Arts & Entertainment
May 04 2010 7:10 PM EST
November 17 2015 5:28 AM EST
Los Angeles's celesbians came out to play at Cathy DeBuono and Jill Bennett's (pictured below) second-season premiere of their popular Web series We Have to Stop Now Sunday at the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center. The series costars stand-up comic Suzanne Westenhoefer and Meredith Baxter in her first role since coming out last November.
DeBuono and Bennett threw a rollicking premiere, complete with red carpet appearances and shenanigans by Baxter, Westenhoefer, Queer as Folk alumna Thea Gill, the girls behind lesbian video blogCherry Bomband filmmaker and event producer Andrea Meyerson. Following the red carpet, DeBuono and Bennett screened their series as a feature film and ended the event with a courtyard reception including music by Corday.
"I think We Have to Stop Now is probably the best Web series I've ever seen," said Meyerson, producer and director of the Laughing Matters film series. "And kudos to Cathy and Jill -- I can't wait to see season two."
Actresses, Curve Magazine cover girls, and a real-life couple who have built a strong fan base in new media with popular video blogs on sites including SheWired and AfterEllen, DeBuono and Bennett launched their therapy-themed Web series We Have to Stop Now in 2009 to raves from the lesbian audience.
"It's liberating to be able to provide quality content for our own community," DeBuono said. "The Internet offers us a forum for worldwide distribution that removes the middlemen between us and our own community. It's really no different than choosing HBO -- it's viewers subscribing to the content they want to see and on their own terms. It's an empowering time for consumer, for all of us."
The show stars DeBuono and Bennett as a Dyna and Kit, a married, relationship-challenged couple of therapists who spend plenty of time on the couch being shrunk by Westenhoefer's character Susan.
Baxter, of Family and Family Ties fame, steps into season 2 in a hilarious dual role as twin lesbian therapists Judy and Jody, one a New Age, cat-loving observer and the other a butch, in-your-face type of shrink.
We Have to Stop Now teasers and more can be found at WeHavetoStopNow.tv. The show is subscription-based.
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