And thus we come to the end of another year here on the good ship AfterElton.com! We’re going to be taking some time off and will return to our regular
blogging and posting schedule on January 5th with a brand new Brothers & Sisters recap explaining just what was up with those Kevin smooching Julia pics.
But knowing how many
folks might be stuck with too many straight relatives over the holidays, we want to make sure you’re able to get your daily dose of gay. With that in mind, we’ve decided to give you a look back at the BEST.GAY.YEAR.EVER! And what a year it’s been!
Heath Ledger, Matthew Mitcham, Proposition 8 protesters
We’ve had great highs — Matthew Mitcham’s surprise gold at the Beijing Olympics, the success of Milk — and horrible lows — the death of Heath Ledger, the passage of Proposition 8. Each month includes links to that month’s most popular articles and blog posts (not counting the regular columns all of which you can find here), along with any relevant updates, as well as our Man of the Month. Plus, as a special bonus, at the end you’ll find our Year in IMHO whereby I give all the programs we follow (almost all anyway!) their final patented up, down, or sideways arrow.
Plus on the very last page we finally reveal that undigitized picture of Paul Rudd naked on Saturday Night Live.
So sit back, relax and enjoy! And while we’re away, feel free to chat amongst yourselves and post any news in the forums. We might even be checking in there ourselves.
JANUARY — HEATH IS GONE TOO SOON, TORCHWOOD’S BIG GAY KISS, PLUS JACK MACK, TODD HERZOG AND MARGARET CHO!
The guys who bring you Angry Puppy compiled the
Ten Best Gay and Bisexual Science Fiction Characters and folks went crazy discussing it making it the most popular feature this month. Not much will have changed by the end of the year when it comes to out sci fi characters though we do learn about the show Virtuality which has gay characters and Battlestar Galactica’s Lt. Gaeta will finally come out by the end of the year — in a webisode.
Our second most popular article was the news that Jon Robbi Baitz was out of a job in a Backstage Shake-Up at Brothers & Sisters
Over on the blog, a lot of folks shared my feelings about Why Heath Ledger’s Death is like a body blow. To commemorate his loss, we put togethter a pictorial tribute to the man who died far too young. Not everyone is so broken up by Heath’s death including Fox’s John Gibson who actually mocks the tragedy. Gibson later apologizes, but not even conservative talk show host Joe Scarborough isn’t buying it. Naturally, Gibson goes on to whine "I’m the victim!" and after the Momon church helps pass Prop 8 in November, they’ll claim the exact same thing.
In other news!
- We interviewed Make Me a Supermodel’s Ronnie Kroell who was just as adorable as we suspected!
- John Barrowman wrote his autobiography Anything Goes which our readers would later name best gay book of the year.
- The year’s first gay out of the closet for 2008 is Adamo Ruggeriro. Yay, Adamo!
- We start off the year by writing up our Gay Pop Culture Wish List. Alas, by year’s end there is no gay Bond, no out American Idol contestant, and no new season of Boy Meets Boy. On the plus side, Milk is as great as we hoped, gay celebrities get married for real, and Perry Moore’s novel Hero gets picked up for development by Showtime!
- We examined the appeal of Boy Meets Boy Yaoi comics.
- We introduce you to the gays in the new season of the Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency. And the season’s fifth episode is so hot our television’s bursts into flame.
- Even hotter is the big kiss between Captain Jack and Captain John in Torchwood’s Season 2 premiere.
Captain Jack (John Barrowman) lays one on Captain John (James Marsden)
- We take a look at sketch comedy’s greatest gay hits.
- Project Runway’s Jack Mackenroth sits for an interview. We heart him to pieces and all year long he’ll keep doing great work for HIV visibility.
- Before he got around to trashing Hollywood, Americans, and most everyone else, Rupert Everett first starred in St. Trinian’s.
- Chemistry.com’s gay inclusive campaign continues. By the end of the year, homophobic eHarmony.com will have settled a lawsuit by starting a gay dating site. Only Log Cabin Republicans sign up.
- Survivor’s Todd Herzog discusses how he became the second gay man to be the last man standing and how he did it while keeping his clothes on. We wouldn’t have minded a little skin, Todd!
- Perennial gay-crush and hottie Nate Berkus is set to host Oprah’s Big Give. Alas, it turns out to be much ado about nothing as Nate doesn’t have much to do.
- Margaret Cho chats about her ongoing tour. Unfortunately, it’s a bigger hit than her new show which will tank later in the year.
- Heath Ledger isn’t the only actor to die young as Brad Renfro dies at age 25.
- We review Mitchell Liechtenstein’s Teeth. No, not his real teeth. It’s a movie!About a vagina that bites. Oh, never mind.
- AfterElton.com reader Jerome comes up with the idea for The Kiss Campaign! The very clever plan will go on to get international coverage!
- Heroes’ Zach is still gay. In a comic anyway. In a bit of karmic retribution, the show’s ratings and critical acclaim slide all season long.
- In December we interviewed Ugly Betty’s David Blue but it wasn’t until this month that everyone started reading it.
- Columnist Tom O’Neil suggests that same-sex rape makes a movie gay. I think he’s off base by about a thousand light years.
- Outsports picks best sports pics of 2007.
- Our January Book column is about gay artists and gay travelers.
- Barack Obama announces his favorite character on The Wire is Omar, the gay one! Even so, Barack still doesn’t favor giving Omar the right to marry his same-sex partner. Oh, well. One step at a time.
- AfterElton.com blog editor Brian Juergens shares all the details about his evening with Kathy Griffin.
And the MAN OF THE MONTH for January is — WILSON CRUZ!
FEBRUARY — THE SUPERBOWL FUMBLES AGAIN, GAY LOVE, AND IS THERE REALLY SUCH A THING AS BAD BEEFCAKE?
The number one article for the month was my editorial Anti-Gay Violence in Super Bowl Ads Still Not Funny which I wrote after I found two Super Bowl commercials offensive for promoting anti-gay violence, especially one featuring Richard Simmons being run down by a car, . A long, thoughtful discussion followed with a slight majority thinking I was bit off base. Since then, Simmons has continued starring in annoying commercials that, admittedly, make us all want to run him down.
The top blog spot went to a Two Gay Guys vlog titled "Why are some gay men so mean? Inspired by the vicious reaction to Chi Chi LaRue speaking out about the health of gay porn actors, Brent and I examined how the gay community can sometimes be its own worst enemy.
Our second most popular article for the month was Broadway Backwards gets pretty gay. The words "Broadway" and "gay" together in the same sentence? Like that’s never happened before!
I bet if I lose the towel, we’ll be
the most popular article for the whole year!
In other news!
- We tallied the votes in our first ever Gay People’s Choice Winners. Proving that being popular with the gays isn’t always the path to success, the just cancelled Pushing Daisies was named favorite new show, but portending his great year, Neil Patrick Harris snagged Favorite Out Celebrity and Favorite Male TV Star.
