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Kelly Clarkson on ‘The Tonight Show.’ (Screenshot via YouTube)

Kelly Clarkson is headed to daytime television.

NBC Universal announced that “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” a one-hour talk show, will debut in fall 2019. The show will air before “Ellen” on NBC stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Miami, San Diego and Hartford.

Clarkson confirmed the news on “The Tonight Show” on Tuesday.

“I love talking — it’s my favorite pastime,” Clarkson told host Jimmy Fallon. “It’s hard for me to shut up, though. You have to listen to people who come on your show, and I just keep talking! The only thing I’ve gotta work on is listening.”

Clarkson’s show will replace Steve Harvey’s talk show “Steve,” which has been canceled after a two-season run.

 

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Speculation on whether iconic comedy duo Bert and Ernie’s relationship could be romantic has swirled for years but one former “Sesame Street” writer’s comments were taken as confirmation they are a couple.

Mark Saltzman, who is gay and was a writer on the children’s series in the ’80s and ’90s,  told Queerty that he based Bert and Ernie on a long term relationship he was in with another man.

“And I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert & Ernie, they were [gay],” Saltzman said. “I didn’t have any other way to contextualize them. The other thing was, more than one person referred to Arnie & I as Bert & Ernie.”

Saltzman noted that he was never open about drawing inspiration for Bert and Ernie from his own relationship.

“I would never have said to the head writer, ‘Oh, I’m writing this, this is my partner and me,'” Saltzman said.

Frank Oz, the puppeteer who created the character of Bert, denied Saltzman’s claims on Twitter.

“It seems Mr. Mark Saltzman was asked if Bert & Ernie are gay. It’s fine that he feels they are. They’re not, of course. But why that question? Does it really matter? Why the need to define people as only gay? There’s much more to a human being than just straightness or gayness,” Oz tweeted.

Saltzman’s comments led Sesame Street Workshop to release a statement that Bert and Ernie are just friends.

“As we have always said, Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation,” the statement reads.

In an interview with the New York Post, Saltzman clarified his comments.

“As a writer, you just bring what you know into your work,” Saltzman said. “Somehow, in the uproar, that turned into Bert and Ernie being gay. There is a difference.”

Saltzman continued on that the bottom line is the pair have a strong connection.

“They are two guys who love each other,” Saltzman said. “That’s who they are.”

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Roseanne Barr claims that her character Roseanne Conner will die from an opioid overdose on the “Roseanne” spin-off, “The Conners.”

In an interview for YouTube show “Walk Away,” Barr told host Brandon Straka about her character’s fate.

“They have her die of an opioid overdose,” Barr said.“So it wasn’t enough to just do what they did to me. They had to so cruelly insult the people who loved that family and that show. They had to cruelly insult them, and that’s what they chose to do. So there’s nothing I can do about it. It’s done. It’s over. There’s no fight left.”

During the “Roseanne” reboot’s first and only season, Roseanne Conner has a storyline where she struggles with painkiller dependency.

ABC canceled “Roseanne” after Barr went on a Twitter rant against former Barack Obama aide, Valerie Jarrett. The network has not confirmed Barr’s claim about her character.

“The Conners” premieres on Oct. 16 and will focus on the Conner family sans Barr.

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RuPaul accepts the award for Outstanding Reality Competition Series (Screen capture by Joey DiGuglielmo)

The 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards honored the best in television on Monday night including a few wins for LGBT TV.

The biggest night in television kicked off with an opening dance number led by “Saturday Night Live” cast members Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson. The bit jokingly celebrated Hollywood finally finding a solution to its diversity problem. McKinnon and Thompson were later joined on stage by other TV stars such as “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” star Tituss Burgess and RuPaul.

“Saturday Night Live” continued to represent itself as the show passed on to its hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” made herstory with its win for Outstanding Reality Competition Series rounding out five total wins for the show. RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Ross Matthews and Carson Kressley all were on stage to accept the award.

“Thank you to the Academy. This is so lovely. We are so happy to present this show. I would like to thank, on behalf of the 140 drag queens we have released into the wild, I’d love to thank Dick Richards for introducing me to Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey,” RuPaul said in his speech.  “All of the dreamers out there, listen,” he said. “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else? Can I get an amen up in here? Now let the music play.”

RuPaul also won his third consecutive award for Outstanding Host at the Creative Arts Emmys.

“The Assassination of Gianni Versace” also was honored with Ryan Murphy winning Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special and Darren Criss winning Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie. The show also won Outstanding Limited Series. Murphy used his speech to spotlight hate crimes against the LGBTQ community.

“‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’ is about a lot of things, it’s about homophobia, internalized and externalized,” Murphy said in his acceptance speech. “One of out of every four LGBTQ people in this country will be the victim of a hate crime. We dedicate this award to them, to awareness, to stricter hate crime laws, and mostly, this is for the memory of Jeff and David and Gianni and for all of those taken too soon. Thank you very much.”

LGBT representation continued throughout the night with lesbian comedian Hannah Gadbys, known for her critically acclaimed Netflix special “Nanette,” who presented Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. The cast of “Queer Eye” also took the stage to present as well as RuPaul and Leslie Jones, who recently became close after Jones’ “Drag Race” binge.

“Game of Thrones” was the big winner of the night taking home nine awards including Outstanding Drama Series. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” followed close behind with eight awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series, and “Saturday Night Live” also won eight awards.

Other notable moments of the night were Henry Winkler’s first Emmy win in his decades-long career for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for “Barry;” an appearance from Betty White and Glenn Weiss who used his win for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special to propose to his girlfriend on stage.

The complete list of winners is below.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Brian Tyree Henry – “Atlanta” (FX)
Louie Anderson – “Baskets” (FX)
Kenan Thompson – “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
Tituss Burgess – “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)
Henry Winkler – “Barry” (HBO) 
Alec Baldwin – “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
Tony Shalhoub – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Zazie Beetz – “Atlanta” (FX)
Laurie Metcalf – “Roseanne” (ABC)
Leslie Jones – “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
Alex Borstein – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon) 
Betty Gilpin – “GLOW” (Netflix)
Aidy Bryant – “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
Kate McKinnon – “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
Megan Mullally – “Will & Grace” (NBC)

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Donald Glover – “Atlanta” (FX)
Stefani Robinson – “Atlanta” (FX)
Alec Berg, Bill Hader – “Barry” (HBO
Liz Sarnoff – “Barry” (HBO)
Alec Berg – “Silicon Valley” (HBO)
Amy Sherman-Palladino – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Donald Glover – “Atlanta” (FX)
Hiro Murai – “Atlanta” (FX)
Bill Hader – “Barry” (HBO)
Mark Cendrowski – “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
Jesse Peretz – “GLOW” (Netflix)
Mike Judge – “Silicon Valley” (HBO)
Amy Sherman-Palladino – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon) 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Pamela Adlon – “Better Things” (FX)
Lily Tomlin – “Grace & Frankie” (Netflix)
Allison Janney – “Mom” (CBS)
Tracee Ellis Ross – “Black-ish” (ABC)
Issa Rae – “Insecure” (HBO)
Rachel Brosnahan – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson – “Black-ish”(ABC)
Ted Danson – “The Good Place” (NBC)
Larry David – “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)
Donald Glover – “Atlanta” (FX)
Bill Hader – “Barry” (HBO)
William H. Macy – “Shameless” (Showtime)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Adina Porter – “American Horror Story: Cult” (FX)
Merritt Wever – “Godless” (Netflix)
Penelope Cruz – “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX)
Letitia Wright – “Black Museum” (“Black Mirror”) (Netflix)
Sara Bareilles – “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” (NBC)
Judith Light – “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Jeff Daniels – “Godless” (Netflix)
Ricky Martin – “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX)
Finn Wittrock – “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX)
John Leguizamo – “Waco” (Paramount Network)
Brandon Victor Dixon – “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” (NBC)
Edgar Ramirez – “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX)
Michael Stuhlbarg – “The Looming Tower” (Hulu)

Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special
Kevin McManus, Matthew McManus – “American Vandal” (Netflix)
Scott Frank – “Godless” (Netflix)
David Nicholls – “Patrick Melrose” (Showtime)
Tom Rob Smith – “The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX)
David Lynch, Mark Frost – “Twin Peaks” (Showtime)
William Bridges, Charlie Brooker – “USS Callister” (“Black Mirror”) (Netflix) 

