Look for Elizabethy Berkley in next round of 'L Word'


August 19, 2008|By LIZ SMITH

ELIZABETH BERKLEY is the girl Hollywood did wrong. Well known as a TV star on Saved By the Bell, she suddenly became an acting pariah after appearing in her first movie, 1995's Showgirls, which, for some reason, was not only a big fat flop, but everybody connected with it got blamed for its being one. (Of course, Elizabeth had nothing to do with that one way or another; she was hired to do a job and she did it as the Joe Eszterhas script and director Paul Verhoeven indicated.) But she has worked hard since then to come back - and she has!

And now, in what is perhaps a sly nod to the Sapphic innuendos of Showgirls, Elizabeth is set to guest star on the sixth and final season of Showtime's groundbreaking, provocative series The L Word, scheduled to premiere early in 2009.

Elizabeth will appear in four of the eight episodes now filming in Vancouver, British Columbia. This will reteam her with her pal, L Word star Jennifer Beals. They worked together on the little indie movie Roger Dodger back in 2002.


People are talking about the coming Therese Walsh novel Unbounded, which Elisabeth Weed at Weed Literary is sitting on with all her might and main, hoping that the entire plot, etc. doesn't leak before Shaye Areheart Books publishes it in the fall of 2009.

This one tells of a language professor whose grief over the loss of her twin has isolated her from friends and family. She impulsively buys a "keris" - a Javanese weapon imbued with legendary powers. She embarks then on a trip, New York to Rome, to follow the dagger's provenance. Will this lead her to the truth of her sister's tragedy?

Evidently, Unbounded was good enough for the author to nail down a major two-book deal.

Mysterious forces

Some fun at Michael's watering hole when Parade's relatively new editor, Janice Kaplan, celebrated kicking off yet another mystery thriller, starring her dreamed-up character Lacy Fields.

Conde Nast, so proud of Parade's remaining the No. 1 read in print periodicals, turned out quite a group to lift a glass for Janice.

I noted the celebrity interviewer and creator of the New York Post's Page Six, James Brady, as well as Parade's editor emeritus Walter Anderson. (These are two of my favorite Marines!) I saw the big brain Marilyn vos Savant with her famous inventor hubby Dr. Robert Jarvik. (I told Marilyn it never fails. Each Sunday I try to answer the reader's questions to her, but I never can.)

Editor Janice's second book on her sleuthing interior decorator heroine is appealing and accessible. The novel is titled A Job to Kill For. I noticed that Janice was dressed in the same fuchsia-colored dress as Lacy Fields on the book jacket. Lacy is like a young and chic Jessica Fletcher: "I kicked off my dotted Miu Miu mules ..." Like Angela Lansbury's creation, Mrs. Fletcher, Lacy seems ripe for TV incarnation.

Lifetime TV, what are you waiting for?

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