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Leslie Grossman Reflects on the Endurance of Mary Cherry and Rejoining Ryan Murphy’s World (Exclusive)

Leslie Grossman Reflects on the Endurance of Mary Cherry and Rejoining Ryan Murphy’s World (Exclusive)
No one is more excited about Leslie Grossman’s return to Ryan Murphy’s world than Leslie Grossman herself. The self-professed TV fangirl, who admits to binging on shows like Westworld and The Handmaid’s Tale (and who has proudly watched every single episode of Housewives and Saturday Night Live), first worked with Murphy for the short-lived WB high school drama series Popular back in 1999.

Her highly quotable character, Mary Cherry, whom Murphy created specifically for her, seemed to temporarily typecast Grossman as a slightly oblivious, decidedly spoiled cheerleader type, and over the years, Grossman played into the caricature on shows like Nip/Tuck (another Murphy creation), What I Like About You and Modern Family.

But more recently, Grossman has resurfaced in an unlikely but inevitable place: as impressionable, politically apathetic, Nicole Kidman-loving Meadow Wilton, who takes a dark turn, on Murphy’s American Horror Story: Cult-- and, she tells Et the
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Melissa Etheridge Sings About Brad Pitt's Divorce After Being Threatened by Angelina Jolie's Lawyers

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Melissa Etheridge Sings About Brad Pitt's Divorce After Being Threatened by Angelina Jolie's Lawyers
Ever since news of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's divorce broke, it seems everyone in Hollywood has an opinion. The latest to join Chelsea Handler, Justin Theroux, and Marion Cotillard in speaking out is Melissa Etheridge, who was friends with Brad for years and even sang at his wedding to Jennifer Aniston before the couple called it quits. The "Come to My Window" singer, who endured her own tumultuous divorce and custody battle with ex-wife Tammy Lynn Michaels in 2010, sat down with Andy Cohen on his SiriusXM radio show on Monday to discuss Brad and Angelina's divorce. "It breaks my heart that anyone would take something as personal as your marriage and your relationship and your rights to your children and do it as purposefully as I see it's being done," she said. "There's a way to be. I've gone through family courts. I've been twice around this block,
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Popular: Ryan Murphy Says The WB Was "Homophobic" About Cancelled Series

Popular premiered in 1999 and was cancelled in 2001, after two seasons on The WB. The teen comedy-drama features popular cheerleader Brooke McQueen (Leslie Bibb) and nerdy high school journalist Sam McPherson (Carly Pope). The two are forced to live together, when Sam's mom, Jane (Lisa Darr) gets engaged to Brooke's dad, Mike (Scott Bryce). The cast also included: Tamara Mello, Christopher Gorham, Sara Rue, Bryce Johnson, Tammy Lynn Michaels, Leslie Grossman, and the late Ron Lester.Popular was successful writer-producer Ryan Murphy's first foray into TV. The American Horror Story and American Crime Story created, co-created Popular with Lisa Matthews. Murphy tells EW that during the show's run, The WB was "relentlessly homophobic," toward the TV series.Read More…
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Dear Indiana: If you're so antigay, why did you give us these gay icons?

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Dear Indiana: If you're so antigay, why did you give us these gay icons?
Indiana's coolness took a south bend this week when Gov. Mike Pence signed into law a bill that allows businesses to turn away Lgbt customers on the grounds of "religious freedom." Sort of makes you wish that "not sucking" was a religion.  To remind Indiana lawmakers why their nonsense is, well, nonsense, let's take a look at some gay icons and iconography that originated in Indiana. If you're so concerned about protecting the hatred of gay people, why do these folks below rule so much?    Adam Lambert, our Precious Moments figurine version of George Michael The wailing "American Idol" runner-up came out in the most decadent way possible: with a Rolling Stone cover story and salacious serpentine imagery. Lambert was raised in Southern California but was born in Indianapolis, which basically makes him a living version of "Saved by the Bell."  "Let's Hear It for the Boy" queen Deniece Williams
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Television that Home Video Forgot: Committed (2005)

