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Does 2013 look like a promising one for Lgbt entertainment sensations? My answer: Who knows, honestly? That's why we need to prepare a wish list, and fast. How can we know we're disappointed if we don't know what we want?
Here are 10 wishes for entertainment in 2013. Please add your own at the bottom, whether or not they pertain specifically to gay entertainers. Let's make this year count, starting with a triumph at the Grammys.
1. Frank Ocean runs off with Album of the Year.
There've been some meaningless Grammy moments, particularly for Album of the Year. Steely Dan's 2001 triumph comes to mind, as does Herbie Hancock's peculiar tribute to Joni Mitchell that earned top honors for 2008. But an Album of the Year win for Frank Ocean's Channel Orange would give the Grammys back a modicum of much-needed credibility: He's mainstream, but not an utter juggernaut. His music is fresh and meaningful. »
There was breaking news this morning out of Newtown, Connecticut when at least one gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School. CBS News is reporting that a minimum of 27 people were killed in this massacre, including an estimated 18 young children.
Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police held a press conference to assure concerned citizens that "the scene is secure" and "the shooter is deceased inside the building." Twenty-year-old Adam Lanza has reportedly emerged as the gunman. Brother Ryan, 24, had previously been named as the suspect, but sources are now telling the Associated Press that after being questioned by police it was determined that he was not involved. Their mother was a teacher at the school and is presumed to be one of the fatalities. An additional investigation is ongoing at another location, where one more victim was allegedly killed. The two crime scenes are thought to be linked. President Obama has been »
In the spirit of truly independent film, the Slamdance Film Festival has just announced their feature lineup for their upcoming 2013 outing. The festival will screen 22 feature-length competition films (12 narratives and 10 documentaries), and all films come from first-time filmmakers (in their respective programs). Despite the flux of new talent, there are plenty of recognizable names that pop up within the lineup’s ranks, including Brea Grant, Michael Urie, Jesse Eisenberg, Mamie Gummer, Ralph Macchio, Natasha Lyonne, Ben Stiller, Gavin McInnes, Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, Sean Conroy, Paul Provenza, and Marc Maron. The festival will present awards to competition films in the following categories: Jury Award for Feature Doc, Jury Award for Narrative Feature, Audience Award for Feature Doc, Audience Award for Feature Narrative, and Filmmaker Award for Spirit of Slamdance. Kodak will present the Kodak Vision Award for Best Cinematography. Check out the full list of Slamdance features, complete with synopses and cast lists, after »
- Kate Erbland
Do I really and/or only have to pay $5 to watch this? What’s the future of viewer-supported online video entertainment? What happened to the Radiohead Pay-What-You-Want method of entertainment ownership and consumption? How can I use this direct-to-consumer model to my professional, artistic, and financial benefit? Is ad-supported entertainment on its way to becoming passé? Who won the $1,000 in prizes from Division Camera? These questions and more will be asked and answered at the Tubefiler Meetup on Tuesday, December 4, 2012. We’ve put together a stellar panel of individuals especially versed in the burgeoning direct-to-consumers models of entertainment, who we fully expect to be intelligent, insightful, and engaging on stage. Our featured panelists include Ugly Betty star Michael Urie, Please Subscribe director Dan Dobi, and Brian Norgard, CEO and Co-Founder of Meetup sponsor Chill. Tubefilter’s own Drew Baldwin will serve as the moderator. All of the panelists are involved »
- Joshua Cohen
The Tubefilter Meetup that I wrote about a week ago is finally here. Tonight, big players in the pay-to-view game will gather at Busby's East in La to discuss the format and its increasing popularity. Many of you have already RSVPed, but for everybody else, there's still time to reserve a spot at the Meetup by grabbing a ticket here. To refresh your memory, our featured panelists will be Ugly Betty star Michael Urie, Please Subscribe director Dan Dobi, and Brian Norgard, CEO and Co-Founder of Meetup sponsor Chill. Tubefilter's own Drew Baldwin will serve as the moderator. All of the panelists are involved in Chill's recently launched Chill Direct pay-to-view platform; Dobi and Urie are among the service's initial offerings, while Norgard obviously helped create it. If you can tear yourself away from the Maria Bamford special, they should have plenty to say about the online video industry's »
- Sam Gutelle
Chill, a social video platform with close to 20 million users, has launched Chill Direct, a new store for creatives like Maria Bamford and Michael Urie to sell their movies, specials and documentaries directly to fans. Comedian Louis C.K. sent shockwaves through the entertainment industry this summer by selling a comedy special directly online rather than making a distribution deal with a television network or online service. He made millions, and various others have followed suit, including Jim Gaffigan and Aziz Ansari. Chill sees an opportunity to enter this emerging market, empowering »
- Lucas Shaw
Sorry Partners fans. If you were hoping that CBS might get around to releasing the remaining unaired episodes of the cancelled sitcom, you shouldn't hold your breath. The network has completely deleted Partners from their website.