- In honor of Valentines day we looked at the Greatest Gay Love Stories Never Told plus some happily matched AfterElton.com couples shared their own Valentine’s Day Love Stories. Aww…
- Our love of all things Torchwood extended to our Interview with Gareth David-Lloyd.
- Brian risked frostbite so he could liveblog Project Runway’s Fashion Week. New York in February? Now that’s devotion!
- Our hopes for a showmance ran high when Big Brother 9 announced they were including two Gay Men. Then Neil met Joshuah and our hopes ran smackdab into a brick wall.
- To wrap up the latest season of FX’s biggest hit, we looked at Nip/Tuck’s Gay Paradox. Is it anti-gay, gay-friendly or some of both?
- The Wire’s Michael K. Williams chatted with us before his character came to an end that surprised exactly no one.
- We asked How has As The World Turns handled its gay storyline? Little did we know the fellas next kiss was still seven weeks away!
- In a prelude to Lindsay Lohan’s next relationship, we examined celebrities Inching out of the closet.
- Just for fun, we did some Casting an Americanized Torchwood. My favorite choice for Captain Jack was Cheyenne Jackson and Eddie Cibrian for Ianto Jones. Or it would’ve been if simply contemplating those two kissing didn’t cause me to pass — THUD!
Cheyenne Jackson and Eddie Cibrian as lovers on Torchwood?
The Time/Space rift would never recover!
- Speaking of hotness personified, we interviewed Chad Allen and would do so again mere months later when he turned up on a nighttime soap.
- We interviewed Project Runway’s Ricky Lizalde without making him cry!
- It’s hard to think such a thing is possible, but we posted about Bad Beefcake: Shia LaBeouf, Adrian Pasdar and Thomas Dekker.
- I reviewed HBO’s sorta kinda made up movie Bernard and Doris. I wasn’t wild about it, but I did get to interview Susan Sarandon. Her I’m wild about!
- One of our writers wasn’t too excited about The Academy Awards as we learned in This Gay Man is Finally Over the Oscars. (I know for a fact he watched anyway!)
- February Books examined The Fruits of Gay Culture. No, weren’t discussing Project Runway.
- In what could have been a warm-up for Proposition 8, Stephen Colbert riffs on gay people destroying marriage.
- February was the month when we first saw T. R. Knight step out with Mark Cornelsen. Happily, they are still going strong!
- Even better was Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka kissing. Awww….
- Considerably less sweet was our review of Down-Low.
- Finally, Skins’ Mitch Hewer and Being Human’s Russell Tovey got cheeky.
And the MAN OF THE MONTH for February is — GIDEON GLICK!
BRONNIE, GAY DEMONS, PLUS THE GAYS RUNAWAY WITH PROJECT RUNWAY!
Christian Siriano scored the lion’s share of press during Project Runway and had March’s most popular article. Oh, yeah, he also won the whole PR shebang, got a guest spot on Ugly Betty and seemed pretty-well guaranteed to get more than fifteen minutes of fame. But fellow PR contestant Rami Kashou didn’t do too badly himself. And Christian and Rami weren’t the only Project Runway designketeers we interviewed either. Fan favorite Chris March also took time to chat with us as did the guy who caters the show and someone who knows someone who once sat next to Heidi Klum on a plane.
Meanwhile, Ellen DeGeneres, who is going to have a very big year, hosted Danny Noriega as well as Wanda Sykes who sure talked like someone who was gay. Oh, wait, she is gay! And married! And that news surprised no one!
In other news:
- We dared to examine the controversial issue of men’s underwear in the movies. I smell a Pulitzer!
- Is Jimmy Kimmel gay-friendly or not? I mean other than when he’s not f***ing Ben Affleck.
- Max Mutchnick chatted with us about gay characters in Hollywood and more. He says it’s mostly the fault of the gays. I beg to differ.
- Steven Frank took time out of his recapping duties to examine how gay characters on TV have evolved from Punkus Progenus to Wardrobus Anachronisia. I knew there was a reason to study Latin and not jut Latin men!
- Jack Plotnick, one of our favorite gay actors, is starring in Girls Will Be Girls, the greatest drag television show ever.
- Nate Berkus took time out to chat about his upcoming part on Oprah’s Big Give. Which sorta turned into Oprah’s Big Bust when it got dumped on by the critics and sank in the ratings.
- Despite having a cast nearly as big as ER, ABC’s Lost didn’t have a gay character — or at least not until they outed a minor one posthumously. Pardon me if I say "Meh" which is Latin for "Thanks but no thanks, you twits."
- Talk show host Jay Leno reverted to his twelve-year-old Brokeback Mountain persona when Ryan Phillipe dropped by and had to answer Jay’s questions about having once played gay. Fortunately, things went much better when Ryan visited Ellen.
- We liveblogged the Make Me A Supermodel reunion show just to watch Bronnie discuss their "relationship".
- GLAAD announced their media award winners including … us!
- here! released Shelter, one of my favorite gay movies of the year. Check out our review (which was so good another journalist swiped the whole thing!)
- Billy Baldwin isn’t the only pro-gay Baldwin. Alec also had some words for Stephen, his Born Again, homophobic sibling.
- No doubt Stephen Baldwin won’t be reading to his children from the new picture book Uncle Bobby’s Wedding. After all, nothing corrupts little minds faster than gay guinea pigs.
- Book lovers rejoiced when it turned out Insightout Book Club wasn’t dead after all.
- Speaking of books, our March book column reviewed Tom Dolby’s new novel, plus Rich Merritt’s military-inspired Code of Conduct and Frederick Smith’s sexy Right Side of the Wrong Bed.
- It’s certainly no AfterElton.com Hot 100, but U.K. magazine AXM let their voters choose their ten hottest men.
- Or if you like gay geeks, here are six!
- Paul Rudd wasn’t the only one who went gay on Saturday Night Live.
- American Idol seemed like it might finally be going a little gay, but it wasn’t to be.
- The creator of Greek is an out gay man and we chatted with him about Calvin and more!
- CW’s Reaper included two gay demons.
- Tom Lenk dropped by for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reunion, but he saved his big news until much later in the year.
- Snicks proves yet again that no one knows camp like he does with Ten Great TV Superheroines.
- Singer Mark Feehily showed Attitude his attitude when he stepped out with his boyfriend.
- Patti LuPone showed off her vocal chops in Gypsy.
- Remember Dawson’s Creek creator Kevin Williamson? No? Here is a refresher!
And the MAN OF THE MONTH for MARCH is — BILL T. JONES!
APRIL: NUKE SMOOCHES, GOSSIP GIRL’S GAY AND STRAIGHT SONGS ABOUT GAY MEN!
We knew that when Luke and Noah finally locked lips again on As the World Turns, it would be big news and were right because news the Luke and Noah kiss moratorium was finally over was April’s biggest story.
Luke (Van Hansis), Noah (Jake Silbermann)
Second most popular was the "shocking" (hint, hint — the article was posted on the first of April! wink, wink!) news that T. R. Knight and Katherine Heigl split!
