(Exciting NEW TV pilot below you can watch NOW)
I have had the delicious privilege of getting to know Marlo Bernier. She had a long and successful career playing male parts on TV and in films before she came out female. Marlo sat for mini-interview here on this very blog. (Three short parts. Read it here, here, and here!)
Marlo and her team have created a network ready pilot of a new television program called Myrna. It is about a an actor who transitioned from male to female and now seeks to move forward in life, love, and career. I previewed the pilot some months back but was sworn to secrecy. It was hard because I wanted to tell all of my friends, particularly those with transition histories of their own, looking for new, quality entertainment created and performed by transgender people.
As I watched the first episode (on a train on my iPhone no less), the depth and thoughtfulness of it impressed me, especially because it did not go in the directions I expected. This is not a transition story, but a beautiful and at times hilarious human story of a woman who is finding her way in the world regardless if the world is ready for her and she is ready for it. It also provides insightful, at times biting and revealing commentary about the entertainment industry.
Through it all the character of Myrna (played by Bernier) shines through as a flawed, resilient, honest character. She reminds me of the best of Louie CK’s searing honest comedy that is consistently vulnerable but never self-indulgent or shaming. I expect this show to take off.
For a very limited time (Tonight through Thursday) you can watch it for free. So for the first time ever in a public platform: Myrna!
Click here to go to Vimeo and see it yourself.
Learn more about Mario Bernier, the creative genius behind Myrna, as she appears on “The Rebecca Juro Show” this Thursday. streaming live, 7-9pm EST, 4-6pm PST. Studio Call-In: (646)564-9501 Show Homepage: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rjuroshow