Before she was incensing Don Draper, Heller created controversy with a nine-episode arc of the half-hour hit '70s sitcom Soap as American broadcast's first recurring lesbian character, Alice. I had the opportunity to speak with Heller about the show and her part in it.
The night Ellen came out, I felt like my family got an invitation to the party. It hadn't occurred to me that we'd been excluded thus far, but now I saw it. The price of inclusion was noticing that all along we hadn't been included.
Manhattan is awash with TV folks in town for the upfronts, the annual ritual in which the networks present their fall schedules to advertisers in hopes of wooing big bucks. It is too early to tell which network will be the big winner, but this year there is a clear loser: gay characters.