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‘Star Trek: Discovery’: 10 Things We Know About Bryan Fuller’s New Series

10 August 2016 6:24 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Bryan Fuller’s mandate for “Star Trek: Discovery” is to recapture the sense of inclusiveness that typified the original series, from a female lead — potentially played by a woman of color — to an Lgbt character in its main ensemble.

When asked about the possibility of a homosexual character during the show’s Television Critics Association panel, Fuller said “absolutely we’re having a gay character,” admitting that he still has a folder full of hate mail that the writers received during “Star Trek: Voyager” (on which Fuller was a writer and co-producer) because of the rumor that Jeri Ryan’s character was going to be a lesbian; revealing that at the time, he vowed that if he ever got the chance to create a “Star Trek” series, he would include a gay character

Fuller noted that network acceptance towards Lgbt characters has “improved dramatically” since then, crediting “Will and Grace” for starting a “sea change” in that »

- Laura Prudom

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2016 Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Comedy Series

14 July 2016 6:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Quick Hits

Last Year’s Winner: “Veep” Was It an Upset? Kind of. Most experts believed “Modern Family’s” five-year win streak would end, but disagreed over whether “Veep,” “Transparent” or “Louie” would defeat it. Still Eligible? Yes Hot Streak: Though “Modern Family” lost its winning streak last year, it could still become the most awarded program ever in this category with just one more win. It’s currently tied with “Frasier” at five trophies. Fun Fact: The last time the highest-rated show nominated won was in 2012 (“Modern Family”). The last time the lowest-rated show won was most likely in 2004, when “Arrested Development” took home the prize over “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Will and Grace” (though lack of ratings for certain HBO programs makes it hard to tell for sure).

Read More: Emmys 2016 Trivia: Amy Poehler & Tina Fey Shared A Nod & 20 Other Wild Things About This Year’s Nominations

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- Ben Travers

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Star Trek Beyond, and Lgbt representation in the Trek series

10 July 2016 6:15 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Llinos Cathryn Thomas Jul 11, 2016

Following the recent news from Star Trek Beyond, we look at Star Trek's track record when it comes to queer issues and characters

Many Star Trek fans are celebrating following the news that, in the upcoming movie Star Trek Beyond, Sulu is confirmed as being in a long-term relationship with another man. This kind of queer representation has been a long time coming for the Star Trek franchise.

The Original Series wasn’t afraid to tackle social issues, with a racially diverse cast and episodes dealing – literally or allegorically – with women’s rights, racial divisions and the futility of war, but the later installments in the franchise have shied away from taking the obvious next step of including queer characters.

In 1991, Gene Roddenberry made a statement on his plans to include gay characters in Star Trek: The Next Generation, but following his death shortly afterwards, »

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40+ Karen Walker GIFs That Prove She Deserves Her Own Holiday

2 July 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

It's been more than 10 years since Will & Grace went off the air, but the iconic show is still comedic gold. While we rewatch the episodes for cute moments between Will and Grace, Jack's antics while trying to make it in show business, and everyone's deeply unrealistic apartment goals, Karen Walker really is the best part. As Grace's rich, alcohol-fueled assistant, her one-liners; relationship with her maid, Rosario; and general "over it" persona make the show what it is. See some of her best moments! »

- Caitlin Hacker

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‘Mysteries of Laura’ Cancelled at NBC

14 May 2016 2:01 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC has made a decision on their final bubble show: “Mysteries of Laura” has been cancelled after two seasons.

The cop dramedy stars “Will and Grace” alum Debra Messing, and has been a steady performer for NBC in its second season.

“Mysteries of Laura” had a solid season on Wednesdays for NBC this season, averaging a 1.5 rating and 8.8 million viewers overall — down just about 5% from its first season and providing a solid lead-in to “Law & Order: Svu.”

Messing stars alongside Josh Lucas, Laz Alonso, Janina Gavankar and Max JenkinsJeff Rake, McG, Greg Berlanti, Aaron Kaplan, Todd Lituchy and Sarah Schechter are exec producers with Warner Bros. Television, Berlanti Productions and Kapital Entertainment behind the series.

Last year, “Mysteries of Laura” was also on the bubble, before landing a second season renewal.

