Darren Barefoot
Darren Barefoot



Items pertaining specifically to my fair city.

July 29, 2003

A couple of my friends are working on a new Showtime series being shot in Vancouver: The L-Word. They describe it as 'Beverly Hills 90210, except with lesbians'. I've got two words for that: marketable premise. One of my friends wears an orange vest and is currently charged with 'watching the parking lot' for 12-14 hours a day. Ain't film work glamourous?

Curious to learn more about said series, I searched for it and clicked on the first link to the official site. Here's what I found:


We at Showtime Online express our apologies; however, these pages are intended for access only from within the United States.

What's up with that? Why would they be blocking good-natured Canadians from viewing their content? We get the channel, why can't we get the site? Ironically, it stars a Canadian: Mia Kirshner.

I had to settle for this page on the clevely-named AfterEllen.com, 'reviews and commentary on the representation of lesbians and bisexual women in entertainment and the media'. Looks more like Sex in the Gay City to me.

UPDATE: Todd cleverly sends a cached version of the Showtime page. It sounds just like Sex in the City. Or maybe we should just call it Felesity. That's weak. Yet, check the plot outline:

Jenny Schecter (MIA KIRSHNER) is a gifted young writer of fiction who just completed her MFA at the Iowa Writer's Workshop. With a major literary award and one published short story to her credit, she arrives in Los Angeles to begin her "adult life" with her boyfriend - soon to be fiancé – Tim Haspel (ERIC MABIUS), a women’s swim coach at a large state university.

10:12:21 PM        The Arts Vancouver