Lots of LGBT news in the world of television and beyond this week…let’s dive in before the long Labor Day weekend takes over, shall we?
“The Good Wife:” It’s hard to believe but since out actor David Hyde Pierce has been busy these past years on Broadway in various shows (and winning a Tony along the way!) he hasn’t appeared on a series since the hit comedy “Frasier” went off the air in 2004. But he’s coming back in style on the CBS law series this fall. In the arc, according to the CBS press release, “Pierce plays a highly respected cable news legal commentator who is so disgusted by the corruption and murder rate in Chicago that he decides to run for office in order to affect change.” Exec Producers/Creators Robert and Michelle King said in the release, “We couldn’t be more thrilled and flattered that David’s making THE GOOD WIFE his first TV role since ‘Frasier.’ We’re tremendous fans of his dramatic skills as well as his comedy.” (“The Good Wife” returns for its sixth season on September 21st on CBS).
“The Amazing Race:” The 25th season of the CBS reality series (and the one that just won it’s 10th Emmy!) has regularly had gay contestants on the show and in the new season, we have a Pasadena couple as one of the teams. Timothy Tsao, age 23, and Te Jay McGrath, age 24, are among the teams that will race around the world for a million dollar prize. Their hashtag on the press release from CBS said #collegesweethearts, which is as adorable as they are. But do they have what it takes to take home a cool million? We’ll find out soon! (The new season of “The Amazing Race” begins September 26th on CBS).
”American Horror Story: Freak Show:” Now that he’s done shooting the final episodes of ‘White Collar,“ Matt Bomer is set to appear in one episode of the new season of the FX horror series. Co-Creator Ryan Murphy (who recently directed Bomer in “The Normal Heart“) broke the news himself to Entertainment Weekly during its Emmy party and said, “I try to get him to do everything for me,” Murphy said. “I sent him a text that said, ‘First right of refusal, here’s the role.’ It’s very…warped.” Bomer was busy shooting “Magic Mike 2” but the schedules worked out and he was able to make the “AHS” appearance. (“American Horror Story: Freak Show” premieres October 8th on FX)
“Survivor:” Broadway boyfriends are among the just-announced group of new contestants for the new season of the long-running CBS reality competition. Reed Kelly and Josh Canfield were announced earlier this week as part of the new season, which kicks off next month. Kelly, age 31, is a Broadway performer, model and aerialist. His boyfriend, Canfield, age 32, is listed on the press release as Singer/Actor/Writer. Hats off to “Survivor” and all reality shows that have always been so inclusive with gay contestants over the years. Remember that the winner of the first “Survivor” was out (and often naked) Richard Hatch! (The new season of “Survivor” kicks off September 24th on CBS.)
Uprising Of Love Concert: The Advocate reported earlier this week that more names have joined the “Uprising Of Love: A Benefit Concert for Global Equality“ that is happening in New York City on September 15th at Broadways’ Gershwin Theatre. New names joining include Laverne Cox, Billy Porter (“Kinky Boots”) and out singer Chely Wright who join previously announced, Sting, Patti LuPone, Greg Louganis, Bollywood actress Celina Jaitly and more. Composer Stephen Schwartz and out producer Bruce Cohen will executive produce the concert in a partnership with the United Nations Foundation. For more information, visit the Uprising Of Love website.
“Transparent:” The new Amazon Prime series is labeled a dark comedy but what could be dark about a father/husband (Jeffrey Tambor) realizing that while most of his life he has been Mort, he really is Maura and he begins the journey to transition to being a woman. The rest of the family has secrets, too, and they all start coming out in the series created by Jill Soloway (“Six Feet Under“). The cast includes a plethora of great actors including Judith Light, Gaby Hoffman, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass. The first episode is available now to view and the rest of the nine episodes premiere on September 26th. I’m excited!
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