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On “House” (admittedly, my favorite show on TV right now), the beautiful actress Olivia Wilde portrays a no-nonsense doctor who is nicknamed “Thirteen” and is having an affair with another doctor on the show. When he asks her about bisexuality, she goes on an educational tirade that quickly handles all the stereotypes of bisexuality in one great swoop.

The “Tyra Banks Show” which always has a lot of bisexual stuff on it, had an interesting experiment called “The Gay Kingdom” which she devoted two whole shows about and put together all spectrums of the queer community, from a macho gay guy to a femme lesbian and a trans person.

Well, guess who was at the bottom of the list, and the person to be voted to be “executed”? Yeah, the bisexual. It’s a fascinating scene that shows how even in our own communities, such prejudices about bisexuality exists.

Meanwhile, leave it to the CW network to be groundbreaking and edgy and on top of what is going on with youth in America. The new version of “Melrose Place” is going to swing into high gear and feature a bi female publicist who is in a relationship with a guy in the apartment complex.

The New Melrose Place: Katie Cassidy as the bisexual Ella, Michael Rady as Jonah, Jessica Lucas as Riley

No doubt this is going to be played up for all the stereotypes of bisexuality, as far as promiscuity goes, but then, “Melrose Place” was about a bunch of promiscuous people. Of course, that was until they added an openly gay character in the old version of the show, and the poor guy – played by Doug Savant – couldn’t get laid in any episode because I guess that was just too edgy at that time.

So, the scoop is that “Harper’s Island” and “Supernatural” beauty Katie Cassidy (and 1970’s teen heartthrob David Cassidy’s daughter) is going to play Ella, a hard-nosed publicist with a penchant for fancy clothes, who is open about her bisexuality and is in a casual relationship with David, played by hunk Shaun Sipos.

Ella’s bisexuality will reportedly be revealed in the pilot via a kiss at a club. The casting call for the pilot included an “early 20s, gorgeous, exotic model type who catches “Ella’s” (Katie Cassidy) eye in a club and they share a passionate same sex kiss.” EW.com describes Ella as “[David’s] omnisexual sometime lover, a PR whiz whose tongue is as sharp as her stilettos.”

Cassidy touched on her character’s sexuality in an early April interview with E!:

Cassidy: [Ella’s] really funny…it’s going to be fun to play her…she’s unsure of her sexual preference –
E!: Are you saying she might play for more than one team?
Cassidy: Possibly.

Any kind of portrayal would be great, but how crazy would it be that this bisexual maybe NOT sleep around? Now THAT would be edgy and groundbreaking.

For me, one of the weirdest and funniest new shows on television is also completely subversive and even more bisexual than anything on “Torchwood” (previously the most bi sci-fi show on TV) is “Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword” from Comedy Central. Oh yes, it’s certainly silly and infantile, too, as well as weirdly sexy. It’s definitely a guy’s show, and the juvenile humor had me laughing out loud occasionally, despite the obvious puns.

It’s a Middle Ages adventure series with swords and loose-cut clothes and creepy creatures. A lot of the characters are already swinging both ways, both guys and girls, and it seems like they can get away with it because a lot of them are beasts of all kinds.

A recent episode introduces a randy Biclops, who at first is very misunderstood. He is feared by the populace, and is also very lonely. He whines at one point how he broke up with his girlfriend, Lisa, then his boyfriend Chris. They feel sorry for the omnivorous bisexual Biclops – at least for a little while. No, he’s not a great bisexual representative. He “sexes up” his partners and then eats them. The show deals with promiscuity and polyamory, as well as outwardly gay characters and plenty of potential fencesitters. They’re crass, ribald and horny.

The show stars the reluctant liberator of the oppressed, Krod Mandoon (Sean Maguire) and his hopelessly futile band of warriors as they take on the evil Chancellor Dongalor (Matt Lucas). To help fight the good fight, Krod has assembled a band of loyal and sexy, but remarkably ineffective freedom fighters: Aneka (India de Beaufort, “Run, Fatboy, Run“), the beautiful Pagan warrioress whose weapon of choice is sex; Zezelryck (Kevin Hart, “Fool’s Gold“), the young warlock whose greatest magical gift is spinning B.S.; Loquasto (Steve Speirs, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest“), Krod’s oafish half human/half swine servant; and Bruce (Marques Ray, “Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out“), who’s fierce and proud.

Krod isn’t thrilled that his girlfriend Aneka seems to sleep with anything that moves. He’s also devastated that his mentor, the great General, is found in prison with his male lover even though he has a loyal and devoted wife back home. The General clearly says he doesn’t mind the dichotomy and isn’t willing to give up either.

The show airs on Thursdays on Comedy Central at 10 p.m. on the coasts, 9 p.m. Central time.

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Mike Szymanski

Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.”

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