Meanwhile, over on the blog, the big news was that Bryan Fuller’s Pushing Daisies was adding a minor gay character.Too bad the show would be cancelled before that actually happened. Sigh.
In other news!
- Luke Macfarlane comes out. Fans of Brothers & Sisters say "Yay!"
- We interview the Bromance Couple of the Year: Ronnie Kroell and Ben DiChiara from Make Me a Supermodel.
- We examine Saturday Night Live’s mixed record on gay humor.
- Our two-part special investigative article on gays in primetime examined why we don’t have more gay characters. Here is Part One and Part Two.
- Check out the history of the gay urban legend.
- April showers might bring may flowers, but it also brought us our very first Forbidden Love clip!
- Richard Simmons’ minstrel act is getting old!
- How about ten straight singers singing about gay men?
- Everyone got all worked up about who the gay was on Gossip Girl.
- We examined how changing content delivery systems (that just flows, doesn’t it?) were affecting gay movies.
- Bravo’s reality show Work Out added JD to flirt with Jesse. We interviewed them both.
- Out actor Anthony Rapp hosted the Mr. Broadway Pageant. Could that possibly be any more gay?
- here! didn’t manage to strike gold twice with their second big release of th year, Kiss the Bride. I totally told them to do Shelter 2 instead.
- Luke Macfarlane wasn’t the only person to come out this month. Christian talkshow host Azariah Southworth earned his membership card as well.
- Is there anything more adorable than Kevin and Scotty in tuxes! How about Kevin and Scotty getting ready to get married!
- Mario Cantone chatted about his gig on Men in Trees and his very small part in Sex and the City.
- Supernatural didn’t give us any Wincest, but we did get a gay character on the show!
- ABC’s 20/20 did a special on same-sex PDA’s. All I can say is Santa better give the old bag who called 911 nothing but coal in her stocking.
- Christian Siriano successfully extends his fifteen minutes of fame by swooping onto Ugly Betty.
- We analyze South Park’s gay visibility.
- GLAAD handed out their annual awards including naming Janet Jackson the winner of their Vanguard Award. Um, okay…
- Haven’t heard of the Rickroll? We explain it for you!
- Project Runway’s Jack Mackenroth guested on Law & Order — as a dead body.
- The New York Times Magazine took a gander at how younger gay guys are viewing marriage as opposed to their elders.
- Bravo’s new reality show Step It Up and Dance didn’t exactly waltz off with high ratings, but we enjoyed talking with Jerry Mitchell nonetheless.
- Straight Canadian pranksters Kenny and Spenny competed for the affection of a gay guy and it wasn’t pretty.
- The new Grand Theft Auto gets a gay storyline.
- Cutie patootie Alan Tudyk gets cast as the gay guy in the new Max Mutchnick pilot.
- Before Lance Bass gayed up Dancing with the Stars, Steve Guttenberg paired up with a guy.
- Beauty and the Geek’s first gay geek chatted with us after his eviction.
- Our April Book column was devoted to Augusten Burroughs and his new novel.
- Bob and Lee again provide the comic relief on Desperate Housewives.
- Harold and Kumar premieres and Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka pose for pics.
And the MAN OF THE MONTH for APRIL is — PAOLO SZOT!
MAY: GAY KISSES, GAY WEDDINGS, GAY ROMANCES!
Our first article about Forbbidden Love’s gay romance being anything but forbidden is anything but unopular. In fact, it’s the most popular article of the month. In second place is our scoop that the remake of The Andromeda Strain does add a gay to the mix. And he saves the day! Of course, then he dies…
Over on the blog, you good folks never get tired of watching/discussing/voting on hot guy/guy kisses, do you? Including this great one on Spain’s version of American Idol. I doubt we’ll be seeing that on the U.S. version anytime soon. And you were also very happy when we broke the news that Calvin (Paul James) would do some smooching on ABC Family’s Greek. Best of all, it’s with Veronica Mars/Ugly Betty hottie Max Greenfield!
Paul James from Greek, Ricky Schroeder from The Andromeda Strain
In other news!
- We all know about the closet, but what about The Cartoon Closet? Could Snoopy be gay?
- Even better — Grey’s Anatomy had a smokin’ hot kiss between two gay soldiers. Of course, one of them was dying.
- Gossip Girl finally revealed their gay character. Even more shocking? He turned out to be one of the final five Cylons!
- Kevin proposed to Scotty! Then to celebrate Kevin and Scotty’s big gay wedding we had two articles: From thirtysomething to Brothers and Sisters and Queerly Beloved, a look at gay weddings on television. It was a paragraph long.
- Hunky Robert Gant went all James Bond in Kiss Me Deadly. But, you know, gay. And without M.
- GLAAD continued their cross country award parade and we were there.
- The Mole included a gay contestant named Bobby. Alas, he got buried pretty fast.
- Funnyman Graham Norton took time out to chat with us as did Dancing with the Star’s judge Bruno Tonioli.
- Bob and Lee got committment ceremonied on Desperate Housewives. Alas, there wasn’t really much to celebrate about the episode.
- There was something this month about a movie called Sex and the City. Perhaps you heard of it?
- I know how much you all love Hollyoaks, but you loved it even more when John Paul and Kieron showered together.
- How I Met Your Mother might have Neil Patrick Harris, but that doesn’t mean the show can’t make a gay faux paus once in a while.
- This pic post featured Matthew Mitcham before he struck gold, the B-52’s, The French Open and Eurovision’s freqquently nekkid winner.
- The man who created Torchwood’s omnisexual Captain Jack is leaving Doctor Who? By The Master, it can’t be true!
- Inspired by the gay soldier’s on Grey’s Anatomy, we dig up ten more gay military men on television.
- The hankie-riffic season finale of Les Bleus makes us ask "How do you say my heart is broken in French?"
- Former CNN anchor Thomas Roberts does The Advocate cover.
- Swoon — Cheyenne Jackson is nominated for a Tony Award!
- The May book column takes on a geographical theme.
- Reaper’s gay demon takes time away from hell to chat with us. Okay, it’s really Ken Marino, the actor who plays him. Or is it?
- A comedian is going to play the gay lead in Ang Lee’s new movie? Yep!
- An homage to all things Ugly Betty — including Eddie Cibrian shirtless!
- Kelsey Grammer’s Swing Vote has some surprising gay connections.
And the MAN OF THE MONTH for MAY is — BARNEY FRANK!
JUNE: IT’S HOT, HOT, HOT IN SO MANY WAYS!
In the least surprising news of the year, The AfterElton.com Hot 100 winners are not only the top article for June, but for the entire year. Did Jake Gyllenhaal keep his title as the hottest in all the land?
In second place for the month was Neil Patrick Harris Lets It All Hang Out, which turned out to be prophetic since later in the year the #5 finisher on the Hot 100 got nekkid on How I Met Your Mother. Okay, it was U.S. TV nekkid, but still! Plus Neil did some fun Old Spice ads.
