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Greatest TV Pilots: Queer As Folk – A Cultural Milestone

14 April 2014 11:08 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Queer As Folk, Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot”

Directed by Charles McDougall

Written by Russell T. Davies

Original Air Date: 23 February 1999

That Certain Summer, a made for TV movie, airs as the ABC Movie of the Week. It is the first TV movie to deal with the subject of homosexuality cordially. In 1975, ABC debuts Hot l Baltimore, a short lived Norman Lear series, which features the first gay couple on TV. In 1991, the first kiss between a homosexual couple airs on network TV during an episode of L.A. Law. In 1989 an episode of the Us drama thirtysomething featured the first gay male couple to be shown in bed together. The brief clip is considered a TV landmark, and of course proved extremely controversial at the time. 

Ten years later, Russell T. Davies (who would go on to helm the current BBC revival of Doctor Who, as well as creating the spinoff Torchwood »

- Ricky

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Duo Join Netflix’s New Thriller Drama Series; Trio Book Recurring Roles In Pilots

8 April 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Mia Kirshner (The L Word) and Waleed Zuaiter (Revolution, Homeland) have booked recurring roles on Netflix’s untitled psychological thriller drama from Sony Pictures TV. Written and executive produced by Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler (Kzk), the 13-episode series centers on a close-knit family of four adult siblings (Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz) whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother (Mendelsohn) returns home. Kirshner, repped by Apa, Wishlab and Characters, most recently shot a guest role on ABC pilot Clementine. Zuaiter, repped by Stone Manners Salners Agency and Ramos Management, will play Major Eckhardt, a mysterious authority figure in the Florida Keys who is having an affair with Meg Rayburn (Linda Cardellini). Zuaiter is coming off a starring role in the Oscar-nominated film Omar. Elaine Tan has been cast in a recurring role in Amazon Studios’ drama pilot Hand Of God, »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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Sara Gilbert And Linda Perry Wed

31 March 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Musician Linda Perry and former Roseanne star and current The Talk host Sara Gilbert got married on Sunday night.

Sara Gilbert, Linda Perry Marry

Perry and Gilbert’s nuptials were announced on The Talk Monday morning. Gilbert’s co-host Julie Chen, who was at the affair, broke the news. “Let's get started with a big congratulations for our own Sara Gilbert, who got married last night," Chen said. "It was magical. It was the most beautiful ceremony."

Aisha Tyler added, "Amazing, amazing night. Beautiful, and it was at sunset and overlooking the ocean." Tyler then cut herself off, saying, "I mean, we can't tell too much about it because we want Sara to talk about it,"

Gilbert and Perry are honeymooning for the week, so The Talk host won’t be able to gush about her wedding until next Monday. Gilbert previously opened up about Perry’s proposal on the daytime talk show. »

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The L Word – box set review

20 March 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

With its frank discussions and extensive sex scenes, this is where all your questions about lesbians are answered

The L Word reached our screens just as Sex and the City was tottering off the Brooklyn Bridge in high-heeled pursuit of whichever shark it could jump first. Advertised by Living TV across tube stations and on the back of heat magazine by two oiled-up, bikinied lesbians and the slogan "Same Sex, Different City", it too came from a place of immense privilege.

Series one is the most heteronormative-friendly; later series went a bit haywire trying to please online forum überfans' demands for more intersectional representation at the behest of believable storylines. One worry was that out of half a dozen lesbians, only one gives off Sapphic vibes distinctive enough for a straight person to recognise: urchin-haired androgyne Shane McCutcheon (Katherine Moennig) is so universally sexy that everyone, male or female, gay or straight, »

- Sophie Wilkinson

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'Scandal's' Joe Morton Boards TNT's 'Proof'

14 March 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Scandal's Joe Morton may have found a new full-time gig. The actor, who has been recurring on the third season of ABC's red-hot Scandal, has booked a series regular role on TNT's drama pilot Proof, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Proof centers on a skeptical, hard-science, female surgeon, Katherine (The L Word's Jennifer Beals), who has been struggling with family issues, including a tragic death. She is persuaded to investigate cases of reincarnation, out-of-body experiences, hauntings -- all of it looking for verifiable proof to answer one of life's greatest questions: Is death truly the end,

