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Today in Soap Opera History (May 23)

1980: General Hospital's Tracy ignored Edward's plea for help.

1985: Bo & Hope were married on Days of our Lives. 1986:

Caroline told Bo that Victor Kiriakis was his father. 1986: Mary Beth

Evans debuted as Kayla Brady. "All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."

Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1967: NBC daytime drama Another World was broadcast live for the final time.

1980: On General Hospital, Tracy (Jane Elliot) refused to help her father, Edward
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Exclusive: Jane Lynch Brings Gravitas to ‘Manhunt’

Jane Lynch is a comedic force. But even her funniest onscreen performances are rooted in a commitment to the truth of human nature, a quality that carries over into her more recent dramatic work. The three-time Emmy winner has created indelible characters of all sorts -- most notably as Sue Sylvester on Glee -- over the course of nearly three decades in Hollywood. But perhaps none have loomed as large in the popular imagination as U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, whom the actress portrays in Discovery Channel’s latest scripted project, Manhunt: Unabomber.

The eight-episode anthology series, created by Andrew Sodroski, follows the FBI’s pursuit of Ted Kaczynski (Paul Bettany) and his ultimate capture based on breakthrough linguistic evidence assembled by agent Jim Fitzgerald (Sam Worthington). In just a few short scenes, Lynch embodies a key player in the true-crime drama, and perhaps the sole character as recognizable to the American public as the Unabomber
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The L Word: Sequel TV Series in the Works at Showtime with Returning Cast Members

The L Words is officially coming back. Deadline reports Showtime is developing a sequel to the landmark TV series.The drama premiered in 2004 and centered on a group of lesbians living in Los Angeles. The show ran for six seasons before ending in 2009. The cast included Jennifer Beals, Erin Daniels, Leisha Hailey, Laurel Holloman, Marlee Matlin, Eric Lively, Eric Mabius, and Pam Grier.Read More…
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'The L Word' Sequel in Works at Showtime, Search Still on for Showrunner

'The L Word' Sequel in Works at Showtime, Search Still on for Showrunner
Less than a decade after The L Word completed its original run in 2009, the groundbreaking Showtime series is staging a comeback in the form of a sequel – with a few familiar faces in the mix.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer Beals (Bette), Kate Moennig (Shane) and Leisha Hailey (Alice), three of the series' original stars, will return for the revival project both in front of and behind the camera (all three will exec produce).

Series creator Ilene Chaiken will also lend a hand in the vision of the new series as an executive producer,
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We Might Be Getting More “L Word”

The L Word

Everyone’s favorite “Lez Girls” could be returning to the small screen. According to Variety, Showtime is developing a sequel to the “The L Word,” the Ilene Chaiken-created drama series about a close group of lesbians living in Los Angeles. Should the project get the official go-ahead, it would focus on a new group of characters and their relationships. However, original “L Word” stars Jennifer Beals, Kate Moennig, and Leisha Hailey — who portrayed core characters Bette, Shane, and Alice, respectively — would executive produce the new series.

Beals, Moennig, and Hailey would also turn up in the sequel series as their original characters “as a point of connection from the prior series to the new one,” Variety notes. “Other characters from the original series may also appear in the new version.” No word on whether Laurel Holloman — one half of the iconic will they/won’t they couple Bette and Tina — is involved.

Chaiken is expected to serve as Ep on the “L Word” sequel while maintaining her current role as showrunner of Fox’s “Empire.”She recently inked a new deal with 20th Century Fox Television, one that will see her develop new projects for the studio in addition to her showrunning duties. It was reportedly Chaiken who came up with the idea for the sequel.

The L Word” aired on Showtime from 2004 to 2009. It is rumored to be partially based on Chaiken’s own experiences as a lesbian discovering herself in La. Over the course of its six seasons, the series explored Lgbtq themes like coming out, bisexuality, transitioning, and being a lesbian in an institution that doesn’t accept you, like the military. “The L Word” also featured universal storylines that felt revolutionary because they were finally presented from a gay woman’s perspective: cancer diagnoses, professional ups and downs, breakups, family conflict, and grief.

