I’m Selina, Awards Circuit’s queer Girl Friday for everything LGBTQIA+ on TV! Each week, I take on TV’s biggest stories through the rainbow lens, which came in handy as protective eyegear with news of Tig Notaro’s latest comedy, “First Ladies.” The starpower, the gayness, the majesty of it all is blinding. Not to be outdone, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” fairy dragmothers also stepped it up this week with jaw-dropping transformations for some of Youtube’s OG Kings. And off in the distance…is that Season 2 of “Queer Eye”? After the sad goodbyes from last week, it’s nice to have some good news to sink my teeth into.
This is not a drill, guys, gals and nonbinary pals: Jennifer Aniston is going to play the first lesbian P.O.T.U.S.! “First Ladies,” a Netflix comedy hailing from wife and wife team Tig Notaro and Stephanie Allynne, follows Beverly and Kasey Nicholson (Anniston and Notaro) as they settle into their roles as the President and First Lady of the United States. This isn’t just Another White House Comedy, it is THE White House comedy. “First Ladies” will be here and queer, hailing from the mind and pen of top-notch lesbian writers with Aniston, who’s been America’s Sweetheart since “Friends,” set to grace the screen as the first lesbian Leader of the Free World. Even at the best of times (aka, when the Cheeto in Chief wasn’t in charge), the White House is Straight Central, with the First Family usually regimented into the 1950s roles of working husband, doting wife and beaming 2.5 kids. What will happen when the First Ladies no longer fit cookie-cutter expectations?
Like many, I was a little puzzled that Notaro isn’t set to play P.O.T.U.S. herself, but she explained all to US Weekly earlier this week. Apparently, the role of the president just isn’t Notaro’s style, and the comedian is far more excited to play F.L.O.T.U.S., saying, “that’s the humor of it, that I’m the first lady, that I would take on the role.” Taking into account the development story for “First Ladies,” Notaro’s wish to play the F.L.O.T.U.S. instead of the P.O.T.U.S. makes even more sense. The idea for the film came from a running joke early on in the couple’s relationship, when Notaro suggest Allyne should run for governor. The idea escalated into jokes about becoming the president and first lady, which eventually evolved into the movie pitch for “First Ladies.” Full circle, am I right?
Meanwhile on “Rupaul’s Drag Race,” the competition is hot and heavy after last week’s non-elimination. This week’s episode tasked the queens with one of the biggest hurdles of the series: the makeover maxi challenge. The reveals were, as always, quite surprising, with Chester See’s Miz Cookie stunning judges and fans alike. Who knew there was a salacious diva hidden in the body of that incredibly straight Youtuber? But I’ll admit, I was a little let down by my two faves this week, Monet X Change and Kameron Michaels. Michaels and her partner, Anthony Padilla of Smosh fame, barely spoke, with the queen failing to connect with the straight star. Michaels revealed to camera that she dealt with a lot of bullying from straight men during her childhood, making her uncomfortable with interacting with Padilla. It was a poignant moment on the mostly upbeat episode, and I had hoped the pair would work past it, but alas.
For Monet X Change, the chips were finally too far down to save her. X Change’s Youtube drag princess, Tyler Oakley, didn’t resemble the queen whatsoever, and her makeup was less than inspiring, ultimately leading to X Change’s elimination. The NYC queen had lip-synced three times before this episode (making her surviving a fourth lip-sync unlikely) but I was still crushed by her departure. X Change has been a consistently fun and benevolent force on Season 10, giving fans a legendary Nicki Minaj lip-sync performance and the ULTIMATE sponge-couture fantasy back on Episode 1. Who am I supposed to root for now?
Before I dash off to rethink my dream Top Three for “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” here’s some more good queer news for you. “Queer Eye” is returning with a fully-loaded Season 2 on June 15, which is just three weeks away! The Fab Five’s return was confirmed on Twitter Thursday afternoon with a cute animated clip of the group having a kiki and throwing shade about Antoni’s love of avocados. Watch the reveal below.
Who gave us permission? 🤩 New episodes June 15 🌈 pic.twitter.com/6yp3r2HnpW
— Queer Eye (@QueerEye) May 24, 2018
According to Huffington Post, a greenlight for “Queer Eye’s” Season Two was only confirmed two months ago, which means the Fab Five have once again worked their speedy magic. The upcoming season also reveals why the show’s original name, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” was shortened to “Queer Eye,” as the series will feature trans men and women subjects during Season 2, according to EW. It’s lovely to see the series, which originally ran during the early 2000s, update itself to include more of our LGBTQIA+ community.
Rumors are already flying about who will appear in Season 2. The Fab Five has teased a visit to Down Under for a “very special makeover,” with fans speculating over which prominent Australian political figures could make an appearance. Who do you think will be “Queer Eye’s” mysterious Australian subject?