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Jennifer Beals To Topline Supernatural Drama Pilot For TNT

10 March 2014 6:10 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Actress Jennifer Beals (The L Word, Chicago Code) has jumped on board to play the lead in the TNT pilot Proof, which will be executive produced by actress Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer).In the pilot, which is being described as a medical supernatural show, Beals will play "a brilliant but somewhat jaded female surgeon with a bit of a rough edge. Her attitude is heavily influenced by the devastating death of her teenage son and her strained relationship with her only daughter. In the wake of her son’s death, she begins investigating cases concerning reincarnations, haunting, out-of-body experiences, and other supernatural phenomena."According to the show’s producers the show will »

- Sergio

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Jennifer Beals To Topline Supernatural Drama Pilot For TNT

10 March 2014 6:10 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Actress Jennifer Beals (The L Word, Chicago Code) has jumped on board to play the lead in the TNT pilot Proof, which will be executive produced by actress Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer).In the pilot, which is being described as a medical supernatural show, Beals will play "a brilliant but somewhat jaded female surgeon with a bit of a rough edge. Her attitude is heavily influenced by the devastating death of her teenage son and her strained relationship with her only daughter. In the wake of her son’s death, she begins investigating cases concerning reincarnations, haunting, out-of-body experiences, and other supernatural phenomena."According to the show’s producers the show will deal with “proof” and answers to one of life’s most mysterious questions about death – does the human experience truly end with death or is there something else beyond it?”The L Word star has been busy lately »

- Sergio

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Jennifer Beals Joins Proof - TNT's Supernatural Medical Drama Pilot

9 March 2014 5:57 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

More than likely, TNT's Kyra Sedgwick-produced "Proof" is more drama than supernatural in nature, but the medical-themed pilot has landed its lead actress so we'll keep passing on the news until we get confirmation one way or the other.

Per Deadline, Jennifer Beals ("The L Word," The Bride, Flashdance) will head up the cast as Dr. Kathryn Russo, a skeptical, hard-science, brilliant female surgeon with a caustic edge who has been struggling with the devastating loss of her teenage son and a growing estrangement from her surviving daughter.

Dr. Russo is persuaded to investigate cases of reincarnation, out-of-body experiences, hauntings — all of it looking for verifiable proof to answer one of life’s greatest questions: Is death truly the end, or is there something else beyond?

"Proof" is written by Rob Bragin and directed by Alex Graves. Sedgwick exec produces with Jill Littman, Tom Jacobson, Bragin, and Graves.

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- Debi Moore

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Jennifer Beals To Topline TNT Pilot ‘Proof’ Executive Produced By Kyra Sedgwick

9 March 2014 10:29 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Jennifer Beals is set as the lead in the TNT pilot Proof, a supernatural medical drama executive produced by Kyra Sedgwick. Written by Rob Bragin and directed by Alex Graves, Proof centers on Dr. Kathryn Russo (Beals), a skeptical, hard-science, brilliant female surgeon with a caustic edge who has been struggling with the devastating loss of her teenage son and a growing estrangement from her surviving daughter. She is persuaded to investigate cases of reincarnation, out-of-body experiences, hauntings — all of it looking for verifiable proof to answer one of life’s greatest questions: Is death truly the end, or is there something else beyond? Sedgwick exec produces with Jill Littman, Tom Jacobson, Bragin and Graves. The L Word alumna Beals, repped by Apa, Untitled and Patti Felker, also was pursued for broadcast pilots this season. She previously starred in Fox’s Chicago Code. She also co-created and is executive producing Laughs Unlimited, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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'Cruel Intentions,' 15 years later: A definitive power list

5 March 2014 2:21 PM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

The messed-up machinations of bored, oversexed stepsiblings Kathryn Merteuil and Sebastian Valmont aren’t quite as shocking in 2014 as they were when Cruel Intentions was released on March 5, 1999. (Blame Gossip GirlPretty Little Liars, and a zillion other glitzy/scandalous imitators.)

