Tagged under "showtime" (7)
|The L Word Gets Back to Basics in Season Six.|
I’m hung over on a Monday morning, which can only mean the new season of The L Word has begun. This being a final season hang over, you will have to bear with me through this. I woke up this morning with a vague recollection of last night’s premiere. Apparently Jenny got shot? Who saw that one coming huh? As riveting as that whole plot line insists it is, what drew me into last nights episode was it’s refreshing renewed commitment to the basics of lesbian politics.
First we check back in with the ol’ standards Bette and Tina. Remember how they have a child? Being one of the only portrayals of lesbian parenting on television, Bette and Tina have been shouldered the responsibility of showing the world that two mom’s are better than one. However, counting the number of times baby Angelica is onscreen during prior seasons would amount to the slowest drinking game on the books. Season six delivers a Bette and Tina who have left their philandering ways behind in order to play socio-political lesbian parents. I for one was thrilled to see Bette give the ER receptionist an ear full when confusion ensued over how many mommies Angelica had, reminding us that indeed, Bette IS black and that lesbian parenting IS hard.
Activism covered by Bette, left Shane, Jenny and that other girl to explore another stalwart of the lesbian condition, the “best friends meet the girl who comes between triangle”. It seems Shane feels real bad that she’s Shane all of a sudden since this time the victim of her faux butch stylings is her dear friend Jenny. Although tuff Shane only likes t-shirts and heterosexual women, she is a delicate flower inside who feels terrible for coming between Jenny and her poor choice in women. I’m ready for Shane to get over it. Sorry Shane, you’re gay. It’s your birthright, and furthermore, you’re responsibility to fight anyone over a girl, especially your best friend.
Now Tasha and Alice, they’re in the middle of the classic “we can’t let go of this relationship even though we aren’t happy together so we’re just going to flirt with other women to see who breaks first”. Oh and I’m sorry, Papi’s back? Um…okay? Anyway, Alice got caught flirtin’ which demanded a riveting “Sure I took her number but I’m not going to call her.” performance from Leisha Hailey. That relationship has nowhere to go but down. But I’ll watch Leisha go any which way, thank you. Yes, it was a treat to see 44 minutes of revolutionary programming jam packed with the true to life perils of lesbian life. We’ve missed you so ladies, welcome back.
Tagged on January 19, 2009
|L is for Leisha: Alice is the L-Word Spin-off Star|
"What the friggin' frack?" Our beloved series is almost over, the beginning of the end being January 2009! What is a queer girl to watch now? However will we spend our Sunday nights? Well breathe easy fellow L-Word lovers-Showtime announced last week that character Alice Pieszecki will be the star of the show’s spin-off!
Our dear Ilene is making it so that the finale of our favorite series will set the stage for Alice’s new solo show. According to media reports, the spin-off will debut online first, and then possibly make a move to the boob tube. Whether it’s on a computer or a plasma screen, I can’t wait to see what wacky adventures await my favorite L-Worder!
As awesome as “Shane and the City” or “Everybody loves Bette” spin-offs would have been, I think Leisha’s character demonstrates the most potential to carry the queer torch. An outspoken, insecure, neurotic, and wise-cracking feminist with a penchant for all things gay and dramatic, Alice’s mouth, heart, and girl parts are destined to make for some must-see TV. Last season, Alice was questioning her future with Tasha and trying to secure a permanent spot on The Look. One can only guess how the series will end and leave Ms. Pieszecki, but hopefully it’s in a good place, both in mind, body, and spirit.
Because we are discussing the unknown, I can only imagine what could happen to Alice in her new wonderland. What crazy obstacles and climatic consequences will our feisty friend face all alone in WeHo? Luckily, I have an overactive imagination, one that can vividly envision the possible paths Alice can take on the solo road. Here are some storylines I recommend for our girl as she spins off:
· Alice dumps Tasha and goes on a dating spree! She decides to test the bisexual waters once again, contacts MTV, and stars in her own Shot at Love, where Lisa (the lesbian man) makes a cameo and becomes one of the top three finalists.
· Alice decides to open up her own Planet, calling it the worLd. Every night is “ladies night” at Alice’s new hot spot, where she and Papi personally host/judge Turkish oil wrestling matches.
· Alice aggressively pursues TV journalism and leaves The Look. She then becomes the star of her own talk show and brings OurChart to national television, freaking out right-wing Republican Jesus freaks everywhere.
· Missing Dana more than usual, Alice goes to a psychic medium in an effort to re-connect with her. She and Dana’s ghost end up having a paranormal, otherworldly romance that’s ultimately consummated with Alice jumping off an Olivia cruise ship and joining Dana in the afterlife. (A little morbid, but sweet no?)
· Alice decides to dedicate herself to her journalism full-time and globally, traveling through the Middle East to document the secret lives of Muslim lesbians and distributing rainbow prayer rugs.
· Alice and Tasha get married and go on a child adoption extravaganza, becoming mothers to a total of five children from Russia, Thailand, North Africa, and (twins from) Vietnam.
· Alice runs for office in 2012! Pieszecki for President bitches!
