Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (July 25, 2008)

Earlier this week, the intrepid Malinda Lo sent us a report from the Television Critics Association summer press tour that included a tip about a new series, The Ex List, starring Elizabeth Reaser.

Malinda wrote:

In another series featuring an actor who once played a lesbian, Elizabeth Reaser (Puccini for Beginners) will be starring in a new CBS series called The Ex List, executive produced by Diane Ruggiero (Veronica Mars). The series focuses on Reaser’s character, Bella Bloom, “a single, successful, 30-something business owner who is surprised to learn from a psychic that she’s already dated her future husband and … if she doesn’t find him in the next year, she’ll remain alone forever.”

Doesn’t seem like there’s much opportunity in here for any lesbianish tendencies, since the story seems focused on hammering home the “must get married to a man” story line, but hey, at the start of the press conference one male TV critic commented to Ruggiero that “there’s an inordinate amount of vaginal humor in the pilot.”

While there haven’t been any new lesbian developments in the show since we published Malinda’s blog post, a reader (thanks Elana!) told us that the show is based on an Israeli television program, and that the main character (Bella Bloom in the U.S. version) had a female ex. In fact, an entire episode was devoted to her former female lover.

(Malinda admits that given the show’s premise, she didn’t actually ask about the possibility of a lesbian ex, but she has vowed to follow up with the show’s publicists in the near future.)

Below are some photographs of the female lovers in the Israeli series:

Elana wrote, “She finds her old girlfriend (who she left, heartbroken, awhile back), gets things started again and when it gets heated up in the bedroom she suddenly ‘remembers’ why she is straight.”

Wow. With a story line so original and complex, I’m really disappointed that we may never see this amazing scene played out on U.S. television. Maybe they can substitute it with something less gay but just as visceral, like how Bella Bloom “remembers” why she’s anti-violence after she punches herself in the face.

by Karman Kregloe