2010 in review
January 2, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,200 times in 2010. That’s about 10 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 23 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 103 posts. There were 6 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 3mb.

The busiest day of the year was March 13th with 56 views. The most popular post that day was LET CONSTANCE MCMILLEN TAKE HER GIRLFRIEND TO THE PROM! .

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were zimbio.com, msqueer.com, facebook.com, rpc.blogrolling.com, and en.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for lawrence king, who killed jenny schecter, carl joseph walker-hoover, 11 year old, and suicide due to bullying.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

LET CONSTANCE MCMILLEN TAKE HER GIRLFRIEND TO THE PROM! March 2010
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2

11-Year Old Commits Suicide Due to Bullying in School April 2009
10 comments

3

Who Killed Jenny Schecter? December 2008
19 comments

4

Laurel Holloman Picks Up Bravo A-List Award for TLW Elevator Scene April 2009
2 comments

5

Gay Buying Power: A Force To Be Reckoned With August 2008
5 comments

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Laurel, Leisha and Rachel at 2010 The L Word Down Under Con
April 15, 2009

The 2010 L Word Down Under Convention will be held at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre located in Sydney, Australia.

Actresses confirming their intention to attend thus far are Laurel Holloman, Leisha Hailey and Rachel Shelley.

Comedienne Poppy Champlin will host.

For more details, view the full press release here. (link)

UPDATE: 6-21-09

Marlee Matlin joins the cast members planning to attend.

Tickets on sale NOW!

For more details, view full Marlee Matlin press release here. (link)

For more details, view full Tickets on Sale press release here. (link)

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L Word Convention to be held in Sydney, AU January 22-24 2010
April 7, 2009

This press release was first published March 15th 2009. MsQueer is pleased to be one of the sites that will be providing updated information regarding this exciting event as it becomes available!

United L Events (ULE) today announced they will  hold  The L Word Down Under Convention,  featuring actors from the critically acclaimed, ground breaking lesbian drama THE L WORD.   The show chronicles the lives of the iconic characters that have played a pivotal role in changing the cultural perceptions of lesbians and the transgender community both on and off the screen.
Actors, Laurel Holloman (Tina Kennard), Rachel Shelley (Helena Peabody) and Leisha Hailey (Alice Pieszecki), have confirmed their intention to attend the Convention.   ULE are currently in negotiations with three further actors from the principal cast of the series to attend.

The Convention will be held in Sydney on the 22nd to the 24th January 2010.  United L Events

“It is a privilege to be able to hold a Convention of this stature in Australia in particular for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community” says Executive Officer for United L Events, Julie Anderson.  “The L Word’s large and loyal fan base is passionate about the show and its characters, as evidenced by the expressed interest to attend and previous Conventions held abroad, they are excited about the prospect of attending this inaugural event.”

Anderson said “The L Word Down Under Convention will provide an opportunity for fans to get up close and personal with the actors from the show.” ” Fans will be able to ask the actors of The L Word a question about themselves or the show, be photographed with their favourite actor, have a chance to get their autograph as well as meet other attendees from across Australia and abroad.”

In six seasons, The L Word has generated a devoted audience as well as critical praise for its provocative, sexy storylines, and the outstanding performances of the principal cast.  The groundbreaking series follows a group of Los Angeles based friends as they navigate careers, families, friendships, inner struggles and romantic entanglements.   Since its debut, the series has become part of a global popular culture, generating its own social networking site (Ourchart.com), dedicated fan web sites and blogs, together with L Word ancillary products.

Further details about the Convention visit http://www.thelworddownunder.com/ 

-MsQueer.

The L Word Down Under

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The L Word in AfterLife…The Interrogation Tapes
April 5, 2009

Just in case you weren’t frustrated enough by  The L Word’s final truncated season (only 8 episodes), with the cheap way creator Eileen Chaiken chose to create a “murder mystery” storyline running through the entire season (unbeknownst to the actresses themselves), and the ultimate question of  “Who Killed Jenny Schecter?” remaining unanswered in the final moments….you have still another chance to want to throw shoes at your TV set (or, at least at your laptop or PC) by watching ShowTime’s post-mortem exclusively released on the ShowTime L Word website “Interrogation Tapes. “

We are enticed to watch for a new suspect every Monday. Woo-Hoo!

So far, these torturous clips (for those watching, not the characters being interrogated) have taken most of the characters to new lows.