The news comes after NBC cleared house yesterday, canceling comedies “Undateable,” “Crowded” and Eva Longoria’s “Telenovela,” plus »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Sean Hayes Stars in B’way’s Second Coming of ‘God’

30 March 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

The big man Himself is coming back to the Great White Way. That’s right! “An Act of God” is returning to Broadway! Instead of Jim Parsons, however, the Lord Almighty will be personified by another Emmy winner: “Will and Grace” star Sean Hayes. Hayes previously played God in the (largely) one-man show through its runs in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He’s taking the David Javerbaum–penned comedy to New York City’s Booth Theatre. The intimate Booth became available to Hayes and crew once Eugene O’Neill’s “Hughie” shuttered its revival run two months earlier than projected. Considering the light ticket sales for Forest Whitaker’s Broadway debut, “An Act of God” is projected to make a fine replacement, financially speaking. Last year’s Jim Parsons–starring debut at Studio 54 grossed $11 million and turned a profit. The limited 14-week engagement also marks a new high point for director Joe Mantello. »

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Saturday Night Live Review: Jonah Hill Hosts

6 March 2016 3:24 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Our host for tonight is Jonah Hill, appearing in his fourth hosting gig in just twice as many years. When it comes to hosting, Hill is like one of those basketball players who’s around for forever, and is consistently good, but not necessarily an MVP (This is the time where I would mention an actual basketball player if I knew anything about sports, but one doesn’t become a TV recapper by knowing things about sports). Basically, I was a little surprised to see that Hill is only one hosting gig away from joining the elusive five-timer’s club, but as I watched his past episodes in preparation for tonight, I could see why-- he’s a good character actor and thus can bring range to the brief roles he gets in sketches, he breaks approximately once an episode but never more, and he always seems genuinely grateful and excited to be there. »

- Emilie Sowers

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Gay men deserve three-dimensional role models, not TV’s stereotypes | Andrew McMillan

10 February 2016 4:09 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Us shows such as Looking offer a more diverse portrayal of gay life, but we have a long way to go before Lgbt characters stop being defined by their sexuality

In a 2003 episode of Will and Grace, Fagmalion, Will (the sensible, career-driven one who’s always the butt of fat jokes) and Jack (the promiscuous, youth-obsessed one who’s always jumping between jobs and lovers) decide to embark on a kind of “gay renovation” of cousin Barry. One day Barry arrives at Will’s flat, bemoaning the cost and lack of comfort of a new pair of Gucci loafers, to which Jack and Will respond: “Choosing fashion over comfort, living beyond his means ... Boy George, he’s got it!”

It’s scenes like these that research being carried out by Anglia Ruskin University is getting at when it comments that gay men, faced with “seemingly positive stereotypes” risk potential damage »

- Andrew McMillan

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Sean Hayes Will Star as 'God' in the Broadway Comedy An Act of God - See the Pictures!

4 February 2016 5:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Sean Hayes has landed his holiest role yet! The Emmy award-winning actor will star as "God" in Broadway's hit comedy An Act of God, a play written by David Javerbaum. The Will and Grace star and his angels - played by David Josefsberg and James Gleason - will touch down on Earth for 90 precious minutes to answer some of mankind's deepest questions during the comedy directed by Tony Award winner Joe Mantello. Hayes made his Broadway debut in 2010 when he starred in Promises, Promises alongside Kristin Chenoweth, Molly Shannon and Tony Goldwyn. An Act of God officially open on Feb. »

- Nicole Sands, @nicolesands901

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Sean Hayes Will Star as 'God' in the Broadway Comedy An Act of God - See the Pictures!

4 February 2016 5:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Sean Hayes has landed his holiest role yet! The Emmy award-winning actor will star as "God" in Broadway's hit comedy An Act of God, a play written by David Javerbaum. The Will and Grace star and his angels - played by David Josefsberg and James Gleason - will touch down on Earth for 90 precious minutes to answer some of mankind's deepest questions during the comedy directed by Tony Award winner Joe Mantello. Hayes made his Broadway debut in 2010 when he starred in Promises, Promises alongside Kristin Chenoweth, Molly Shannon and Tony Goldwyn. An Act of God officially open on Feb. »

- Nicole Sands, @nicolesands901

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See 'Friends' Cast Reunite in Promo for James Burrows Tribute

4 February 2016 9:25 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The cast of Friends, sans Matthew Perry, reunites in the promo clip for NBC's tribute to famed TV director and Cheers co-creator James Burrows.

The 40-second spot boasts a brief moment with the Central Perk gang, in which Bravo impresario Andy Cohen asks, "Did you all sign contracts saying that you wouldn't sleep with each other?"  

"David say something," Lisa Kudrow quickly quipped to David Schwimmer, who offered a classic, dumfounded Ross Geller look. 