While the show received criticism for its narrow portrayal of lesbianism — most of the original characters were femme, privileged, and white — and drew mockery for its soapiness, it set a precedent for depictions of gender identities, feminism, and intersectionality on television. If you enjoy series like “Orange Is the New Black” and “Transparent,” you can thank Chaiken and “The L Word” for blazing that trail.

We Might Be Getting More “L Word” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Afternoon Delight: Emma Roberts joins "American Horror Story: Coven," "Forbes" power lists full of lesbian/bi celebs

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Good afternoon everyone!

Happy birthday to Guinevere Turner, Joan Collins, Jewel, Lea DeLaria and Laurel Holloman!

Tony award winner Lea DeLaria posing with "Grey’s Anatomy" star Sara Ramirez

Photo by Bruce Glikas/Getty Images

Forbes has released its 2013 "World’s Most Powerful Women" list. Who ranked where? Spanx founder Sara Blakely came in at # 90 (she’s #1 on my list), Ellen DeGeneres placed at #51, Lady Gaga took #45, Angelina Jolie claimed the #37 spot and Hillary ‘My Dream Girl’ Clinton ranked at # 5.

Congratulations to DeGeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi for making Forbes' 2013 "World’s Most Powerful Couples" list!

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Speaking of Forbes, J Crew’s Creative Director Jenna Lyons and out New York politician Christine Quinn were featured in the magazine’s "10 Power Women In-The-Making: Women To Watch."

Glee’s Lea Michele
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Morning Brew - Tues. May 7: Jenna Lyons, Amber Heard at the Met Ball, Kirsten Vangsness turns down "Criminal Minds" offer

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Good morning!

Last night in New York, the annual Met Ball went down with the theme of "Punk: Chaos to Couture" and some of the best looks came from queer women. (Of course!)

Jenna Lyons

Amber Heard

Fran Lebowitz

The New Yorker has two moms on the cover of this week's issue. Gotta love it.

Kirsten Vangsness reportedly turned down an offer for another season of Criminal Minds because her male co-stars are getting paid more than she and her female castmates. Of course there's room for negotiation, but I can't imagine that show without Garcia. Give her what she's worth!

Laurel Holloman posed in front of one of her pieces at the opening of her exhibition "All The World Inside" last week.

Brittney Griner wrote a piece for The New York Times on why she came out and how
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Laurel Holloman's new "L" word is "large"

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Laurel Holloman is best known to us as Tina Kennard or Randy Dean, which is why she's been pursuing her art career in Europe instead of the States. "It is very important because it has been easier for me," she told DigitalJournal.com. "I am now more known as a painter in Europe not as an actor, and that is what I care about. No one really asks me questions regarding the other art form."

From Twitter

Laurel's 16 large murals are part of a new show called "All The World Inside" at Palazzo Italia in Berlin, Germany and she will follow that up with exhibitions in Italy and London. After acting for 20 years, she made the transition to the art world and seems to have done so quite successfully. She said of her current work's themes:

I explore the how of life with “All The World Inside.
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'L Word' Star Laurel Holloman -- Boy-Girl Divorce Final

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"L Word" star Laurel Holloman's divorce has gone the way of her lady-loving TV show -- Kaput -- because TMZ has learned, her divorce from her real-life husband has just been finalized.TMZ broke the story ... Laurel -- who played the sexy Tina Kennard on the show -- filed for divorce from her husband last year, citing irreconcilable differences. Laurel and her now ex-husband were married in 2002, and have two young daughters.Now, the divorce has officially been finalized,
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Ilene Chaiken reveals her biggest "The L Word" regret

Hey, lesbians, Ilene Chaiken has something to tell you. Lean close, closer, a little bit closer. Ok, now brace yourself: She’s really sorry about that whole killing Dana thing, Ok?

The creator of The L Word and The Real L Word (also Barb Wire – we never forget, Ilene, never) said she regretted killing the beloved fictional tennis player and adorable coiner of the term “crispay,” Dana Fairbanks. MovieWeb.com has an exclusive clip from the reunion special on The L Word: The Complete Series DVD set, which features the cast listening to Chaiken talk about what she regrets. Have a listen for yourself.