There’s Shane the pyro, who apparently set fire to her own shop; Bette, who in one of the wussiest moments I’ve seen her in so far, proclaims her angst at Tina not asking if she (Bette) wouldn’t want to give birth to their second child, and Tina sharing how her sister used to have sex with her when they were children, thus relegating Bette to being her “second” as opposed to her “first” female lover- as she has maintained all along.

What’s really sad is that these “confessions” seem totally out of context and betray the actresses, not to mention what they have established with their characters over the prior 5 seasons.

On the other hand, Sgt. Duffy making a pass at Helena was playful, and …oops, too bad the male cop had to come back into the room to interrupt what might have been the Sarge putting a move on her suspect! 😉

Now that “The Farm” is not going to be picked up by ShowTime, the whole reason for Alice being the prime suspect is really, well…suspect.

Too much cheap commercialism has clouded what could have been a strong finish for this milestone television show. Kudos to all the actresses who carried on their roles with grace and, well, of course…drop dead sex appeal.

You can view the carnage at http://www.sho.com/site/lword/interrogation.do

or, view them here if you can (if not pulled by Big Brother ShowTime already offering reruns by pay-per-view).

SHANE

 

TINA

BETTE

 

 

HELENA (my vote for most entertaining)

 

 

NIKKI

 

Max

 

 

You be the judge…. -MsQueer

 

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ShowTime to Pass on The L Word “Spin-Off” The Farm
April 3, 2009

According to AfterEllen, who got it from the Entertainment Weekly Variety, ShowTime Network Execs are no longer considering picking up the “L Word Spin-Off” The Farm, which featured Leisha Hailey, portraying Alice Pieszecki, in the pilot.

Apparently, the actresses had no idea as they were filming the final season that this huge “Murder Mystery” was going to involve the entire season. Afterall, they shot the episode with Jenny dying last.  Thank Eileen (series creator, Eileen Chaiken) and the Editing staff for the way it came out in the end – with us seeing Jenny being rolled out past the L Ladies in Bette and Tina’s living room in the first few minutes of the first episode aired of the final season. Then we had this whole ridiculous “Who Killed Jenny” B.S. culminating in….(drumroll)…..NOTHING!!!!!!!

Watched any of those interrogation tapes that ShowTime is running now? New material, shot at the time of the final episodes, and – quite frankly – pretty lame stuff. (So I can’t exactly say that I’m dissappointed that it wasn’t included in the actual epsodes, as some fans have suggested in comments.)

The REAL Murder Mystery is WHY IC MURDERED A GREAT SHOW WITH A BULLSHIT ENDING?????  The actresses and the fans deserved better.

R.I.P. The Farm? Maybe ShowTime Execs recognized that Alice murdering Jenny, which was the foregone conclusion with Alice landing in this form of prison, was too far-fetched for most fans to take. We as fans have been dealing with credibility issues from IC for 6 seasons now. Guess the ShowTime guys finally caught on. Well, at least we’ll have the DVD’s.

Now, let’s make the Movie dealing with something besides the “Great Mystery” – OK IC???????

Here’s the Variety Article as it appeared online yesterday:

Variety reports ShowTime passing on The Farm

 -MsQueer

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End of The L Word – A Tribute to 6 Wild, Wonderful and WTF? Years…
March 20, 2009

Alas, its beginning to settle in…the finality of it all (at least in terms of first-run episodes)…that is until the “Spin-off” and then the MOVIE (click here to Sign the Petition Now)

Yes, that underlying sense of feeling “lost” I’ve been experiencing since the final crazy, frustrating, sexy episode 608 bringing down the curtain on the life of character Jennifer Schecter, portrayed by Mia Kirshner, and the History-Making/Herstory-Making  ShowTime Series The L Word is because I’m in mourning.

It’s not like the characters all died – just Jenny. (And, even as irritating as Jenny could be, and vindictive in the final season, I will miss her. I’ve always had a soft spot for the crazies, the tortured, and actress Mia Kirshner gave us one wild ride through a very complex character over the seasons!)

But I can’t shake the overwhelming sensation of loss.  Like I just moved away from all my friends. Call it quirky…and, no I don’t have difficulty distinguishing from fiction and “reality.” But as a Lesbian who has been out for over 30 years, I personally took on a sense of community as I have followed these lusty Ladies over the past 6 years. (Well, okay – so it’s actually been the past 4 years, because I didn’t discover the show right away.)

I didn’t gather with other Lesbians to view the show in a bar or someone’s home. I can’t even get ShowTime where I live (don’t ask)…so I’ve had to rely on the segmented posts of loyal fans at YouTube to see each new episode! Faithfully every week I’ve gone to the internet soon after 10:00 pm EST eagerly awaiting the first posts, so I could view the show.