Must See TV: An All-Star Tribute to James Burrows will also feature appearance from the casts of Mike and Molly, »

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NBC Gives Pilot Order to Buddy Comedy ‘Me & Mean Margaret’

2 February 2016 5:30 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

NBC has picked up a pilot for Adam Barr’s “Me & Mean Margaret.” The multi-camera sitcom from Universal Television and Chernin Entertainment is an unlikely buddy comedy that follows a fiercely candid and often offensive legendary actress and the ambitious 27-year-old lawyer forced to babysit her. Barr, whose previous credits include “Will and Grace” and “The New Normal,” wrote the pilot and will serve as executive producer. Chernin Entertainment’s Peter Chernin will also executive produce. Also read: 'Cruel Intentions' TV Adaptation Ordered to Pilot at NBC The news comes after NBC handed out pilot orders to three »

- Reid Nakamura

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Is You, Me and the Apocalypse Just the Jolt NBC Needs?

28 January 2016 10:31 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

How dry is the NBC comedy well? Dry enough that it's taking straight-up imports. It's not unheard of for ABC to air Canadian cop shows in the summertime, say, but not so long ago, the eight o'clock Thursday slot on NBC was as primo as primo got, which is where the network has placed Sky 1's You, Me and the Apocalypse. Here is a brief history of what has aired in that time slot over the last 30-odd years:The 1984–85 TV season until the 1991–92 TV season: The Cosby Show 1992–93 TV season: A Different World, Out All Night (that was a one-season Patti Labelle show), Mad About You 1993–94 and 1994–95: Mad About You 1995–96 through 2003–04: Friends 2004–05: Joey 2005–06: Joey, Will and Grace 2006–07 through 2008–09: My Name Is Earl 2009–10 and 10–11: Community 2011–12: Community, 30 Rock 2012–13: 30 Rock, Community 2013–14: Parks and Recreation, Community 2014–16: »

- Margaret Lyons

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Ratings: Fox’s ‘American Idol’ Tops Wednesday; CW’s ‘Arrow’ Rises in Return

21 January 2016 10:39 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox’s “American Idol” ruled as the top program in key demos Wednesday, while CBS drama “Criminal Minds” and ABC comedy “The Goldbergs” were the standouts on the scripted side on a night when the Alphabet’s “Modern Family” was in repeat. Elsewhere, CW saw “Arrow” point up in its return, while NBC’s hot “Chicago Pd” cooled off.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “American Idol” (2.4 rating/8 share in adults 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall) was down a tenth from last week but stood as Wednesday’s No. 1 program in 18-49 as well as adults 25-54 (3.2/9), adults 18-34 (1.5/6) and total viewers. And the net’s new drama “Second Chance” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall) was down 17% (0.2), a fairly typical week-2 decline, placing a distant fourth among the Big Four networks at 9.

CBS had a good night, with its three-hour 18-49 average tied with Fox’s two-hour average for the »

- Rick Kissell

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Let's remember when Megan Mullally sang a duet with Donald Trump at the Emmys

20 January 2016 8:06 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Megan Mullally stopped by "Conan" the other day to promote her upcoming series "You, Me and the Apocalypse," but Conan O'Brien wanted to talk about her past. Specifically, that time she sang a duet with presidential candidate Donald Trump on the Emmys. It was 2006, a gentler time, when Trump was the host of a reality show called "The Apprentice" and Mullally was still on "Will and Grace." "American Idol" was a huge success, so the Emmys made a bunch of people do "Emmy Idol," where they sang famous TV theme songs and viewers voted for the best one. Trump and Mullally did "Green Acres." Mullally was in her "Will and Grace" character Karen Walker, and Trump was in his "Apprentice" character as a guy who thinks he's much smarter than he actually is. "At the time, he was just the kooky guy from 'The Apprentice,'" Mullally said. Here's »

- Sara Morrison

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Universal Buys Mrs. Claus Pitch From ‘Pitch Perfect’ Producers

5 January 2016 6:33 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal Pictures has acquired the untitled holiday pitch focused on adventures of Mrs. Claus from “Pitch Perfect” producers Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman.

Insiders confirmed to Variety that Emmy-winning writer John Riggi will pen the script as well as exec produce. Banks and Handelman will produce through their Brownstone Pictures.

The plot centers on Mrs. Claus as she navigates life and marriage in the stressful month leading up to Christmas.

As of right now, Banks will only produce and is not attached to star as Mrs. Claus.

Riggi has a long career of working for several successful TV shows including “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Will and Grace” and “Family Guy.” He most recently worked on the Rebel Wilson comedy “Super Fun Night.” He is repped by UTA, Anonymous Content and Ziffren.

Banks and Handelman are coming off the box-office hit “Pitch Perfect 2,” which Banks also helmed, and they are currently prepping “Pitch Perfect 3. »

- Justin Kroll

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