Cast Party: Who Should Star in a ‘Dykes to Watch Out For’ TV Series? [Pride Week]
Welcome to Cast Party, the feature that imagines a world with even more live action comic book adaptations than we currently have, and comes up with arguably the best casting suggestions you’re ever going to find for the movies and shows we wish could exist.
This is Pride Week, as you've noticed by now, so I wanted to tackle one of the longest running LGBTQ comics of all time, Alison Bechdel's Dykes to Watch Out For. Bechdel's comic strip ran in underground and queer publications from 1983 to 2008. Everyone remembers it for popularizing the Bechdel-Wallace Test, but to a lot of lesbians and other queer readers, it means a lot more than just that.
Dykes to Watch Out For tells the story of Mo Testa, a neurotic and occasionally lovelorn lesbian, and the ensemble of queer women and occasional other people who comprise her social circle. I see it working best as a TV series, so that the characters have time to grow and change just like they did over the course of the comic. With that in mind, I was limited in how many characters I could cast, so I tried to choose a pretty good core. But if you're favorite character is missing, assume that they would eventually appear on the show anyway. I particularly would like to see Janis show up, but she's probably not going to be played by someone who's had previous roles.
The tone of the show will be smart comedy with some drama mixed in, just like the comic. I think a half-hour format would work best, but I could be persuaded to give it an hour. I'm also a bit torn on whether it should be an '80s/'90s period piece or set in the present day, but given the likelihood of budget concerns with a lesbian ensemble sitcom, let's default to the latter.