Laverne Cox Shares Summer Schedule For CBS Series DOUBT

While Laverne Cox’s nascent CBS series Doubt only ran for two episodes this past season, Cox shares the news that all remaining episodes will get airtime this summer on Saturday nights at 8PM beginning July 1.

ABC Picks Up New Dan Savage Comedy The Real O’Neals

ABC has announced the decision to pick up new comedy, The Real O’Neals, executive produced by Dan Savage.

From Deadline:

The O’Neals, about a family in the aftermath of a son comes out, had been an internal ABC favorite. Its fate was put into question when religious and conservative organizations started a campaign against the project over the involvement of outspoken gay activist Savage.

The comedy was originally going to be based on his life growing up but that changed during the development of the pilot, with the story evolving in a different direction. The O’Neals marks the return of Raising Hope‘s Martha Plimpton with another comedy starring role.

TV Tonight – “Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live In Concert”

Just a reminder it’s a great night on PBS tonight. It’s very clear where I’ll be tonight… 🙂

Not only do we get Tony Award winner Billy Porter at 9PM, you get Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert at 10PM!

The concert of her Grammy-nominated album features Lennox’s takes on iconic American compositions by such artists as Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and Billie Holiday, as she pays tribute to some of the greatest artists of the 20th century.

Retro TV Teens take on “Saved By The Bell”

Believe it or not, 80s teen TV show “Saved By The Bell” is about to turn 25.

Retro TV shares the show with their teens and asks their thoughts.

In a fight over “Zack” vs “Slater” guess who wins? Plus, the editors explain episode plots to the teens and get their reaction.

Don’t you love looking back over two decades…?

CNN puts the Michael Sam “Draft kiss” into TV perspective

Excellent report by Bill Weir of CNN that puts the now famous Michael Sam “Draft kiss” into context in terms of famous, barrier breaking TV moments.

From William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols on “Star Trek” to Archie Bunker’s macho football buddy to “Modern Family” to “Conchita Wurst” of Austria winning the Eurovision Song competition in front of 120 million viewers, TV has often opened our eyes to a new perspective on social attitudes.

Take a look below. And thanks, Bill Weir and CNN.

“How I Met Your Dad” gets second gay casting news

Did you know that the long running, Neil Patrick Harris starring “How I Met Your Mother” on CBS is drawing to a close this season?

Me neither.  I stopped watching a while back.  But that’s just me…

What I was surprised about is there will be a spin-off of the series – “How I Met Your Dad.”  No characters from the first series will intersect the second, although the bar where the characters hung out will be the one integrating element.

The announcements have already mentioned that the lead character, Sally (played by Greta Gerwig) will have a gay BFF (played by Drew Tarver) who is married to her brother.

Now, we get casting news that Andrew Santino, who is currently starring on ABC’s “Mixology,” has been tapped for the role of Sally’s “perfect but uptight” brother, Danny.

Thanks to his personal website, it looks like Santino’s already got the leather thing down.

Yay gingers!

(via Out)

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. given full season pick up after strong premiere numbers

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., ABC’s new hit show, has just been given a back 9 order of episodes, giving it a full season pickup!

ABC’s new show will now have twenty-two full episodes for the entire season.

The Joss Whedon show stars Chloe Bennet (Skye), Clark Gregg (Agent Phil Coulson), Brett Dalton (Agent Grant Ward), Ming-Na Wen (Agent Melinda May), Iain De Caestecker (Agent Leo Fitz), and Elizabeth Henstridge (Agent Jemma Simmons).

The show originally premiered to big ratings for the network.