Things have not been going well for Ellen DeGeneres
. She split from long-time lover Anne Heche
, who is now in a heterosexual relationship, and her TV series was dropped by ABC when ratings flagged following her and her character coming out of the closet. Ellen claimed the cancellation was due to negative reaction to her homosexuality. Some critics have retorted that such claims are rubbish; the show just wasn't that funny when people thought she was straight, and despite a burst of inspired creativity surrounding her coming out of the closet, the show's death came because it gradually returned to the same tired comic premises that had failed to inspire viewership in the past. But now the funny lady has been resurrected by CBS. The series, to be shown next year, sees her play a lesbian who returns to her hometown in the Midwest... a premise that sounds not unlike Fox's current series, "Normal, Ohio" (2000)
, starring John Goodman
as a gay man who returns to his hometown in the Midwest. CBS president Leslie Moonves
promises, "She will be a gay woman, but it's not going to hit it over the head."