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Laura San Giacomo and Sandra Bernhard Play Lesbian Couple on Hot in Cleveland

Laura San Giacomo and Sandra Bernhard Play Lesbian Couple on Hot in Cleveland

Hot in Cleveland already features the most sought-after actress of her generation – Betty White!—so how could the TV Land smash get any hotter? By adding a lesbian couple of course. And we don’t mean the fake lesbian relationship between Wendie Malick’s Victoria and Jane Leeves’ Joy after they got drunk in and married in Canada, although that’s certainly fun in its own way.

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Hot in Cleveland already features the most sought-after actress of her generation – Betty White!—so how could the TV Land smash get any hotter? By adding a lesbian couple of course. And we don’t mean the fake lesbian relationship between Wendie Malick’s Victoria and Jane Leeves’ Joy after they got drunk in and married in Canada, although that’s certainly fun in its own way.

The wonderful Laura San Giacomo (Sex Lies and Videotape, Just Shoot Me, Saving Grace) is set to appear on the Dec. 14 episode of Hot in Cleveland playing Valerie Bertinelli’s character Melanie’s estranged sister Caroline, TV Guide reports. San Giacomo’s character reveals she is a lesbian and in a relationship with the always welcome Sandra Bernhard.

San Giacomo tells TV Guide that Malick’s Victoria is enjoying newfound celebrity following her lesbian wedding to Joy and that's where she fits in.

"They're all at this lesbian event where I am, and therein lies the hilarity,” San Giacomo says.

And while there’s plenty of opportunity for all-out silliness Malick says the episode highlights a serious side of growing up gay.

"Laura has a fabulous scene talking about growing up gay and not being able to tell your family," Malick says. "It should earn her a GLAAD Award nomination."

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Tracy E. Gilchrist

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.