All this still wasn’t enough hot beefcake for you so everyone flocked to the blog to read ten actors who beefed up to boost their career. You’re not really this shallow, are you? Thankfully the answer is yes!
Ben Foster, Will Smith, Ryan Reynolds
In other news!
- Now that Nuke finally kissed we asked the question Are Gay Kisses on TV Finally No Big Deal? Until all those rightwing loons die out, the answer is probably not just yet.
- It’s June, it’s gay pride, its the Hot 100 so why not an article on beefcake! Starring Mario Lopez! Oh, heck, how about Ten Hot Tennis Players too!
- High School Musical the movie might not have an out gay character, but the stage version sure does!
- Morgan Spurlock’s 30 Days features one "Christian" women who thinks kids are better off in orphanages than being adopted by gay men. Something tells me she’s a fan of the Old Testament. And stupid.
- Rupert Everett calls Americans blobby and whiny. He’s just mad because we weren’t foolish enough to see The Next Best Thing.
- Speaking of hunky guys wearing (next to) nothing, it’s the 18th Annual Broadway Bares/Equity Cares and we were there! The things we do for you…
It’s practically like reporting from a war zone!
- We gave you the chance to choose the Best Same-Sex kiss for the NewNow Next awards and let you watch the whole award show online. And the winner of the best kiss was…
- Cheyenne Jackson didn’t win a Tony for Xanadu, but an out gay man named Paolo Szot did win!
- American Gladiators gets a gay contestant named Sean Hetherington. Alas, thanks to NBC’s editing his episode isn’t as gay as expected.
- A Heinz mayonnaise ad in the U.K. features a sweet gay kiss. Naturally some wingnuts freak and refuse to put anymore Heinz on their turkey sandwiches causing Heinz to fold like a hamburger wrapper.
- In one of the most inspired comedy bits of the year, we present you with the secret deleted scene from Forbidden Love.
- Kathy Griffin de-pantses Lance Bass at the Bravo A-List Awards.
- George Takei and partner Brad Altman talk with us about their upcoming wedding.
- Van Hansis didn’t win an Emmy for his role on As the World Turns, but he and co-star Jake Silbermann did get to present Ellen DeGeneres with hers!
- The Daily Show takes on California’s gay marriages.
- Design Star 3 is very, very gay. Not Project Runway or Clay Aiken gay, but gay nonetheless.
- Great gay ally Cyndi Lauper kicks off her True Colors tour.
- Dan McCallum looks back at the clues from his youth that he was gay, gay, gay including his adoration of Boy Bands.
- We get you up to speed on what’s gay about Sex and the City. And the movie scored gold at the box office!
- Season 3 of Torchwood is only going to be five episodes? Boo…..
- T.R. Knight steps outside with new crush Mark Cornelsen.
- Grant Show is rumored to swing both ways in Swingtown. But the reality turns out to be something less.
- We learned James Sutton was leaving Hollyoaks and declared a day of mourning.
- Miguel Zarate chatted about competing on Step It Up and Dance.
- June Books includes Band Fags, Mahu Fire, and Christopher Rice’s Blind Fall.
- The gay rap opera Bash’d opens off-Broadway.
- Christie Keith looks at early indications of how gay issues were likely to affect Barack Obama’s chances of winning the U.S. Presidency. Fortunately, we all know how that turned out!
And the MAN OF THE MONTH for JUNE is — ALEC MAPA
JULY: A GREAT GAY MOVIE, THINGS GET STEAMY ON HOLLYOAKS, AND I GAY UP THE TCA!
This month’s top article is a total darkhorse and no one was more surprised than myself to learn it was our review of Ciao! This unusual gay flick had it all — hot men, a great story, love, romance, acting.
The only surprise about our second place article was that it didn’t finish in first. I speak of our interview with Hollyoaks class act James Sutton who made us all fall in love with John Paul McQueen. We still miss him! Plus we posted the first pic of Craig Dean’s return. And how about a Hollyoaks clip to round things out? Mother, may I sleep with Kieron? Like he needed permission!
Ciao, James Sutton
As for the blog, we introduced you to Project Runway’s Season 5 Team Gay with seven out fellas including hotties Keith and Wesley who made this the runaway number one blog post.
In other news!
- Last month’s dustups over Heinz mayonnaise and 30 Days’ gay episode prompted us to examine gay outrage.
- We go nuts for Mama Mia! and love the updated gay content in Brideshead Revisited!
- My time at the Television Critics Association Summer Tour results in all kinds of gay scoop including Showtime’s two new shows with promising gay content, news that the new Star Trek still won’t add a gay character, ABC’s gay showrunners talk about their shows, and word that Knight Rider lost a lesbian character, but might have gained a gay … car? No, thanks! In much more welcome news, I learned that General Hospital: Night Shift was adding a gay character and he’d actually get a love interest. Unfortunately, not only would Sanctuary not have any gay content, but the show’s creators don’t really get the concept that being gay is more than just being a metaphor.
- Florence Henderson, on the other hand, totally gets it! If that’s not enough TCA, Alan Ball talks about True Blood, Joss Whedon talks about Dollhouse, Nigel Lythgoe might not be a homophobe, but he sure has an issue with effeminate men. Neil Patrick Harris talks about the Shoe Person Fairy, getting married and much more while I quiz Fox’s president about his network’s failing grade from GLAAD. Finally, I learned Lipstick Jungle was going to add not one, but two gay characters.
- We call out Mormon homophobe Orson Scott Card who thinks the U.S. government should be overthrown rather than let gay marriage become legal.
- Meet the cast of Sordid Lives!
- Is there a difference in how New York and Los Angeles treat their gay actors?
- Check out Torchwood’s deleted racy scene!
- James Corden explains that snog with Harry Potter.
- Million Dollar Listings’ Madison Hildebrand discusses posing for Playgirl.
- We chat with Big Brother’s sweet, gay cowboy Steven Daigle who almost makes us forget Joshuah.
Jonny Diaz, Neil Patrick Harris as Dr. Horrible, Madison Hildebrand
- Heath Ledger shines in The Dark Knight while Cheyenne Jackson knocks it out of the park in Damn Yankees, but Will Smith flops in Hancock.
- What’s life like for gay men in televsion’s writer’s rooms?
- The new Donald Strachey movie is the best yet.
- We check out which guys are hottest on this summer’s telly.
- The adorable Chris Keslar from Flipping Out talks about working with Jeff Lewis.
- GLAAD rates the networks: ABC passes and Fox fails. Anyone surprised?
- Watch out homophobes and straight boys — Sacha Baron Cohen is on the loose again!
- MSNBC looks at gay relationships behind bars and they don’t make a single rape joke. I guess they haven’t seen any Hollywood movies.
- Gay news from Comic-Con!
- The Emmy nominees are announced — yay Neil Patrick Harris and Bryan Fuller!
- Speaking of NPH, the first episode of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog is a huge sensation.
- In very sad news, The Golden Girls’ Estelle Getty passed away.
- Our July Books Column included the latest by Johnny Diaz.
