Tag Archives: television

Queerest Real World Debuts

Last night MTV’s The Real World debuted its 20th season with a house cast that includes a gay man, a bisexual woman, and a transgender woman. Could be interesting. The cast house is located in the semi-scary nabe of Red Hook, Brooklyn. Via Good As You, here’s the full first episode.

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Time-Warner Vs. Viacom

If you subscribe to Time-Warner Cable, you and their 13 million other customers nationwide will lose all of your Viacom channels at midnight tonight as the two media giants continue to spar over a new carriage fees. Viacom wants to raise the charges for Time-Warner to carry their 19 channels, Time-Warner says they’re being greedy. Same old, same old. Among ...

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Eartha Kitt, 81

Eartha Kitt, the bawdy, sexy, sultry performer whose name will forever live in the pantheon of gay icons, died today at 81. Actress and “Santa Baby” singer Eartha Kitt has died. Kitt, 81, died Thursday in New York City, her publicist confirmed to CNN, after being treated there for colon cancer. Her daughter Kitt Shapiro was by her side. Known ...

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Prayers For Bobby

On January 24th, Lifetime will air Prayers For Bobby, the true story of Bobby Griffith, the teenage gay boy who committed suicide because of his mother’s religious intolerance. The movie is based on Leroy Aaron’s best-selling 1998 book Prayers for Bobby: A Mother’s Coming to Terms with the Suicide of Her Gay Son.Via Queerty, here’s a clip:

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Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, 76

Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, widow of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, actress, and voice of the Enterprise’s computer (“Working”), has died of leukemia at age 76. Since the death of Gene Roddenberry, who created “Star Trek,” Majel Berrett was recognized as the franchise’s “first lady.” In the years after he died in 1991, she developed several of his unfinished ideas into new ...

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The Trials Of Ted Haggard

A new documentary about Ted Haggard’s post-scandal life is coming next month from HBO and Haggard will help the network promote it. Disgraced evangelical leader Ted Haggard has agreed to help promote a new documentary following his life in exile after a 2006 sex scandal — no longer bound by an agreement with his former church that prohibited him from ...

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The Gayest Xmas Special Ever

Over at Listverse they have counted down the best and worst Christmas specials of all time. Top Five Best: 1. A Charlie Brown Christmas2. How The Grinch Stole Chrismas3. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer4. Frosty The Snowman5. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town But my personal favorite will always be Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special. Gay, gay, gay. The guest list alone! ...

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The Price Is *Exactly* Right

For the first time in almost 30 years, this week a Price Is Right contestant guessed the exact cost of his final round showcase. But watch how completely “meh” Drew Carey is about it. Rosie O’Donnell really should have gotten that gig.

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Gov. Paterson Is Not Amused

Despite his legendary sense of humor about his disability, New York Gov. David Paterson was not amused by his portrayal on Saturday Night Live this weekend. Gov. David Paterson’s office lashed out at an impersonation of him on the final 2008 episode of “Saturday Night Live” that made him into a blind, bumbling, whack job with a drug problem that ...

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Battlestar Galactica To Out Two Characters

Soap-opera-in-space Battlestar Galactica will out two characters in webisodes that will run prior to next month’s season debut. (Stop here if you don’t want to be spoiled.) The webisodes are meant to bridge the gap between the mid-season finale and the January 16 premiere, but that’s not the only interesting thing about them. Galactica Sitrep reports that two male characters ...

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The Right To Die

To great controversy, yesterday British television aired a film titled Right To Die?, which showed a terminally-ill man committing suicide on camera. The film raises the usual questions about euthanasia and assisted-suicide, although the man did the job on his own, albeit with an audience in the room. The scene is difficult to watch, even for viewers inured to the ...

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Shallowest Post Of The Week

Katie Couric has a new look.

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On Rosie Live

We had to watch Rosie Live two times yesterday just to convince ourselves how incredibly, mind-bogglingly bad it was. I loves me some Rosie, usually, but dayum. From TV Guide: If the TV variety format weren’t already dead, the ghastly ego trip of NBC’s Thanksgiving-eve turkey Rosie Live would surely have killed it. Like the pie Alec Baldwin predictably pushed ...

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It Puts The Lesbian In The Basket

So much for that lesbian love affair on Grey’s Anatomy. Callie and Erica’s burgeoning romance on “Grey’s Anatomy” is coming to an abrupt end, and so is Brooke Smith’s role as Dr. Erica Hahn. Smith’s final appearance as Dr. Callie Torres’ flame comes in this Thursday’s episode of ABC’s medical drama, the network said Monday. The move was a creative ...

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The Obama Show

Here’s tonight’s 30-minute infomercial from Obama. Slick, smooth, but no new ground was broken.

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The Sarah Palin Show

Television execs are looking for “the right vehicle” for Sarah Palin. As campaign managers for Sarah Palin plot last-minute tactics to get her elected, Hollywood bigwigs are convening strategy sessions of their own. Their goal: finding the ideal on-air vehicle for the VP candidate if and when she exits politics. Love her or hate her — there doesn’t seem to ...

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Ron Howard’s Call To Action

Ron Howard goes into flashback mode with Andy Griffith and Henry Winkler in this way cute Obama endorsement. Fonzi: “She shoots moose? I thought she said she was loose! Ayyyyyy.” UNRELATED: My New Jersey grandmother used to call me Opie Taylor because I looked somewhat like him, and we lived in a Mayberry-esque North Carolina town (only with way more ...

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Rachel Maddow Show Zooms To Ratings Success For MSNBC

The bigshots at MSNBC are doing backflips over the ratings that Rachel Maddow has been pulling in over her first few weeks on the job. Rachel Maddow, a woman who does not own a television set, has done something that is virtually unheard of: she has doubled the audience for a cable news channel’s 9 p.m. hour in a matter ...

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Tip Your Waitress

I’ve finally caught up on True Blood, HBO’s vampire drama/comedy that started a few weeks ago. Vampires have “come out the coffin” and gone public after a Japanese company perfected artificial blood. As with X-Men, there’s a gay rights vs. “special rights” subtext as the public debates the Vampire Rights Act. There’s also a virus that plagues vampires, gay vampire ...

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Ellen’s No On 8 PSA

Some folks are becoming increasing shrill in their demand that Ellen DeGeneres step forward with huge donation to Prop 8. But to my mind, what she does every day on her show and in this PSA is immeasurably more valuable than a few more airings of the lame ads we’ve seen so far.

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