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special
Scott Frank – “Godless” (Netflix)
David Leveaux, Alex Rudzinski – “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” (NBC)
Barry Levinson – “Paterno” (HBO)
Edward Berger – “Patrick Melrose” (Showtime)
Ryan Murphy – “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX) 
Craig Zisk – “The Looming Tower” (Hulu)
David Lynch – “Twin Peaks” (Showtime)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie
Jessica Biel – “The Sinner” (USA Network)
Laura Dern – “The Tale” (HBO)
Michelle Dockery – “Godless” (Netflix)
Edie Falco – “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders” (NBC)
Regina King – “Seven Seconds” (Netflix)
Sarah Paulson – “American Horror Story: Cult” (FX)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie
Antonio Banderas – “Genius: Picasso” (National Geographic)
Darren Criss – “Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX) 
Benedict Cumberbatch – “Patrick Melrose” (Showtime)
Jeff Daniels – “The Looming Tower” (Hulu)
John Legend – “Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert” (NBC)
Jesse Plemons – “USS Callister”/”Black Mirror” (Netflix)

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special
Melinda Taub, Samantha Bee – “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Presents: The Great American* Puerto Rico (*It’s Complicated)” (TBS)
John Mulaney – “John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous At Radio City” (Netflix)
Michelle Wolf – “Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady” (HBO)
Patton Oswalt – “Patton Oswalt: Annihilation” (Netflix)
Steve Martin, Martin Short – “Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life” (Netflix)

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special
Stan Lathan – “Dave Chappelle: Equanimity” (Netflix)
Michael Bonfiglio – “Jerry Seinfeld: Jerry Before Seinfeld” (Netflix)
Marcus Raboy – “Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life” (Netflix)
Hamish Hamilton – “Super Bowl LII Halftime Show Starring Justin Timberlake” (NBC)
Glenn Weiss – “The Oscars” (ABC) 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Mandy Patinkin – “Homeland” (Showtime)
Matt Smith – “The Crown” (Netflix)
Peter Dinklage – “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
David Harbour – “Stranger Things” (Netflix)
Joseph Fiennes – “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Lena Headey – “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Vanessa Kirby – “The Crown” (Netflix)
Ann Dowd – “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
Thandie Newton – “Westworld” (HBO) 
Millie Bobby Brown – “Stranger Things” (Netflix)
Alexis Bledel – “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
Yvonne Strahovski – “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
David Benioff, D.B. Weiss – “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge – “Killing Eve” (BBC America)
The Duffer Brothers – “Stranger Things” (Netfix)
Joe Fields, Joe Weisberg – “The Americans” (FX) 
Peter Morgan – “The Crown” (Neflix)
Bruce Miller – “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Alan Taylor – “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Jeremy Podeswa – “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Jason Bateman – “Ozark” (Netflix)
Daniel Sackheim – “Ozark” (Netflix)
The Duffer Brothers – “Stranger Things” (Netflix)
Stephen Daldry – “The Crown” (Netflix) 
Kari Skogland – “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman – “Ozark” (Netflix)
Sterling K. Brown – “This Is Us” (NBC)
Ed Harris – “Westworld” (HBO)
Matthew Rhys – “The Americans” (FX)
Milo Ventimiglia – “This Is Us” (NBC)
Jeffrey Wright – “Westworld” (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Foy – “The Crown” (Netflix) 

Tatiana Maslany – “Orphan Black” (BBC America)
Elisabeth Moss – “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
Sandra Oh – “Killing Eve” (BBC America)
Keri Russell – “The Americans” (FX)
Evan Rachel Wood – “Westworld” (HBO)

Outstanding Reality Competition Program
“American Ninja Warrior” (NBC)
“Project Runway” (Lifetime)
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1) 
“The Amazing Race” (CBS)
“The Voice” (NBC)
“Top Chef” (Bravo)

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
“At Home with Amy Sedaris” (TruTV)
“Drunk History” (Comedy Central)
“I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman” (Hulu)
“Portlandia” (IFC)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“The Tracey Ullman Show” (HBO)

Outstanding Variety Talk Series
“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central)
“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” (TBS)
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (ABC)
“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)
“The Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS)
“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS)

Outstanding Limited Series
“Genius: Picasso” (National Geographic)
“Godless” (Netflix)
“Patrick Melrose” (Showtime)
“The Alienist” (TNT)
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX)

Outstanding Comedy Series
“Atlanta” (FX)
“Barry” (HBO)
“Black-ish” (ABC)
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)
“GLOW” (Netflix)
“The Marvelous Ms. Maisel” (Amazon)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)

Outstanding Drama Series
“The Americans” (FX)
“The Crown” (Netflix)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO) 
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
“Stranger Things” (Netflix)
“This Is Us” (NBC)
“Westworld” (HBO)

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Jim Parsons is developing new gay sitcom for NBC http://www.washingtonblade.com/2018/09/17/jim-parsons-is-developing-new-gay-sitcom-for-nbc/ http://www.washingtonblade.com/2018/09/17/jim-parsons-is-developing-new-gay-sitcom-for-nbc/#respond Mon, 17 Sep 2018 17:22:24 +0000 http://www.washingtonblade.com/?p=48074124 The show tells the story of the Inn at Little Washington

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Jim Parsons is already planning his next TV project.