Just last week, you could find video of full episodes, clips, promos, synopses, biographies, and show photos on the network site. All traces of David Krumholtz, Michael Urie, Sophia Bush, and Brandon Routh have been deleted.
It's curious that the network would so quickly wipe out all traces of a show that ran for six weeks but in the past they've kept immediate failures (like How to Be a Gentleman and 3) on their website for months. »
Partners was cancelled on Friday by CBS, even though it was nominated for a People's Choice Award just days earlier. The sitcom has been pulled from the schedule and there's no word on when or if the network will release the remaining episodes.
Fans are understandably upset that the show has been dumped and the cast can certainly sympathize. Here are their reactions to the sad news:
He later joked, "First #Partners, now #666Park... The only thing that will make me feel better is a twinkie... Oh wait..." Urie also like one fan's suggestion that, since and he and 666 Park Avenue star Vanessa Williams were now free, they should revie their Ugly Betty »
Yes, it's true: CBS has canceled "Partners," their only new fall comedy this season. The show, about two best friends and business partners and their love interests, struggled in the ratings, particularly compared to other CBS shows like "2 Broke Girls" and "Two and a Half Men." The network won't air any more episodes -- not even the ones that have already been filmed -- opting instead to fill the 8:30 p.m. time slot on Mondays with reruns while they make final decisions on their midseason schedule.
If you were a fan of the show and are bummed that you won't be seeing Louis, Joe, Ali, and Wyatt on your screens every week, Zap2it can offer a bit of a consolation prize. Here are the storylines you would have seen if the show had lasted a bit longer.
"Pretty Funny." This week's episode was to feature Ali (Sophia Bush »
Episodes: 13 (half-hour)
TV show dates: September 24, 2012 -- November 12, 2012
Series status: Cancelled
TV show description:
This comedic TV series is based on the lives of creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick. It's about two life-long best friends and business partners whose "bromance" is tested when one of them is engaged to be married.
Joe (David Krumholtz) is an accomplished architect who leads with his head and not his heart, especially in his love life. That's in stark contrast to his gay best friend and co-worker, Louis (Michael Urie). He's spontaneous, emotional and prone to exaggeration.
Both men have found joy in their love lives. Joe is newly engaged to Ali (Sophia Bush), a »
The show debuted to a 2.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 6.56 million viewers, substantially lower than the CBS sitcoms that preceeded and followed it. The numbers have gotten worse as the season has progressed and Monday's episode hit a new low with a 1.8 demo rating and 5.48 million viewers.
While those numbers would have been good enough to keep the show on the air on NBC or Fox, they weren't high enough for CBS. They've opted not to order a full season of episodes and have pulled the show from the schedule effective immediately. »
CBS's freshman comedy "Partners" has been canceled, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap on Friday. "Partners," which starred Michael Urie and David Krumholtz, and centered around the "bromance" between two co-workers, one gay and one straight, premiered Sept. 24 and occupied the Monday at 8:30 slot. Its most recent episode scored a 1.8 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic -- down 14 percent from the previous week, and its poorest showing to date. While the show had strong network support, it proved to be the weak link in »
- Tim Kenneally
The axe has fallen on CBS' low-rated Monday comedy "Partners." "Partners," which stared David Krumholtz, Michael Urie, Sophia Bush and Brandon Routh, will be pulled from the CBS schedule effective immediately, with a repeat of "Two and a Half Men" taking over the 8:30 p.m. slot next week. Despite being nestled between long-running hit "How I Met Your Mother" and sophomore hit "2 Broke Girls," "Partners" had been creating a weekly sinkhole in CBS' Monday ratings, debuting with only a 2.4 rating among adults 18-49 and slipping each week. The most recent airing did only a 1.8 key demo »
- Daniel Fienberg
"Partners" has been canceled by CBS.
