16 items from 2013
On Monday night in North Hollywood, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences hosted a night devoted to how the television landscape has advanced (or not advanced as in some cases) in the 10 years since the book The Prime Time Closet: A History Of Gays and Lesbians On TV was first published. The book, written by Stephen Tropiano, highlighted the landmarks of gay representation on the small screen.
The panel included Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal), Andrew Rannells (The New Normal, Girls), Amber Tamblyn (plays a lesbian on Two And A Half Men), Sherri Saum (The Fosters), Wilson Cruz (GLAAD, My So Called Life), trans actress Laverne Cox (Orange Is The New Black), Sean Hemeon (Husbands) and executives from Bravo and Here TV.
TheBacklot was on the red carpet before the event to talk to the panelists about just how far we have come…and where we still need to go.
- Jim Halterman
Feature Laura Akers 29 Oct 2013 - 07:00
A couple of years ago, I was wandering around San Diego Comic-Con when I stumbled across a signing going on at the California Browncoats table. There sat Jane Espenson - writer for wonderful treats like Buffy, Battlestar Galactica, Torchwood, and Once Upon a Time - with two young men. I sidled up to one of the guys and asked what the signing was for. Husbands, he told me, a webseries comedy about marriage equality.
The three of them agreed to an interview (how could I pass up an opportunity to interview Espenson on one of her new projects?) and we talked about their plans for the show they were just about to shoot. Set just after marriage equality becomes law across the entire United States (and thus still, »
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The final chapter in this batch of Husbands the Series episodes is out (there are more episodes coming), giving us the big reveal of how the rewedding turned out. Personally, I’m protesting the lack of Sean Hemeon’s abs in this series. I plan to write a very whiny and slightly creepy email to Cheeks, Sean, and Jane.
In a surprising development, all 33 county clerks in the New Mexico have joined the Aclu lawsuit for marriage equality. Honestly, I figured there would be at least one holdout. This will make it harder for the supreme court to stall on the issue.
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- Ed Kennedy
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Lady Gaga revealed that she and Perez Hilton haven’t been BFFs since two days after her accident, when he texted her a picture of herself in a wheelchair with “Karma” written across it with Madonna pointing a gun at her.
The plot then thickened when a fan tweeted that Perez was in the lobby of her apartment building, allegedly trying to rent an apartment there. Security was dispatched while Gaga tweeted “Do I Need To Be Shot It In The Head For People To Understand That Him And Everyone Else That Harasses Me Has Gone Too Far? Im A Human Being.” For his part, Perez says she’s spreading lies about him [warning: link to his site] and he’s receiving death threats online.
The Butler dominated the box office this weekend with $25 million, with We’re the Millers taking second with $17.7 million, »
- Ed Kennedy
The CW has long had a significant presence in the world of original web series, and its latest project will increase its involvement in the online video. The TV network has launched CW Seed, an online-only studio and distribution platform. At launch, the CW Seed slate includes four new comedy series; the most prominent of these debuts is Husbands, which kicked off its second season exclusively on the new platform. Picking up where season one left off, the new episode begins with Cheeks (Brad Bell) running from the altar with his husband Brady (Sean Hemeon) chasing after him. Oh, and Seth Green plays the wedding's priest, because why not. Bell also posted the season two trailer to his personal YouTube channel: The other three debuts are also comedies, as CW Seed seems to be taking the Amazon Studios approach to content production. The most intriguing concept is Backpackers, where a »
- Sam Gutelle
One of the Internet's most beloved gay web series, "Husbands" is about to return for a third season. This time, however, it's making the leap to The CW's new online platform, CW Seed. To celebrate this, The CW has released a new trailer and poster which should delight fans of the series.
"Husbands" stars Brad Bell and Sean Hemeon as a gay couple who accidentally get married during a drunken binge, and decide to stay together to prove that same-sex marriage can be successful. Producer and co-creator Jane Espenson ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Battlestar Galactica") along with co-creator and star Bell prove that an intelligent, well-written gay web series can work, with the show receiving accolades from publications like The New Yorker and The Onion's A.V. Club, and even being the first web series to receive a premiere at The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles.
