Portia de Rossi returns to “Nip/Tuck” for Season 6


Who’s going to pay for all that vegan red velvet cake served at Ellen and Portia’s wedding? Well, if the new promo for Season 6 of Nip/Tuck is any indication, Portia de Rossi isn’t just sitting home writing thank-you cards and admiring her new lavender KitchenAid.

The promo, which can be seen on Portia’s fan site, has a blink-and-you-missed-her clip of Ellen DeGeneres‘ wife reprising her role as Olivia Lord, the sexy acupuncturist who got all up in Julia McNamara’s (Joely Richardson) meridian and helped her release some pent-up vital energies last season.

The brief glimpse offers no indication of how many episodes Portia will be in for Season 6 (which begins in January 2009), but suffice it to say, any screen time is a good time when a beautiful real-life lesbian plays a beautiful fictitious one.

When talking last year about taking on the role of a lesbian, Portia told the UK’s Daily Mail in an interview, “I had that one moment of, ‘Does this mean I’ll be typecast as a lesbian? And Ellen turned to me and said, ‘So what?’ And I thought, ‘Oh, yeah, right, so what?'”

Yeah, so what? It sure beats playing a character that’s so against type, no one’s ever going to buy it.

In addition to Portia’s return, Sharon Gless (Burn Notice, Queer as Folk) will be back as Colleen Rose, a deranged stalker masquerading as a Hollywood talent agent, whose idea of admiration and contract negotiation involves coffins and scalpels.

Nip/Tuck is not for everyone: There are graphic plastic surgery scenes, messy and often violent relationships between some seriously damaged characters, and strong, occasionally kinky sexual content. I love this show.

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