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Third Season for The Comeback announced

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."

As you know - we are big fans of the series and can't wait for the new season!

Thomas Roberts improves daytime ratings for MSNBC

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Openly Gay and Emmy award winning news reader, Thomas Roberts jump into the daytime slot at the news channel has proven a ratings winner for the network.

As we begin the third week of MSNBC news anchor Thomas Roberts' run as the host of the network's 1-3PM slot (previously held by Joy Reid and Ronan Farrow), a look at the ratings shows the left-leaning news network made the right decision.

Ad Week reports:

"Roberts at 1pm ET has increased the hour by +20% in viewers and +37% in the A25-54 demo vs. the final two weeks of Farrow’s show. 

"At 2pm ET, Roberts has increased viewership +2% and has grown the demo by +14% compared to the final two weeks of Reid’s show."

Congratulations Thomas!


Glee's 200-Person Trans Choir

In its final season, ‘Glee’ tackles an important and timely subject. The series is exploring Coach Beiste’s physical transition from female to male, including a name change from Shannon to Sheldon. Coach Beiste is played by the fabulous Dot Marie Jones. 
In a climactic moment, former student Unique Adams returns to perform ‘I Know Where I’ve Been’ from the musical ‘Hairspray’. In an earlier storyline, Unique’s desire to be accepted as a female was not always encouraged by her parents or fellow students. "Unique is back to make a little bit of a visit, and she's there to support Bieste and be that rock," actor Alex Newell shares.
Interestingly, the idea for Newell to perform this selection came from the song’s composer. The legendary Marc Shaiman - the genius behind the music of ‘Hairspray’, ‘Smash’, and Bette Midler’s finest moments - requested its inclusion on the series.

“Last July, I saw a YouTube of this blessed child from GLEE singing our song ("I KNOW WHERE I'VE BEEN" from "Hairspray") and I promptly wrote to Ryan Murphy and said "Don't MAKE me go off on you, you'd BETTER have him sing this on the show!". Ryan wrote right back "I will!" And lo and behold here it comes! And let me tell you, prepare ye, Alex sings the holy f**k out of it!”

In the performance, Newell is joined by a 200-person trans choir. GLAAD helped 'Glee' producers recruit the choir from all across the United States. "This really is the face of America and you hope that when people see this episode they'll recognize, 'Hey, they look just like me,’” said Glee executive producer Dante DiLoreto. “This isn't about tolerance, it's about coming home, and coming home to who you really are.”
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