Entries in gay television (35)
We don't know why we're still talking about this, but inquiring gay minds still want to know why Willam Belli got booted off Rupaul's Drag Race last week, and we think we have the answer. An anonymous source tells Le Fag that Belli's booting was for the most mundane of reasons: he repeatedly broke the confidentiality clause in the queens' contracts. Belli's boyfriend allegedly smuggled him in a laptop and cell phone, and he had been repeatedly tweeting and otherwise communicating with the outside world in L.A. during the taping of the show, which is a big no-no. And this is why they had to keep it all some big-ass secret and frustrate viewers with this mystery? Anyway. Whatever. We already don't care. And Sharon Needles better goddamn win. [Le Fag]
Apologies for the true pop-culture fag-out today, but allow us the exceptional Glee post in the case of this number, airing in next week's episode. It's Darren Criss singing Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," and the song's been recast as a brother duet with Matt Bomer, guest-starring as Criss's estranged older bro. So, it doesn't get much gayer, and we'd still like to pretend they're singing this as a breakup song, to each other.
When in the history of reality television has a show kicked off a contestant for a rule violation without explaining what happened?! That of course is what happened on Monday's episode of Rupaul's Drag Race (sorry we just got to watching it last night). Off went Willam in the final moments of the show, right after he seemed to be acting moody and then puked off the side of the stage. We're pretty sure he was on drugs (oh, those WeHo queens), and he got caught with them, and all he'll admit to now is being "a troublemaker" -- probably because neither he nor the show wants to get him arrested for possession? Anyway, totally bizarre right?! And the release of that Chik Fil-A video by Willam and friends was so well timed ... right before the episode aired.
We really wish some ambitious San Francisco drag queens, no matter how genderfucked or sloppy they are, would please get it together and try to get on Rupaul's Drag Race. We have a hard time believing Ru has simply discriminated based on city, and we feel it's more likely that S.F. queens have either a) self-selected as better than all that bullshit, or b) not really gotten their shit together to send audition tapes, etc. We know a few did a few years back, but there have now been FOUR seasons with ZERO representation from the S.F. scene. That's pathetic, girls. They're casting for Season 5, and no matter how much you think the show is dumb, it beats working the Clinique counter at Macy's, ok hunty?
Speaking of Logo — and we're really embarrassed to be doing two posts about Logo in one week — that 'Naked Episode' of the Canadian show '1 Girl 5 Gays' was on last night. On it we got to watch the gang sit around in a studio, bareassed, talking about each other's shrinkage, etc. Also, the unfortunate femmy one was really congested (allergies?), and unfortunately chose to wear some feather wings to dress up for the occasion. And everyone but the cute one did some manscaping, so, take that as you will. On the Atlantic site today, Richard Lawson goes off about this exhibitionist, slutty generation and why he wanted to watch the show. Ah well. We all are suckers for a naked gimmick, right? Moving on...
Well, what do you know. The programming geniuses at Logo TV have come to the conclusion that their endless loop of Queer as Folk reruns isn't cutting the mustard, and they're going to start airing less gay-specific, more "mainstream" programming. The decision, they say, is based on a survey that found that only 30 percent of LGBT people prefer to associate solely with other LGBT folk in a gay ghetto environment these days, and that gay people increasngly lead "more fully integrated lives," as reflected by popular shows like Modern Family. So, even though they're going to continue airing Rupaul's Drag Race, they're going to start to produce and air stuff like Laguna Beach and Storage Hunters, or stuff produced by the producers of those shows, with a non-gay focus. So maybe finally they'll give up on those stupid NewNowNext Awards? [San Diego LGBT Weekly]
After not speaking or seeing each other for 30 years, Suzanne Somers scored a web-traffic coup for her new web series 'Breaking Through' by getting Three's Company co-star Joyce DeWitt to come on and have a gab fest. They talk about their one-time feud (when Suzanne quit the show over a greedy contract dispute... "I just really needed money at the time," she admits), and about the late John Ritter. Anyway, Suzanne's really shooting for Joan Rivers realness with the plastic surgeries these days, and that part's kind of scary. At least Joyce still looks like a human.
If you're bored today, you can go here to Logo's Facebook page and watch the first episode of Rupaul's Drag Race season 4, which premieres on Monday. It'll only be up for the rest of the day, and they won't show you which queen gets eliminated (you have to tune in Monday for that), but we're sure some of you would like to get out ahead of this train on Facebook and start carping about who's a diva and who's a hot mess.
Our favorite moment: When the fat one says "This means the world to me," and Hedda pulls out a plate of nachos and says "More than this plate of hot nachos?" Reminder: Rupaul's Drag Race Season 4 premieres Monday, January 30, and gay bars the land over shall be a-hootin' and a-hollerin'. Hat tip: Wicked Gay Blog.
It's time yet again for a sneak peek of a brand new Ab Fab scene — earlier we had this one, featuring a sort of old-lookin Bubble (Jane Horrocks is 47 now btw) playing with an iPad — which will be featured in the gals' Christmas special, airing on BBC 1 Christmas Day. Sadly, we Yanks will have to wait until January 8 to see any of this stuff, since the Christmas special won't be airing here. They're instead going to air it as a 20th Anniversary special on BBC America on January 8 in which, among other things, Bubble "reenacts the Royal wedding." [LeFag]
Rupaul's Drag Race, which first premiered three years ago with a grand prize package of like 25 bucks and a tube of MAC lipstick, has grown its audience and in its fourth season will be offering a whopping $100,000 prize, just like a real reality competition show! Here's the official trailer from Logo, and the show btw premieres Monday January 30. But why does the "pee on the floor" quote get used twice?
We love Chris Lilley. He can do no wrong. Especially when he's doing Asian lady drag and measuring her tween son's body fat.