'Carrie', 'Lost Girl', 'Happy Endings', 'Work It'
Carrie ruins prom for everybody. Again.
Once Is Not Enough is more than just the name of a best-selling Jacqueline Susann novel, it’s how Hollywood does business all the time, cranking out remake after remake as fast as they can. The latest: another version of Carrie. The classic ’70s horror film from Brian DePalma has already been remade once as a TV movie, but now that 2010’s back-to-the-book True Grit has proven that adaptations can hew more closely to the source material and shine with new life, another pass at adapting Stephen King’s original novel is in the works. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who’s already re-written Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark in the hopes of saving its Broadway run, will pen the screenplay. And if there’s any worry that Carrie’s cultural legacy as a metaphor for tormented gay teen life is in jeopardy, consider Aguirre-Sacasa’s other new gig: co-producer and writer on Glee. So you can rest assured and get your pig-blood-proof tuxedo ready.
Lost Girl found by SyFy
Good news for fans of sexy Canadian lesbian science-fiction thrillers, aka people who like Lost Girl. The series from our northern neighbors is coming to the SyFy network for its second season. They’ve picked up 26 episodes and, if they’re smart, will start advertising it heavily everywhere women-who-love-women go, if for no other reason than the plot line that involves actress Zoie Palmer (_Devil_) as a doctor who gets involved with the series’ protagonist, Anna Silk (who was, before now, best known for her role in the gay-themed family comedy Breakfast With Scot). Silk plays Bo, a bisexual succubus with an unfortunate habit: she feeds off sexual energy and sometimes – oops – kills the ones she loves. Season two is shooting now so you’ve got a little time to catch up on all the accidental murder-sex.
Happy Endings not ending just yet
The way ABC is burning off summer episodes of its fledgling sitcom Happy Endings (two at a time: good; aired out of chronological order: bad) would make you think they were just going to cancel the thing due to lack of interest. But the surprisingly funny show about a group of young Chicagoans (think Friends but less all-white and all-hetero) has just been given a second season pickup from the network, and that’s good news for anyone who’s wondered why there aren’t more racially mixed sitcoms that also happen to include non-stereotypical gay characters out there. For the record, the slovenly, unemployed homosexual is played by comic Adam Pally in a way that suggests the creators watched Sex and the City 2 and decided to create a man who embodied the exact opposite of that insane Mario Cantone/Willy Garson wedding scene. Next season maybe they’ll give him a boyfriend to ignore in favor of beer and video games.
Work It Looks Like a Drag
In new fall season trainwreck-in-the-making news comes something called Work It. It’s the story of two married straight men who find that the job market is somehow – all regard for reality aside – a woman’s world these days. Their answer to this cosmic upset in the balance of power is to put on ugly _Tootsie_/_Bosom Buddies_ lady-outfits and magically trick all women into believing that they’re part of the sisterhood. According to pilot clips available online they still swagger around, speak in weirdly breathy non-female voices and generally forget to act the part. So, you know, HILARIOUS. Who wants to be the first transgender activist to protest this dumb thing’s existence before it gets cancelled after three episodes?