September 12, 2013 at 3:20 pm EDT | by Santiago Melli-Huber
Gay is the ‘New Black’
Jason Biggs, Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black, Netflix, gay news, Washington Blade

On tap in TV: Jason Biggs and Taylor Schilling in a scene from Netflix’s ‘Orange is the New Black.’ (Photo by Barbara Nitke; courtesy Netflix)

Netflix’s hit original series “Orange is the New Black” continues to be a popular choice for subscribers and was renewed for a second season. Set in a women’s prison, it features many lesbian relationships and a richly developed transgender character played by Laverne Cox.

The “65th Primetime Emmy Awards” airs Sept. 22 on CBS at 8 p.m. with host Neil Patrick Harris. Top acting award nominees include Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Zachary Quinto. “30 Rock” is the most nominated series for its final season.

“Masters of Sex,” starring Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen, premieres on Showtime on Sept. 29 at 10 p.m. The two play Virginia Johnson and Dr. William Masters, researchers who pioneered the field of human sexuality from the 1950s to the 1990s.

Toni Collette stars in “Hostages” as a surgeon ordered by terrorists to kill the president during surgery in order to save her family. The show airs on Mondays at 10 p.m. on CBS and premieres Sept. 23.

ABC premieres “Trophy Wife” on Sept. 24 at 9:30 p.m. on ABC. Malin Åckerman stars as the new wife of Bradley Whitford’s character. She raises her new stepchildren and deals with her husband’s ex-wives, played by Marcia Gay Harden and Michaela Watkins.

On Sept. 10, “American Masters” profiled Billie Jean King, the first time an athlete was the subject of the biographical series. Sept. 20 marks the 40th anniversary of King’s victory in the “Battle of the Sexes” match.

Anna Faris and Allison Janney star in “Mom,” a CBS sitcom airing Sept. 23 at 9:30 p.m. Faris plays a single, alcoholic mom who moves to Napa Valley to rebuild her life. Janney plays Faris’s mother.

“Project Runway” is just a few episodes away from its season 12 finale on Oct. 17 at 9 p.m. on Lifetime. This season features mentor Tim Gunn in a more active role in the judging process.

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The cast of ‘The Newsroom.’ From left are Dev Patel, Olivia Munn, Thomas Sadoski, Sam Waterston, John Gallagher, Jr., Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer and Allison Pill. (Photo courtesy HBO)

“The Newsroom” wraps up its sophomore season this Sunday. Will, Mackenzie and the rest of the news team face the aftermath of “Genoa”  as General David Petraeus’s affair comes to light during election night coverage. The season finale airs at 10 p.m. on HBO.

Lil Mama, KeKe Palmer and Drew Sidora star in “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story,” on VH1. The film premieres on Oct. 21 at 9 p.m. Surviving TLC members T-Boz and Chilli served as consultants and executive producers of the biopic.

LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian will star in a new VH1 reality show to premiere in December. “LeAnn & Eddie” will explore their marriage and tabloid presence.

Sean Hayes stars in a new NBC sitcom, “Sean Saves the World.” Hayes plays a divorced gay dad whose teenage daughter moves in with him full-time. Megan Hilty also stars in the show as Sean’s best friend. Linda Lavin (“Alice”) also has a role.

Season three of ABC’s “Revenge,starring Emily VanCamp and Madeline Stowe, premieres Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. Season three will see Gabriel Mann’s character Nolan Ross in another same-sex relationship.

Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan return for the final season of “How I Met Your Mother” on Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. on CBS. Cristin Milioti joins the cast as “The Mother.”

“The Amazing Race” began its 23rd season on Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. on CBS. The show consistently features a diverse cast. This season includes Shane Partlow and Rowan Joseph, the duo behind “The Queen of Bingo,” a comedic drag show.

“Glee” returns Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. on Fox. The first two episodes of the season will pay tribute to The Beatles while the third episode will address Cory Monteith’s passing.

“Modern Family” will kick off season five with a nod to the recent legalization of same-sex marriage in California. The hour-long premiere airs on Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. on ABC.

Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story: Coven” premieres on Oct. 9 at 10 p.m. on FX. Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson and other series regulars return and welcome newcomers Angela Bassett, Patti LuPone and Leslie Jordan.

Andy Samberg’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” premieres Tuesday 17 at 8:30 p.m. on Fox. The series will feature Andre Braugher as the openly gay captain of the 99th Precinct.

Season 39 of “Saturday Night Live” airs on Sept. 28 at 11:30 p.m. on NBC with Tina Fey hosting. The cast includes rising star Kate McKinnon, the third openly gay actor in the show’s history. One episode will feature Lady Gaga performing double duty as host and musical guest.

Maggie Lawson stars in “Back In The Game” on ABC with the series premiere on Sept. 25 at 8:30 p.m. The series features child actor J.J. Totah as a gay adolescent.

“Web Therapy,” starring Lisa Kudrow, wraps up its third season with guest stars Lily Tomlin and Alan Cumming. The show was created by Kudrow and married couple Dan Bucatinsky and Don Roos. Episodes air Tuesdays at 11 p.m. on Showtime with the season finale on Sept. 24.

Lisa Kudrow will also guest star in an arc on season three of “Scandal.” Star Kerry Washington is nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, which could make her the first African-American to win in the category. The season premieres Oct. 3 at 10 p.m. on ABC.

“Grey’s Anatomy” kicks off its 10th season with a two-hour premiere Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. Season nine ended with the birth of Meredith’s baby, Arizona and Callie’s marriage rocked by infidelity and an unconscious Richard’s fate unknown.

“Old Dogs & New Tricks” is a web series that explores the sex lives of older gay men in West Hollywood. The series returns next year for a third season and current episodes can be found online at

“Husbands” has been picked up by CW Seed for its third season. Originally an independent web series by Brad Bell and Jane Espenson, it stars Bell and Sean Hemeon as gay celebrities facing life together after drunkenly marrying in Las Vegas. New episodes can be found on

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