- I Want to Work For Diddy is very queer friendly including a gay man and a transgender woman.
And the MAN OF THE MONTH for JULY is — TOM HULCE!
AUGUST: MITCHAM IS GOLDEN, EUROPE HAS THE BEST GAY TV AND WE HAVE OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN!
If there was a theme for the month of August it would have to be the Beijing Olympics and Matthew Mitcham. Our most popular article for the month was our Gay Viewers Guide to the Beijing Olympics followed very closely by news of Matthew Mitcham’s shocking, come-from-behind Olympic gold medal win. Somehow NBC managed to fail to note the significance of the moment since, as an NBC spokesman told us "We can’t cover everything." Um, okay. Upon hearing that we got the president of NBC to say he was sorry for the network’s unintentional ommision of Matthew’s big moment. Then I got my hands on NBC’s "secret" IM messages about their coverage.
In honor of Matthew’s big moment, we post our pictorial celebration of his achievement. Inspired by the Olympics, we pay homage to the speedo! And to hot male gymnasts! And hot swimmers! And even hotter water-polo players! Did you know Matthew isn’t the only gay Olympian history? Here are nine others!
The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency might be trashy, but its popular trash as evidenced by our post on the new season’s new gay Martin, plus more hot pics of J.P. Calderon.
In other news!
- Given the popularity of our posts on Hollyoaks, Forbidden Love and other European shows, it wasn’t exactly a shock that our article The Best Gay TV is in Europe was wildly popular.
- James Franco talks about his Milk nude scenes and best of all, he does it without giggling or acting all weird.
- Unfortunately, Another Gay Sequel wasn’t another great movie but Tropic Thunder included the summer’s best gay reveal. Meanwhile, Star Wars foisted Ziro the Hutt, another creepy gay villain on us in The Clone Wars. Fortunately, Hamlet 2′s gay laughs were gay-friendly. Yay!
- We examined the curious case of Design Star’s Mikey Verdugo and just who kept him in the closet. Then we ask Mikey himself about it. Then we interviewed Mikey’s fellow Design Star contestant Matt Locke.
- While accepting the Democratic nomination for president, Barack Obama saw fit to include gays and lesbians in his speech. Meanwhile, we checked out what the Republicans plan to do in the way of gay-baiting their way to power.
- Forbidden Love’s Jo Weil took time away from smooching co-star Thore Schölermann to answer a few of our questions.
- Check out these eleven hotties who should be even bigger stars than they are! Or you could check out these eight gay celluloid disasters. Or eight gay films that should get a remake.
- Project Runway was filled with the gays and we interviewed almost all of them including Daniel Feld and hunky Keith Bryce.
- UK personality Steve Jones wishes he could’ve done Brokeback Mountain. But since he couldn’t, he pretended he was Daniel Radcliffe in Equus.
Keith Bryce, Steve Jones, Chad Allen
- Olivia Newton John chatted with us about Sordid Lives and more!
- My experience at the Television Critics Association prompts me to ask When it comes to gay visibility on TV, are straight (and a few gay) men clueless?
- We ask Dancing with the Stars male dancers how they feel about dancing with a male partner.
- Hair is revived and it doesn’t have frizzy, damaged or dry ends.
- General Hospital: Night Shift announces Chad Allen is joining the show as a gay patient — and love interest for Kyle!
- Mores for Gays examines … urinal etiquette?
- Mama Mia puts out a sing-along version so we suggest some other movies that should get the treatment.
- George Takei gets a bachelor party and roasted.
- ABC orders another gay-friendly pilot.
- Australian Football Player Jason Akermanis asks "Where are all the gay athletes?" We’ve been wondering that ourselves.
And the GAY MAN OF THE MONTH for AUGUST is — GUILLERMO DIAZ!
SEPTEMBER: MOVIES ARE GAY, GAY, GAY
Second only to the Hot 100 when it comes to polls was our first annual 50 Greatest Gay Movies poll! Okay, the number one movie — Brokeback Mountain — wasn’t exactly a surprise but the rest of the list certainly included some unusual winners: Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild. Really? Or The Birdcage? Um, okay. Can I have some of what you’re smoking?
Meanwhile, the second most popular article was the news that a famous American Idol alum turned out to be gay! No, not Kelly Clarkson. I mean Clay Aiken, who surprised exactly no one. And by "no one", I mean anyone who calls themselves a Claymate.
Speaking of American Idol and things gay, our number one blog item of the month was news that the winner of Canadian Idol was the out Theo Tams. Those darn Canadians — first they get gay marriage before us Yanks, then they get a gay Idol winner.
Clay Aiken, Theo Tams
In other news!
- It’s hard to say who is more popular on the site — John Barrowman or Neil Patrick Harris, but judging by our exclusive interview with Neil, it’s a horserace!
- The way some gay celebrities live their lives causes us to ask When is Out Actually "Out"?
- We get all worked up over the great gay romance on that soap opera set in a hospital. No, not Grey’s Anatomy! General Hospital: Night Shift! Speaking of which, "Mores for Gays" chats with Chad Allen and Adam Grimes about their onscreen romance.
- Speaking of soap operas with great gay characters, we look back at John Paul McQueen now that he’s left Hollyoaks.
- We get the scoop on True Blood by chatting with Alan Ball.
- Speaking of gay men on shows with gay characters, check out our chat with Mad Men’s Bryan Batt!
- The latest Donald Strachey movie starring Chad Allen is ice cold, but we mean that in the best way.
- Who are going to be the hottest guys on fall TV this year? We do the hard work of finding out for you!
- Saturday Night Live has great fun spoofing the McCain/Palin campaign, but a McCain/Palin administration would be no laughing matter for the gay community.
- AfterElton.com blogger Rob Smith launches our newest vlog Mocha Lounge!
- Which character on 90210 pings your gaydar?
- Little Britain crosses the pond to the USA and we mostly welcome them.
- Logo (AfterElton.com’s parent company) shoots and scores with their new sports-themed reality show Shirts & Skins.
- We interview Blayne Walsh who brought tanorexia to Project Runway.
- George Takei and Brad Altman get married!
- Is nudity on the stage good for the box office? Well, duh!
- Pushing Daisies’ Bryan Fuller has high hopes for the Emmys.
- Speaking of the Emmy’s, we take a peek at what to expect.
- Does television have a gay agenda?
- Meet the gay characters from one of this year’s most gay-friendly movies.
- E. Annie Proulx is not amused by Brokeback Mountain fans who go messing with her characters. She didn’t give them a happy ending and you can’t either!
- Lily Tomlin comes to Wisteria Lane! But definitely not as a housewife and definitely not desperate.
- Charlie Price finishes second on Shear Genius but he’s not done cutting. This time he uses words to cut people down to size.
- GLAAD issues their report on gay visibility, but I’m less than thrilled.
- A Christian news site forgets it’s not Christian to lie and fibs about us ’mos. Call it a trial run for Proposition 8.