There you have it. Couldn’t be clearer. The Chaiken has spoken:

The one thing that I most regret on the show is Dana’s death. The reaction was so passionate and the grief was so deeply felt – and to have be responsible for causing
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Whatever Happened To....the cast of "The Incredibly True Adventures of 2 Girls in Love"

Maria Maggenti's 1995 film about teenage love is a romantic comedy of a different kind. Written in eight days and shot in 21, The Incredibly True Adventures of 2 Girls in Love is a standard lesbian rite-of-passage movie that is a favorite among many gay women, especially those who came of age in the mid-'90s.

So whatever happened to the women of The Incredibly True Adventures of 2 Girls in Love?

Laurel Holloman as baby dyke Randy Dean

After playing Tina Kennard on The L Word, Laurel appeared on an episode of Castle and in the teen series Gigantic. She's currently focused on painting and recently filed for divorce from her husband of nine years.

Nicole Ari Parker as budding lesbian Evie

Nicole has worked steadily in TV and film since appearing in The Incredibly True Adventures, including stints on Cosby, The System, Soul Food and The Deep End. Next up she's
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Jane Lynch's "Happy Accidents" is deliberately wonderful

I have a confession to make: I picked up Jane Lynch's memoir, Happy Accidents, as soon as it hit bookstore shelves yesterday with the intention of scanning "the gay parts" to write an AfterEllen-specific review for today — but once I opened it up, I read every single word, from cover to cover, in one happily accidental sitting.

It's a memoir-eat-memoir world out there. Every day, a celebrity or politician (or a washed-up variation thereof) releases a tell-all biography. But engaging stories of lives well lived are a lot harder to come by. Lynch, however, starts at the beginning — the moment she was "born with an extra helping of angst" — and works all the way through to her 2010 Golden Globe win — "Please don't say Jane Lynch, please don't say Jane Lynch. But when they said 'Jane Lynch,' I thought, You're damn right, Jane Lynch!" — with such candor and
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Holloman Files Divorce Papers

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Holloman Files Divorce Papers
Actress Laurel Holloman is to divorce her husband of nine years.

The L Word star wed architect Paul Machery in 2002 and the pair has two daughters - six-year-old Lola and adopted Nala.

Holloman, who separated from Machery last year, has now filed divorce papers at Los Angeles County Superior Court citing irreconcilable differences, reports TMZ.com.

She is requesting joint physical and legal custody of the children but is also reportedly asking a judge to block Machery from seeking spousal support.

A quickie with Jennifer Beals

How much do we love Jennifer Beals? From Bette Porter to Teresa Colvin, the tough superintendent of police out to expose corrupt cops on Fox’s upcoming drama The Chicago Code, the actress has a history of playing strong women we love. AfterEllen.com caught up with Beals during Fox’s Television Critics Association party to discuss lessons she learned from Bette, Teresa’s love life and why she felt the urge to sniff her male co-stars post-l Word.

AfterEllen.com: What did you get from your time on The L Word as Bette that you’re bringing to The Chicago Code’s Teresa?

Beals: They share a certain righteousness and they’re driven. Teresa is so much more physically in her body and so much less afraid of using her physicality than Bette. As much as I love Bette, Teresa could kick Bette’s ass any day of the week.
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AfterEllen.com’s Top 50 Lesbian and Bisexual Characters

In our first annual Top 50 Lesbian and Bi Characters poll, we asked you to vote for your favorite characters from film, television, and internet shows.

You cast your votes, and now we have the results. Before we reveal the winners, let's take a look at some of the trends that emerged.

Almost all of the characters were from films and television shows that made their debut after the year 2000. A few of the exceptions include Kerry Weaver from ER, and the ass-kicking ladies from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

While most of the characters were from Us productions, a fair amount came from international shows, including our top two characters (from the UK show Skins).

Also notable was the fact that some of your favorite characters, the leads from Xena: Warrior Princess (which ran from 1995-2001) and Idgie Threadgood from the film Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), were never officially presented as lesbian or bisexual.
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2009 Year in Review: Television

In 2009, the number of leading lesbian characters on primetime broadcast TV doubled — from one to two.

