Morning Brew – Tuesday, March 6: Karina Lombard gets cast on “NCIS,” Ilene Chaiken’s CBS pilot gets axed


Bad news for Ilene Chaiken: Her CBS pilot has been axed for being too similar to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Apparently one thing Ilene tried in a rewrite was to give the lead character a boyfriend. I mean, really.

Do you love yourself a lady in red? Sasha Alexander tweeted this picture of herself at a promo shoot for the new season of Rizzoli & Isles.

Karina Lombard (aka Marina) will be returning to TV. She’s joined the cast of NCIS as Ziva’s (Coté de Pablo) “long-time friend and mentor,” Monique. TVLine reports that Monique will show up in April and “has a somewhat secretive past.” I wonder if her secret past was living in West Hollywood with a husband, a partner, a girlfriend and a coffee shop called The Planet.

I can’t wait to see the Farewell, My Queen, in which Diane Kruger plays Marie Antoinette and has a thing for friend Gabrielle de Polignac ( played by Virginie Ledoyen). Check out this very lesbianish, very NSFW trailer.

Jackie Warner has a new book coming out March 20. You can pre-order it now, abs and lesbian haircut not included.

In some sad news, it appears Tila Tequila has been hospitalized for a brain aneurysm. Prescription drugs allegedly played a role, but she’s been released into outpatient care now so here’s hoping she can recover.

Want to read an excerpt from Rachel Maddow‘s book Drift? She was nice enough to share one on her show’s blog.

Vogue has an interview with Jeanette Winterson about her new memoir, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?. I need to read that book ASAP, right after I finish The Last Nude and Carol Anshaw‘s new novel, Carry the One.

Molly Shannon joined Rosie O’Donnell on her show for a musical tribute to female comedians, including Wanda Sykes.

Out musicians Rachael Cantu and Allison Weiss kick off their west coast tour in San Diego today. Check out the tourdates to see if they are coming to your town, like they are coming to mine while I am not here. The saddest!

June Diane Raphael makes a return as the lesbian gyno on tonight’s New Girl.

Today in Lesbianish TV: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Black Swan (Cinemax 11:30 a.m.), *Tabatha Takes Over marathon (Bravo 1 p.m.), The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.), The Rosie Show (OWN 7 p.m.), Rachel Maddow on Super Tuesday coverage (MSNBC 6 p.m.), Mulholland Dr. (5 MAX 6:30 p.m.), Tabatha Takes Over (Bravo 10 p.m.), *Iron Chef America (Cooking Channel 11 p.m.) and *1 Girl 5 Gays (Logo 11:30 p.m.) (Thanks Roni!)

*Denotes a rerun