That said, Cruel Intentions is still an enormously entertaining teen movie, even 15 years (gulp) after its initial release — thanks to an uncommonly sharp script, a killer soundtrack, and, most importantly, an impeccable cast, which featured future Oscar winners and future Sharknado stars alike. Well, one of each, but you get the picture. Whoever headed up this franchise had a »

- Hillary Busis

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No More Stunts in High Heels For Person of Interest's Sarah Shahi!

27 February 2014 3:00 PM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Person of Interest is a runaway hit for CBS, and leading lady Sarah Shahi recently visited our New York studio to talk about what's to come on the thriller's third season. She was a new addition to the cast in 2012 and confessed that the physical role is quite a change from her previous work on shows like Life, The L Word, and Fairly Legal, which only required her to "run down court steps in six-inch heels." Person of Interest airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. Est/9 p.m. Cst. On Allie: Claudie Pierlot blouse, Osklen skirt »

- Allie Merriam

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No More Stunts in High Heels For Person of Interest's Sarah Shahi!

27 February 2014 3:00 PM, PST | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Person of Interest is a runaway hit for CBS, and leading lady Sarah Shahi recently visited our New York studio to talk about what's to come on the thriller's third season. She was a new addition to the cast in 2012 and confessed that the physical role is quite a change from her previous work on shows like Life, The L Word, and Fairly Legal, which only required her to "run down court steps in six-inch heels." Person of Interest airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. Est/9 p.m. Cst. On Allie: Claudie Pierlot blouse, Osklen skirt »

- Allie Merriam

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'The Flash' casts Barry Allen's mom: 'Arrow' spinoff adds Michelle Harrison

26 February 2014 | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

"The Flash" has found its mother. Michelle Harrison will play Nora, the mother of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) in the "Arrow" spinoff, Deadline reports.

Harrison's role will most likely be seen only in flashback, as she has long since died by the time "Flash" begins. Supposedly murdered by her own husband, Nora was instead the victim of an unidentified killer with seemingly super-human abilities. One of Barry's later motivations in law enforcement and crime-fighting is finding the truth behind his mother's death.

With the Nora role listed as potentially recurring, it seems likely that there is more to the murder story than a simple case of wrong-place-at-the-wrong-time.

Introduced in two episodes of "Arrow" in December, "The Flash" has since become a high-profile pilot project for The CW. It will likely air in the fall of 2014 if picked up to series.

Recently seen in the recurring role of Jessica in "Emily Owens M.D., »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Casting Announcements and More Info on BBC America’s Intruders

24 February 2014 1:00 PM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

We told you last month about John Simm (the sometimes-bleached-blond Master in the rebooted Doctor Who) in BBC America‘s upcoming original series Intruders, from writer and executive producer Glen Morgan of The X-Files. Now comes word that Mira Sorvino and sci-fi familiar face James Frain (most recently of Grimm and Sleepy Hollow) will be joining him, as filming begins on this body-snatcher-type series:

John Simm and Mira Sorvino Start Filming BBC America’s Intruders as James Frain, Tory Kittles and Millie Brown Join Cast

New York – February 24, 2014 – Production is underway in Vancouver British Columbia for BBC America’s new original series Intruders, starring celebrated British actor John Simm and Oscar® winner Mira Sorvino. The series is about a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others. Produced by BBC Worldwide Productions, from writer and executive producer Glen Morgan (The X-Files), the series is »

- Erin Willard

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'Agent Maria Hill' Covers "Maxim"

23 February 2014 11:36 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take another look @ revealing images of "Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." actress Cobie Smulders in a pictorial for "Maxim" (Australia) magazine:

Smulders' first major acting role was as as a guest on the Showtime science fiction series "Jeremiah", followed by a recurring role in the Vancouver-lensed  'lesbian' series "The L Word".

Her first permanent series role was in ABC's "Veritas: The Quest", followed by playing television reporter 'Robin Scherbatsky' on the CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother".

Smulders played 'Maria Hill' in director Joss Whedon's 2012 comic book movie "The Avengers", then reprised the role in the premiere of the "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." television series.

The character appears in the Russo brothers' 2014 sequel "Captain America: The Winter Soldier".

Maria Hill is also confirmed for "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" in 2015.