And the GAY MAN OF THE MONTH for SEPTEMBER is — RUSSELL TOVEY
OCTOBER: GAY CELEBRITY BOYFRIENDS, NEW GAY CHARACTERS AND WHY ARE JOHN BARROWMAN AND GARETH DAVID-LLOYD MAKING OUT?
Who knew you guys were such fans of Jeremy Glazer, Brian Hargrove and Grant Shaffer! But given the success of our Gay Celebrity Boyfriends, article you indeed are very interested in the partners of Chad Allen, David Hyde Pierce and Alan Cumming.
You were also very interested in learning that High School Musical 3 still included Ryan Evans as a coded gay character.
The news that a former Buffy the Vampire Slayer actor was gay tied for the most popular blog post for the month. Who knew folks were so interested in Tom Lenk’s sexuality! Considerably less surprising was all the interest in those pics of John Barrowman and Gareth David-Lloyd smooching for Torchwood fans and dropping trou!
John Barrowman and Gareth David-Lloyd showing affection, David-Lloyd showing his undies!
IN OTHER NEWS!
- We get the scoop on Uncle Saul’s new boyfriend on Brothers & Sisters.
- Mad Men catches everyone off guard with a new gay character.
- We examined the Surprise! I’m Gay! movie reveal.
- We get the scoop on Top Chef: New York’s gay cheftestants. (Sadly, they’re gooses will get cooked in the first two episodes!)
- Our fall movie preview highlighted Milk, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Cthulhu and more! Speaking of gay movies, we sent Rob Smith to the Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom preview to chat with the stars.Later in the month we interviewed Noah’s stars Darryl Stephens and Jensen Atwood.
- Survivor: Gabon’s Charlie and Marcus like sharing their fruit!
- As the World Turn’s Luke and Noah still haven’t consummated their relationship and we ask the show’s head writer if they ever will.
- Nelsan Ellis’ of HBO’s True Blood talks about playing Lafayette on Alan Ball’s vampire series.
Jensen Atwood and Darryl Stephens, Nelsan Ellis
- We also sat down with Lance Bass who chatted about Dancing with the Stars and more.
- TV Guide looks at the Bromance on House. You look at the pictures and drool.
- Jerell Scott gets voted off Project Runway before his time and is totally cool about it. Me, I would’ve stabbed Kenley with some pinking shears.
- Tina Fey skewers Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live including how much she "tolerates" gay people. Next month we’ll all tolerate her being humiliated at the polls.
- Here are seven (more or less) positive gay portrayals in teen films.
- Bravo has yet another reality show with a gay participant? What a shock! Meet Brad Goreski.
- New Brothers & Sisters pics. Woo hoo! Plus you can see who the show cast as the new Walker sibling. Well, half-sibling.
- I chatted with Battlestar Galactica’s Ronald Moore about his new sci fi show Virtuality which includes a gay couple.
- Exclusive pics from the gay indie flick Were the World Mine. Plus pics of gay-fave Ryan Carnes on Samantha Who and Lily Tomlin on Desperate Housewives.
- Austrian leader Jorg Haider died in a car crash prompting his male lover to speak up.
- The U.K.’s EastEnders features a gay kiss and some twits get their knickers in a twist.
- October’s Book Column is all about gay teens and coming out.
- Last year’s AfterElton.com Man of the Year Silvio Horta gives us an exclusive interview.
- Homophobia drives Korean actor Kim Ji-Hoo to suicide.
- What’s so gay about horror movies? Brian Juergens has all the answers!
- Someone on The Closer is gay? Okay, now I’ll start watching.
- A Catholic priest comes out in hopes of helping to defeat Prop 8. Uh oh.
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And the GAY MAN OF THE MONTH for OCTOBER is — RUPAUL!
NOVEMBER: BARACK WINS, PROP 8 PASSES AND ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE
What’s that you say? You want a second helping of Gay Celebrity Boyfriends? Well, here you go!
And how about we announce the winners of the 50 Greatest Gay Books poll.
In other news, Barack Obama is elected President of the United States and specifically mentions the GLBT community in his acceptance speech.
The biggest news over on the blog is our interview with the heterosexual half of the Bromantic duo known as Charm from Survivor: Gabon. Folks were also pretty enthusiastic that the retired Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young and his wife spoke out against the measure even though they are Mormon themselves.
IN OTHER NEWS!
- The passage of Prop 8 (as well as anti-gay measures in Florida, Arizona and Arkansas) is going to be in the news all month including calls for a boycott of Utah, anger at the Mormon Church for their support for the measure, and marches across the country. Meanwhile, I try to have a little fun with the topic by examining the five types of voters mostly likely to have voted for the measure. Elton John doesn’t win any new fans with his comments on the passage of Prop 8.
- MSBC’s Keith Olbermann delivers a powerful special statement on the passage of Proposition 8. Talk about a straight guy who gets it!
- Dan Savage, who initially singled out African-Americans for their part in passing Prop 8, visits The Colbert Report and says the elderly are to blame. He also asks them to hurry up and die. (Not really!) Later Dan drops by D.L. Hughley’s new show to do a little educating. Anderson Cooper also discusses the topic on AC 360.
- Boyzone releases their romantic new video which is gay-inclusive thanks to the presence of Stephen Gately.
- In the wake of the community’s backlash against the passage of Prop 8, Time Magazine’s resident gay contrarian John Cloud pens an ominously titled article about what happens if you end up on The Gay Enemies’ list. This latest broadside against the gay community prompts me to wonder just what the hell is up with Mr. Cloud?
- Our new vlog Sounds Like A Hit! sounds like a hit! So does our other new vlog Gay in the UK!
- The Simpsons adds another gay character to Springfield’s census rolls.
- Gus Van Sant’s long-awaited Milk is finally released and we say it’s delicious! Not quite as delicious, but still tasty is Were the World Mine.
- It’s been almost fifteen minutes since John Barrowman last released a CD, a book or starred in something so here is a review of his latest CD Music Music Music.
- Finally! Battlestar Galactica reveals Lt. Gaeta is gay. Too bad it’s only on a webisode.
- Meanwhile, Neil Patrick Harris reveals almost everything on an episode of How I Met Your Mother. Somebody has been working out!
- How about nine of Hollywood’s sexiest older men.
- Skins’ Nicholas Hoult is set to join the cast of Tom Ford’s directorial debut, A Single Man.
- Saturday Night Live gets really really gay — not that that is necessarily a good thing.
- We introuduce our new vlog Gay in the UK. It’s all about financial advice for senior citizens. Kidding!
- Grey’s Anatomy dumps their lesbian storyline with absolutely no warning. Boo, ABC!
- Jake Gyllenhaal buffs up for his role as Prince. No, not that prince. The Prince of Persia!
- Luke Macfarlane makes the Out 100. Like we didn’t see that one coming.
- Doctor Who’s David Tennant takes on a gay role.
- George Takei has some good clean gay fun on I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! Hopefully, hubby Brad isn’t the jealous kind.
- Hottie du’ jour Robert Pattinson (currently starring in something called Twilight) is going to play gay in Little Ashes.
