Luke Macfarlane Talks “The Night Shift,” What’s The Deal With The Salvation Army? BRIEFS

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Luke Macfarlane talks about his various TV projects, including the Hallmark movie Christmas Land, Season Two of Killjoys, his brief turn on Supergirl (“I got to catch up with Calista Flockhart,”) and his upcoming PBS potential series Mercy Street (which also stars Cameron Monaghan and Jack Falahee)

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“I’m super proud of this project. It’s produced by Scott-Free, [it has] wonderful writers. I play Chaplain Hopkins, who was a Union Chaplain who worked at this hospital,” he explains. “It’s essentially an Upstairs, Downstairs story of a hospital. Being a Civil War buff, I was very excited to live inside this world. It’s a fantastic cast. I think PBS is looking to find something that whets the appetite of the Downton Abbey audience, which they’ll be losing this year as the show goes off the air. I don’t know how official it is, but I understand they’d like to do one for every year of the war.”

Plus his hopes for a return to NBC’s The Night Shift.

“Also holding a place on Macfarlane’s dance card is the third season of The Night Shift. He hopes he can return to the show after Killjoys wraps in April. “Gabe [Sachs] has been really open with me. I love doing that show. I want to [give him a window] and come do something with Brendan. I’m pitching myself,” he says. “I love being part of the show. I know how frustrating it was for fans [that my availability impacted the story].”


Here’s the first teaser for A&E ’s Damien, which stars Merlin’s Bradley James as the li’l devil.


The Salvation Army insists it’s on our side. Should you donate? The Advocate talks to Lt. Col Ron Busroe:

“He says not one penny dropped in its kettles or in its accounts supports causes that are antigay, anti-trans, or anti other communities under the rainbow. “No, we do not fund anti-LGBT causes, not any more than we fund Planned Parenthood. I am bombarded with letters, saying, ‘I’m not going to support you because you fund Planned Parenthood.’ We’ve said to the people, it’s not true.”


Out filmmaker Andrew Haigh talks about his much-buzzed about new movie 45 Years and the end of Looking.

Looking was always a niche show for a niche within a niche. It’s a gay-themed show, so you’re not going to get millions of straight people watching it — that’s the inevitability of it. That’s sad nowadays. Not all of the gay community is going to want to watch a show like that. Even in basic terms of aesthetics and how it feels, it is not going to be the right pace or the right tone that they’re looking for. I always knew that it was a certain type of show. I’m not going to turn it into something I don’t want it to be.”


From one gay power couple to another.


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 146th ShoutOUT™ is to … Roger Rees

Roger had many memorable TV appearances, including the entire (and only) season of the Fox show M.A.N.T.I.S.), multiple appearances on Grey’s Anatomy, a wonderfully entertaining turn as the evil James MacPherson on numerous episodes of Warehouse 13, and as British Ambassador Lord John Marbury on five episodes of The West Wing.


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.

At #40 is “Skeletons” by Stevie Wonder

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Stevie Wonder’s second appearance on this list was the first single from his album Characters, and also his final top 40 entry on the pop chart, peaking at #19 in December 1987.


 


Congrats to zoso, who guessed that yesterday’s Pixuzzle™ © ® was Elf.

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Here’s today’s Pixuzzle™ © ®. Here is a scene from a FAMOUS MOVIE. Can you name it?

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And today’s Briefs are brought to you by … Eric Hagberg

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