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The beauty of Ugly Betty | Kira Cochrane

22 December 2010 3:08 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Ugly Betty has been fabulous, funny and human television – I'll be sad to see its departure from our screens

The seeds of Ugly Betty's demise were probably rooted at least partly in its premise: it was a show about an "ugly" woman, who wasn't actually ugly at all. At the very most she was "Hollywood ugly", in the sense that she had glasses, braces and a fearsomely loud poncho, but it was always obvious that as soon as these were removed it would be a case of "but Ms Suarez, you're beautiful!"

Despite being built on ground so shaky that it could only ever cave in when Betty finally took a trip to the orthodontist's office (as she did in a recent episode), it has nonetheless been fabulous, funny and human, a joy to watch with a large glass of wine or a lurid blue cocktail. It will be »

- Kira Cochrane

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2010: The Year Gay TV Grew Up

20 December 2010 4:40 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Yes, it was the year of talkative gay teens and the cat-fighting stars of The A-List: New York. It might not seem like it, but 2010 was the year gay TV grew up. Well, at least part way.

Last year, asked whether gay TV had matured, and this year that question seems to have been answered. More gay characters than ever graced our screens, and with the rising number of networks making reality shows, sitcoms, and dramas, there was something for everybody from daytime to primetime. In fact, it was so good that the gayest shows on broadcast dominated ratings, and cable series upped their game.

Sure, too many of the new shows with gay characters didn’t survive very long – Mercy, Trauma, and The Whole Truth. But most new shows don’t make it, and at least these characters were something different.

And, of course, there were scandals, »

- Aymar Jean Christian

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Morning Meme: Sir Ian McKellen Lives Out and Proud, Katee Sackhoff's New Show, and David Boies Does "The Colbert Report"

16 December 2010 5:41 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »


Sir Ian McKellen is my hero. Speaking about homophobia to school children in conjunction with Stonewall, he says he’s doing it because “By talking frankly about my own life as a gay man and listening to the concerns of staff and students, parents and governors, I hope the visits arranged by Stonewall may make a difference in the classroom and the playground.”

Ft. Worth Councilman Joel Burns is a finalist for Texan of the Year. If a gay man wins this award, you can find me skiing at my chalet in hell.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have been announced, and I really don’t care. Donna Summer didn’t make it. And Neil Diamond did. Not that either of those two have anything to do with rock and roll.

Ordinarily, I wouldn’t even pick up a book titled Being Gay is Disgusting or God »

- Ed Kennedy

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Ugly Betty and Media Responsibility

7 December 2010 2:10 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Ugly Betty Actor Arrested in Sword Slaying of Mother”

This is a mock-up of the typical headline that I saw when it was revealed that Michael Brea had murdered his mother in their New York apartment. Only I didn’t know it was Michael Brea who did it. Heck, I didn’t know who Michael Brea is and still couldn’t pick him out of a line-up if he had a t-shirt on that said “hey, I’m Michael Brea”. Oh, no, because whenever something juicy breaks, there’s no need to specify who someone actually is…right?

No, you see, when I woke up the morning that the story broke, the first thing I saw was headlines. Headlines. Being a huge Ugly Betty fan, I was initially stunned by the announcement. I mean, who could it have been? Eric Mabius? Adam Rodriguez? Surely Michael Urie and Marc Indelicato didn »

- Shilo Adams

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Michael Urie Geeks It Up In TBS Pilot "Brain Trust"

1 December 2010 12:52 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

We're all still mourning the demise of Ugly Betty, and as time passes and we see a dearth of shows with gay inclusiveness, it's easier to appreciate just how special that show was.

A major reason for Betty's success was the character of Marc, played by Michael Urie. Marc started out as a one-episode character, but thanks to Michael's chemistry with so-star Vanessa Williams, the role was expanded and made a regular on the series.

Through the course of the four seasons, Marc went from a one-note, shrill stereotype to a fully realized, multi-dimensional man thanks to the skills of Michael, who made us care for this flawed and funny character.

Since Ugly Betty ended Michael has returned to his theater roots, starring in The Temperamentals and soon will take-off in Angels in America, and now comes word that he may return to weekly TV.

