“Strangers in Paradise” on TV: Showtime, pay attention

For years, Strangers in
have speculated about a movie or television series based on the adventures
— and love story — of Katchoo and Francine.

I didn’t really expect it to
happen, mainly because I couldn’t imagine a producer who could fully
appreciate the genius of Terry Moore‘s storytelling. But at last
weekend’s Xena convention, Steven Sears, who produced

Xena, announced that he and Moore are working together to bring a live action version of
SiP to television. Sounds like a match made in, well, paradise.

Sears and Moore got to know
each other after the SiP issue in which Francine and Katchoo appeared
as Xena and Gabrielle.

Once Moore finished the comic
series — marvelously,
I might add — he decided to get in touch with Sears and actively pursue making
a TV show. Of course, the writers’ strike has to end and they have to
find a studio and make a pilot and get the series picked up and other
minor details, but I can’t help being excited about the prospect. And
I can’t help imagining who will play Francine and Katchoo.

The character of Katchoo requires
a lot from an actress. Kat is at once dangerous and loveable, with a
quick temper and a huge heart.

I’ve always thought Lindsay
would be perfect, but unless Lohan gets her act together,
she won’t be doing much of anything. In the looks department, Carey
fits. But I haven’t seen her play anyone as rough around
the edges as Katchoo.

For now, I’m thinking Evan
Rachel Wood

Francine is more naïve, a
Southern girl with curves in all the right places and a tendency to
embarrass herself.

I can see Sarah Lancaster
as Francie, but she’s probably a bit too old. Maybe Mandy Moore
could go brunette and plump up a bit.

Of course, Strangers in
is chock full of other characters to cast: David, Casey,
Tambi/Bambi, Freddie and many more. As long as Terry stays involved
— and he will — I’ll probably be happy with anyone. Just as long as
Katchoo and Francine live happily ever after.

How about you? Are you happy
to see SiP TV? Who is your dream cast?