Besides my really rad propositions, who knows where Alice is really headed? Ms. Pieszecki is such a crazy, complex little queer that her life can go in any direction. Whatever becomes of Alice, I just hope Irene and Company don’t suppress the quirky, lovable, and loud-mouthed persona that defines the character we have grown to love. Stay tuned as Alice’s story goes on…
Tagged on September 9, 2008
|"L Word Where?"|
I noticed it for the first time Tuesday night, heading into NYC during rush hour. Since then, I’ve spotted three more, high in the sky, across three major NJ highways (all of them ten minutes from the Holland Tunnel). As big as it was, I was quick to notice something amiss. And that’s when it hit me like the car I almost-rear ended while staring at it.
Awkwardly gazing at Showtime’s new billboard, I noticed characters from all the hit shows that made them “Network of the Year” - Californication, Weeds, The Tudors, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Dexter- all except The L Word. Maybe if I was on some one-lane highway heading down the Bible Belt, I wouldn’t be so stunned at the exclusion of our favorite series from this ad/ode to programming excellence. But for goddess sakes, it’s the Tri-state, home to many a queer girl. Left incredulous, all I could think about the rest of the week was why The L Word was left out of Showtime advertisement heaven.
Last time I checked, The L Word has had a pretty good run on the network: five seasons strong and every queer gal’s guilty pleasure. Heck, it was even announced last week by Showtime’s president Robert Greenblatt that a spin-off is in the works. So why not include it on a billboard displaying all the series’ that made Showtime the year’s “it” network? Could they really not squeeze a shot of Bette’s incandescent eyes or Shane’s chiseled cheekbones on this big-ass ad? There’s no doubt Jennifer Beals and Katherine Moennig make way better eye candy than David Duchovny or Michael C. Hall. Was it a conscious decision then to leave out the faces of our beloved dyke divas because of what the show represents? The billboard features characters from shows whose lives are centered on adultery, drugs, prostitution, and murder. Queer sex was really too taboo to be posted?
The exclusion of The L Word from Showtime’s billboards illustrates just how invisible queer women are made in the media. It especially speaks to how we lack representation in general on television. Unless it’s a queer-centered product or a queer targeted audience, it is very rare to see any depictions of lesbian, bi-sexual, and queer life on the boob tube. Sure, we’ve come along way since Will & Grace. But besides a bunch of real-life lesbians (Ellen, Rosie, Daniela Sea, Leisha Hailey) and a few questionable bisexuals (Tila Tequila, Lindsey Lohan, Kristanna Loken), where do we see any other (never mind authentic) representations of queer women’s lives on TV?
Besides LOGO’s Ex’s & Oh’s and Gimme Sugar, what mainstream cable network has shows about/involving queer women, their struggles, their dreams, and their lives? It’s no secret or surprise that our heteronormative TV culture keeps queer programming at bay, unless the network is queer itself. Mainstream hit shows like Degrassi: The Next Generation, Cashmere Mafia, and Nip/Tuck include gay/ bisexual characters to fill a few dramatic storylines. And as irreplaceable as The L Word is, there is a dire need for more shows about queer girl worlds and how they turn.
It’s great to see sexy queer gals like Portia de Rossi and Michelle Paradise on the screen representing femme fierceness. And dykes like Jackie Warner, Cat Cora, and Dani Campbell do a fine job of representing “us” on the small screen. But I have yet to see real butch women representing for the bois on TV. As awesome as Ellen and Dani are, they don’t cut it in terms of butchness. Snoop from The Wire and Julie Goldman from The Big Gay Sketch Show are as close as it gets.
Truth is, most of the queer women on TV are depicted as lipstick lesbians, or something close to these uber-femme types. Take Tila freakin’ Tequila, the over-sexed bi bimbo reducing girl-girl love to nothing more than spa days and skimpy outfits. Then there’s Rosie, our token butch, who is loud and aggressive and best known for feuds with the infamously toupee-d Mr. Trump. Is this who/all we are? If not, where the hell are the rest of “us” at in TV land?
There’s nothing wrong with femininity, brazenness, boisterousness, and a fierce libido. But when it pigeonholes us into a “type”, then Houston, we have a problem. I don’t know about you gay gals, but Lindsey Lohan’s recent foray into homoville isn’t enough queer female representation for me. There’s so much to our culture that the boob tube chooses to overlook, and that Showtime chooses to hide. Like our faces on their billboards. And if their new one is any indication of our present state of queer affairs, then we still have a long and winding road ahead of us in boob tube land. Let’s keep watching for signs till then.
“Lift your eyes higher then the billboards do” - Bitch
Tagged on July 28, 2008
New season. New faces. New territory. The L Word is back as the biggest dyke drama... aside from your own.
Tagged on July 10, 2008
It’s the 1980’s all over again! We’ve got Cybill Shepherd coming to The L Word, Tina Yothers of Family Ties fame on Celebrity Fit Club 4 and Rue McLanahan starring in a new show about having a gay grandchild. All we need now is some Jiffy Pop and Tab and we’re on our way!
Tagged on July 10, 2008