The show, »
- The Huffington Post
We relayed the news to you back in March that Jane Espenson and Brad “Cheeks” Bell’s critically acclaimed web series Husbands would be making the jump from YouTube to the CW Digital. This week, word just broke at San Diego Comic-Con that the program about about the aftermath of an unplanned, spur-of-the-moment wedding in Las Vegas (that just so happens to be between two men) will bow its upcoming third season on the newly rebranded CW Seed. And the posters exist to prove it. As does a preview: Weekly episodes of the upcoming season are slated to run about eight-minutes apiece and will feature Amy Acker, Beth Grant, Michael Hogan, and Seth Green, in addition to series regulars Bell, Sean Hemeon, and Allesandra Torresani. Husbands will be joined by a handful of other online original series on CW Seed. The destination housed under Cwtv.com is the broadcast television »
- Joshua Cohen
From Thursday, July 18th to Sunday, July 21st, the world's most fervent nerds will descend on the San Diego Convention Center for the 44th annual Comic-Con. Among many other presenters, the online video community will be out in full force over the four days. Here are some events to check out: Thursday Cartoon Network: Annoying Orange 12:45-1:45 Room 6De The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange has been, without a doubt, the most successful TV program based on a web series, and its creator and stars are ready to do a happy dance. Literally. At this panel, there will be a musical number and a 'Toby Turner dance', along with many other fruit-related tidbits from Dane Boedingheimer, iJustine, and others. Ghost Ghirls: A Behind-the-Scenes Paranormal Experience with Jack Black 1-2 Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront Jack Black's Yahoo web series, Ghost Ghirls, has been in production for seven months, »
- Sam Gutelle
The 2013 San Diego Comic-Con is at hand, and with it come a ton of big name movies and TV shows putting their best foot forward for the fans in attendance.
From primetime television series to cable favorites, web series to returning classics, television will dominate the San Diego Convention Center this year. Take a look at the complete movie schedule below and make sure to plan accordingly; there are plenty of tough choices. The complete list of movie panels can be found here.
Wednesday, July 17 (Preview Night)
Thursday, July 18
Amy Acker is a very important actress in my eyes. I came to know her through the works of Joss Whedon, but since then I’ve seen her working on other projects not associated with Whedon and she’s really dazzled me. She’s just so… creepy. When she started recurring on Person of Interest, I thought she was the best thing to ever happen to that series. She has a way of delivering lines that make her seem whimsically detached from reality, as if she were living in her own little world no one else can see. And because I witnessed that performance, I know she’ll be absolutely perfect for the part she’s taken in Husbands.
- Brody Gibson
It’s time to finalize those Comic-Con schedules.
With the annual pop culture-paloooza just weeks away, the event’s organizers have finally released an official schedule, and if you thought your schedule looked packed based on initial panel reports, prepare yourself for more than a few tough choices.
For those not attending the Con, which runs July 17-21, stay close to EW.com all Comic-Con week long for live coverage, including breaking news, interviews and more. (Bookmark this.)
Here’s the full rundown of the TV line-up. Head to Inside Movies to create more schedule conflicts for yourself with the complete movie highlights list. »
- Sandra Gonzalez
In case you missed it, click here to see Thursday’s schedule and below you’ll see Friday’s TV and movie highlights. For more info and the complete schedule head over to the official Comic-Con site.
10:00am-11:00am, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Cartoon Network: Regular Show: Care to join the not so regular cast and crew for an eventful hour of over the top regular? »
- Sandra Gonzalez
Teen Wolf is going to a full throated howl on same-sex loving this season. We already know that Danny will be dating one of the Alpha Twins played by Max and Charlie Carver, but we didn't know how far they might take it. Jeff Davis says there will be some only-on-cable scenes between the boys. "I can't say we go to Spartacus levels, but their sex scenes are treated just like any other sex scenes you've seen on our show. I've always thought that if you present this idealized world where young gay men and women are no different from anyone else, and it's not really questioned by the other characters, maybe life starts to imitate art and you begin to see that in the real world."
Taking place in Austin, Texas from June 6-9, the weekend-long event celebrates outstanding television past, present and future. In typical festival fashion, screenings and Q&As will be all the rage. But what sets Atx apart is an intimate environment in which attendees can interact with the industry folks — both onscreen and off — they admire most.
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- Megan Masters
Dark Horse Comics released a digital comics adaptation series of the wildly popular web sitcom Husbands last fall, and now Jane Espenson and Brad Bell will hit the road in conjunction with the full collection’s release on March 27.
From the press release:
Written by Husbands creators Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Once Upon a Time) and Brad Bell (VH1’s Pop Up Video) with an introduction from literary legend Neil Gaiman, Dark Horse’s Husbands is a comic-book continuation of the sitcom phenom that tells the story of accidental gay newlyweds Brady and Cheeks. In this witty new graphic novel, the couple receive a mystical wedding gift that launches them on an epic adventure—a tongue-in-cheek journey through iconic genre realms—filled with obstacles that threaten to tear them apart: a superhero showdown, a fairy-tale fantasy, a Holmesian mystery, »
TVLand has picked up the Kirstie Alley comedy Big Baby (renamed to Kirstie's New Show) to series. It reunites Ally with her Cheers costar Rhea Perlman and follows Alley as a Broadway star whose life is turned upside down when her long lost son turns up looking for a connection after his adopted mother dies.
Belarus is cracking down on gay activists, raiding clubs, confiscating passports as the nation looks for a scapegoat to keep their leader in power after 18 years.
I'm trying to find the newsworthiness of this study that links the rise in HIV infections in gay and bisexual to more men having unprotected sex? Isn't that generally how it happens? And it needs to stop.
Gay journalist and Superman fan Glen Weldon tells NPR that he won't be reading the comic penned by Orson Scott Card. "Superman is an ideal. He represents our best self. That's what he's for. »
16 items from 2013
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