October 2017 Roundup

It’s that time again! Another spooky month is here and gone. Lets start with the basics:

  • 42 shows added
  • 153 characters added
  • 2 characters died

Death Returns!

It’s been a while, but yes, we have the dead again. The Carmilla Movie, which was excellent and you should watch it, offed at least two characters. We’re actually not sure of the numbers because the only openly queer dead were Elle and Charlotte. But it’s Carmilla, and everyone’s pretty queer and all those ladies were women Carmilla seduced and killed … If you can’t tell, we were pretty torn on how to handle this.

Three months without dead characters was pretty scary, I’ll tell you that.

Site Cleanup

We were actually in the same town at the same time and able to work, so Tracy and I sat down and went over the site from top to bottom. Not code, content. We rewrote a bunch of pages and redefined ourselves thusly:

Counting All Queers Because All Queers Count

We watch every TV show with queer females to find the best representation of fully developed queer characters. Looking for something specific? Check out our database of 738 shows to find the ones you want to watch with the characters you’ll fall in love with.

Or as Tracy put it “We’ll watch everything everything so you only have to watch the good stuff.”

Coming and Going

Dire news for Ten Days in the Valley fans! The show has been moved from Sunday to Saturday, and new episodes won’t air until December! I know! We’re angry too.

All I want is a show I love to stay around.

That was Tracy’s lament as we discussed the likely cancellation. But if you don’t want the show to end (and we don’t), tweet and let everyone know that you want to watch the show. Also, you know, watch it. It’s an excellent mystery drama. Of course that same night, Ali Liebert retweeted Tracy’s promise we’d be watching:

Spoiler: Tracy is now ded.

While she recovers, I’m getting excited about Glow, which I’ve been binging to catch up on because… There will be a new lesbian character next season! Shakira Barrera is joining the cast in season two as Yolanda (aka Yoyo), “a Mexican American dancer/stripper and out-and-proud lesbian.” Even without lesbians, the show has been surprisingly fun to watch, so look for a thumbs up on that coming soon.

Talking About Code

This is the boring part. I know. Tracy and I, however, are developers as well as fans. I’m actually a developer because I’m a fangirl, and learned to code because I wanted to build out a site. I’ve been doing this for over 20 years. Yeah. For us, putting the data on the site is only half the battle, because if it can’t be used properly, by you, it’s worthless. Last weekend I talked about the code at WordCamp Philly 2017, and how Sara Lance made it so hard to figure out how to build things and accommodate someone who’s died three times. Tracy recorded it and you can watch it here:

I’ll be talking about how and why we built the site in December at WordCamp US. If you’re going to be in or around Nashville on December 1st 2017, grab a ticket and come to WordCamp US. It’s only $40.

What’s Next?

We’re a small-but-mighty site, and we’re working to get a little more recognition for what we provide. If you know of someone whom you think would appreciate our data (the stats, or anything else), please feel free to put us in touch with them. You can email us at contact@lezwatchtv.com and we’re both available for interviews, media requests, podcasts, etc.

About Mika Epstein

Mika has been deep in the fandom world since she could say 'Trekkie.' With over two decades experience in running fansites and organizing communities, she's taken on the challenge of delving into the recesses of television for queers long forgotten. Making this site with Tracy is nothing short of serendipity. Mika lives with her wife and their cats in Southern California. Of course she has a hybrid, but she'd rather ride her bicycle.

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