Happy Friday! Stay warm this weekend.
1. The L Word is coming back. Have you been dreaming of a day when The L Word would return? Well, from your lips to Ilene Chaiken‘s ears, it’s happening! Showtime announced at the Television Critics’ Association this week that The L Word would be returning as would stars Jennifer Beals, Kate Moennig, Leisha Hailey, and Sarah Shahi. They will be joined by a new cast of LGBTQ characters, as well as guest appearances from original cast members. Out writer Marja-Lewis Ryan (Four-Faced Liar) will head up the show.
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2. Ellen Page gets political on The Late Show. Page has been an outspoken activist for the LGBTQ community since her own coming out, and last night she tackled the current administration, particularly VP Mike Pence’s abysmal record with LGBTQ rights.
3. New NBC comedy, Abby’s will feature and an out and proud bi lead character. Natalie Morales‘ new series, Abby’s, about a group of friends and their beloved backyard bar, will feature Morales as an openly bisexual woman. Morales herself identifies as queer. The show will premiere on March 28th.
4. RENT reminded us why we love the theatre. On Sunday, Vanessa Hudgens and Kiersey Clemmons knocked our socks off as Maureen and Joanna, the on-again-off-again couple in the beloved musical RENT, which aired on Fox. The show, which was supposed to be live but we changed at the last minute due to an actor injury, garnered mixed reviews but Hudgens and Clemmons were universally praised for their dress rehearsal performances.
5. Hayley Kiyoko gets profiled in The Evening Standard. Singer/songwriter and lesbian superstar Kiyoko was interviewed this week in the Standard and naturally, talk turned to the importance of being out in the public eye. Kiyoko said, “I grew up listening to lots of great music but I never connected with it. I’d sing along to these songs but they weren’t made for me,” Kiyoko tells me. “I could leave out the pronouns in my music but what would be the point? By being specific, it helps people like me to feel like they’re not alone. Sometimes you have to be bold and keep repeating yourself to normalize things.”