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New Couple Alert: WGN's Original Drama Manhattan Features Lesbian Affair

New Couple Alert: WGN's Original Drama 'Manhattan' Features Lesbian Affair

New Couple Alert: WGN's Original Drama 'Manhattan' Features Lesbian Affair

Manhattan's first season may soon be over, but this news has us catch up and tuning in.


WGN America is doing a pretty solid job of securing our interest with their recently implemented original programming. First, they debuted the witch-tastic Salem, and now Manhattan, which is set in 1943 and about the fictionalized drama behind the real-life development of the atomic bomb. Manhattan takes place in small, isolated Los Alamos, New Mexico and focuses on the scientists working on The Manhattan Project as well as their families who are kept completely in the dark about the top-secret endeavor. In a show entirely about secrets, it can be explosive when they start to come out, and the more we learn about the residents of the town, the more we're loving it. Of course, there's nothing we love on TV more than some lesbian representation, and recently, we've been in luck.

Many may recognize Rachel Brosnahan as the queer, former prostitute Rachel on House of Cards, and though she's playing a completely different role on Manhattan, we're thrilled to see her once again playing LGBT.  On Manhattan, Rachel plays Abby Isaacs, the wife of one of the lead scientists commissioned to work on the Manhattan Project. Though Abby seems quite committed to her husband Charlie, she strikes up a friendship with fellow married neighbor Elodie (Carole Weyers). The two start to develop a few sparks, and over time the magnetic friendship turns into outright flirtation. When Charlie goes away on a business trip with another female scientist, Abby's jealousy turns into a drunken night on the town with Elodie that ends, after many episodes of anticipation, with a passionate make-out session and implied night together.


Charlie returns shortly after, and Abby seems to have snapped back into her dutiful wife role, for now. Whether or not Alodie is a lost dream remains to be seen, but you can catch up yourself right now on and tune in for new episodes Sunday on WGN.

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