- ABC Family is set to add another gay to their network when they import Canadian drama Sophie some time next year.
- We’re not entirely certain why Bjorn Bjorg is launching a dating site, but we say "Game, Set, Match" about his gay commerical advertising it!
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And the GAY MAN OF THE MONTH for NOVEMBER is — ADAMO RUGGIERO!
DECEMBER: LOOKING BACK AT THE YEAR IN STUPID HOMOPHOBES, GAY ALLIES AND MORE!
It’s the end of the year and that means it’s time for AfterElton.com Visbility Awards and this year, we let you pick the winners. Among the honorees you named were the folks who turned out in droves to protest the passage of Proposition 8 as The People of the Year, Brad Pitt as Straight Ally of the Year, Milk as the Best Movie while John Barrowman and Torchwood snagged just about everything else — including best book for Barrowman’s autobiography, and best exposure of private parts on a radio show (you either get this or you don’t!).
Rounding out the pack of most popular articles was our look back at the The Year in Television as well as The Year in Movies. Almost as popular was Gays of Our Lives Reader’s Choice Poll with Germany’s Forbidden Love being the big winner thanks ot the popularity of Olli and Christian.
The most popular blog post of the month is my "review" of the first two Battlestar Galactica webisodes featuring someone gay and male in the 12 Colonies.
IN OTHER NEWS!
- Star Trek, another sci fi franchise seriously lacking in the queer department, gets unofficially gayer when the fansite Star Trek: Phase II releases their latest episode "Blood and Fire: Part I". This is the episode Star Trek Generations was supposed to d twenty years ago, but couldn’t quite their warp drive fired up for.
- Why is Kevin kissing that person on Brothers & Sisters and does Scotty know about it?
- Gale Harold’s dream role? It might surprise you.
- Speaking of Desperate Housewives, Wisteria Lane gets gayer and catches us by surprise when they give Andrew a boyfriend.
- We remind folks that Milk isn’t just about politics, it’s also a great love story.
- Blogging Broadway investigates sex on stage. The Broadway stage that is.
- Neil Patrick Harris is having the best year ever including a part in the Prop 8: The Musical.
- First Grey’s Anatomy botches the Isaiah Washington controversy, then they botch their lesbian storyline, and now it sounds as if T.R. Knight might be exiting stage left.
- Kristin Chenoweth’s Pushing Daisies might be history, but her future appears brighter than ever.
- Boston Legal finishes its run with a marriage between whom?
James Spader and William Shatner on Boston Legal, Kristin Chenoweth
- Mores for Gays asks "Can you be friends with your ex?" Carrie Bradshaw would say not if his name was Big.
- Check out Mama Mia!’s deleted scene. Why? Dominic Cooper’s bare buns!
- The first details of Torchwood: Children of Earth are revealed. The best news? Things are still hot and heavy between Jack and Ianto!
- President-elect Barack Obama picks homophobe pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inaugural. Some gays asks for their money — an votes — back. Among those less than thrilled are out Congressman Barney Frank. Rachel Maddow weighs in as well.
- Elton John’s hubby David Furnish releases his documentary Tantrums and Tiaras on DVD and chats with us about the doc as well as Elton’s controversial comments about Prop 8.
- Someone else comes out on the Howard Stern Show.
- Bryan Fuller discusses trying to save Heroes and casting John Glover as Sylar’s father.
- Newsweek explains why religion might not necessarily be opposed to gay marriage while Jon Stewart demostrates to America that Mike Huckabee couldn’t out think a possum. Even a dead possum.
- In celebration of the holidays, we look at five of television’s gayest animated moments. Then we look at ten Christmas films you might have forgotten were Christmas films.
- Carrie Fisher explains the world to Matt Lauer — including the topic of gay husbands.
- Pat Boone shows he is as clueless as Donny Osmond and Mike Huckabee when it comes to gay issues. But he has gay friends so he isn’t a homophobe!
- Jeff Lewis did something to tick off Ugly Betty’s Ashley Jensen. But we’ll only really care if it makes on to next season of Flipping Out so we can watch it. Because actually reading is so old media.
- How gay is The Transporter? If hot equals gay then he’s very gay!
- Is Paul Rudd losing his gay cred by starring in so much crap? Speaking of Paul, we finally reveal that undigitized photo from his nude scene on Saturday Night Live.
Editors’ Note: Some report they still can’t see Paul naked as they are blinded by a brilliant white light. You have our sympathy as you don’t know what you’re missing!
- Natalie Portman weighs in on Sean Penn’s performance in Milk while Brad Pitt discusses Prop 8 and his views on religion.
- The December Books Column is all about Dirty White Boys.
- The celebs turn out for The Trevor Project and pose for pretty pictures.
- In case you STILL haven’t finished your Holiday shopping, why not check out gift guide.
- Brody Jenner’s search for "bromance" won’t include a gay man? Oh, thank god!
- Kathy Griffin talks gay with Jay Leno who manages to not say anything stupid. It’s a Christmas miracle!
- A salute to celebrity mustaches!
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And the GAY PEOPLE OF THE YEAR are — THE PROPOSITION 8 PROTESTERS!
THE YEAR IN IMHO!
Wherein I look back at each series’ entire gay output for the year and sum up all of the writers, actors, directors, and producers blood, sweat and tears in one or two snarky sentences! This must be how Perez Hilton feels all the time. Now let’s just hope some smart aleck doesn’t get the cute idea to rate gay websites the same way!
TORCHWOOD: Captain Jack snogging Captain John! Captain
Jack snogging Ianto! Captain Jack snogging Gwen! Aiii! My eyes, my
eyes! Retcon me! Retcon me NOW! Oh, and please don’t let the third
UGLY BETTY: What isn’t working about Ugly Betty right now? Okay, Cliff and Marc split up, but other than that this show is perfect right now including Eddie Cibrian’s six-pack.
KATHY GRIFFIN, MY LIFE ON THE D-LIST: What greater honor is there in life than being one of Kathy’s gays? Yes, a Pulitzer would be nice…
FLIPPING OUT: Jeff Lewis is nuts, but he’s entertainingly nuts!
GENERAL HOSPITAL NIGHT SHIFT: If T.R Knight quits Grey’s Anatomy this is the hospital drama he should join! Please let this show come back with both Adam Grimes and Chad Allen. Their relationship had actual chemistry.
DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES: I can’t believe Marc Cherry let two opportunities to kill Bob and Lee get away! One could’ve gone in the tornado and one in the fire, but nooooo. Oh well, Andrew grew up, got hot, got an equally hot boyfriend and even seems to have an actually storyline in the works. And the rest of the show is firing on all cylinders.
SKINS: Now that I finally like the show they’re changing the cast? Talk about a karmic payback. At least Maxxie will live on in my dreams. No, not those kind of dreams!
MAKE ME A SUPERMODEL: Long before Charm there was Bronnie and never was there a sweeter relationship between a gay and a straight guy on reality TV. Ben and Ronnie had us tuning in every week. So they didn’t win. At least they made it to the final three.