I, like so many others, came to identify this circle of friends from West LA as a part of my life. I  joined in with them at The Planet, at Hit (renamed in the final season after Kit and Helena became owners of the She Bar).  I looked forward to looking into their lives – drama and all! – each week.

Maybe for me, it was because I don’t travel in a circle of Lesbians. I live in community with straight women and men dedicated to personal, professional and spiritual development. The focus here isn’t sexual identity. Although we’ve had Gays and Lesbians on staff in the past, and the organization is LGBT-friendly, I’m the only LGBT person here. So, because I live in a fairly remote location, 2 hours away from any city with an LGBT Center,  the gals of TLW were my “Gay Community” connnection.

The L Word isn’t just going to fade into the ethers. It’s become a Pop Culture Icon. There will be annual conventions, the DVDs, the “Spin-off” (although it will be a very different story line with just Alice as a carry-over) and potentially a movie on the wide screen – just imagine those Tibette Love Scenes! 🙂 But I still feel like I’ve been abandoned. I still feel sad.

Maybe Creator Eileen Chaiken wrote the most irritating ending she could possibly have imagined just to help people through their grief – you know, leave them hopping mad and maybe they won’t feel their hurt so much? Who knows? The ending was pretty lame, like the whole season – but the sex scenes were sure great, weren’t they?

And Tibetters got what they wanted so desperately…Tina and Bette together, and OMG!! — HAPPY!!! (Well, as happy as you can be with a dead friend in your pool.) But, you get the picture.

I miss my friends. I’ll get over it and life will go on. I’ll keep checking YouTube for new videos from creative fans and post them here. And there’s always the DVDs and endless discussions on the message boards where fans gather to dissect episodes with amazing attention to detail!

Maybe I’ll go check out that LGBT Center. Who knows?

Here’s the Finale Special:

Funniest Quotes from Season 6

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RECAP of The L Word Finale Episode
March 11, 2009

Credit the folks at AfterEllen.com.

For a very detailed review of the finale, Go to:

http://www.afterellen.com/TV/thelword/recaps/6/8

 

See MsQueer’s Farewell to The L Word at

https://msqueer.wordpress.com/2009/03/20/end-of-the-l-word-a-tribute-to-6-wild-wonderful-and-wtf-years/

Enjoy!

Msqueer

Who Killed Jenny Schecter Revealed? (PLS Take part in the Polls)
March 8, 2009

see MsQueer’s “End of The L Word Tribute to “6 Wild, Wonderful, and WTF? Years” :

https://msqueer.wordpress.com/2009/03/20/end-of-the-l-word-a-tribute-to-6-wild-wonderful-and-wtf-years/

🙂

Many of us TLW fans have been discounting the “mystery” aspect of the “Who Killed Jenny Schecter?” season-long story line with the publishing (prior to the actual beginning of aired episodes, I might add) of the Leisha Hailey “spin-off” featuring the lead character Alice in prison. Hence the naturally assumptive conclusion: it was Alice?

That’s assuming that creator Ilene Chaiken is following a logical progressionfrom this The L Word to the new “spin-off.”

Okay now, fans – think about this. When in the last 6 seasons have we experienced IC to do anything remotely logical with the plot of this show? If Our Chart was still alive, you could go to any thread to witness the ranting and ravings of various character’s/actresses’ fan following with regard to IC’s latest ridiculous manipulation of the plot.

So now, in the last episode, we’re all anxiously awaiting and expecting…logic? Normalcy? Closure?

What a’ ya – NUTS?

Keep in mind, everyone has their eye on the MOVIE. Truthfully I wouldn’t put it past IC to have created some sort of weird dream sequence or some other plot twist to resurrect Jenny in the final moments. I mean with her, WHO KNOWS?????

Look at the promo for 608 from ShowTime. Almost looks like Bette takes a kitchen knife to go after Jenny. But look more closely. Not Jennifer Beals’ nose. (Hey, it’s a dimly-lit scene). Nope, it looks more like Dylan’s snotz. But again, these cleverly editted clips are probably not related as they are being presented in the teaser. They’re just a great tease.

Personally, I don’t think we’re going to find out. The actors all appear to not know in the interviews. Goddess knows, IC won’t knock off the people we’d like to lose..like Adelle, or William. 

Oh, and by the way… with one episode left, where exactly is Carmen supposed to show up? (Wasn’t she scheduled to return this season?)

More mystery… Sigh! 