“The Big Bang Theory” star is on board as an executive producer of “The Inn Crowd,” a new sitcom for NBC, Deadline reports.

“The Inn Crowd” tells the story of Patrick O’Connell and Reinhardt Lynch, a gay couple who run the Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Va. The sitcom will be based on the 1999 New Yorker article by Tony Horwitz that chronicled the couple’s plans to expand the inn to the dismay of some neighbors.

“Young & Hungry” creator David Holden will write and executive produce the series. That’s Wonderful Productions, Parsons’ production company with his husband Todd Spiewak, will also develop the project.

This will be Parsons first new TV project since “The Big Bang Theory” announced it will end the series after its 12th season due to Parsons wanting to exit.

 

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Sean Hayes, Matt Bomer and Eric McCormack on ‘Will & Grace.’ (Screenshot via YouTube)

“Will & Grace” gave a first look at its numerous guest stars for its upcoming second season.

Entertainment Tonight went behind the scenes to chat with Sean Hayes, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing and Megan Mullally.

The sneak peek gave the season two plotlines which includes Karen (Mullally) divorcing Stan and Jack (Hayes) getting married to his boyfriend Estefan (Brian Jordan Alvarez).

Grace (Messing) is seen going into politics and her new boyfriend (David Schwimmer) is introduced. Will’s new beau (Matt Bomer) is also shown as well as other guest stars Alec Baldwin and Chelsea Handler.

“Will & Grace” season two premieres on Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. on NBC.

Watch below.

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FALL ARTS 2018 TV: ‘Insatiable,’ ‘Insecure’ and a ton of reboots http://www.washingtonblade.com/2018/09/14/gay-shows-2018/ http://www.washingtonblade.com/2018/09/14/gay-shows-2018/#respond Fri, 14 Sep 2018 19:54:41 +0000 http://www.washingtonblade.com/?p=47895692 Billy Porter joins AHS, ‘Will & Grace’ returns and Roseanne dies

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The cast of ‘The Conners’ sans Roseanne. (Photo courtesy ABC)

Now that new shows and new seasons premiere throughout the year, the falls television season has lost some of its luster. Nevertheless, there are some great offerings on their way, including LGBT fan favorites and series with interesting queer content.

Here is a sample of the shows on their way this fall, based on the latest information available. Schedules are subject to change, so check your local listings.

Four queer series have already hit the small screen. “Insatiable” (Netflix) premiered Aug. 10. Focusing on a teenaged girl who wants to get revenge on her bullies, the show includes several LGB characters. The third season of “Insecure” (HBO) dropped Aug. 12 and the show has already been picked up for a fourth season. Based on conversations with fans and writers after a male character revealed that he once had sex with a man, showrunner Issa Rae says she is ready to tackle LGBT issues in the show.

“The Deuce,” starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, returned to HBO Sept. 9. The action has jumped forward five years to 1977 and gay bartender Paul is becoming part of the burgeoning gay bar scene.

The eighth season of “American Horror Story” began on FX Sept. 12. Subtitled “Apocalypse,” the show is a crossover between “Murder House” (season one) and “Coven” (season there). The new season will combine characters, themes and plot elements from both seasons. All of the major cast members will return, with some of the actors playing multiple characters. Joining the cast will be Joan Collins (the original “Dynasty”) and Billy Porter (“Pose”).

“9-1-1” returns to FOX Sept. 23 for its second season. Angela Bassett plays LAPD police sergeant Athena Grant, whose husband Michael has come out as gay. Aisha Hinds plays out firefighter “Hen” Wilson and Tracie Thoms plays her wife Karen Wilson.

Anchored by openly gay Jim Parsons as super-nerd Sheldon Cooper, “The Big Bang Theory” will begin its final season on CBS Sept. 25.

The popular tear-jerker “This Is Us,” which has been hailed for its sensitive handling of race and sexuality, returns to NBC Sept. 25. During the first two seasons, Randall Pearson (played by Emmy-winning actor Sterling K. Brown), is reunited with his bisexual biological father William “Shakespeare” Hill (Ron Cephas Jones). William introduces the family to his ex-boyfriend Jessie (Denis O’Hare) before his death from cancer. In flashbacks, William (played by Jermel Nakia) abandons his infant son at a firehouse following the death of his girlfriend. It’s not clear how the chronologically flexible show will handle the bisexual storyline in season three or if creator Dan Fogelman will add additional LGBT plotlines.

Starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet as a gay couple, ABC’s “Modern Family” returns for its 10th and final season Sept. 25. The producers have announced that there will be a spin-off, but casting for the new show has not been announced.

Under the watchful and wildly inventive eye of openly gay creator Lee Daniels, the cross-over series “Empire” and “Star” return to Fox Sept. 26. Both shows feature prominent African-American LGBT characters. Trans actress Amiyah Scott plays Cotton, the trans daughter of salon owner Carlotta Brown (Queen Latifah).

Twenty years after the original series went off the air, the revival of “Murphy Brown” returns to CBS Sept. 27. Candice Bergen returns as the infamous title character, rejoined by Faith Ford (Corky Sherwood), Joe Regalbuto (Frank Fontana) and Grant Shoud (Miles Silverberg). Jake McDorman joins the cast as Murphy’s son Avery, a journalist who shares his mother’s quick wit and competitive spirit, and Nik Dodani plays the social media director for “Murphy in the Morning.” The gang still hangs out at legendary watering hole Phil’s, now under the management of Phil’s sister Phyllis (Tyne Daly). 

Jake McDorman as Murphy’s son on the ‘Murphy Brown’ reboot. (Photo by Francis Specker; courtesy CBS)

The award-winning “How to Get Away with Murder” returns to ABC Sept. 27 for a fifth season. Viola Davis stars as pansexual law school professor Annalise Keating and the show includes several other LGBT characters. 

Openly gay actor Leslie Jordan is part of the cast of the new show “The Cool Kids” which premieres on Fox Sept. 28. Set in a retirement home, the show also stars camp icon Vicki Lawrence (“Mama’s Family” and “The Carol Burnett Show”), David Alan Grier (“In Living Color”) and Martin Mull (“Roseanne”). 

The popular revival of “Will & Grace” returns to NBC Oct. 4 for its second season (10th total); the show has already been renewed for an 11th season. Out actor Matt Bomer joins the cast as a new love interest for Will (Eric McCormack) and David Schwimmer (“Friends”) joins the cast as a love interest for Grace (Debra Messing). Minnie Driver returns as Lorraine Finster, the scheming stepdaughter of Karen (Megan Mullally) and Brian Jordan Alvarez returns as Estafan, the flight attendant boyfriend of Jack (Sean Hayes). 

In addition, Chelsea Handler joins the cast as Donna Zimmer, a high-powered client of Grace’s who falls for Grace’s bitter sister Janet Adler (Mary McCormack). Blythe Danner, Robert Klein and Alec Baldwin return as guest stars and there will be cameo appearances from Jon Cryer and Olympic medal-nabbing gay figure skater Adam Rippon.

Directly following the season premiere of “Will & Grace,” “Superstore” will return to NBC for its fourth season. The ensemble cast of workers at the fictional big-box store “Cloud 9” includes openly gay Filipino actor Nico Santos (“Crazy Rich Asians”) as an openly gay Filipino store employee.

The multi-talented, multi-layered and very modest Justin Johnson, aka drag superstar Alyssa Edwards (a “RuPaul’s Drag Race” vet), stars in “Dancing Queen” which drops Oct. 5. Set in Johnson’s hometown of Mesquite, Texas, the Netflix docu-series follows the performer as he balances his dance life, his drag life, his family life and his love life and prepares his young students at the Beyond Belief Dance Company for competition. 

Alyssa Edwards in ‘Dancing Queen.’ (Photo by Jake Giles Netter; courtesy Netflix)

During the first weeks of October, the very queer friendly CW network will drop several new and returning shows, including the final season of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” a reboot of the cult favorite “Charmed,” the second season of the rebooted “Dynasty,” “Riverdale,” “Black Lightning” and three of the series set in the DC Arrowverse: “Supergirl,” “Arrow” and “The Flash.”

In the wake of actress Roseanne Barr’s Twitter meltdown and the cancellation of the revival of “Roseanne,” ABC has killed off her character. The rest of the family will be reunited in “The Conners” which premieres Oct. 16. Beyond Darlene’s gender non-conforming son Mark (Ames McNamara), it is unclear which of the original series’ LGBT characters will return.

