Pop Culture Fix: The L Word: Generation Q’s Marja-Lewis Ryan is Remaking “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”

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It’s Monday! The sun is shining! The coffee’s hot and fresh! And my cat is so mad at me for accidentally locking her out of the bedroom for 1.5 hours this morning that she’s now giving me the silent treatment right in my face, like I sent her to the edge of the world for a thousand years! Here, you read this Pop Culture Fix while I suck up to Quasar Beeperton.

+ Hmm. Marja-Lewis Ryan is co-writing a Girls Just Wanna Have Fun script for the Village Roadshow remake of the 1980s cult hit with her Generation Q colleague Allie Romano. Elizabeth Banks is producing. I guess that means it’s going to be gay? And also maybe kinda bananas? I guess we’ll see! Maybe Cyndi Lauper will get involved this time; she didn’t want anything to do with the original, even though it was based on her song! Anyway, the main thing is that Helen Hunt is a real root for me in the original, and I hope the new one makes people gay too.

Marja-Lewis Ryan on the red carpet in a blue suit + a promo photo of Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt in the 80s cult classic Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

+ Rachel Weisz on queer love stories, Dead Ringers and why she’s ‘honoured’ to be a lesbian icon.

+ Related: The Rachel Weisz Gay Index.

+ Inside Hayley Williams’ radically queer Tennessee hair salon.

+ Surprise! Horizon Forbidden West is getting review bombed because the DLC has a major queer storyline!

+ Little Richard and the truth about rock and roll’s queer origins.

+ Selling Sunset Season Six! An alliterative goldmine!

+ The Owl House vs. Harry Potter: magic school shows and queer representation.

+ TV could challenge biphobia by dropping the ambiguously bi trope.

+ Station 19 will be back with a seventh season.

+ Juliet Rylance chatted to Vulture about playing iconic lesbian lawyer Della Street on Perry Mason.

+ RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars reveals Season 8 queens.

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Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior editor who lives in New York City with her wife, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. Good to know being absolutely shite at her job isn’t stopping MLR from unleashing more chaos on the world! Girls do indeed want to have fun and wish they could have gotten just a sprinkle of it watching Gen Q.

  2. I gave up on Perry Mason 4 episodes into the 1st season but after reading about Della and what was happening, I just went straight into the 2nd season and I love it. It’s fantastic.

  3. I have very little, practically none truth be told, confidence in Marja. Gen Q was a fustercluck of a dumpster fire with moments of awesomeness, it was far too up and down and while I’m truly sad to see it gone, I’m not surprised.

    Having said that… not everyone who is great at showrunning starts that way. Some poeple need time and projects to keep working on to hone their skills. Maybe Marja will take all she has learnt from Gen Q and not apply half of it to Girls. We will see.

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