Out of the estimated 600 lead and supporting characters on network TV, seven of them of are lesbian or bisexual. And of those seven, five of them kissed women last year. And of those five, three of them made out during Sweeps.

Things looked bleak at the beginning of the year, but with the growing trend of lesbian brides getting gunned down or cheating on their wedding days, and the continued trend of bisexual characters only expressing their same-sex attraction during Sweeps, and the loss of Showtime's lesbian drama The L Word, we're ending the year on a downward spiral in terms of lesbian visibility.

Scripted Television: Broadcast

Primetime

The most surprising story in 2009 was the relationship between Callie Torres (played by Sara Ramirez) and Arizona Robbins (played by Jessica Capshaw) on Grey's Anatomy.

When
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The L Word: The Final Season

Behind-the-scenes photos by actress Jennifer "Flashdance" Beals on the set of the Vancouver-lensed TV series The L Word have appeared as part of a photographic journal in the new L Word Final Season 6 DVD set. The Us/Canadian co-production for Showtime television portrayed the lives of a group of women, their friends, family and lovers in the trendy Los Angeles-area city of West Hollywood, California, airing from 2004 to March 2009. The show was created by executive producer Ilene "Barb Wire" Chaiken for producers Steve "Being John Malkovich" Golin and Larry "Barbershop" Kennar. Season 6 cast included Beals as 'Bette Porter', Leisha Hailey as 'Alice Pieszecki' (who went on to star in the spin-off pilot The Farm), Laurel Holloman as 'Tina Kennard', Mia Kirshner as 'Jenny Schecter', Katherine Moennig as 'Shane McCutcheon', Pam Grier as 'Kit Porter', Rachel Shelley as 'Helena Peabody' and Daniela Sea as 'Max Sweeney'. Click the images to enlarge
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Jennifer Beals gives us a sneak peek at her "L Word" photography book

Jennifer Beals gives us a sneak peek at her
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then how much is a picture by Jennifer Beals worth? Is thousand words plus a sippy cup? The actress released a preview of her new photography book as one of the extras in The L Word Season 6 DVD set.

The final season set came out yesterday and with it came a behind-the-scenes look at the series through Jennifer’s lens. She calls the images a “photographic journal” taken to help her preserve and remember the time she spend on the show, from rehearsals to dinners and photoshoots. She also saved her scripts, call sheets and other moments, some which will also make their way into the book.

Jennifer wrote in a prologue to the preview, “Mostly, I wanted to remember the joy, because no matter where the storylines went, we always managed to have fun.”

Some of the images have made the
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Press Releases! Press Releases! Press Releases!

ABC released four new press releases today for various shows coming later this month. These really include nothing new, but give a sneak peek at the stars and guest stars of the new and returning shows, which include FlashForward, Castle, The Forgotten, and Modern Family. Fox also sent out a press release for season six of their show House, which is shaping up to be one of the most hyped shows of the new season, new or returning. Read the press releases (arranged in alphabetical order by show) below.

Castle (ABC)

Nathan Fillion And Stana Katic Return For Season Two Of "Castle," Premiering Monday, September 21 On ABC

Authors Stephen J. Cannell and Michael Connelly Guest Star

"Deep in Death" — When the new season begins, Castle (Nathan Fillion) is wrestling with how to repair his relationship with Beckett (Stana Katic), while struggling to finish his soon-to-be-published bestseller, Heat Wave. But circumstances
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Interview with Mia Kirshner

Who killed Jenny Schecter? A mere five months ago, that was the burning question on lesbian lips in living rooms and local bars from Los Angeles to Little Falls, New Jersey.

Mia Kirshner (Miss Conception, The Black Dahlia, 24) — the astonishing actor who played Jenny, and managed to find the humanity in a character known for uttering, "Adele, the appliqué on the back of your jeans was declared an abomination by the Geneva Convention," and other psychotic bon mots — is in fact a thoughtful woman who'd rather spend time with her friends than bask in the spotlight of Hollywood.

After a record six years as Showtime's longest running original series, The L Word finally ended in March, putting our love-to-hate relationship with Jenny Schecter to rest, not to mention relieving us of those annoying alliterations.

What many people don't know is, all that time, Mia was also focused on humanitarian issues,
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