-MsQueer  

 

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The L Word Season Finale (608) Promo Vids from ShowTime
March 3, 2009

see MsQueer’s “End of The L Word Tribute to “6 Wild, Wonderful, and WTF? Years” :

https://msqueer.wordpress.com/2009/03/20/end-of-the-l-word-a-tribute-to-6-wild-wonderful-and-wtf-years/

🙂

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mo1r5UoBg1o

VIDEOS PROPERTY OF SHOWTIME AND THE L WORD. I OWN NOTHING!

Vote for who you think “Who dunit?” at

https://msqueer.wordpress.com/2009/03/08/who-killed-jenny-schecter-revealed/

The L Word Season Finale Spoiler
March 2, 2009

see MsQueer’s “End of The L Word Tribute to “6 Wild, Wonderful, and WTF? Years” :

https://msqueer.wordpress.com/2009/03/20/end-of-the-l-word-a-tribute-to-6-wild-wonderful-and-wtf-years/

🙂

Don’t know how long this will be “viewable” – there was a “part 2” that already got pulled from YouTube….ADD: POSTED IT BELOW – We’ll see how long it stays.)

This clip was titled “Before the credits roll, part 1”

Here’s the commentary from the post:

 

0:22 – Bette said “Here sweetheart”
At this point Helena already broke up with Dylan
Talice – The day before, Alice told Jamie and Tasha to give it a try (have sex and all)… Alice said that if Tasha doesn´t call her around 5-ish the following day, then they are done. WTF? So why didn´t Tasha called before then, thus the expression on Alice face while hugging Tasha.
Shane accidentally saw Molly while she was buying a gift for Bette and Tina, thus learning about the jacket and the letter. When she got home, she search for it and found it at the attic, tripped on a cloth that covers the Lez Girl´s negative, lead Tina to the attic ..
Song : Have You Seen That Girl
by: Lee Ann Wormack

   

if disabled, go to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW-vtsIX1RQ

THIS VIDEO PROPERTY OF SHOWTIME AND THE L WORD. NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED.

 

HERE’S THE DIALOG FROM THIS CLIP, if you can’t view it:

Nikki is found hiding in the bushes near the pool and police force her out at gunpoint.

An officer brings her into Bette’s living room where the girls are sitting with Officer Duffy (played by the iconic Lucy Lawless). 

When Shane asks Nikki what she’s doing there she starts babbling, “I came to talk to Jenny. I saw what was going on at the dance marathon and I just saw the way she was keeping you as a prisoner and I just wanted to tell her that she had to free you…”

Shane: Nikki, Shut up. SHUT UP!

Cut to outside house, woman approaching scene, officer yells, “Hold it!”

It’s Tasha. She asks: “What’s going on here?”

Officer: “You can’t go in”

She pulls out her ID while saying, “Listen I’m a police officer. Well, I’m in the Academy. OK. What’s going on here, please.”

Cut back to inside of house. Show the door being opened from outside by police officer as Tasha enters into room saying, “Alice.”

Alice: “What are you doing here?”

Tasha, walking toward Alice:  “Come here. Are you okay?” 

Alice rises and goes to her, Tasha takes Alice’s hand then draws her into her and embraces her.  

Tasha: “I’m here. I’m here. I’m not going anywhere.”

Officer Duffy steps forward after watching all this:  “You know, I’m afraid this is going to take a bit longer than we thought.” 

Bette: “Well, we’ll do whatever you need for us to do.”

Kit: “We’ll cooperate with you.”

Tina: “yeah, we’re a very tight knit group.” 

Shane: “and, uh, we take care of each other.” 

Alice: “None of us did anything wrong. We just don’t know what happened out there.”

 

Helena: “you probably just want us to come down to the station.” 

(that’s where the clip was cut, or continues on “part 2.”  Don’t know how the poster got this, it has the tell-tale marks of raw film from the editor’s station, but “WE DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED  OUT THERE.” J

 

 

This clip was titled “Before the Credits Role, part 2”

See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwMKlnBlNcw

 THIS VIDEO PROPERTY OF SHOWTIME AND THE L WORD. NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED.

In case they disable this one too, it includes a short clip of Jenny saying “thanks” to all her friends on a self-made video. A suicide good-bye note?  Also shows a really sexy “walk-off” by all principle characters/actors –  smiling, happy, and YES, TIBETTE hand-in-hand for the final view! (Well, at least we got one concession from crazy creator Ilene Chaiken!) -MsQueer 🙂

For other videos and posts go to https://msqueer.wordpress.com/the-l-word/

Vote for who you think “Who dunit?” at

https://msqueer.wordpress.com/2009/03/08/who-killed-jenny-schecter-revealed/

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