"Partners," which aired on Mondays at 8:30 p.m. Et, premiered to an audience of 6.6 million viewers and a 2.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic. Since then, the show has slipped to an audience of 5.5 million viewers and a 1.8 rating. On any other network those numbers would be considered a win, but not on ratings champ CBS.
CBS previously pulled the plug on "Made In Jersey" and will burn off the remaining episodes on Saturday, November 24.
Series co-stars Bush and Routh went to Twitter to express her feelings about the cancellation.
The network has "Rules of Engagement" and "Friend Me" in its pocket for midseason. CBS could not be reached for comment regarding the cancellation news. »
- The Huffington Post
CBS has canceled its first-year comedy "Partners."
The show, which has been the weakest link in CBS' Monday comedy lineup this fall, is leaving the air effective immediately. A rerun of "Two and a Half Men" will fill its spot on Nov. 19, and a CBS rep tells Zap2it that a rotation of comedy repeats will air at 8:30 p.m. Mondays for the next several weeks.
Through its first six episodes, the comedy starring David Krumholtz and Michael Urie has averaged 6.3 million viewers and a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49. By themselves, those aren't terrible numbers -- its total audience is bigger than anything in ABC's Thursday comedy block, for instance. But it lags well behind everything else in the Eye's Monday block.
"Partners" joins fellow CBS series "Made in Jersey" on the canceled list. The network is batting .500 with its new shows this fall, having given full-season orders to "Elementary" and "Vegas. »
CBS has cancelled Partners after a half-dozen episodes.
The freshman comedy, starring David Krumholtz and Michael Urie, premiered to 6.5 million total viewers and a 2.4 demo rating, demonstrating just 75 percent retention out of How I Met Your Mother from the get-go. The numbers ebbed and flowed from there, with the show this past Monday hitting a series-low rating of 1.8, while drawing 5.6 million viewers.
- Matt Webb Mitovich
CBS has decided to part ways with Partners. The network has canceled the freshman comedy starring Michael Urie and David Krumholtz as childhood friends that are now partners at an architectural firm. The comedy, which also starred Sophia Bush and Brandon Routh, failed to attract viewers; its most recent episode garnered a 1.8 rating in the adults 18-49 demo, a series low. Comedy repeats will begin airing in Partners' timeslot beginning this Monday, Nov. 19. Will & Grace creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan created the series, which they based partially on their real-life friendship and working relationship. It was CBS' only new comedy this »
The comedy that starred Michael Urie and David Krumholtz has averaged a 2.4/6 in adults 18-49 and a mere 6.5 million viewers. It routinely ties for third in its time slot in the demo but comes in fourth in viewers. Repeats of the comedy will begin to air Monday. CBS, for now, is not confirming the show’s status.
Though those numbers are comparably low to some of CBS’ other comedies, Partners is »
- Lynette Rice
I have learned that CBS has decided not to give a back order to new comedy Partners. The show will be pulled from the schedule immediately, with comedy repeats airing in the Monday 8:30 Pm slot for the time being. The news comes on the heels of Partners hitting a series low (1.8 18-49 rating) on Monday while the rest of the CBS Monday series were up or steady. Partners, starring David Krumholtz and Michael Urie, has been the weakest link in CBS’ Monday lineup, disrupting the comedy flow and likely hurting new 9 Pm tentpole 2 Broke Girls, for which it served as a lead-in. (Update: CBS has released scheduling info for next Monday, with a Two And A Half Men repeat set to air at 8:30 Pm. This marks the veteran comedy’s symbolic return to Mondays, where it aired for nine seasons before relocating to Thursdays this fall.) Even with the series-low 1.8 rating, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Each year Out magazine chooses 100 of the most compelling lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the world to create its Out 100 list.
Those chosen for the list are shot by a renowned photographer, this year Michael Sharkey, who has blogged for HuffPost Gay Voices in the past, and featured both in the magazine's December/January double issue and on Out.com.
Honorees are chosen from all walks of life and include celebrities, writers, politicians, activists, sports figures and artists, among others.
Other honorees include Elton John and his husband David Furnish, trans model and designer Isis King, HuffPost Gay Voices Editor-at-Large Michelangelo Signorile, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and her wife Kim Catullo, actor Michael Urie »
- Noah Michelson
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