26 • AUGUST 03, 2018 • LOSANGELESBLADE.COM
TV critics take on the fall lineup Even the cable reruns are gay now By SUSAN HORNIK
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With more broadcast, cable and streaming network programs than ever before, gay television critics have their hands full, in a constant state of binge watching all the new and returning series. At the Television Critics Press Tour, which took place in Beverly Hills, the Los Angeles Blade’s Susan Hornik talked to gay television critics about their favorite shows.
this fall too, and, like a fabulous queen who has faithfully applied moisturizer with SPF every day, this show is aging really well. “Crazy ExGirlfriend,” in its final season, promises to be bonkers, and though they’re both animated, “She-Ra” and “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” both on Netflix, promise to bring more kick-ass women to the small screen and give lots of queer fangirls new crushes to obsess over.
Malcolm Venable, senior writer, TVGuide.com
Jim Colucci, freelance television critic, author of “Golden Girls Forever” and “Will & Grace: Fabulously Uncensored”
This fall, I’m excited about the return of “The Deuce,” where the divine Maggie Gyllenhaal this season will be giving less blowjobs in dirty theaters and producing porn in 1970’s New York City. Last season, the series flirted with depictions of gay sex, and here’s to hoping that this season will take those flirtations even further, by showing more same-sex porn and what happens when authorities try to clamp down on it. Like everyone else with a pulse, I’m also keen to see what ways the Pearsons of “This Is Us” will be making us cry again -- I suspect it’s only a matter of time before they push a grandma down a flight a steps or punt a puppy across a football field. Though Denis O’Hare is highly unlikely to return as William’s partner unless the show is going to depict some kind of dead person-alive person romance, we can probably count on some type of LGBTQ representation...or at least more Beth. I need more Beth. I’m also giddy with anticipation for another season of “The Good Place.” It’s a show that never fails to make you happy. Of course “Will & Grace” comes back again
Of all the new and returning fall shows, the thing I’m most excited about, from both an overall and LGBT perspective, is a classic: “Will & Grace.” The show returned last fall, just when the world needed it again, as the current administration regularly threatens LGBT rights. After all, this was a show that in 1998 -- eons ago, as far as LGBT rights go -- captured the world’s hearts and minds, and showed the humanity of gay and lesbian characters. That, plus the show has always been one of the wittiest, campiest, and yet most touching sitcoms ever on TV. Now that it’s back for a second “rebooted” season, things are changing -- Will’s mom is engaged to Grace’s dad, Jack has a new, steady boyfriend -- and the show and its cast is becoming more diverse. One of the things that stood out most to me when I wrote my book, “Will & Grace: Fabulously Uncensored” is when the show’s creators, Max
Mutchnick and David Kohan, told me that they enjoyed deliberately “writing themselves into a corner” with the cliffhanger of every season. It challenged them as writers in determining how to proceed with the next season’s storylines, and therefore ultimately made the show deeper and better. Last season’s cliffhanger sure did force some changes, and I can’t wait to see how those play out.
Brendan Haley, contributing writer for PRIDE.com
As we can expect the forthcoming season three of “The Crown” to debut a brand new cast, it’ll be exciting to see the developments in one relationship in particular, both performance and story wise, Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter) and her bisexual ex-husband AntonyArmstrong Jones (Ben Daniels). Antony’s sexuality played a key role in last season’s drama, depicting the harsh judgements that LGBT people faced in the 1960s. Also, obviously I anticipate the return of “Will & Grace” this coming fall season, knowing several new comedic additions are in store, including the legendary Chelsea Handler, and the talents of Brian Jordan Alvarez (Estefan). Where the landscape of TV show reboots can sometimes plateau, “Will & Grace” has not only come back harder than where it left off in 2006, it has thrived in a new era of entertainment, receiving nominations for both Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress (Megan Mullally), and Guest Actress (Molly Shannon) in a Comedy Series.
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