TV just keeps getting gayer. Looking at the new fall TV schedule, there’s something pretty queer on just about every night. Monday night’s line-up includes The Playboy Club, which features a bisexual lead actress and a lesbian character, and 2 Broke Girls, written and produced by the hilarious Liz Feldman, who happens to be a lesbian.
Some mini spoilers ahead:
While the retro-era The Playboy Club on NBC at 10 p.m. is rife with the trappings of a Mad Men-esqe sexism but with fewer clothes and bunny ears, the pilot episode – airing tonight—features a lesbian / gay storyline around Bunny Alice (Leah Renee Cudmore) who’s married to a gay man. Without totally giving away the ending, The Playboy Club introduces a piece of gay history into the pilot that just may have viewers Googling “Mattachine.”
But even without the queer story, out bisexual actress Amber Heard makes for one heck of a sexy new bunny at the club who gets into some pretty hefty trouble in her first week on the job. Who doesn't want to watch that? For theater queens, Broadway diva Laura Benanti Carol-Lynne, the club’s first-ever bunny who carves out a permanent place for herself as the club’s ostensible den mother.
2 Broke Girls airs on CBS at 9:30 p.m. and stars Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs as diner waitresses and roomies trying to make it in Brooklyn. The show comes from the creative minds of Sex and the City creator Michael Patrick King and Whitney Cummings, and if that weren't enough, the hilarious Liz Feldman, who’s written for Hot in Cleveland, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and the Oscars, is a writer and producer.
While there’s nothing overtly lesbian about the show, unless you consider two women living together as slightly Sapphic – it always was on Friends – Feldman assured the girls at Autostraddle that lesbians will love the show. Here’s what Feldman had to say:
“2 Broke Girls appealed to me immediately, and I don’t know if you know this, but I’m a big lesbian. It’s about an unlikely friendship between two very different yet equally attractive girls. When I watched the pilot, I was immediately taken by both of their characters and so impressed at how well rounded they were. They’re empowered, they’re irreverent and they’re smart. And the actresses, Kat Dennings (Max) and Beth Behrs (Caroline), have incredible chemistry with each other. And they’re both seriously funny. I think lesbians out there will fall in love with this show. I’m thinking that 2 Broke Girls is the comedy world’s answer to Rizzoli and Isles.”
So get home and get watching. This is only the beginning of the big gay TV season!
Read the full interview with Liz Feldman on Autostraddle here.