In the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct, Netflix fired Kevin Spacey from “House of Cards,” where he played bisexual former President Frank Underwood. The sixth and final season will premiere without Spacey on Nov. 2. A recently released trailer shows President Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) standing over her husband’s grave.

GLAAD has hailed several daytime dramas for their LGBT storylines. Some on the ongoing soaps include “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “The Young and the Restless,” “Days of Our Lives” and “General Hospital.”

Finally, several series that with queer characters or with a strong LGBT fanbase are expected to return this fall, even though premiere days have not been announced. These include “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Dear White People” and “Transparent.”

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Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn say goodbye to ‘Project Runway’ http://www.washingtonblade.com/2018/09/10/heidi-klum-and-tim-gunn-say-goodbye-to-project-runway/ http://www.washingtonblade.com/2018/09/10/heidi-klum-and-tim-gunn-say-goodbye-to-project-runway/#respond Mon, 10 Sep 2018 16:01:00 +0000 http://www.washingtonblade.com/?p=47559581 The duo have been a part of the series since its 2004 premiere

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Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn on ‘Project Runway’ (Screenshot via YouTube)

Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn are departing “Project Runway” after 16 seasons to work on a new project for Amazon.

Klum has served as a judge and executive producer of the show while Gunn worked as a mentor for competing designers on the show.

In a statement, Gunn bid farewell to the hit reality series.

“I am grateful to ‘Project Runway’ for putting me on a path I never, in my wildest dreams, thought my career would take me! I am so proud to have been a part of the groundbreaking process that showcased talented young designers as never before. Most importantly, I am indebted to our incredible fans, they are the heart and soul of what we do, and continue to inspire us to raise the bar in this arena. I’m excited for them to see what’s next, as I partner with Amazon and Heidi Klum on our next great ‘fashion’ adventure,” Gunn said.

Klum also released a statement saying: “After 16 incredible seasons, I am saying ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ to ‘Project Runway,’ a show that I was honored to host and help create. I am incredibly proud of the show, and it will always have a special place in my heart. I am so appreciative of the dedicated fans, and most of all, I am grateful that we could shine a light on creativity and help launch so many talented designers’ careers. I’m most excited that my journey with my dear friend and colleague, Tim Gunn, is far from over. We will be partnering with Amazon for a new show, and we’re excited for everyone to see what we’re designing next!”

Details on the upcoming Amazon project haven’t been released but it is expected to be a reality fashion series.

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‘Queer Eye,’ RuPaul win big at Creative Emmys http://www.washingtonblade.com/2018/09/10/queer-eye/ http://www.washingtonblade.com/2018/09/10/queer-eye/#respond Mon, 10 Sep 2018 15:42:13 +0000 http://www.washingtonblade.com/?p=47557676 'Drag Race, 'Jesus Christ Superstar' also score awards

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The cast of ‘Queer Eye’ (Photo via Netflix)

“Queer Eye” and RuPaul scored big at the 70th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards over the weekend. The award show honors achievements in reality, documentary and variety programming.

“Queer Eye” won Outstanding Structured Reality Program, Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program and Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured or Competition Reality Program.

RuPaul received his third consecutive win for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality Competition Program.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” received a few technical awards such as Outstanding Costumes for Variety, Non-Fiction, or Reality Programming, Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special and Outstanding Directing for a Reality Program.

Other notable wins include five awards for the late Craig Zadan’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert,” including for Outstanding Variety Special. The wins solidified John Legend, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber with EGOT status.

“Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” also earned Bourdain five posthumous awards.

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ casts its first gay male surgeon http://www.washingtonblade.com/2018/09/07/greys-anatomy-casts-its-first-gay-male-surgeon/ http://www.washingtonblade.com/2018/09/07/greys-anatomy-casts-its-first-gay-male-surgeon/#respond Fri, 07 Sep 2018 17:09:26 +0000 http://www.washingtonblade.com/?p=47414876 Alex Landi will portray Dr. Nico Kim

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Alex Landi (Photo via Instagram)

Alex Landi has been cast as the first gay male surgeon in “Grey’s Anatomy.”

TVLine reports Landi, who is half-Korean and half-Italian, will portray Dr. Nico Kim. The role will be reoccurring but no details on Nico’s plot have been revealed.

“Grey’s Anatomy” has included LGBT characters in the past but the LGBT characters on the medical staff, such as Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez) and lesbian Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw), have only been female until now.

On Instagram, Landi posted that he is “very grateful” to be cast as Nico.

“Grey’s Anatomy” season 15 premieres with a two-hour episode on Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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