, listen up! HBO has launched a new production blog for True Blood and it is going to deliver the goods, like its current Q&A with series creator Alan Ball. (Secret? It’s run by a lesbian, Alan’s assistant Gianna Sobol.)

Time for some meaningless poll results. Now magazine says Cheryl Cole is the “top girls’ female celebrity” for both men and women. Meanwhile, Angelina Jolie is still holding strong over at Yahoo’s OMG blog for “top lesbian Valentine’s Dream Date.” Maybe the key word there was “dream,” as in like “something I know will never, ever happen because Brad Pitt is relentless.”

Lesbian rumors, be damned! Rachael Ray told Us Magazine she has a girl crush list and Tina Fey is on top. She’s said this before, while on Craig Ferguson‘s show, which I take to mean she really wants Tina to take a hint.

Somehow I don’t think this is far. We have The Real L Word and the UK gets Candy Bar, which already has a better title, if you ask me. The reality show following three lesbians (one being Shabby from Big Brother fame) will debut this spring, “following the lives and loves of a group of young lesbians who work hard and party even harder in and around this iconic Soho establishment.” It will air on Channel 5 with six hour-long episodes. From the press release:

Viewers will be drawn into a world filled with drama and unique characters. The series aims to explore the day-to-day experiences of the girls as they search for the universal themes that affect us all. From searching for that ideal date to finding a flat-mate, changing careers to relationships breaking down. We follow the Candy Bar girls on their journey as they search for the answers all set against the backdrop of a vibrant city.

Besides Shabby, who are the other CB girls?

21-year-old wannabe model and Candy Bar pole dancer Danni Orsi is keen to show off her moves in the revamped club. She is joined by longtime girlfriend Lucy, a bouncer at the Candy Bar. The couple are in an open relationship, which is proving to be difficult to maintain for them both. Will their love survive the pressure?

DJ Lil Jo wants to get back to work on the decks in the club. Lil Jo is keen to DJ but already is feeling the pressure mounting as she endeavours to finish a drama course whilst struggling to find love on the lesbian scene.

We have Sarah and Lee from LezBritain getting all the scoop for us, so don’t worry — we’ll be keeping you in the know about Candy Bar.

In the meantime, how about some drag kings?


Today in Lesbianish TV: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (check local listings), Still Standing (ABC Family 12:30 p.m.), All My Children (ABC 1 p.m.), A Family Is a Family Is a Family (HBO2 1:30 p.m.), The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.), At the Table With… “Elizabeth Faulkner” (Cooking Channel 8:30 p.m.), Say Yes to the Dress (TLC 8:30 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m.), Degrassi: The Next Generation (TeenNick 9 p.m.), House Hunters International (HGTV 9:30 p.m.), Out of Practice (Universal HD 10 p.m.) and Portlandia (IFC 10:30 p.m.) (Thanks Roni!)

Also, Jane Velez-Mitchell will be on The Soup tonight as part of a Lindsay Lohan skit. This will be interesting

Until Monday!

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