D.B. Sweeney, Lindy Booth, Jed Rees »

- snicks

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Jeffrey Donovan directs 'Burn Notice' prequel; ABC considers food truck sitcom

1 December 2010 11:54 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

TV news in easy-to-digest bites:

Jeffrey Donovan may play a spy on "Burn Notice," but what he really wants to do is direct. Well, he gets his chance when he helms the "Burn Notice" prequel movie starring Bruce Campbell as Sam. The two-hour mission unfolds in Spring 2011. [USA Network]

ABC could be revving up for a tasty treat. Word is that Warren Littlefield and some former "King of the Hill" writers are developing a sitcom about food trucks, those mobile purveyors of sustenance. Comedian Al Madrigal would star as a man who takes over the family food truck biz. [Vulture]

More American Country Awards performers are signing up. Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and The Band Perry will join the previously announced performers for the two-hour special on Dec. 4. [ACAs]

"The Walking Dead" is ambling to a close in its first season, and this may be the end of its writing staff as well. Showrunner »


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'Ugly Betty' star joins 'Brain Trust'

1 December 2010 9:20 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Michael Urie has joined the cast of forthcoming TBS drama pilot Brain Trust. It was previously announced that actor D.B. Sweeney would play the lead role of troubled police detective Billy Doyle. Deadline now reports that Urie will play Professor Franklin Gordon, one of a trio of geniuses who team up with Doyle to solve crimes. He previously played Marc St. James on Ugly Betty and will star alongside (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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'Ugly Betty' Alum, Others In TNT/TBS Pilots

1 December 2010 6:30 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: In his first TV gig since the end of ABC's Ugly Betty, the series' standout Michael Urie has joined another hourlong comedy, the TBS pilot Brain Trust. He is one of three actors who have landed lead roles opposite star D.B Sweeney, along with Jed Rees and Lindy Booth. Meanwhile, Wynn Everett, William Ragsdale and Suzy Nakamura have joined TNT's drama pilot Bird Dog starring Eliza Dushku in supporting roles. Brain Trust centers on disgraced police detective Billy Doyle (Sweeney) whose work is helped and hindered by a brilliant, strange and lovable trio of uber-geeks from a local think tank: Professor Nelson Kirby (Rees), Professor Franklin Gordon (Urie) and Professor Monica Ashton (Booth). Urie, who is set to star in Angels in America on Broadway for a five-week run early next year, is with Gersh and Seven Summits; Rees with Fortitude and Principal. Bird Dog centers on Gail »


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Morning Meme: Spirit Awards Nominations, Get Better Nate Berkus, and Michael Urie Joins "Angels In America"

1 December 2010 5:13 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Today is World AIDS Day. Whether it’s getting tested, donating money to your favorite celebrity’s “social media death” charity, or just getting educated, take some time to make a difference in your life or someone else’s.

Angels In America is getting another extension. The cast that includes Zachary Quinto will take their final bow on January 30th. But the new cast includes local favorite Michael Urie, who will step into the role of Prior Walter.

The Illinois House passed a civil unions bill 61-52. Meanwhile, the senate committee pass it on to the next level of consideration, and the governor has pledged to sign it, much to the consternation of Nom.

Shortly after his Today Show appearance, Nate Berkus was rushed to the hospital with appendicitis. He is, as I write this, awaiting surgery, and is expected to be fine. But we’re still sending good vibes his way. »

- Ed Kennedy

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Morning Meme: Jesse Tyler Chats With a Lesbian, Spartacus Nears a Recast, and Is Joe Manganiello Superman?

9 November 2010 5:47 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Spartacus: Blood and Sand is reportedly close to recasting Andy Whitfield’s title role. Three actors are being flown to New Zealand to test for the part, and presumably to see how they look naked. Leading candidates are Canadian Stephen Amell, Brit Aiden Turner, and Australian Liam McIntyre. You can look over the goods and vote for your favorite here.

Jon Stryker has donated a huge amount of money to gay rights. But he’s also thrown a large amount of money toward protecting primates. And now he’s been rewarded, with a new ape being named in his honor, Rhinopithecus strykeri.

If you’ve recently (since Friday) ridden the California Screamin’ rollercoaster at Disney California Adventure, you might have heard a familiar voice. Neil Patrick Harris recorded some audio to the theme of a carnival barker to go with the ride.

