News Round-Up: July 21, 2020

L-R Billy Eichner, the late Paul Lynde (via Back2Stonewall)

Some news items you might have missed:

Back2Stonewall: Out actor-comedian Billy Eichner is set to play TV icon Paul Lynde in the upcoming biopic Man in the Box. While Lynde never officially “out,” his sexuality was well-known in front of and behind the camera throughout a run on television beginning in the ’50s up until his death in 1982.

KOMO: The cast and creators of the Emmy-nominated cult HBO classic The Comeback will reunite on July 21 as part of the Stars In the House daily live-streamed series. The show’s creator and star Lisa Kudrow will be on board to chat on the satirical reality show that followed one woman’s journey as a B-list sitcom actress trying to reclaim A-list status via reality TV. Hot hubby Michael and I loved the series – Kudrow was brilliant walking the fine line of reality/scripted TV.

ABC News: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell revealed Tuesday morning that Senate Republicans plan to support another round of stimulus checks to Americans in their next coronavirus relief proposal. This time around, however, Republicans would like to lower the income threshold to qualify. The cap on payments in the first CARES bill was $99,000.

NPR: Teachers in Florida are suing the state to block an emergency order requiring schools to open next month with in-person instruction. They say, with the surge of coronavirus cases, the order violates a provision in Florida’s constitution requiring the state to ensure schools are operated safely.

BroBible: A teen employee at a Lowe’s store in Washington, Kyle Sales, was forced to change his tee-shirt reading “Black Panther Wakanda Forever” after a ‘Karen’ complained the shirt was racist. After the exchange, Sales went home and put a jersey over his Black Panther movie shirt. The next day, ‘Karen’ returned demanding to know how Sales was punished.

Boy Culture: Donald Trump, at his daily coronavirus presser, was asked about Ghislaine Maxwell — perhaps you’ve heard of her? The lady accused of running a child-sex ring for Jeffrey Epstein, who died on Trump’s watch? Yeah, he said — twice — “I wish her well.”

Lisa Kudrow Says THE COMEBACK Will Have 3rd Season

Lisa Kudrow recently told BlackBook that she and co-creator Michael Patrick King have the go ahead from HBO for a third season of the BRILLIANT series The Comeback!

“We’re talking about what comes next, but we’re not in a rush. At first I didn’t talk to Michael about it, out of panic, but we were done in December and I thought, oh god that means we have to start up again next month. I don’t know if I can, it’s too soon, I’m too tired.

“And then we talked about it, and said we don’t have to, we can wait a year and a half. Then HBO said, yeah, whenever, whenever you have it, let us know. It’s wonderful.”

Yes, please.

Regular readers know I’m a HUGE fan of the show. Lisa Kudrow shows more complexity and depth playing a shallow sitcom actress than imaginable. The final episode of season 2 was perfection.

If you haven’t watched yet, it’s required watching.  Check out Season One here and Season Two here.

Lisa Kudrow: “Gay Men Are Superior Beings”

Lisa Kudrow on her love of her gay fans, via PrideSource:

“I don’t know who I’m going to offend by leaving them out, but I need to say that I think gay men are superior beings in my mind. I do believe that.

“It’s all so tricky. I studied biology and the brains are anatomically different. They just are. There’s a stronger connection with the corpus callosum (in gay men). The two sides of the brain communicate better than a straight man’s, and I think that has to be really important.

“They’re not women – they’re still men – and women also have thicker corpus callosums, so I think it’s the combination of those qualities that makes them like a superhuman to me.”

Kudrow’s ground-breaking series returns for a second season after a ten year hiatus on HBO November 9th. Don’t miss it.

(h/t Bilerico)

Trailer: The Comeback of THE COMEBACK

Lisa Kudrow is just brilliant as “Valerie Cherish” in The Comeback which returns to HBO on November 9th for a new season after a nine year hiatus.

Can. Not. Wait.

OUT’s Aaron Hicklin got the chance to ask Lisa Kudrow about The Comeback‘s first season in 2005 and how Kudrow’s “Valerie Cherish” is different today:

Kudrow on the 2014 “Valerie”
“This season, things are just a little bigger. Valerie’s not in a four-year marriage—it’s a 14-year marriage. Also, her mind-set about reality and dignity is a little different, because we’ve all since accepted, Oh, there’s probably a camera somewhere. You know, someone flips a table: ‘Well, I guess that’s good TV.’ Back then, she really thought everything about her was fantastic, and the only time she started to crack was when she began to suspect she’d been taken advantage of. We have a little more of that earlier on this time around.”

The uncomfortability of indignity
“My husband has a hard time watching The Comeback. When we were first making the show, he came to visit the set and saw a scene and said, ‘Who wrote that? Who’s making my wife do that?’ And they replied, ‘Uh, your wife wrote it.’ A couple of years ago, I watched all of them again. And with the first two, I thought, Wow, this is brutal. There was no violence and no sex, and yet it was really uncomfortable. But that’s how it is everywhere. Everyone has to suffer some kind of indignity to get along in his or her professional pursuit.”

Read more at OUT.

And mark your calendars – The Comeback Season 2 begins November 9 on HBO.

HBO’s “The Comeback” Is Back – November 9th

First look at the new season of "The Comeback" starring Lisa Kudrow
First look at HBO’s “The Comeback” starring Lisa Kudrow

Lisa Kudrow’s under-appreciated 2005 HBO series “The Comeback,” about a faded sitcom star who banks on reality show cameras following her return to TV, won critics but floundered in it’s fight to find an audience.  I thought it was brilliant. Sadly, in spite of an Emmy nomination for Kudrow, it was cancelled after one season.

The world wasn’t ready, in my opinion.

But now, it is.  HBO has brought Kudrow and her creative partner Michael Patrick King together again for 8 new episodes that finds Kudrow’s “Valerie Cherish” in the year 2014. And she’s still coming back.  Or at least trying to.

Beginning November 9 at 10PM on HBO.