Committed

Showcase Inventory

Created by Eileen Heisler and DeAnne Heline

Produced by Blackie and Blondie productions, NBC Television

Aired on NBC for 1 season (13 episodes) from Jan 4 – March 15, 2005

Cast

Josh Cooke as Nate Solomon

Jennifer Finnegan as Marni Fliss

Darius McCrary as Bowie James

Tammy Lynne Michaels as Tess

Tom Poston as Dying Clown

RonReaco Lee as Todd

Show Premise

Meet Nate and Marni, two complete opposites that have one thing in common: they are both eccentrically unable to find someone that they believe is “The One.” That is, until they mistakenly meet on a blind date that they go on together instead of with the dates they were set up with. After establishing a connection with each other that neither has felt before, they defy logic and reason to date one another even after sharing quirks that would normally send any sane person running for the hills. Now, together they
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Melissa Etheridge Talks Falling For Wife Over Sippy Cups

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Melissa Etheridge Talks Falling For Wife Over Sippy Cups
Melissa Etheridge and Linda Wallem fell for each other while the longtime friends were taking care of the rocker's four kids.

Melissa visited Access Hollywood Live on Thursday and chatted with Billy Bush and Kit Hoover about her new wife, who she married in May.

"We were best friends. This is the first time I've ever done it that way," Melissa, 53, who previously had relationships with Julie Cypher and Tammy Lynn Michaels, said.

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"But to be friends with someone, to know them for almost 10 years, intimately -- they know ...

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Sheryl Crow and Melissa Etheridge Talk Breast Cancer, Sex After 50

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Sheryl Crow and Melissa Etheridge Talk Breast Cancer, Sex After 50
As Breast Cancer Awareness Month approaches, two of music's most high-profile survivors are speaking out about winning their battles with the disease. Sheryl Crow and Melissa Etheridge team up for the cover of Aarp The Magazine's October/November issue, opening up about being in the spotlight while sick. "That was a really, really emotional time for me," Crow, 52, tells the magazine of being diagnosed in 2006. "My world was falling apart. I felt like the bottom had just dropped out." It was a struggle made even worse by her split from former fiancé Lance Armstrong just weeks earlier. "He was probably
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Sheryl Crow and Melissa Etheridge Talk Breast Cancer, Sex After 50

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Sheryl Crow and Melissa Etheridge Talk Breast Cancer, Sex After 50
As Breast Cancer Awareness Month approaches, two of music's most high-profile survivors are speaking out about winning their battles with the disease. Sheryl Crow and Melissa Etheridge team up for the cover of Aarp The Magazine's October/November issue, opening up about being in the spotlight while sick. "That was a really, really emotional time for me," Crow, 52, tells the magazine of being diagnosed in 2006. "My world was falling apart. I felt like the bottom had just dropped out." It was a struggle made even worse by her split from former fiancé Lance Armstrong just weeks earlier. "He was probably
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10 Ugliest Celeb Breakups

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Admit it: You kind of love when a Hollywood split gets ugly. Well you're in luck, because Radar has rounded up 30 of the nastiest celebrity breakups ever : Mary Harvey accused Steve Harvey of cheating on her ... on YouTube. A judge finally ordered her to take the videos down. You knew Paul McCartney 's divorce from Heather Mills was bad ... but did you know Mills accused McCartney of stabbing her in the arm with a broken wine glass and pushing her into the bathtub while she was pregnant? Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels are still feuding after their 2010...
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Melissa Etheridge Defeats Ex -- Kids Can Go on Tour ... Boobs & Weed for Everyone!

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Melissa Etheridge's twins are free to hang with as many breast-baring, weed-smoking groupies as their 6-year-old hearts desire -- a judge just gave Melissa the thumbs-up to take her kids on tour ... TMZ has learned.TMZ broke the story ... Melissa's ex, Tammy Lynn Michaels tried to block the children from going on the road by filing an emergency request to modify their child visitation agreement back in July.Tammy Lynn's main concerns: 1. Melissa's female
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Watch: Did Wentworth Miller Play Gay Before Coming Out As Gay?

