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TheBacklot 40: Influential Gay Men in Television

28 October 2013 4:36 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Here at we spend a lot of time celebrating gay and bi men in the spotlight: actors, singers, dancers, sportsmen, and personalities are splashed across our pages like so much red paint at an all-fur fashion show. While we will never tire of the Neil Patrick Harrises and Chris Colfers of the world, we thought it was high time we paid due credit to some of the more unsung gay heroes: the guys behind the cameras of some of television’s best shows. In that light, we are proud to unveil TheBacklot 40, our celebration of 40 of the hardest-working and most influential out men working behind the scenes in TV.

These are the men who create and run some of our favorite shows, have written some of our most beloved gay characters, and have shepherded gay-inclusive stories to screen long before it was fashionable. Some will be familiar, but »

- Brian Juergens

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Briefs: The Sexiest Mustache, Anderson On His Creepy Cher Obsession, and Pics from The Beekman Wedding

3 July 2013 2:06 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Birthday shoutouts go to Corey Sevier, (above) who is 29, Patrick Wilson is 40, Tom Cruise is 52, and Betty Bucklry is 66.

My beloved Laura Branigan would have been 56 today, and to pay tribute, I’m going to reveal something I never I thought I would … A Lost Hit Of The 90′s!. “Moonlight On Water” was the first single released from Laura’s criminally underrated self-titled 1990 album, and it peaked at an undeserving #59.

A Scheduling Note – Tomorrow is a holiday in the U.S., so we’ll have a limited schedule the next two days, but we’ll still have a meme, and briefs, and some special posts for you.

A Texas modeling agency has dumped one of those terrible Big Brother people.

Liam Hemsworth eyed for Edward Snowden role in Hollywood movie.

Scott Norton is first openly gay male nominated for an Espy Award

Sesame Street responds to the Bert & Ernie controversy … via The Onion. »

- snicks

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Fabulous Beekman Boys Brent Ridge, Josh Kilmer-Purcell Marry: All the Details on Their Wedding!

3 July 2013 1:02 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge -- better known as The Fabulous Beekman Boys -- more than lived up to their fabulous reputation on Friday, June 28, when they tied the knot in a rustic, one-of-a-kind wedding at their farm in Sharon Springs, N.Y. Together since 2000, the Amazing Race winners said "I do" in front of around 300 guests, including friend and lifestyle guru Martha Stewart, who broadcast the nuptials on her Sirius Xm radio show, Martha Live, and contributed some 100 hard-boiled eggs to the [...] »

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Fabulous Beekman Boys Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Brent Ridge Married!

30 June 2013 4:18 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Just married! Friday, June 28, will forever be fabulous for Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge -- a.k.a. The Fabulous Beekman Boys. After more than a decade together, the reality TV couple tied the knot at their farm in Sharon Springs, N.Y., where they film their Cooking Channel show, Us Weekly can confirm. Together since 2000, Kilmer-Purcell and Ridge said "I do" in front of guests including Martha Stewart, who did a special broadcast of her Sirius Xm radio show, Martha Live, from the wedding site. (Ridge [...] »

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Meme: Marriage Resumes In California, Federal Benefits Extended To Same Sex Couples, “Glee” Makes Newbies Permanent

29 June 2013 8:37 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Protect Marriage files emergency motion to halt CA marriages, Ken Cuccinelli appeals to Scotus to save sodomy law, Kalinda gets hot new love interest

We mentioned Alec Baldwin’s rant on Twitter against the Daily Mail writer, calling him a “queen.” Baldwin has apologized via GLAAD. “My ill-advised attack on George Stark of the Daily Mail had absolutely nothing to do with issues of anyone’s sexual orientation.  My anger was directed at Mr. Stark for blatantly lying and disseminating libelous information about my wife and her conduct at our friend’s funeral service.  As someone who fights against homophobia, I apologize.” Baldwin has a history of working for marriage equality and supporting the gay community, and says he meant “queen” like someone who is “above.”

Anderson Cooper doesn’t seem too inclined to forgive and forget however. “Why does#AlecBaldwin get a pass when he uses gay slurs? If »

- Ed Kennedy

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Morning Meme: Mary J. Blige Is Not God, Andrew Rannells Is a Purebred Gay, and "Glee" Plans Some Steam For Klaine

11 January 2013 4:54 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Newark Mayor Cory Booker is one of the most outspoken allies of the Glbt community in politics today. But he wasn't always that way. The Stanford Daily republished an op-ed he wrote about his evolution in 1992, and it's powerful stuff.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired General Manager, Glbt ally, and You Can Play Project founder Brian Burke because they haven't made the Stanley Cup playoffs since 2008.

Chris Colfer says that when he was younger, he always went to the midnight releases for the Harry Potter books, and he had a standard wizards' robe and hat back then. Times have changed, though with his success. "Now I can go to Whimsic Alley — you know, like Diagon Alley, but in L.A. — and go on a shopping spree and buy all sorts of crap that I don't need. Harry Potter was my number-one thing, and I loved every minute being a fan of those books. »

- lostinmiami

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TV on Tap: Cam's Rival is Returning to "Modern Family," NBC Expects Many More "Days of Our Lives" and What "Sherlock" Got Wrong with Irene Adler

7 January 2013 5:28 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

ABC Family brings back Bunheads with new episodes tonight.


It's time for the winter Television Critics Association press tour, which means there are lots of tidbits of news to chew. Yesterday, critics talked with NBC head Robert Greenblatt, who said that he's not sure when Hannibal will air, but it won't be until late in the TV season. Meanwhile, Michael J. Fox's upcoming sitcom will follow a newsman who has to give up his job after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and how his family adjusts, and they may make another attempt to reboot The Munsters.

Greenblatt also expressed faith in Days of Our Lives, saying "it's not going anywhere." That's a very welcome change from the days when Jeff Zucker was predicting impending cancellation for the soap. We're so lucky Zucker never got around to dumping Days for the ninth hour of The Today Show.

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- LyleMasaki

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