This Rose Rollins Lesbian Basketball Show Also Features Ezra Fitz Getting Punched in the Face

A few minutes ago, Autostraddle Editor in Chief Carmen Phillips sounded the alarm for Natalie and I in our TV Team Slack, and while I was excited because Carmen only sends out the Bat(woman) signal for Very Important Queer News, nothing could have prepared me for what was waiting. You will remember, of course, that Rose “Tasha Williams” Rollins signed on for a new basketball series on BET last year, one that includes “Jordan, a 19-year-old feisty, fast and competitive Black lesbian” and an Indigenous character and an intersex character. Rollins plays the head coach of that team, J.C. Abernathy, “who finds herself in the middle of a career-shattering sexual abuse scandal.”

Well, the trailer just dropped, which is why Carmen sounded the alarm, and it not only features Rose Rollins walking around in suits and giving pep talks and dancing in tank tops, it also shows us our queers. Plus: Famke “Eve Rothlo” Jansen, whomst I still have not forgiven for breaking Annalise Keating’s heart, but I’m working on it. Also: Pretty Little Liars‘ Ezra Fitz getting PUNCHED IN THE FACE. Dreams really do come true!

Natalie went on a deep dive investigation and turned up the teaser trailer, which we somehow missed when it came out a few weeks ago, but which has proof of the lesbians in it!  Jordan is in bed with another girl and they’re taking a selfie, which is very cute, but on a show about SCANDALS that also features EZRA FITZ, you really gotta be careful what kind of pics you take!!! JORDAN!

I don’t know about you, but I had forgotten just how, um, UNF! Rose Rollins’ voice is. She also has not aged???

The first episode lands on Spectrum on April 4th and will follow on BET in “nine months” apparently. Three new episodes drop each week for four weeks until the finale on April 25. So, we’ll have a few days to recover from the Women’s Final Four — 🐺, 🧡 — and then we’ll be all over this thing.

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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. I’m confused. Is the one and only Phoenix fighting with or against Rose Rollins? Regardless Rose Rollins doesn’t just sound UNF everything about her is just UNF. Really something to look forward to, whenever it actually makes its way over to Europe, because I have no idea what spectrum is supposed to be. Great news :)

  2. I didn’t even watch PLL, but I will watch anything where Ezra Fitz gets punched in the face. Heather, you really know your audience.

    Also, TASHA! Easily Alice’s most out of her league gf.

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