Morning Brew – Wednesday, May 18: Amber Heard responds to “Playboy” critics, new “Pretty Little Liars” promo


The most lesbian thing coming out of network upfronts this week is a whole lot of chatter about how sexy Amber Heard looks in a bunny outfit in her forthcoming NBC drama The Playboy Club. Bridget McManus brought us our first look at Heard earlier this week in Afternoon Delight, and now that the teaser trailer has had time to make its way around the internet, bloggers and journalists are starting to weigh in on whether or not The Playboy Club has a feminism problem.

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd quipped, “Hollywood is a world ruled by men, and this season, amid economic anxieties, those men want to indulge in some retro fantasies about hot, subservient babes.” New York Magazine‘s Vulture blog speculated that The Playboy Club “will no doubt get lots of promotion during Sunday football games.” But when Slate’s Troy Patterson — who notes in his review that he’s “seen the areolae of Paz de la Huerta” — asked Amber Heard about the hullabaloo, she simply said, “What’s the problem with being sexy? Who says it’s subservient?” and then carried on talking about waist-cinching corsets with a reporter from Life & Style.

There will be plenty of time to debate the feminism issue, I’m sure, once we actually see the series. In the meantime, if you haven’t seen Heard in her bunny outfit, here you go.

Speaking of promos, TNT has released a new one for Rizzoli and Isles, and after seeing it for the first time, Dorothy Snarker said, “So now I think they’re just f–king with us.” I think she’s right.

Canada’s Much Music has released their first promo for the upcoming season of Pretty Little Liars, and my God in heaven, how I have missed Troian Bellisario‘s voice. That flamethrower she’s wielding is a metaphor!


Smash, NBC’s new musical dramedy starring Debra Messing and Katherine McPhee, has released five minutes of new footage, which you can check out below.’s Michael Jensen has read the pilot script, and assures us it’s not a Glee rip-off. He also says Smash has the potential to be super gay. It’s a musical about a musical, which, frankly, is just the kind of masturabtory West Wing/30 Rock storytelling I really love.

Earlier this week, I mentioned that Brooke Vincent and Sacha Parkinson were at the British Soap Awards. On the red carpet, they chatted about their characters’ future as a couple, and, like always, they’re the biggest Sophie/Sian shippers around. Sacha told reporters:

I’m glad [Sian didn’t go for the advances of a male character] because I think everyone expects that — everyone expects either one of them to go straight or whatever, or one of them to cheat. I think they’re going to stay together — it’s gone past that line where they’re going to break up … We never normally know until it’s about to happen! There’s no point in asking us, all I’d say is that she better not try it on with my bird, because I’d be gutted!

Man, I adore those two. Oh, and by the way, remember when Brooke Vincent lashed out when The Daily Mail “reported” that UK Prime Minister David Cameron was trying to push through legislation to make sure same-sex kissing didn’t air on TV until after the watershed? Turns out Daily Mail was making crap up again. A spokesperson for Cameron told BBC’s Newsbeat that the story was “both wrong and … irresponsible.” The review submitted to parliament “doesn’t include making recommendations as to what should or shouldn’t be shown on TV.”

That’s good news because Great Britain has some of the best same-sex kissing happening on TV, including Lip Service, which, by the way, is on the long list for TV Choice Magazine‘s Best New Drama. You can vote for Frankie & Co. here.

(Thanks to Paula for both Corrie tips!)

Sam Rami’s Wizard of Oz prequel, Oz, the Great and Powerful, has finally cast its good witch. Michelle Williams will play Glinda, opposite Rachel Weisz as the Wicked Witch of the East and Mila Kunis as The Wicked Witch of the West. Hottest coven ever?

Finally, Zynga  released a commercial to go with their FarmVille Lady Gaga promo, and it’s kind of hilarious. “One time I looked out in the back field and she was there with her unicorn, and so I went up and said, ‘What are you doing?’ And what she said something I’ll never forget. She said, ‘I’m sprinkling love, acceptance, and freedom.'”

The newly wed Trish Bendix will be back tomorrow to wrap you all in her loving embrace and superior coverage of lesbian entertainment news. Thanks for not setting the place on fire while she was away!