Coming out party for new Showtime show

Showtime launched its answer to rival feevee HBO’s sex-drenched femme skein Tuesday night with a bash at LACMA. Unlike “Sex and the City,” however, Showtime’s lesbian-centric skein has no room for Mr. Big.

“The L Word” exec producer Larry Kennar said he did not expect the lesbian aspect to deter mainstream audiences from tuning in, given the success of gay fare lately.

“I think its what everyone’s looking for right now,” said Kennar. “People like to see groups of friends and the realities that they go through, and this (show) is a really wonderful way to tell some cool stories about normal people that just happen to be gay.”

Showtime chairman-CEO Matt Blank called the series a no-brainer for the network that put “Queer as Folk” on the air.

“I think this is just classic Showtime material,” said Blank. “It’s different, it pushes the limits and no one else is doing it.”

Also on hand for the event were producer-scribe Ilene Chaiken; thesps Jennifer Beals, Pam Grier, Erin Daniels and Karina Lombard; as well as Christian Slater, Kelly Lynch, Blythe Danner and musician Melissa Etheridge.

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