Would you ever live your life built solely around The Advice of Strangers? »

- Ed Kennedy

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The weekend's TV highlights

6 November 2010 12:08 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Popatron | Wallander | A Night With Robert Plant | The Genius of British Art | Downton Abbey and more

Saturday 6 November


12.50pm, BBC2

The BBC teen strand's new sitcom continues. Channelling Larry Sanders and The Muppet Show, here a hapless team of producers, runners and presenters have to bring fictional teen music and chat show Popatron to our screens. Don't expect a show of the calibre of those two but it's an interesting meta-fictional enterprise. Playing themselves in this second episode are Ugly Betty's Michael Urie and grime-pop star Tinchy Stryder.


9pm, BBC4

In a rapeseed field, a teenager douses herself in petrol and then sparks a cigarette lighter. Witnessing the horror is a rumpled, rheumy Swedish detective, Kurt Wallander. This is the first of the BBC Henning Mankell adaptations which originally aired in 2008. The drama – starring Kenneth Branagh – refuses to offer itself as simple escapism. Rather, as Wallander investigates a series of axe murders, »

- Will Dean, Jonathan Wright, David Stubbs, Phelim O'Neill, Andrew Mueller, John Robinson, Ali Catterall

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'Ugly Betty's' Michael Urie makes video for gay youth in response to suicides

30 September 2010 8:10 AM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

In a response to the heartbreaking suicides of several homosexual teenagers, "Ugly Betty" star Michael Urie reminds kids that "it will get better" in a new video.

13-year-olds Asher Brown and Seth Walsh, 15-year-old Billy Lucas, and Rutgers University Student Tyler Clementi sadly all committed suicide this week. All four boys were tormented and humiliated by their peers for being gay. The tragic deaths have prompted a call to action in the Lgbtq community.

Urie, who is openly gay, created the video in response to a campaign started by equality activist Dan Savage. "Bullies aren't bullies forever," says Urie, "and these hard times will eventually go away and be replaced by great times."

The actor, who now resides in New York, even shares some of his own story. "I was very lucky. I'm from Texas. I had a lot of support growing up," he says. "I was never made to »


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Best. Gay. Week. Ever! How To Apologize Correctly For Your Homophobic Remark! Vanessa Williams is Snackable!

24 September 2010 4:06 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Allies, Apologies, And A**Holes!

Speaking of words that start with "A" this week saw a lot of angst on the site, including a couple of things I want to address. And sticking with the "A" theme, the first one is my interview with As the World Turns' co-head writer Jean Passanante. I published my interview with Passanante on Tuesday and to say the reaction was vitriolic is like saying, Shannon from Survivor: Nicaragua is a moron.

I get why people are upset over how Atwt ended and the fact that Luke Snyder was the only character left without a happy ending. And I agree that Passanante failed as a writer by not knowing about the "dead gay character cliche" that's been in existence pretty much ever since the Hollywood sign went up over L.A.

But I also think that ultimately Passanante is our ally and did a »

- Michael Jensen

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Twitterwatch: Tweets From Our Favorite Celebrities, Mutual Admiration Edition

2 September 2010 1:11 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Is that a Marc Jacobs manskirt?

Here at Twitterwatch, it's our job to admire celebrities - you didn't think we did this for free, did you? But it turns out that some of them like each other just as much as we do. So sometimes stars aren't looking at themselves in the mirror, they're looking at head shots of other actors.

One of the things that makes Chris Colfer so likable is his genuine wonder and starstruck nature. And he got to open the Emmy Awards with Jon Hamm, Betty White and Tina Fey - so he was understandably excited.

As much as he admires Betty, Tina, Jane and Ryan, he's an Emmy nominee himself, and a fellow California farm boy Christopher Gorham wants to make sure he remembers he's awesome too.

I wasn't quite sure what inspired this bicoastal admiration society, but when Scott Evans talks adorable, I think »

- lostinmiami

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Best. Gay. Week. Ever! Who Deserves the "Gay" Emmy? Plus, Am I Part of a Conspiracy?

26 August 2010 9:49 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

And According To Me, The Winner Is!

Since every media outlet in existence including American Woodworker, Embalming & Burial and Prison Guard Weekly has already weighed in with their Emmy pics for this Sunday's award show, I thought I'd do something different. Like … take the week off. But the rest of the staff objected to that for some reason.

So instead , since this column is called the Best.Gay.Week.Ever!, I thought it would be fun to look back to the dawn of time and name the gay shows, characters, actors, writers I think most deserving of, well, let's call them the Gay Emmys, or following the lead of Kathy Griffin, the Gemmys!

