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Say It Ain’t So! FX’s newest series, Pose, may be in danger of cancellation due to falling ratings. The series premiere begin with 500K viewers and each week it has lost nearly 100K of them per episode. For the first season of a series this is seldom good news.

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Pose, set in the eighties, is based on the life of a group of LGBT men and women as they live and love against the backdrop of The Ballroom Scene, the AIDS epidemic, and the rise of Trump-esque big business. The series stars MJ Rodriguez as “Blanca,” a transwoman who is a gay child of Elektra Abundance (Dominique Jackson), the mother of “The House of Abundance.”

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Dominique Jackson as “Elektra Abundance”

Blanca, tired of being belittled and overlooked by Elektra, soon receives news that alters her life. She decides to take the reigns of her future and form a house of her own, “The House of Evangelista,” a safe haven for LGBT youth who have been discarded by their own families and living on the streets of New York City. There, she is the mother of her makeshift family serving as a provider and mentor to Damon (Ryan Jamaal Swain), an aspiring dancer, Ricky (Dyllon Burnside), a hustler and Damien’s boyfriend, Angel (Indya Moore) a street worker who dreams of love and having a family of her own, and Pito (Sebastian Chacon), a fun loving drug dealer. Together they face it all–abandonment, disappointment, the loss of time and self, love, transphobia, and homophobia–all in a bid to have something in this world and truly make something of themselves.

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Mj Rodriguez as “Blanca”

We have to admit we were late to the party when it comes to Pose, coming in on it during its second episode. However, now we are HOOKED! It is easily one of the best series ever created, well written, amazingly acted, and executed. It boasts the largest transgender cast to date in television history, and reveals the Black LGBT ballroom scene, a subculture that has been unknown to most people for over 35 years.

The series’ fourth episode is set to air tonight and we are hoping that there will be an increase in viewers. LGBT people of color often complain that there are no positive or realistic representations of them on television and Pose may very well be the answer to that. If we can watch The Real Housewives franchise, web series, reality television, and other forms of entertainment that do not really speak to the story of the community then surely we can support this series. We encourage each and every one of you to support Pose, as it would be a true tragedy to find it on the cancellation block! Tune into Pose on FX every Sunday

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  • GZeus

    You can’t be serious. “Easily one of the best series ever created”?! I now can’t ever take anything you say seriously. Don’t get me wrong, I like the show and have been watching since first episode. I’m Team Angel all the way. And I forced my husband to finish watching the first episode when he stopped after the ridiculously absurd opening heist scene. BUT the show is far from good. The acting, especially Elektra, is just awful, unless the director asked her to be a Disney Villain. I’m still watching but won’t be surprised when it is cancelled.

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#ICYMI! Up Next! Bravo TV Announces “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City!”

It looks like Bravo’s “The Real Houswives” Franchise is about to expand a little further! Just when we thought there were not going to be any new cities joining the mayhem of these reality shows it looks like Salt Lake City, Utah is about to get its own set of “Real Housewives.”

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It looks like Bravo’s “The Real Houswives” Franchise is about to expand a little further! Just when we thought there were not going to be any new cities joining the mayhem of these reality shows it looks like Salt Lake City, Utah is about to get its own set of “Real Housewives.”

The announcement about “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” took place this past weekend at Bravo Con, a convention hosted by Bravo TV that allows fans to meet, greet, and interact with their favorite Real Housewives from various franchises in addition to other series on the network. From Atlanta, we know Porsha Williams, Kenya Moore, and Cynthia Bailey were all in attendance.

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“‘The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’ takes viewers into an undiscovered world that is about so much more than religion, although the (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) is undeniably engrained in the culture. In the majestic mountains of Utah is a hidden social circle made up of successful women who have created their own paradise filled with luxury homes, shopping sprees and multi-million-dollar businesses and brands. With Hollywood’s exclusive Sundance Film Festival in their backyards, these Type-A power-brokers are accustomed to rubbing elbows with A-listers and what party list you are on means everything. They have mastered running wildly successful enterprises by day and enjoy après ski at the finest resorts by night, all the while raising extraordinary and unconventional families. Here perfection is not an aspiration, it’s a mandate. They hold themselves and each other to an extremely high standard and never hold back when things go sideways, but lord knows they are always there for each other when they need it most.”

There has not been any casting news for the series, but we are hoping it will be good. We are sure, however, the cast will be mostly Caucasian and somewhat Mormon due to the demography of the area. We also hope the newest installment is a hit, as you may know “Real Housewives of Washington, D.C.” failed monumentally, lasting just one season. Perhaps it is time they recast that and try again, there have to be some amazing women to showcase there. We digress.

We will keep you posted as more about “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” comes to light.

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“#KeepBingingGargoyles!” “Gargoyles Creator Petitions Fans To Binge Watch Series in Hopes of a Reboot!

Moody, dark, unnatural, and magical! Disney’s “Gargoyles” was one of the memorable series of the late nineties. The series centered on a clan of the creatures, led by their leader, Goliath, who were betrayed by their human allies and frozen in stone by a magical spell for 1,000 years. Goliath and his surviving clan members awake to the modern age in Manhattan, New York City, discovering a world ruled by science and technology where gargoyles and magical creatures have become myths. The clan, with the help of their police detective friend, Elisa Maza, must learn to navigate their new world and most of all survive.

