Morning Brew – Mon. Oct. 29: Kalinda’s husband is getting canned, Beth Ditto talks about her breakup in “The Advocate”

Good morning!

The Good Wife creators know that we hate Kalinda’s husband, so they’re doing something about it. Robert and MIchelle King told TV Guide:

Robert King: Speaking for myself, I was and looking back at it now, I probably shouldn’t have been. I think I was because I always feel like Kalinda is this thing we can go out on a limb with. I think a) people just don’t want Kalinda to go there, which I think is a worthy response that I never thought of and b) I think that it was pushing buttons that are not really healthy buttons to push, which are about domestic violence and dominating men and things like that. I thought it would come across as Kalinda was giving as good as she got, but it’s not coming across that way.

Michelle King: Speaking for myself, I was surprised that there was resistance to the story line. The part that did not surprise me is that no one is saying negative things about Marc Warren’s performance. Everyone is agreeing that he’s doing a fantastic job portraying character, in fact maybe so fantastic that people are upset that Kalinda would be connected to that.


That’s right. We prefer Kalinda’s “lesbian girlfriend,” as her husband calls her.

Naya Rivera apparently had trouble getting roles before Glee because of her ethnicity.


Out author Emma Donoghue talked with All Things Considered about her new book, Astray. It sounds pretty rad.

Sarah Paulson and Jane Lynch have some A words for you.



Sadly both MK1 and Jade Ellis have been eliminated from The X-Factor in the UK. Our last lesbian hope is Lucy Spraggan, who was too ill to compete this week.

TV writer Phil Redmond told The Independent that he thinks the Brookside lesbian kiss was when the show jumped the shark. He wrote about the episode in his new memoir, Mid-Term Report, he says the writers did it all for ratings — and it worked.

Check out Amber Heard in the teaser for her new film Syrup.


Shay Mitchell talks about playing Emily Fields in the new issue of Flaunt magazine.

For me, [my goal] was always just to be really happy and excited about what it was that I was a part of. I didn’t want to act just to act: I wanted to always be excited about it—a script or the show itself. Knowing that I was going to be playing Emily Fields—a girl struggling with her sexuality—took it to another level for me. It’s fun to entertain people, and I love doing that, but it’s a whole other realm—and, for me, ten times better—when I can actually make a small impact on somebody watching.

Speaking of Pretty Little Liars, I’m hot for Troian Bellasario as the girl with the dragon tattoo.

Beth Ditto is on the cover of The Advocate this month. Inside the magazine she says why her new memoir Coal to Diamonds doesn’t address her break-up with longtime partner Freddie Fagula:

It’s something I’ve never discussed. It’s still complicated. I think we’re both very much better off. I learned a lot about myself in a way — not really about my sexuality but in the way I picture gender and the world. I think that dating and meeting Freddy and meeting trans people, more than anything I think that was more pivotal for me because I never understood why I wasn’t attracted to girls that dressed like I did. For a long time I thought in order to be gay, I had to have really short hair.

I highly recommend reading her book. I loved it.

Artist Deborah Kass has a new exhibition at the at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and joked with The New York Times that “coming out as a Barbra Streisand fan was way more embarrassing than coming out as a lesbian.” Hilarious.

Today in Lesbianish TV: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Talking Liberally with Stephanie Miller (Current 9 a.m.), *Underemployed (VH1 1 p.m.), The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.), *Secrets of a Restaurant Chef (Food Network 2 p.m.), Primary Colors (Showtime2 2:35 p.m.), Jane Velez-Mitchell (HLN 7 p.m.), The Voice (NBC 8 p.m.), *Finding Bigfoot marathon (Animal Planet 8 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m.), *Degrassi (TeenNick 9:30 p.m.), Our Idiot Brother (Showcase 11 p.m.) and Chasing Amy (Showtime2 1:15 a.m.) (Thanks Roni!)

*Denotes a rerun