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    Tuesday, June 06, 2006

    Cybill Shepherd on The L Word!


    Another smart casting decision for Season 4:

    Cybill Shepherd has joined the cast of Showtime's "The L Word." On the lesbian-themed drama's upcoming fourth season, Shepherd will play the president of the college where Bette Porter (Jennifer Beals) attends graduate school -- a married mother who suddenly begins to question her sexuality. "L Word" marks the first major series commitment for Shepherd since "Cybill," her CBS comedy that ran from 1995-98.

    I don't think they really mean that Bette is "attending" graduate school, but is working there. Anyway ...

    From the casting decisions, it seems like Season 4 is going to be the Better Porter show, since both the gals we've heard about are her potential love interests. This is, actually, very good news.

    I still wonder why two hotshots like Cybill Shepherd and Marlee Matlin would want to have anything to do with this show, but I guess it's true that playing gay has cache these days. That's really the only explanation.

    4 Comments:

    Anonymous amy said...

    Nope, Cybill Shepherd has a personal investment: her daughter is a lesbian. I saw Shepherd march and speak at DC Pride years ago. She's quite outspoken re: civil rights for the LGBT community.

    11:08 AM  
    Blogger EL said...

    I know about her gay daughter and Cybill Shepherd is the bomb overall when it comes to queer stuff. I guess I just wonder why she would feel the need to take part in such a terrible show, even in solidarity (though I appreciate it!) if it didn't help her career. Maybe I'm being overly jaded. I should just say: YEAH CYBILL!

    11:30 AM  
    Blogger Amy said...

    I can't imagine that, as an industry insider, she's critical of the show. Maybe I'm not giving her enough analytical capital, but I imagine she does simply see it as solidarity - using her stature as an A-lister to validate the cause, so to speak, via a television drama. She succeeded, again so to speak, because of a television drama.

    I imagine she's happy to include herself among such noteworthies as Steinem and whoever else has been on the show. I don't know; maybe I'm not critical enough!

    12:24 PM  
    Blogger EL said...

    You're probably right. I like that she's showing solidarity and I'm stoked that I'll get to watch these great actors, I guess I just always imagine great actors sitting around reading script after script waiting for some brilliant material. But probably she's excited she gets to work on something that's politically cool to her. Which makes sense.

    6:24 PM  

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