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As progressive as society seems to be becoming with its acceptance of other lifestyles and gay marriage, there are still some places in our country that refuse to roll with the times or accepting changing societal norms. Thus, we are not surprised to hear that the state of Alabama has refused to air Arthur’s 22nd Season Premiere which would feature one its main characters, Mr. Ratburn, not only coming out, but marrying another man in a same-sex wedding! Alabama Public Television states it has no plans to air the episode at all.

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Alabama Public Television chose not to air PBS’ recent “Arthur” episode that featured a same-sex marriage.

During the animated series’ 22nd season premiere, titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” Arthur’s third-grade teacher, Mr. Ratburn, marries Patrick, a chocolatier, at a wedding attended by his students, Arthur, Francine, Buster and Muffy. It aired May 13.

Mike McKenzie, director of programming at APT, told NBC News on Monday that PBS sent a message to stations in mid-April alerting them “to possible viewer concerns about the content of the program.” After he and others at APT viewed the episode, they decided not to broadcast it and showed a re-run instead.

McKenzie said the network has no plans to air it.

“Parents have trusted Alabama Public Television for more than 50 years to provide children’s programs that entertain, educate and inspire,” McKenzie said in a statement. “More importantly — although we strongly encourage parents to watch television with their children and talk about what they have learned afterwards — parents trust that their children can watch APT without their supervision. We also know that children who are younger than the ‘target’ audience for ‘Arthur’ also watch the program.”

McKenzie also said if they aired it, APT would take away the choice of parents who felt it was inappropriate for their children.

“The vast majority of parents will not have heard about the content, whether they agree with it or not,” he said. “Because of this, we felt it would be a violation of trust to broadcast the episode.”

“Arthur” debuted in 1996 and follows the adventures of its title character, his friends and family.

In 2005, APT pulled an episode of “Arthur” in which the character Buster visited a girl who had two mothers, according to AL.com.

“’Our feeling is that we basically have a trust with parents about our programming,” then-executive director Allan Pizzato said at the time. “This program doesn’t fit into that.”

Alabama has made a lot of controversial and conservative decisions as of late. As you may already know the state passed one of the most restrictive abortion bans in modern history just two weeks ago. “Sweet Home Alabama” just seems pretty archaic nowadays.

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FX & FXX In Full Effect! Check Out Clips from The Upcoming Seasons of “Snowfall,” “Baskets,” & “Archer!”

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FX and FXX are really making waves on the Small Screen, thanks to the amazing and original series like Snowfall, Baskets, and Archer. Each one of these series is critically acclaimed and captivating! Thankfully, we have got a few clips from each of these hit series to keep you enthralled! Check them out below, oh, and Happy viewing!

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DESCRIPTION:  Chip visits Dale at his new home. It goes off with a bang. This season continues on Thursdays at 10p.m. ET/PT on FX.

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The Category is “RENEWED SERIES!” FX Renews “Pose” (@PoseOnFox) Early for a Third Season!

Pose, and pose, AND POSE! The news is in and FX has wisely, and surprisingly, renewed the hit series Pose early for a third season! Pose, chronicling the lives and love of a group LGBTQ people of color in the ballroom scene against the backdrop of the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the late eighties and early nineties. This series serves as nothing short of groundbreaking as it is the first scripted show on television with a predominantly transgender cast.

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Pose, and pose, AND POSE! The news is in and FX has wisely, and surprisingly, renewed the hit series Pose early for a third season! Pose, chronicling the lives and love of a group LGBTQ people of color in the ballroom scene against the backdrop of the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the late eighties and early nineties. This series serves as nothing short of groundbreaking as it is the first scripted show on television with a predominantly transgender cast.

via Deadline

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On the heels of its Season 2 premiere, FX has given an early third season renewal to its groundbreaking drama series Pose, from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals, Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.

The June 11 season two premiere of Pose was the series’ most watched episode, drawing 1.2 million total viewers and 572,00 adults 18-49, generating series high ratings in viewers, adults 18-34, adults 25-54 and all key women demos. The season two premiere telecast outperformed the series premiere episode by +10% in A18-49 and +7% in total viewers. In all, the premiere telecast, two encores and streaming have delivered 1.8 million total viewers in the first five days. Pose joins American Horror Story, Sons of Anarchy, Nip/Tuck and The Shield as FX drama series that outperformed their series premiere telecast.

“Pose has elevated our culture and the TV landscape like few shows before it, and we are honored to partner with co-creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals on a third season,” said John Landgraf, Chairman, FX Networks and FX Productions. “Our thanks to the entire creative team, including Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexis Martin Woodall, Sherry Marsh, Janet Mock, Our Lady J, Erica Kay, the amazing cast and crew and everyone at Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions for this incredibly entertaining, enlightening and groundbreaking series.”

We are extremely happy another season of Pose is on the way. We love this show and the amazing stories it is telling about marginalized people who managed to create a subculture that survived during the darkest of times. Kudos to the executives over at FX!

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Check It Out! GODFATHER OF HARLEM (Epic) | NEW TEASER

Premium network EPIX released a brand-new tease for the original series Godfather of Harlem – premiering Sunday, September 29 and starring Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, Vincent D’Onofrio, Giancarlo Esposito, Paul Sorvino, Nigel Thatch and Ilfenesh Hadera. Premiering on EPIX on September 29, Godfather of Harlem is inspired by the story of infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Whitaker), who in the early 1960s returned from ten years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy must take on the Genovese crime family to regain control.

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Premium network EPIX released a brand-new tease for the original series Godfather of Harlem – premiering Sunday, September 29 and starring Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, Vincent D’Onofrio, Giancarlo Esposito, Paul Sorvino, Nigel Thatch and Ilfenesh Hadera. Premiering on EPIX on September 29, Godfather of Harlem is inspired by the story of infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Whitaker), who in the early 1960s returned from ten years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy must take on the Genovese crime family to regain control.

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During the brutal battle, he forms an alliance with radical preacher Malcolm X (Thatch) – catching Malcolm’s political rise in the cross hairs of social upheaval and a mob war that threatens to tear the city apart. Godfather of Harlem is a collision of the criminal underworld and the civil rights movement during one of the most tumultuous times in American history.

Produced by ABC Signature Studios, the 10-episode series is written by Narcos co-creator Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein. The series will launch on EPIX and EPIX NOW, the network’s new streaming service available for download in the App store for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV and in Google Play for Android phones and tablets.

This series is very reminiscent of an episode of American Gangsters! Forrest Whitaker is an amazing actor so we know it is going to be well acted and riveting. What do you think of Godfather of Harlem? Sound off in the comments section below!

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