Here are the categories for which I'll be selecting winners as if these nominees were competing against each other for an Emmy: Best Drama Series, Best Comedy Series, Best Gay Actor Comedy, Best Gay Actor Drama, Best Writing Drama, »

- michael

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Katie Cassidy, Steven R. McQueen: Zap2it's underrated stars who deserve their own shows

24 August 2010 10:03 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Every show has its unsung heroes. You know the ones: tertiary characters or recurring stars who steal every scene they're in but get decidedly less attention than those higher up on the call sheet.

This fall, actors like Melissa McCarthy, Julie Benz, and Will Arnett are getting the mainstream recognition they deserve. The Zap2it staff rounded up our favorite supporting cast members who deserve to have their faces on those bus stop posters and billboards next year.

Carina Adly MacKenzie:

I'll admit it... I hated Arielle Kebbel on "Gilmore Girls." She was so boring, and as Dean's oh-so-needy eighteen-year-old wife, she just got in the way of... well, everything. Dean and Rory 4-eva! Ahem. Since spectacularly dumping Dean while all of Stars Hollow watched from Luke's Diner, Kebbel has gone from meek and mousy to totally magnetic.

She's recently been making the vampire rounds, with a memorable role on »


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[TV] Ugly Betty: The Complete Fourth and Final Season

23 August 2010 11:35 PM, PDT | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Some television series sabotage themselves by completely missing the boat on what they need to be to stay relevant. Ugly Betty ensnared a niche of interested viewers from its outset for being a campy show with a plucky wit about a girl out of her element and slowly making it her own. It was an odd mix between the Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Devil Wears Prada, but possessed none of the clever spirit of either and going overboard in melodrama that ultimately robbed it of any real comedic value. For fans who stayed true to the fourth and final season, it essentially gave them closure to a lot of the plotpoints they saw coming in the seasons that preceded it, and let them down easy for its early departure.

Betty (America Ferrera) has spent the last few seasons warding off the petty attacks from the glamorous duo of »

- Lex Walker

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Review & Bonus Features – Ugly Betty Season 4 DVD

16 August 2010 5:59 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

I miss Ugly Betty.  I watched the show religiously every week on Thursday nights, but dropped off in the final season when it moved nights.  As I watched the episodes for the final season DVD, I realized how much I missed this show, with its crazy characters and even crazier storylines.

I know that the ratings tapered off in the third and fourth seasons and I wonder if it’s because the storylines got a little bit Too crazy.  But if you watch the season four episodes you’ll realize that the show’s heart is still there.  I know that the series ended on a somewhat ambiguous note, with Daniel and Betty meeting up in London, England.  It’s unclear what their future will hold and whether they’ll get together, but it still ends on a happy note.  The whole “leaving town to go start a new, glamorous »

- Clarissa

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AfterElton Briefs: Ann Coulter is Judy Garland, Bryan Safi Takes on Sissy Commercials, "Burlesque" Gets a Trailer, and More!

6 August 2010 3:28 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Plus Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert take on Prop 8, hot ruggers, Barney Frank on Kathy Griffin, and Happy Birthday, Federbear!

The Friday Briefs are going to be a bit different going forward. From now on, last week's caption pic and winner will be at the top of the page, and a new caption pic will be at the bottom. Here's last week's winner!

Thanks to everyone for participating! Thanks for keeping this PG-13, because this pic was just crying out for smut! And the winner is ...

"The newest additions to the sex offender registry - indecent exposure and elaborately photoshoped leg muscles."

Thanks to Libertylove for this week's winning caption.

A Big Birthday Cupcake goes out to Roger Federer, who celebrates his 29th this weekend!

Rugger Icon Gareth Thomas admits to briefly questioning publicly coming out after the homophobic taunts that were flung at him by fans during a match. »

- snicks

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Urie 'Spotted' For Hathaway Film

6 August 2010 5:11 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Ugly Betty star Michael Urie was offered a role as an extra in Anne Hathaway's new movie after he was spotted by talent scouts in Scotland who didn't recognise the actor.

The 29 year old became well known for his role as Marc St. James in the hit American TV show and played the part for four years.

But movie scouts working on Hathaway's new film One Day, which is currently filming in Scotland, had no idea who Urie was when they cornered him on a street in Glasgow last week (ends01Aug10).

And Urie reveals the clueless film workers offered him a part as an extra,

He says, "It was odd. They offered me a part in the Anne Hathaway film but I declined, obviously." »

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