“Ellen Show” Creator Brings New Lesbian Sitcom to CBS, Changes Our Views on Life

carol-leifer-headshot-243x327AT LAST AT LAST — Carol Leifer, responsible for shows that didn’t suck like The Ellen Show, The Larry Sanders Show and Seinfeld (IFC’s prior writing experience includes the “Worst Screenplay” Razzie Award nominee Barb Wire and executive work with Aaron Spelling) , is bringing her talents to CBS for a multi-camera comedy about … LESBIANS!  Are you excited, do you care? We care a little bit. It’s just really exciting to see a lesbian get a job like that, it’s been a while since someone we trusted got that kind of opportunity — to have the mainstream appeal needed to secure Major Money without the apparent tendency by previous females tapped for lesbian television shows to masticate all over that opportunity. Although the jury’s out ’til we hear the theme song.

Inspired in part by Leifer’s real-life situation of being in a long-term, same-sex relationship and having a child with her partner, the CBS show, tentatively titled “You and Me and He,” centers on a recently divorced woman who enters a gay relationship only to find out that she is pregnant with her ex-husband’s baby.

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