26 November 2006
Not that kind of girl
Stirring new storyline, or desperate grab for viewers? You make the call:
ABC’s All My Children this week will introduce a transgender character who is beginning to make the transition from a man into a woman.
The character, a flamboyant rock star known as Zarf, kisses the lesbian character Bianca and much drama ensues. The storyline begins with Thursday’s episode of the daytime drama.
The only transitioning character I can remember seeing on series television was Cindy McCauliff, played by Lisa Edelstein early in the fourth season of Ally McBeal. She was far enough along in transition to refuse to take a corporate physical, got fired for it, and is suing the employer. In the midst of things, she and attorney Mark Albert (James LeGros) wind up dating he's not working on her case, so he doesn't know, and no one is in a rush to tell him and the unveiling, as it were, is not pretty:
Richard: You know, these things happen, Mark.
Mark: What do you mean, "these things happen"? My girlfriend has a penis! These things don't "happen."
Odd that I should remember this. Or maybe not so odd; Edelstein, as I recall, was kinda hot. And the writers botched this badly: early in the first episode of the arc, Cindy admits to being a "man," which I can't believe any self-respecting M2F would say out loud.
I suspect AMC will handle this, so to speak, with no greater sensitivity. Not that I'm a big fan of sensitivity or anything.Posted at 7:00 PM to Almost Yogurt