Abby McEnany: ‘When guys dream of lesbians, they’re not thinking of me’

The comics buzzy, semi-autobiographical TV show Work in Progress is also her first time on a TV set and at the age of 51, she calls it a fairytale come true The opening scene of new comedy series Work in Progress sees Abby McEnany trying to bring back wassup. The second sees her announcing her potentially imminent suicide to her therapist: Im gonna kill myself in 180 days, if things dont get better. Work in Progress is not only McEnanys first TV series but its the first time shes been on a professional set. And with this original, melancholic comedy, she is setting the bar high. Its autobiographical traits McEnany plays Abby, and is a self-described fat, queer dyke are …

Out of space: Star Wars Resistance has gay characters, Disney says

Producers confirm that Orka and Flix in the animated childrens series are first queer couple in the franchise The animated childrens series Star Wars Resistance may not be the most popular thread of the long-running franchise, but its the first in the universe to harbour two gay characters. Disney producers confirmed on Monday what fans had already surmised, that two characters in the series, Orka and Flix voiced by Jim Rash and Bobby Moynihan respectively were a queer couple. Executive producers Athena Portillo, Justin Ridge, and Brandon Auman spoke to the podcast the 2017 live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. Disney has made moves to include more rounded queer characters in its films, with Tessa Thompsons Valkyrie slated to …

Fight and flight: how Glow continues to show women at their best and worst

In the third season of Netflixs consistently entertaining comedy series about female wrestlers, characters are allowed to be messy in and out of the ring In the opening scene of season three of Glow, the Netflix comedy about a group of misfit actors who end up becoming female wrestlers, an interviewer speaks with the co-leads Debbie and Ruth about their shows exciting move to Las Vegas. Both women are dressed as their respective wrestling personas, Liberty Bell, the beautiful all-American girl defending the USA and Zoya the Destroyer, her slinky nemesis from Soviet Russia. True to their parts, Liberty Bell delightedly extols the wonders of Vegas while Zoya complains that the glitzy town is a revolting display of capitalism. Then, …

Mothers who have abortions: what to do with TVs third rail?

Most women who terminate a pregnancy are already mothers but we rarely see that on screen. Australian comedy The Letdown is the latest show to tackle the taboo We got a beautiful email from a viewer last week, says Sarah Scheller, co-creator of the ABCs The Letdown. It said, That was my scenario. I cant believe I just saw it on screen. Women who have abortions are only just now beginning to see themselves depicted on screens, but for a certain subgroup women who are already mothers when they decide to terminate the taboo is stronger than ever. Its a taboo that Schellers low-key comedy was determined to quietly break. The Letdown follows Audrey: a middle-class woman, played by Schellers …

You want a dark Mel Gibson comedy about rich Jewish people? You got it!

Rothchild, a new film starring the polarising star is being touted around Cannes. If you dont get the gag, well, join the club Let me tell you something about the god that Mel Gibson worships up there in his private $42m, 17-acre church compound in Malibus Agoura Hills (congregation: 70). He and it will be a he is the one true god, who doesnt just forgive and forget, even if you dont meaningfully repent. He goes the extra 1,000 miles to ensure that at the Cannes film festival in the year 2019, the Hollywood trade press will be able to type the words: This is shaping up to be Mels market with a host of Gibson projects on sale. As …