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Posted on 07 Sep 2006 at 6:53pm

Jane Lynch heading for “‘Spring Breakdown’



Jane Lynch

Almost under the radar, lesbian actor Jane Lynch has become one of the movies’ most hilarious comic presences.

From “A Mighty Wind” to “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Talladega Nights,” Lynch can always be relied upon to bring on the funny.

Now she’s teaming up with other lovable laugh-getters including Parker Posey, Amy Poehler, Amber Tamblyn, Missi Pyle, Leslie Grossman (“Popular”), Loretta Devine, Rachel Dratch and Kristin Cavallari (“Laguna Beach”) for “Spring Breakdown.”

The comedy, co-written by Dratch, follows three women who hit a popular co-ed spring break destination. And it’s not just packed with funny women the film, set to hit theaters in 2007, will also feature Will Arnett of “Arrested Development” and Poehler’s husband in real life and Seth Meyers of “SNL.”

Zac Efron graduates to “‘Hairspray’

OK, admit it you totally sing the songs from “High School Musical” in the shower.

That made-for-TV musical has been a gigantic boost for both the Disney Channel and its cast members. Case in point: Zac Efron has been cast as hunky Link Larkin in the upcoming movie of the hit Broadway musical “Hairspray,” set to hit theaters in 2007.

In other “Hairspray” happenings, “West Wing” star Allison Janney (who also played Meryl Streep’s sapphic sweetie in “The Hours”) will play humorless Prudy Pingleton, while Amanda Bynes has been cast as Prudy’s “checkerboard chick” daughter, Penny.

This project is turning so “all-star,” they should have their pictures in a row of boxes at the bottom of the poster.

“‘Little Britain’ swings American

There’s both a proud (“The Office”) and embarrassing (“Coupling”) tradition of adapting hit British TV series into American shows. We have high hopes regarding the recent announcement that the comedy geniuses behind “Little Britain” (gay Matt Lucas and straight David Walliams) will be making a U.S. version of their smash sketch-comedy show for HBO.

Viewers of BBC America are already familiar with the duo’s naughty, hysterical characters, including Daffyd, who’s wrongly convinced that he’s the “only gay” in his Welsh mining village.

Can’t wait to see how Daffyd, slutty teen Vickie Pollard, unconvincing drag queen Emily Howard and all the rest play with American accents.

And, as we previously reported, queer TV mogul Darren Star is Americanizing the pitch-black British sitcom “Nighty Night,” so it looks like a new British Invasion is well underway.

Logo develops 3 new series

If you’re hungering for original series from Logo (and “Noah’s Arc” has gotten on your last nerve), you’ll be thrilled to hear that the MTV-owned channel is developing several new shows.

We’re most excited about “That Gay Ghost,” about a conservative family whose move to San Francisco is complicated by the presence of, well, a gay ghost who lives in their closet. How fast can you say, “hijinks ensue”?

Also on the Logo docket is “Sordid Lives: The Series,” a weekly comedy based on Del Shores’ 2001 cult comedy, and “The Service,” an hour-long drama about gay and lesbian military recruits dealing with “Don’t ask, don’t tell” on a base in the South Pacific.

These are still in early stages. But don’t be surprised to see them on the air before the end of 2007.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, September 8, 2006.

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