Watch: Did Wentworth Miller Play Gay Before Coming Out As Gay?
Actor and screenwriter Wentworth Miller came out as gay on Wednesday.

As the "Prison Break" star settles into his new role as an openly gay man, we couldn't help but think back to another role he played earlier in his career on the classic WB series "Popular."

"Popular" was Ryan Murphy's first television series, which aired from 1999-2001, and it was a treasure trove of over-the-top goodness -- especially for those who were in on the joke. What began as a straight forward, serious show about a high school and the various social circles within it, quickly transformed into a campy hilarious spectacle that could put any daytime soap opera to shame.

Miller guest-starred on two episodes during the show's first season, during which he played a transfer student vying for a spot on the cheerleading team. The episode, entitled "All About Adam," in which he plays the title character,
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Melissa Etheridge's Ex Tammy Lynn Michaels -- No Boobs and No Pot for Our Kids

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Melissa Etheridge's ex Gf doesn't want their kids going on tour, living the rock 'n roll lifestyle -- specifically exposure to topless groupies and marijuana ... according to court documents.Tammy Lynn Michaels went to court today in L.A. requesting an emergency hearing regarding the care of their 6-year-old twins -- because Melissa wants to take them with her on tour starting this month.  According to court docs ... Tammy is worried the kids haven't been vaccinated against Diphtheria,
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16 Crazy Hollywood Custody Fights

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There's nothing like a celebrity custody dispute to make Thanksgiving morning interesting in Hollywood. Radar rounds up 16 of the nastiest: Who can forget the time David Hasselhoff was filmed, drunk, eating a cheeseburger off his floor, causing him to temporarily lose custody of his daughters? During his custody battle with ex Pamela Bach , she also accused him of abusing her and calling her names in front of their daughters; he accused her of abusing drugs. Ultimately, though, the Hoff got primary custody. During their two-year custody battle, Melissa Etheridge accused ex Tammy Lynn Michaels of burning their child (accidentally)...
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The AfterEllen.com Huddle: Cast Reunions

Tags: The AfterEllen HuddleThe AfterEllen.com. HuddletelevisionMy So-Called LifeArrested DevelopmentRoseanneThe Cosby ShowPopularIMDb

All kinds of cast reunions have been happening lately, with Courteney Cox visiting Matthew Perry on Go On, Entertainment Weekly bringing the stars of Clueless and Melrose Place, among others, back together for photoshoots and Boy Meets World is even getting its own spin-off 13 years after going off-air. This led me to pose this week's Huddle question: What former cast members would you die to see reunite?

Emily Hartl: Roseanne, especially after the last episode's big reveals. The whole Mark and Darlene/Becky and David switch up? Dan's Death? Jackie Is Actually A Lesbian?! I want all of the answers. I also want the Roseanne Halloween Exclusive DVD box set.

Sarah Terez Rosenblum: Family Ties, but can Nick be a dyke?

Marcie Bianco: Duh, Buffy!

Dana Piccoli: I'd pay about a million dollars to see the Buffy cast
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Melissa Etheridge to Tammy Lynn: The Settlement Sticks, Baby!

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Melissa Etheridge just scored a legal victory against her former domestic partner Tammy Lynn Michaels, who was trying to get their settlement tossed out the window.The judge in the legal war has ruled the settlement is valid and binding.TMZ broke the story ... under the terms of the settlement ... Melissa must pay Tammy $13,000 a month in spousal support and $10,000 a month in child support.  They have agreed to joint custody.Melissa gets to keep some property in Springdale,
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Morning Brew - Fri. Dec. 21: "Last Tango in Halifax" has a late-in-life lesbian, Lily Tomlin and Tina Fey in a new trailer for "Admission"

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Good morning!

Lily Tomlin plays Tina Fey's mom in Admission. That's a must-see come March!

