Arts & Culture :: Television

I (still) want my MTV: queering the once-diverse music channel

I (still) want my MTV: queering the once-diverse music channel

  • by Cornelius Washington
  • May 10, 2022

Several months ago, MTV celebrated its 40th birthday, with no mention of the subtext of the channel: the open exploration of the use of ambisexuality as a visual and cultural hook. Let's take a queer look back at some music video highlights.

Heartstopper: Netflix gay teen romance's winning formula

Heartstopper: Netflix gay teen romance's winning formula

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • May 10, 2022

'Heartstopper,' the sensational British coming-of-age TV series on first love, friendship, coming out, and mental health, has become the darling of social media, with almost universal critical praise.

Legacies, loss and losers: The Lavender Tube on vampires, cute teens, and the antigay AFA

Legacies, loss and losers: The Lavender Tube on vampires, cute teens, and the antigay AFA

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • May 3, 2022

Spring has totally sprung! May is a good month to get outside and do outside-y things. But then you come home and watch TV, right? Catch up with a gay romance on 'Legacies,' the end of 'Batwoman,' and rightwing hissy fits over queer-inclusive commercials.

'Start' laughing with writer Gary Janetti

'Start' laughing with writer Gary Janetti

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Apr 24, 2022

Gary Janetti is a gay writer (and TV show producer) who is well aware of the benefits of laughter, as shown in his new book of essays, 'Start Without Me: (I'll Be There in a Minute).'

First ladies, freaky fellas: The Lavender Tube on presidential wives and Tucker's tired testes

First ladies, freaky fellas: The Lavender Tube on presidential wives and Tucker's tired testes

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Apr 19, 2022

'The First Lady' features a trio of stars, Tucker Carlson's bizarrely homoerotic trailer, 'Law & Order: Organized Crime's lesbian cop played by Danielle Moné Truitt, plus more gossip and upcoming shows of note are all in this week's TV column.

Marvelous Muppets: 'The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited' at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

Marvelous Muppets: 'The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited' at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Apr 4, 2022

The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited, currently showing at the Contemporary Jewish Museum through August 14, brings joy and visual delight to fans of all ages.

Award war, too: The Lavender Tube on the Oscars & Will Smith's Slapgate

Award war, too: The Lavender Tube on the Oscars & Will Smith's Slapgate

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Apr 3, 2022

It's only been a week, but as freshly-out gay comic Jerrod Carmichael said in hosting 'SNL,' it feels like we've been discussing "It," i.e. Will Smith's onstage assault on Chris Rook, since high school. Our TV columnist covers the mired aftermath.

Captive audiences: The Lavender Tube on athlete controversies, funny pirates and taut thrillers

Captive audiences: The Lavender Tube on athlete controversies, funny pirates and taut thrillers

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Mar 22, 2022

Brittney Griner's detainment in Russia, trans swimmer Lia Thomas, plus funny pirates, Toni Collette in 'Pieces of Her,' 'Star Trek: Picard's potential women affair, and the gay teen romance 'Heartstoppers' are all must-see TV.

Marching into TV Land: The Lavender Tube on Kate, Andy, Eve and Pam

Marching into TV Land: The Lavender Tube on Kate, Andy, Eve and Pam

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Mar 8, 2022

Brittney Griner's busted, John Cameron Mitchell & Kate McKinnon in 'Joe v. Carole,' 'The Andy Warhol Diaries,' Renée Zellweger in 'The Thing About Pam,' and Sandra Oh in 'Killing Eve,' - all this and more in the new TV column.

Colman Domingo's 'Dot' at NCTC

Colman Domingo's 'Dot' at NCTC

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Mar 1, 2022

Colman Domingo got his first ever stage role at the New Conservatory Theatre Center. Now, amid a successful career on Broadway and TV ('Euphoria'), his play, 'Dot' opens at the company where he got his start.

Iced, iced, baby: The Lavender Tube on Winter Olympics successes and scandals

Iced, iced, baby: The Lavender Tube on Winter Olympics successes and scandals

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Feb 22, 2022

Beijing 2022 was the best Winter Olympics and the worst all at once. It was the queerest Winter games ever, with a lot of out lesbians, some out gay men, the first nonbinary competitor and queer medalists galore.

'The Signifyin' Works of Marlon Riggs' - a Black queer extravaganza for a new generation

'The Signifyin' Works of Marlon Riggs' - a Black queer extravaganza for a new generation

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Feb 8, 2022

Criterion's three-DVD special edition, 'The Signifyin' Works of Marlon Riggs,' honors the gay Black filmmaker who died of AIDS in 1994, whose entire career was based on confronting racism and homophobia, especially in media portrayals of People of Color.

Frozen '22: The Lavender Tube on Winter Olympics, 'Euphoria' and 'SNL's trend queens

Frozen '22: The Lavender Tube on Winter Olympics, 'Euphoria' and 'SNL's trend queens

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Feb 8, 2022

The Beijing Olympics 2022 are incredibly exciting. Among the competing out athletes are freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, skeleton Olympian Andrew Blaser, speed skater Brittany Bowe and figure skater Jason Brown.

Billy Porter's memoir 'Unprotected' - Broadway & TV actor's life story

Billy Porter's memoir 'Unprotected' - Broadway & TV actor's life story

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Feb 1, 2022

After reading 'Unprotected,' Porter's frank, blunt, raw memoir, no one can ever accuse him of dissembling on a 30-year rocky circuitous journey to reach his current level of fame.