Keep an eye on 195 Lewis, The Handmaid’s Tale and Fauk My Life

Here is another winter edition of Keep an eye on with three promising upcoming series in phase of promotion. The key words of this season are (in no particular order): polyamory, subversion, dicovery and self-acceptance. Most of these projects are ready to be broadcast online or on TV in the coming months, except perhaps for the webseries Fauk My Life whose team has just begun a fundraising campaign to complete its first season, after releasing the pilot. This article ends with a mention of two posts from AfterEllen and Autostraddle that might interest you.

195 Lewis is a dramedy series about a group of women navigating the realities of being Black, queer, and poly in New York City. Based in Brooklyn, the series follows Yuri and Camille as they test the boundaries of their open relationship. Yuri’s growing infatuation with a new lover leaves Camille distressed, which is only amplified by the unexpected arrival of Yuri’s old college friend Kris, who shows up with nowhere else to stay. An interesting interview of the female director Chanelle Aponte Pearson and a detailed synopsis of 195 Lewis can be found on Okayafrica.

The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian series based on the speculative fiction of Margaret Atwood. The story is set in the Republic of Gilead, a theocratic military dictatorship formed within the borders of what was formerly the United States of America. Her science fiction novel describes a near future, where religion dominates politic via a totalitarian coalition. In this world, women are in the process of extinction. They are separed by ethnic groups and divided into three major classes: The Wives, who are the only legitimate women with power as they dominate the House, the Marthas who are infertile women with domestic skills, which make them suitable as servants, and finally the Handmaids whose role is confined to reproduction. All other women (too old, infertile, etc) are deported to the Colonies where they handle toxic waste. The birth rate of Gilead is very low because of its polluted atmosphere, and the few newborns are often seen as “unfit”. June, the heroine of the novel, is a Handmaid. She slowly recounts her story, remembers her family and unveil her deepest being. The Hulu original series will feature two lesbian characters portrayed by Alexis Bledel (one of the leads) and Samira Wiley.

Fauk My Life is a coming of age webseries created by Stephanie Neroes. Set in the competitive arena of college sports, its scenario follows the life of Amy Fauk and her basketball teammates as they face the challenges of being student athletes. Part Friday Night Lights meets Felicity with a dash of the L Word, basketball and being a team helps mold them as individuals as they learn how to apply philosophies of being on the court to their lives off the court. The day before Amy leaves for college, her parents prepare a going away dinner. Invited are Amy’s best friend, Kaitline, and her boyfriend, Thomas. While at the local basketball court for one last time before they head off, Amy confides in Kaitline and after dinner, Thomas approaches Amy’s parents regarding their future. As the day of emotions comes to an end and her departure time grows nearer, Amy is left with a couple of surprises from both Kaitline and Thomas.

As promised, I’ll conclude my post by suggesting you the reading of two interesting articles: TV Shows on our Recap Radar in 2017, listing a few series with lesbian and bisexual characters likely to feed the next recaps of AfterEllen, and Winter 2017 TV preview: all the Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans and Queer Women to get excited about, giving you an overview of upcoming LBTQ content unearthed by Riese on Autostraddle. You should find some gems over there.

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