Because we'll be taking some time off for the holidays next week, we won't be posting Morning Brew. But we will be putting up our year-in-review posts, aka the best and worst of lesbian visibility in movies, TV, books, music and politics. So make sure to come see us when you're done opening gifts and drinking eggnog.

African actress Chinyere Okoye says she is tired of lesbian rumors and that if she was gay, she'd just come out and say it. So would I! I'm a lesbian. That should stop the rumor mill.

The best thing about all the tabloid articles about Amber Heard and Johnny Depp's possible romance is that they can never make up their minds about what "sources say.
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Afternoon Delight: Fans sneak into Gaga's house for Thanksgiving, Anne Hathaway's short hair makes her look like her "gay brother"

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Happy Monday!

Happy birthday to Tina Turner, Natasha Bedingfield, Nicole Travolta, Tammy Lynn Michaels and Garcelle Beauvais.

Tina Turner on stage (working her magic) in the Netherlands.

Photo by Rob Verhorst/Getty Images

Lady Gaga had some unexpected guests for Thanksgiving. As Gaga celebrated in Peru she noticed on her security camera that thirty five fans were sneaking into her garage. A normal person would be freaked out but not Gaga.

i should be mad i guess except i tried to figure out how to slide stuffing under the door, but theres no cat-flap

Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) November 23, 2012

Amanda Seyfried and Beyonce lend their voices to the animated film Epic.

People magazine snagged a photo of bisexual actress Anna Paquin out and about in Los Angeles with her two month old twins.

Actress Anne Hathaway shaved her head to play Fantine in Les
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Sara Rue on playing a lesbian and starring on the gayest shows

Tags: Sara RueMalibu CountryPopularIMDbLily TomlinRules of Engagement

Sara Rue has been on several network television shows throughout her career, but one of her most well known roles was alongside Tammy Lynn Michaels on Popular. She went on to guest on Will & Grace, and to kiss Lindsay Price on Eastwick. In 2010, she became a recurring lesbian character on Rules of Engagement. If you're any kind of gay, you've seen her on at least one of these shows, or plan to watch her on the premiere of Malibu Country tonight, as she costars alongside gay icon Reba McEntire and legendary lesbian comic Lily Tomlin.

"Ever since I've been about 19 or 20 I started going out in La I always felt more comfortable going dancing with my friends at the gay clubs," Rue said. "My best friend is gay and I always felt very accepted and included in the gay community, so I guess that's why!
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The 8 Craziest Pop Culture Lesbian Stalkers

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When you hear the term "lesbian stalker," it's usually referencing someone you or your friend broke up with that you just can't get away from. Well I'm sorry to say but lesbian communities are oh-so-small, my friends, and we're all someone's crazy ex. But sometimes there are legitimate stalkers who send Ellen Page creepy letters or sit outside Kerry Katona's house. I'd like to think these people aren't truly lesbian but just women who are weirdly obsessed with celebrities. But that doesn't mean true lesbian stalkers don't exist in the wonderful world of film and TV tropes! In fact, the obsessive gay woman that is willing to go to any length to have what she wants is quite popular. And because it's that time of year when you like to cuddle up with your closest ladyfriend and watch a scary story,
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Morning Brew - Fri. Sept. 7: A lesbian on "All American Handyman," Ellen talks babies

Tags: Morning BrewMelissa EtheridgeEllen DeGeneresAll American HandymanSonne ShieldsAli AdlerIMDbThe New Normal

Good morning! Are you sad The Real L Word/DNC/VMAs are over? So much TV last night.

Thanks to reader Melissa, I now have to start watching this Hgtv show called All American Handyman. Lesbian contestant Sonne Shields is in the running on Season 3, which airs Sunday nights.

Anton Goss, is a set designer for talk show hosts and he talked with The New York Times about creating a set for The Ellen Show:

Because the talk show is such a strange beast, I tend to find that the hosts say, “Here’s what I’m about, here’s my house, now take that and show me something.” With Ellen, her personal passion was having amazing plants on the set: desert succulents and sculptural pieces. She’s got amazing taste. It’s like Spanish style, and then you took a modern twist.
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