The creator of “Gargoyles,” Greg Weissman, has launched a petition for fans of the series to binge watch it on Disney+, in hopes it will be rebooted/revived in a similar manner to “Young Justice,” a hit animated series based on DC Comics’ superheroes hat was canceled on Cartoon Network, but was later revived by DC Online after high views on Netflix. 

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Moody, dark, unnatural, and magical! Disney’s “Gargoyles” was one of the memorable series of the late nineties. The series centered on a clan of the creatures, led by their leader, Goliath, who were betrayed by their human allies and frozen in stone by a magical spell for 1,000 years. Goliath and his surviving clan members awake to the modern age in Manhattan, New York City, discovering a world ruled by science and technology where gargoyles and magical creatures have become myths. The clan, with the help of their police detective friend, Elisa Maza, must learn to navigate their new world and most of all survive.

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The creator of “Gargoyles,” Greg Weissman, has launched a petition for fans of the series to binge watch it on Disney+, in hopes it will be rebooted/revived in a similar manner to “Young Justice,” a hit animated series based on DC Comics’ superheroes hat was canceled on Cartoon Network, but was later revived by DC Online after high views on Netflix.

Greg noticed “Gargoyles” was trending on Twitter thanks to Disney+’s launch earlier this week and tweeted the following:

“Gargoyles” return would actually be amazing. The series is easily one of the most well-written animated series in history with its analogies of racism, genocide, family, and even interracial dating (as you may already know Elisa and Goliath end up together. However, Weisman revealed some years ago he wanted to expand the series into its own universe with multiple spin-offs including a prequel leading up to the Wyvern Massacre (when most of Goliath’s clan was smashed by a Viking), other set in the present centering on a few villains of the series seeking redemption (think Suicide Squad), and one set in the distant future where an alien race attacks Earth threatening humanity and gargoyles alike, and finally a continuation of the main story line with new gargoyles added to the clan (Brooklyn’s children, a new gargbeast, and the return of Coldstone and Coldfire).

We will definitely #KeepBingingGargoyles and hope you will do the same! Goliath and his comrades deserve a second chance with a new generation of viewers!

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“The Thing About Harry!” Freeform Announces Gay Romantic Comedy for Valentine’s Day

ABC’s “Freeform” channel is a trendy, young addition of the ABC/Disney family with lots of inclusive content. The channel boasted LGBT friendly series like The Fosters and Pretty Little Liars, and now has other series like The Bold Type and Good Trouble. The network is now turning up the “gay volume” with its latest endeavor a gay romantic comedy, “The Thing About Harry!”

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ABC’s “Freeform” channel is a trendy, young addition of the ABC/Disney family with lots of inclusive content. The channel boasted LGBT friendly series like The Fosters and Pretty Little Liars, and now has other series like The Bold Type and Good Trouble. The network is now turning up the “gay volume” with its latest endeavor a gay romantic comedy, “The Thing About Harry!”

via Out.com

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Jake Borelli and Niko Terho

Starring Grey’s Anatomy’s Jake Borelli and newcomer Niko Terho, the film follows two former high school enemies who are trapped sharing a car together on a long road tip to a mutual friend’s engagement party. A classic rom-com setup, and I’m already hooked!

Things start heating up when Sam (Borelli), who has been out since high school, finds out that Harry (Terho) is also gay and that they have a lot more in common then they originally thought. Like the title, the plot is a nod to When Harry Met Sally, one of the most classic of all rom-coms. According to a press release, the pair “begin to develop a deep friendship — with neither admitting a potential romance may be brewing — leaving them wondering if one road trip could change the rest of their lives.” I, for one, am fully onboard with all of this.

Sam is described as a “handsome, funny, neurotic, intelligent gay man” with “a scathing wit” and “an overly idealistic worldview” who was bullied in high school for being gay. Harry, meanwhile, is an “emotionally uncomplicated, promiscuous player” who “yearns for love, family and stability” deep underneath his player veneer. Opposites really do attract!

The cast also includes Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown as Paul, a gay man who is “exceedingly well put-together” but “overbearing and pretentious”; GLOW’s Britt Baron as Sam’s best friend; and Queer As Folk’s Peter Paige (who also directs), as Sam’s roommate.

In a statement, executive producers Paige, Greg Gugliotta, and F.J. Denny it’s been an honor giving gays the rom-com they deserve.

“True equality can only be achieved when you see yourself reflected in the movies, music and stories that paint our culture,” they said. “As young gay men in the 90s, whenever a rom-com opened, we would watch the leading lady fall in love, and imagine what it would be like if the boy was saying all those things to another boy.” Awwww same, but with lesbians.

“We’ve always wanted to make a movie — an unabashedly romantic comedy — that queer boys wouldn’t have to translate,” the team added. “It’s rewarding to take the genre to a new, all-inclusive level.” 

The Thing About Harry will premiere in February 2020 just in time for a very gay Valentine’s Day.

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We are here for this film and will definitely be watching it on Valentine’s Day, especially if our own romantic holiday is a bust. What do you guys think of the new movie sound off in the comments’ section below!

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