Kate Moenning Cast As Lesbian Detective in Showtime Pilot, Praise The Lord

Shane, otherwise known as “Kate Moennig,” has been cast in Showtime’s Ray Donovan pilot as “Lena,” who is “second in command” to the titular Private Investigator. From TVLine:

Promising “a novelistic look at contemporary Los Angeles,” Ray Donovan stars Schreiber as a professional trouble-shooter who is regularly called on to solve the complicated, confidential and controversial problems of L.A.’s elite.

Other announced cast members for the pilot include Jon Voight as Ray’s father Mickey Donovan, Paula Malcomson as Ray’s wife Abby, Elliott Gould in the recurring role of Ray’s mentor and confidante, Dash Mihok and Marsan as Ray’s brothers, and Pooch Hall (The Game) as Daryll, a boxer in training.

I’m sure you were worried — I was — that Kate would retreat from playing further lesbian roles out of fear of being typecast. It’s fantastic to hear that she has embraced being typecast.

In fact, in one of the pilot’s very first scenes (and this is an Autostraddle exclusive), Lena (described as “dark, intense”) wakes up in bed with another woman, gets called in to work, and tells her bedroom companion, “I have to work. Get dressed.” HALLELUJAH, LADIES, OUR GIRL IS BACK!

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  1. Yayyyyy! I’ve been wanting a detective show with an actual lesbian instead of the ones on tv where they are freakin pulling my teeth by making two leading ladies have chemistry… and I have a crush on Kate (who doesn’t?). I totally squirmed, squealed, and jumped around when I had barely read the headline… People are staring now… lol

  2. This line “Shane, otherwise known as “Kate Moennig,”” made me laugh so hard i spit out out my soda. LMAO! And yay, my favorite skinny, androgynous wife (in my own head) is back. No matter what kind of role she plays, typecast or no, she really is a great actress. I’m glad to have the opportunity to see her on a series (and a consistent basis) again.

  3. This just made my week. I will watch anything with Shane in it. Pathetic . . . maybe? but I am ok with that. I watched Everybody’s Fine on my 20 hour flight instead of sleeping for the chance to see Kate for a hot second.

  4. 3 – one in Katherine, and two in Moennig. I’ve never heard Kate pronounce her name but since I know German grammar and spelling, I cringed when all my friends used to say Meh-nnig. ‘oe’ in a German name is the equivalent of an umlaut on top of an o – and the pronunciation should be en ur sound so, Mur-nig, like the bur in burn. Then again, it may’be become Americanized and her family may pronounce it differently. I’ve heard Kay-nig used by some American Koenig families, so. My girlfriend has a name that ends in wicz and her family pronounce it witz instead of vitz.

  5. Having only realized my gayness in the post-L Word era (I never even got to see reruns on Showtime, thus I resorted to Youtube; bless its heart), this is pretty momentous. Shane is like some mythical creature everyone wants to sleep with.

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