BD Wong Is Strange, Candice Bergen To Return To TV: BRIEFS

Plus two more passengers fall out of the clown car.
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Birthday shoutouts! Robert Wagner (above) is 86, Uzo Aduba is 35, Chloe Grace Moretz is 19, Emma Roberts is 25, Elizabeth Banks is 42, Laura Dern is 49, Mark Spitz is 66, and Roberta Flack is 77.


An Ed Kennedy post! The founders of Scruff defend racial filter on app.

“Ultimately each one of our own individual choices is profoundly informed by the community we grow up in, perhaps by the relationships we had with our siblings or parents.

I mean, to try and unpack that would probably take years for each person and so… I don’t know… I give wide latitude to other people when they talk about the kind of people they’re into.”

Russell Tovey apologizes to man who fainted at the sight of his arms and nipples.


Madonna loses another battle with her sworn enemy, the cape.

Woman to advice columnist: “My son won’t stop being gay!”

The first openly asexual politician in America comes out.

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Gay bloodbath at Sirius OutQ.

“Last June, Sirius OutQ—SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s LGBT channel—bid farewell to the Derek and Romaine show after 12 years of news and banter. Well, that was just the tip of the gay iceberg. I hear that as of this Friday, the channel is deader than the animals worn by Sir Elton John. Tragically, they’re canceling the whole thing!”

After almost 20 years after the end of Murphy Brown, Candice Bergen will headline the ABC pilot Pearl.

“Written/executive produced by Andrew Reich and directed by Jim Field Smith (Episodes), the single-camera comedy pilot centers on Pearl (Bergen), a larger-than-life family matriarch who, after she finds out she has cancer, becomes intent on controlling and orchestrating every aspect of her family’s life before she dies.”

Deadpool and the promising rise of heteroflexibility in comedies.

“The male lead in a new studio comedy loves unicorns and rainbows almost as much as he adores George Michael’s seminal ’80s band Wham! When he goes to work, he dons a form-fitting tank top emblazoned with the face of Golden Girls star Bea Arthur; at home, while casually relaxing, he’s more likely to wear a T-shirt touting the musical Rent. Our protagonist has got a girlfriend, but he’s not afraid to lightly flirt with a male baddie or two, and by the time the closing credits roll, he’s even willing to admit that the film’s hunky villain is hotter than his live-in love.”


Gabriel Mann has nabbed his first recurring role since the end of Revenge. He’ll guest star on at least three episodes of the Showtime drama Ray Donovan.

Chris Christie is the latest passenger to fall out of the GOP clown car. This just in: Carly, too.

Here’s your first look at BD Wong as Dr. Hugo Strange on Gotham

WE GET STRANGE ON FEBRUARY 29. #strange @gothamonfox @gotham

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And here’s The Weekly ShoutOUT™. Each week we’re going to focus on one out athlete/performer and feature a daily pic and career timeline. We’ll be showcasing the big names, but also the lesser-known gay and bisexual celebs who deserve more recognition.

This week our 152nd ShoutOUT™ is to … Jim J. Bullock

LAS VEGAS - JANUARY 22:  Evangelist and television personality Tammy Faye Bakker (Messner) and actor Jim J. Bullock (co-hosts of 'The Jim J. and Tammy Faye Show') pose for a portrait at The National Association of Television Program Executives convention (NATPE) at the Sands Hotel on January 22,1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Donaldson Collection/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
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For a few glorious months in 1996, Jim starred with Tammy Faye Messner in The Jim J And Tammy Faye talk show, until Tammy’s cancer diagnosis forced her to quit the show. At least we had a brief moment to bask in their synergy.



Three years ago I presented my personal favorite Briefs list, The 100 Greatest Lost Hits of The 80’s, and because if there’s one thing Hollywood has taught us, it’s that sequels and reboots and remakes are ALWAYS better then the original, we’re going to the well again with The 100 Greatest Lost Hits of The 80’s Part 2: The Even More Forgotten

We’ll be spotlighting 100 more of the greatest minor hits of the decade, the songs you don’t hear on any 80’s nostalgia show. Songs that missed the top ten, or top twenty … or top forty. Hopefully these forgotten gems may ring a long dormant bell, or for younger readers, provide a pop music history lesson.

AND NOW THE TOP TEN LOST HITS OF THE 80’s (VERSION 2)! At #9 is “Romeo’s Tune” by Steve Forbert


American singer-songwriter Steve Forbert hit the chart just once, but it was with the terrific pop/rocker “Romeo’s Tune,” which hit #11 in March 1980. Even though it was written about a girl in Steve’s Mississippi home town, he dedicated it to to the memory of Florence Ballard because “that seemed like such bad news to me and such sad news. She wasn’t really taken care of by the music business, which is not a new story.”



Steve has continued to record, with his songs covered by such artists as Roseanne Cash and Keith Urban (who recorded his own version of “Romeo’s Tune”), and here’s a bizarre bit of trivia: Steve played Cyndi Lauper’s boyfriend in the video for “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!”

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Congrats to dostka, who guessed that yesterday’s Pixuzzle™ © ® was Match Game.


Here’s today’s Pixuzzle™ © ®. Since it’s a new year, let’s switch things up again. Here is the cast from a FAMOUS TV SHOW. Can you name it?


And today’s Briefs are brought to you by … Christopher Wang

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And now something special in the Briefs. I’m happy to present a new undertaking by reader Lion King. Because our comments system is notoriously unreliable, his new list will appear at the end of the Briefs. Take it away LK!

Rainbow and vinyl records

Even in his early, pre-fame days, David Bowie was different: his songs belonged to US Rock’n’Roll as much as they belonged to British Music Hall, French Chanson and German Expressionism. He was telling stories of misfits within misfits. Songs like “Unkle Arthur”, who lives with his mother and still reads comics. His foray into “normality” (otherwise known as straight marriage) is very short and Arthur soon returns to mother.

Or “Little Bombardier”, the story of an ex-military man, disillusioned and lonely since “peace made him a loser”, who finds a purpose in life in the friendship and trust of two boys, but when the authorities accuse him of pedophilia, he leaves town to carry on with his lonely existence.

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Then there are the songs that belong in this list: “She’s Got Medals” is a funny little ditty about a trans man who enlisted (“passed the medical, don’t ask me how it’s done”), became a hero and then…


Round about the same time, not far from the Summer of Love of 1967, David once again chose to go against the prevailing theme of love and flower power by giving us “The London Boys”, a tale of disillusionment starring a 17-year-old who came to London to find excitement (a theme similar to yesterday’s entry) only to get pulled into partying, drugs, casual sex and hustling. The gay references are very discreet and are in sync with the song’s era. After all, in 1967, homosexual acts between consenting adults were still illegal in the UK.

80's Pop Culture Expert, Shooting At The Walls Of Heartache.