Showing posts with label Julie White. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Julie White. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tank Top Tuesday

Tuesgay, Tuegay, gotta get down in tanks on Tuesgay. Yes, fine – I know. That was terrible. TERRIBLE. Anyway, let’s pretend it never happened. Instead, let’s focus on these criminally underused actresses. Here are some talented ladies who need more screen time (or to be back on screen, period). That they just happen to look hot in tank tops is an added bonus.

Cobie Smulders

Now that “How I Met Your Mother” is over I say Cobie goes back to her root on “The L Word” and play gay again. I mean, she already looks amazing in a tank top and that’s half the battle.

Rachel Shelley

Speaking of “The L Word,” poor Helena Peabody needs to be more than just Rumplestiltskin’s scorned ex-wife.

Samira Wiley

I want more Poussey this season on “Orange Is the New Black.” I want more Poussey always, but that’s another story altogether.

Julie White

Yes, I am still bitter about “Go On” being cancelled. I will always be angry about this.

Emmanuelle Vaugier

She’s so deliciously dastardly as the Morrigan. And now that she’s even more human, we can only hope for even more screentime.

Michelle Krusiec

I watched “Saving Face” again recently. Damn, that movie is cute. And so, naturally, is Michelle.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Vacation Vixen: Julie White

Fuck wank bugger shitting arse head and hole. I am so goddammed pissed they canceled “Go On.” I mean, seriously. Did you have that much going for you in the comedy department, NBC? Sure, you wisely renewed “Parks and Recreation” and “Community” (well, depending on how you liked the Dan Harmon-less incarnation). But axing “Go On” just as it had begun to really find its groove and could become something truly great. YOU FUCKING SUCK. I now demand that Julie White’s character Anne be wholesale moved over to another show – any other show. Comedy, drama, crime procedural. Though, to be honest, I’d be happy if the glorious Ms. White got cast in anything decent because that lady is good and need to be on my teevee on the regular. Sigh. Well, we’ll always have the memories. What I am feeling is getting more, but in an angry way.

Monday, March 25, 2013

"Go On" watch

You aren’t watching “Go On.” Come clean because the numbers don’t lie. Last Tuesday some 8 million more people tuned in to see D-list celebrities belly flop into a pool than watch the freshman NBC sitcom. And those people, you people, are really fucking missing out.

Not only is “Go On” funny and at times alternately deeply touching and deeply weird, it has got by far the best new lesbian character on television in Anne (played by the beyond fabulous Julie White). Yes, I know, I’ve gone over this topic before. But it is utterly refreshingly how thoroughly integrated Anne’s sexuality is in the show and how utterly devoid it is of coming out angst. Anne is a widow still getting over her wife’s death and it is treated exactly the same as everyone else’s loss, no need for very special anything. It’s not a problem, it just is.

From dealing with being a single mom to dealing with going on her first date, Anne has been wonderfully included. And her friendship with Matthew Perry’s Ryan is unexpected yet organic. Plus, well, you know my weakness for funny misanthropic gals.

But if none of that has persuaded you (what are you, made of stone?) let me reach back into your nostalgia banks and tell you that “Go On” is going to give us the Monica and Chandler reunion of your 90s dreams, and this time with a gay twist. Tuesday’s episode synopsis reads as such:

Ryan’s “wing man” turns into competitor for the affection of a beautiful widow - Courteney Cox guest stars — Anne (Julie White) offers to set up Ryan (Matthey Perry) with a new acquaintance, Talia (Courteney Cox), a recent widow struggling to find her emotional direction. When the three go out together, Talia ends up heavily flirting with them both.

And it isn’t even sweeps week!

Look, I don’t beg much, but I would really like this show to get a second season because Anne is the lesbian character we deserve to laugh and grow with in an age where every day more and more people realize we’re no different than anyone else. OK, fine, sometimes we’re a lot more hilarious.

UPDATE: See! Funny! Watch! I am not above threats!

Friday, September 28, 2012

My Weekend Crush

If you’ve been here even a little while you know I have a thing for great dames. Not necessarily the Dame Judi Dench kinds of dame, though she is rather great as well. But the kind of dame who suffers fools with snark while remaining smart, capable and just the right kind of sexy. So then it should come as no surprise to you that I already have my first new crush of the fledgling fall season. And that new crush is Julie White.

Yesterday I blathered on about my appreciation for the new sitcom “Go On” over at AfterEllen yesterday. In particular, I’ve been impressed by the way the show has portrayed its lesbian character, Ann, played by Julie. Ann is a widowed mother whose wife died of a massive heart attack from forgetting to take her medication. She started out as a bit of your standard-issue angry lesbian in a blazer. But in four short episodes she has become one of the most empathetic and hilarious characters. She is also multi-dimensional and fully gay, not just gay in name only. But her gayness is never the problem. The fact that she’s grieving the loss of someone she loved, like everyone in the support group, is the problem. It’s refreshing and well done and I simply can’t wait to see more of her on my screen.

Much of the credit goes to the writing, of course. But another big chunk of that goes to Julie, a veteran TV and stage actress who turned what could just have been The Angry Lesbian into an entirely enjoyable and incredibly real person. Not that we should have been surprised. Julie has appeared on a number of TV shows from “Grace Under Fire” to “Six Feet Under” to “Law & Order: SVU.” But her stage work is even more impressive because she has a shiny Tony sitting on her mantel for best lead actress in a play in 2007.

So should it come as any surprise that Julie has made Ann one of the most interesting, most watchable, more fleshed out new lesbian characters in TV? No, it really shouldn’t. Because that right there is one hell of a dame. And, well, you know how I feel about them. Happy weekend, all.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Fall of lesbians

Hey, in case you hadn’t noticed, it’s fall. I don’t mean the weather necessarily – though I did grab my hoodie to take the garbage out last night. I mean on your teevee, where it really matters. Yes, the fall TV season has begun and, yes, Virginia, there are a few new lesbians. Sure, many of our favorite fictional lesbian and bisexual women are also coming back – Callie, Arizona, Santana, Brittany, Emily, Paige, Kalinda. I could go on, but there aren’t that many more, sadly. But not to those happy few will be a few more.

p.s. Yes, that’s who you think it is in the picture. Yes, get excited!

Julie White as Anne, Go On, NBC, Tuesdays
Sure, no one is particularly thrilled about another Angry Lesbian character. Well, unless she’s played by the hilarious Julie White.

Lauren German as Leslie, Chicago Fire, NBC, Oct. 10
A lesbian EMT. In a tank top. I’m in.

Kelly McCreary as Tyra, Emily Owens M.D, CW, Oct. 16
She plays gay lady doctor which worked out for Olivia Wilde.

Leisha Hailey & Constance Zimmer as the wonderful eloquent lesbian couple, The New Normal, NBC, Tuesdays
When I first heard that Ryan Murphy had promised us a “wonderful eloquent lesbian couple” on the show my fight or flight instincts flaring up. Then I heard Leisha Hailey was one of the lesbians. And I wanted to hug everyone in the world instead.
All is forgiven, Ryan Murphy*.

So far, I’ve got to hand it to NBC. Two lesbians in hand and two more in the – yes, I’m totally going there – bush. What shows seem to be tickling your remote control areas this season?

*Not really.