Arts & Culture :: Television

Welcome to the Tabula Rasa 2020s!

Welcome to the Tabula Rasa 2020s!

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Dec 30, 2019

The Tabula Rasa 2020s are upon us, and oh are we here for them. We want LGBTQ everything, please. Starting with our TV.

Best (& some Worsts) of the Year on TV

Best (& some Worsts) of the Year on TV

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Dec 17, 2019

The year and decade are drawing to a close, which is good as we are so very done with 2019, and are more than ready for a new decade.

Looking out for the lesbians

Looking out for the lesbians

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Dec 3, 2019

We spent Black Friday watching several hours of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" while crocheting scarves for holiday gifts. We came away with a burning question: Where are the crafty lesbians?

Liberation of Norma

Liberation of Norma

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Nov 26, 2019

The acting redeems "The Chaperone"'s hokey but intelligent script to deliver an adroit movie about the 1920s that will resonate with today's #MeToo milieu.

Putting the GLAAD report in context

Putting the GLAAD report in context

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Nov 19, 2019

GLAAD released its annual "Where We Are on TV" report last week. The comprehensive forecast of the LGBTQ characters expected in primetime scripted programming in the 2019-20 television season is critical to charting where we are.

Gay, Latin & wrongfully convicted

Gay, Latin & wrongfully convicted

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Nov 5, 2019

In the Halloween episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" ("SVU"), the scares were all too real.

Uncovering a culture of harassment

Uncovering a culture of harassment

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Oct 22, 2019

It's difficult to find a scripted TV series as compelling as the devolution of the Trump presidency being live-streamed every day.

Jonathan Van Ness is our fave TV doyenne

Jonathan Van Ness is our fave TV doyenne

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Oct 8, 2019

Everybody's fave "Queer Eye" doyenne, Jonathan Van Ness, was on "The Jimmy Kimmel Show" explaining how the Trump administration's attacks "demonizing Planned Parenthood" forced them to reveal their HIV+ status.

Saturday Night slurs

Saturday Night slurs

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Sep 27, 2019

"SNL" hired its first Asian comedian in its 45-year history, and it fired its first conservative white-guy comedian before he ever went on air. As we say often under President Trump, what a time to be alive.

Saturday night was made for laughing

Saturday night was made for laughing

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Sep 10, 2019

The 45th season of the longest-running comedy show in TV history begins Sept. 28. "SNL" returns not a moment too soon, with the political satire we so desperately need to offset real-life political absurdities.

Fall Preview: The Lavender Tube

Fall Preview: The Lavender Tube

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Aug 27, 2019

TV has never, thankfully, been better. Not necessarily gayer, but definitely lit. There are some superb shows just waiting to debut, and others are soon to be at your streaming, binging fingertips on Netflix.

Why the queer press & queer TV matter

Why the queer press & queer TV matter

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Aug 13, 2019

Periodically people ask us why we continue to write for the queer press when we work in mainstream news. We always say the same thing: When mainstream media reports LGBTQ stories like they do straight stories, we'll stop writing for the queer press, too.

Aggressive reporting

Aggressive reporting

  • by David Lamble
  • Jul 30, 2019

The provocative new bio-doc "Mike Wallace is Here" (opening Friday) is an instructive guide to a chaotic universe.

Summer stage & screen scores

Summer stage & screen scores

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 30, 2019

You have to admit that it's more than a little strange to watch the third season of Netflix's "Stranger Things" while the strangest thing of all is living in the White House.