REAPER: Note to the dimwits over at Star Trek and the Sci Fi Channel – this is how you include gay characters in your show. It’s really not that hard, straight boys.
COLOR SPLASH: Two words — David Bromstad. Sigh….
FORBIDDEN LOVE: If this were a Olympic gymnastic competition, I’d have to deduct a half point for not sticking the landing, but if not for that, the show would score a perfect ten. (That whole “sticking the landing” thing is a metaphor for the show’s botched the “Olli to Ibizia” storyline. Hey, I didn’t say it was a good metaphor!)
HOLLYOAKS: Isn’t this show really just a pale imitation of As the World Turns, but with good writing, acting, production values and gay characters who have sex?
BROTHERS & SISTERS: Wouldn’t this show be improved by having a spin-off called Two and a Half Gay Men featuring Kevin, Scotty, and Uncle Saul moving to Seattle? And they can bring Sarah with them to keep things interesting. Meanwhile Nora and Holly get a show called The Really Odd Couple, but everyone else has to die in an earthquake.
TRUE BLOOD: I don’t care what Alan Ball says; if this show isn’t a metaphor for homosexuality, then I’m not a dead ringer for Jake Gyllenhaal. No, I’m not high. Well, not very.
PROJECT RUNWAY: That hot minx-y mess Chrstian Siriano totally stole our hearts. And now we’d like it back please dressed up a hot designer outfit!
SURVIVOR: In one twelve month period we get a gay
Survivor winner and all the hotness of the Charm bromance? Even if my
torch got snuffed now, I’d be a happy man.
BEAUTY AND THE GEEK: A gay Asian man on television? It has to either be Entourage, Ugly Betty or a reality show.
THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW: The only way to improve this show
would to have an episode featuring George Takei and William Shatner.
With Betty White to referee! I see dead people!
RICK & STEVE: The only thing wrong with this show isn’t that it doesn’t air five days a week.
DAMAGES: Glenn Close and a complicated gay character? This violates all the rules of network television. Oh, wait *#8212 this wasn’t on network TV.
SHIRTS & SKINS: You men not all gay men on television
are middle class white guys who sink snappy one-liners the way these
guys sink three pointers?
SUPERNATURAL: Am I a bad person because “wincest” is my new favorite word? God bless slash fiction!
30 ROCK: Both Tina Fey and the show are pretty pro-gay. Plus Will Arnett is pretty darned adorable!
COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN: Best. Journalist. Ever.
TOP CHEF: We love the show for including two out gay chef’s in the last cycle, but weren’t so thrilled they went home in eps one and two. Plus Tom Colicchio is getting on our nerves.
NIP/TUCK: Love it for its gay inclusiveness, loathe it for its loathesomeness.
THE SARAH SILVERMAN PROGRAM: Fine, Brian and Steve are really different from the usual gays we see on TV. But they were too
different in that season finale which gave new meaning to the word
“stinker”. And just being different isn’t always interesting.
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: I love having Neil Patrick Harris on our televisions every week as Barney Stinson. I just wish the show’s quality didn’t veer so wildly from episode-to-episode.
DEGRASSI THE NEXT GENERATION: Marco might be gone, but Riley is taking place though he’s kind of a mess so far.
GOSSIP GIRL: Yes, it’s nice to have gay teen Eric on the show. Now if we just saw him a little more frequently.
AS THE WORLD TURNS: Up arrow for letting Nuke rediscover
they have lips and for giving them lots of bizarre soapy melodrama. But
a down arrow still employing their own Hays Code which keeps the boys
doing what boys do! Which averages out a side arrow.
THE WIRE: We hardly saw Omar and then he got killed off! Yes, yes, it’s a brilliant show and Omar was Barack’s favorite character. I’m still annoyed.
SHEAR GENIUS: Yes, it was very gay, but it was about exciting as watching
hair paint dry.
GREEK: Yay that Calvin isn’t your typical gay character and yay that he has an actual love life, but boo that so much of it happened off-screen.
WORK OUT: I vaguely recall the show adding another gay castmember and some stuff happened, but I’ve no idea what. Anyone else still miss Doug Blasdell?
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: SNL came this close to getting a sideways arrow, but it went to the bad gay joke once too often for me.
LITTLE BRITAIN USA: If a program is a comedy and nobody laughs, was it really a comedy?
PRIVILEGED: Would anyone on this show even notice if
Marco was replaced by a bread machine that produced muffins, scones,
and other tasty pastries? What’s that? They did already! And I didn’t
notice? How ironic…
GREY’S ANATOMY: The gay soldier episode was great with both those kisses, but after firing Brooke Smith to ditch their lesbian storyline plus they way they’ve treated T.R. Knight this show deserves two down arrows.
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: Good for BSG for having Lt. Gaeta finally come out. Now why the *&@!* didn’t they do it on the actual show?
DO NOT DISTURB: You know a show with a prominent gay character has to truly suck if I was praying for it to be cancelled. And I never pray.
TOP DESIGN: What can I say about … zzz … sorry, nodded off there. Which seemed to happen whenever I tried to watch Top … zzz …
MEN IN TREES: Remember when Terri (Mario Cantone) and George (Orlando Jones) skated in public together? That was the show’s idea of letting them have hot sex like the straight characters do. So are you still sorry it got cancelled?
THE STARTER WIFE: I wish I had a starter gun so I could put a bullet right between the eyes of this nag of a show. Did anyone watch the whole series?
AMERICAN IDOL: Still doing the gay-baiting and still hiding the gays.
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: Nigel Lythgoe doesn’t have a problem with gay men, just effeminate men. Don’t you feel better now?
THE SCI FI CHANNEL: The whole network gets a down arrow because the network president says his network doesn’t need gay characters because there are gay characters on other networks! Now I feel so stupid!
DANCING WITH THE STARS: This gets a down arrow because I don’t think Lance ever stood a chance and because of their stupid "two men can’t dance together" rule.
LIPSTICK JUNGLE: At least Marco on Privileged shows up every episode. And his baking is more exciting than anything poor Roy gets to do.
KATH & KIM: This show proves there is no God. Otherwise, he would’ve destroyed the world half-way through the first episode.
BIG BROTHER 9: And this dreck would’ve made God recreate the world so he/she/it could destroy us again just to prove a point.
MILLION DOLLAR LISTING: At least the gay guy wasn’t a monster like the other two. Still, not sure why this show is even around.
THE CHO SHOW: Oh, Margaret what were you thinking?
ENTOURAGE: Wasn’t Lloyd (Rex Lee) supposed to get something to do this season? I mean besides that cliched gay pool party?
RAISING THE BAR: What a waste of Wilson Cruz and what a boring, tired coming out storyline. I find this show guilty of … frankly, I don’t care enough about it to come up with something witty.
THE VIEW: Isn’t it great how Barbra Walters gives stupid, ignorant, bigoted buffoons employment? Otherwise they’d just be fingerpainting all day.