Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (March 6, 2009)

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LIVE CHAT WITH JANE ESPENSON!

Ever wanted to know how the Lucy Lawless-Cylon-Gaius threesome on Battlestar Galactica came about? Whether being a consulting producer on Dollhouse means you get to boss Eliza Dushku around? What inspired the idea for the “Band Candy” episode of Buffy?

Here’s your chance to ask!

We’re teaming up with our brother site AfterElton.com to bring you a live chat with Jane Espenson on Thursday, March 19 at 6pm PST/9pm EST on both AfterEllen.com and AfterElton.com.

Jane Espenson

Espenson is currently a writer/co-executive producer for Battlestar Galactica, a consulting producer on Dollhouse, and is the showrunner/exec producer for the upcoming Battlestar spinoff Caprica. She was also a staff writer on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and has written for many other shows including Ellen, Tru Calling, and Gilmore Girls. (Read more about Jane’s career on Wikipedia.)

She’s been kind enough to agree to answer your questions the night before the final BSG episode, on topics ranging from the process of writing for TV, the shows she’s worked on, and how that hilarious Ellen episode “Like a Virgin” — in which Ellen Morgan had sex with her girlfriend Laurie for the first time — ever got past the ABC execs. (OK, maybe that’s just the question I want to ask.)

BISEXUAL QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“There is a large group that’s not represented on television — the group that falls somewhere in the middle of straight and gay. That group is looked down on, because people say, “you can’t be in-between. You have to pick one or the other.” I hope that people who can identify with being in that position — where you are attracted to somebody’s spirit and personality as opposed to their gender — I hope that we can reach out to them and say, ‘hey, we are representing you right now.’ Hopefully we can touch someone and help them come to terms with who they really are.”

Sara Ramirez about her current storyline on Grey’s Anatomy, in a new interview with Latina.com

— by Sarah Warn

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

In case you missed the blog post last Friday, The Closer is hiring a lesbian cop.

Newly out actress Clementine Ford (The L Word) is joining the cast of daytime drama The Young and the Restless. (Thanks to pecola for the tip!)

Kirsten Vangsness (Criminal Minds) announced her engagement to 24 editor Melanie Goldstein this week.

Variety has an interesting new article about Rachel Maddow titled “Maddow’s unique style sparks ratings.”

The blockbuster superhero movie Watchmen finally opens this weekend in the U.S., with a minor lesbian character —.

Kristin Kreuk (Smallville) reportedly has “a lesbian fight scene” in the new-on-DVD movie Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li.

For a good laugh, check out these lesbian movie remake posters, including A U-Haul Named Desire and Gone with the Subaru (thanks to Lana for the tip!)

Pam Harrison is the recipient of Prism Comics’ fourth annual Queer Press Grant for her comic series, House of the Muses: The Latter Days of Sappho of Lesbos.

Ilene Chaiken reflects on the end of lesbians on TV, the rise of Rachel Maddow, the female Brokeback Mountain, and The Farm in “Last of the Red Hot Lesbians” (thanks to Leah and Anna for the tip!)

Join Dorothy Snarker, StuntDouble, Grace Chu, Jenn and Dee, Trish Bendix and me this Sunday night at at 6pm PST/9pm EST on AfterEllen.com as we liveblog the East Coast airing of the finale of The L Word!

That’s it for this week! Got the inside scoop on a hot new lesbian/bi actor/musician/TV show/film? Tell us at [email protected]. Check back next Friday for another edition of Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever.

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