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- Michael Stevens

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Jamey Sheridan Joins TNT Pilot ‘Agent X’; Rose Rollins In TNT’s ‘Guilt By Association’

12 February 2014 2:26 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The L Word alumna Rose Rollins is set as one of the leads in TNT’s legal drama pilot Guilt By Association, from former prosecutor Marcia Clark, on whose book the project is based, and Dee Johnson. It centers on Rachel Knight, a gutsy Deputy District Attorney in the Special Trials Unit of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office who works closely with tough-as-nails female Lapd detective Bailey Keller and stylish female prosecutor Toni Lacollette (Rollins), both of whom routinely crash at Rachel’s place. Rollins is with Innovative, Elevate Entertainment, and Stone, Meyer. Jamey Sheridan, who played the Vice President on Homeland, is taking on another member of the government elite next. Sheridan has been cast in TNT’s action-drama pilot Agent X, starring Sharon Stone. Penned by William Blake Herron, it centers on America’s first female Vice President, Natalie Maccabee (Stone), and her secret weapon, »

- ERIK PEDERSEN

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HBO's Looking: glad to be post-gay

23 January 2014 7:28 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Set in San Francisco, HBO's new comedy-drama Looking is about gay men. But, as its British writer reveals, it's more pizza nights than sexual politics

There is an ongoing debate in Hollywood about whether or not gay actors face discrimination when it comes to casting straight roles, but in the world of HBO's new comedy-drama Looking, things are slightly different. Frankie Alvarez, who plays Agustín, one of the show's three leads, has just come out as a heterosexual man. "I'm married, to a woman," he says, half-apologetically. "But you know, I went to college, I did make out with guys growing up. I'm a modern American man."

There have been shows about gay life and the lives of gay men, before: Russell T Davies made history with Channel 4's Queer as Folk, and a slicker Us version ran for five seasons. But after that, pickings became piecemeal, with gay characters embedded in, »

- Rebecca Nicholson

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'Agent Maria Hill' Covers "Maxim"

22 January 2014 1:39 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek revealing images of actress Cobie Smulders ("The Avengers") in a pictorial for "Maxim" (Australia) magazine:

Smulders' first major acting role was as as a guest on the Showtime science fiction series "Jeremiah", followed by a recurring role in the Vancouver-lensed  'lesbian' series "The L Word".

Her first permanent series role was in ABC's "Veritas: The Quest", followed by playing television reporter 'Robin Scherbatsky' on the CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother".

Smulders played 'Maria Hill' in director Joss Whedon's 2012 comic book movie "The Avengers", then reprised the role in the premiere of the "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." television series.

The character appears in the Russo brothers' 2014 sequel "Captain America: The Winter Soldier".

Maria Hill is also confirmed for "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" in 2015.

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- Michael Stevens

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A Straight Guy Takes a Look at HBO’s Very Gay Comedy ‘Looking’

20 January 2014 5:05 AM, PST | Nerve | See recent Nerve news »

A Straight Guy Takes a Look at HBO’s Very Gay Comedy ‘Looking’ The more time spent looking away, the less time one spends participating in the rites that keep a community alive.  By Michael Thomsen Looking, HBO’s newest show and the first all-gay show on TV since The L Word, follows the meandering stories of a small group of friends in San Francisco, who somehow orbit around the weakest and most neurotic of the bunch, Patrick, a level designer at a videogame company (who for some reason is shown animating character models and not designing level geometry whenever at work). Not coincidentally, Patrick is the only one in his friend group who has a stable job, freeing him to romanticize his social anxieties because there is so little else to be anxious about.  Newly single, the first episode opens with Patrick in a park about to get [...] »

- Michael Thomsen

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Camryn Manheim Joins Halle Berry in Spielberg’s CBS Series ‘Extant’

9 January 2014 12:34 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Practice” and “The L Word” alum Camryn Manheim has signed on as a series regular on CBS’s upcoming drama “Extant” from executive producer Steven Spielberg, the network said Thursday. Manheim, whose most recent roles include “Ghost Whisperer” and “Harry’s Law,” will play Sam Barton, the best friend and closest confidante of Molly (series star Halle Berry). Also read: CBS, Amazon Strike Deal on Steven Spielberg-Halle Berry Series ‘Extant’ The series, from Amblin Television and CBS Television Studios, follows Berry as astronaut trying to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in outer space. »

- Tim Kenneally

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