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'Orphan Black': 'By no means are we saying that Cosima chooses to be gay' says Tatiana Maslany

One of the surprise breakout hits of 2013, BBC America’s Orphan Black developed a small but passionate fan base of viewers who followed the show about a group of female clones caught up in a war between their evolutionary-obsessed creators who have been monitoring their every move, and the people who consider them an abomination against God and want them dead. In addition to women in general, who enjoyed seeing several smart and tough female characters portrayed, the LGBT community via fan groups like the #Clonesbians latched on to the show thanks to two characters in particular: Sarah’s gay foster brother Felix (played by Jordan Gavaris), and one of the clones, Cosima (played, like all of the clones, by Tatiana Maslnay), who developed a relationship with her female monitor, Delphine (Evelyne Brochu).

The show was praised for showcasing strong and complex gay characters whose sexuality was not their only defining characteristic, and I asked Maslany about that praise on the Felix’s loft set during a break in filming on season 2 (which premieres April 19). “Yeah, that one means a lot to Jordan and I both,” says Maslany of the support from the LGBT community. “I mean, I’m honored in any way to speak to that community and to be playing a role. We sort of embrace the idea of every human having the potential to be anything, and I think that opens the door for all kinds of dialogue about sexuality and about gender. And it’s exciting material that is not always on screen in a respectful way. And I don’t mean respectful in the sense of martyrdom, I mean respectful in the sense of flawed, complex performance and characters.” READ FULL STORY

Andy Cohen says 'nyet' to Miss Universe in Russia, citing discriminatory policies

Spectators at this year’s Miss Universe pageant can watch what happens live at the competition — but for the first time in three years, they won’t see Bravo’s Andy Cohen.

Though Cohen co-hosted Miss Universe in 2011 and 2012, he’s bowing out this year because of the pageant’s filming location: Moscow. And as Cohen recently explained to his fellow Miss Universe host Giuliana Rancic, he “didn’t feel right as a gay man stepping foot into Russia.”

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Howard Kurtz apologizes for errors, takes heat from critics on his own show -- VIDEO

Media critic Howard Kurtz used his CNN show on Sunday to point a finger at himself, apologizing for a story on gay basketball player Jason Collins that he said was riddled with errors and shouldn’t have been written in the first place.

The extraordinary edition of CNN’s Reliable Sources contained not only his apology but also a session with two other media critics who sharply questioned Kurtz’s credibility.

Kurtz wrote in The Daily Beast that Collins, the NBA center who made headlines last week by being the first active player in one of the four major U.S. pro sports leagues to come out as gay, had hidden a previous engagement to a woman in his announcement. In fact, Collins revealed the engagement in his first-person Sports Illustrated story and in a subsequent interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

Kurtz said Sunday that he had read the Sports Illustrated story too quickly and missed the reference to a fiancee there and elsewhere. He said he was wrong to rush the story without seeking comment from Collins, was too slow to correct himself when it became clear he was wrong and made an inappropriate comment (about playing “both sides of the court”) in a video report. READ FULL STORY

MTV2's 'Guy Code' tackles the gays: 'Everybody's a little bit gay' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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The third season of MTV2′s Guy Code premiered on Tuesday night to big numbers for the series and network — the episode was the highest rated and most watched original season premiere in the cable network’s history. In case you’re out of the loop: The reality-documentary mash-up show delves into everything surrounding the mythical special code that exists between bros, with input, quips, and jokes from pop culture entertainers, comics, sports folks, and other experts. (Like Best Week Ever but really dude-ed out.)

So what’s coming up on next week’s new installment? Gay stuff — and you know how EW likes that. Lucky for you, we have an exclusive clip from the coming Guy Code take on homosexuality when it comes to bros. As comedian Jordan Carlos says in the episode: “If you think about it…everybody’s a little bit gay.” True. Take a sneak peek at next week’s episode of Guy Code here:

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Chuck Lorre apologizes for 'Bachelor' criticism

Chuck Lorre is (sorta) trying to make good with Bachelor producers and fans after making a dig at the show last week.

In an online version of his weekly vanity card, the Two and a Half Men/Big Bang Theory executive producer made an off-hand remark about the ABC reality series while tackling a number of larger political issues in anticipation of the then-upcoming presidential election. “What does it say about us when we think the institution of marriage is threatened by gay people who love each other, but not by idiotic game shows like The Bachelor?” he wrote in part. (Read the full card here, which was censored when it aired after Big Bang Theory.)

After Bachelor Nation took offense (a producer, an ABC exec, and even host Chris Harrison tweeted responses), Lorre used Thursday night’s card to clear the air, saying he was “looking at the show through the tired old eyes of ’60′s feminism” and that “women are now free to do anything they want, and that includes going on a reality show and using all their female wiles to snag Mr. Right.”

His full comment, which were originally posted on his website, is below. READ FULL STORY

'New Normal' tweaks One Million Moms -- VIDEO

The socially conservative organization One Million Moms — which first made waves protesting Ellen DeGeneres’ role as a spokesperson for JCPenney’s — is not a fan of the Ryan Murphy universe. Over the summer, the protested his yet-to-be-seen sitcom, The New Normal, saying, “NBC is using public airwaves to continue to subject families to the decay of morals and values, and the sanctity of marriage in attempting to redefine marriage. These things are harmful to our society, and this program is damaging to our culture.”

On tonight’s The New Normal, Murphy responds. Jane (Ellen Barkin) is rallying the conservative troops (a.k.a some middle schoolers whose parents have Romney bumper stickers on their car) to protest a fake wedding between Jane’s granddaughter Shania and another classmate. She calls the girls “Future One Million Moms” as the girls repeat right-wing talking points such as “Marriage is between Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve,” and “Gay marriage is currently legal in six states. My mom says that’s six too many.”

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Anti-gay group preemptively protests Jennifer Lopez's new TV show

Protesting The New Normal is so last summer. Now anti-gay group One Million Moms is up in arms about a new ABC Family show called The Fosters — even though the series in question doesn’t even have an IMDb page yet, let alone a finished pilot.

EW announced in August that the cable network had greenlit The Fosters, an hourlong drama executive produced by Jennifer Lopez and created by Bradley Bredeweg and Queer as Folk‘s Peter Paige. The show will focus on a multi-ethnic family headed by a lesbian couple. One Million Moms has called the program “anti-family,” posting a call to arms on its website:

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This season broadcast networks feature most gay characters in TV history, says GLAAD report

After a decrease last year, the number of LGBT characters on the five broadcast networks has risen to the highest ever recorded, according to the “Where We Are on TV” report released today by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. The report released today lauded the cable networks for also increasing their overall LGBT character count this year, too.

Which networks are the most inclusive? After Fox lead the broadcast networks last year, ABC — with shows like comedy Happy Endings (above) featuring gay characters — has been named as the most gay-friendly network, with 10 of 194 (5.2 percent) regular characters identifying as LGBT. Over on cable, last year’s victor HBO was dethroned by Showtime, which this year had 12 LGBT characters, seven of which are series regulars on shows like Shameless and Weeds.

“This year’s increase of LGBT characters on television reflects a cultural change in the way gay and lesbian people are seen in our society,” says GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. “More and more Americans have come to accept their LGBT family members, friends, coworkers, and peers, and as audiences tune into their favorite programs, they expect to see the same diversity of people they encounter in their daily lives.”

The report — which studied 97 broadcast shows, as well as cable offerings — also delivered a slew of other facts and figures. EW has pulled out the most fascinating tidbits for you here:

• LGBT characters account for 4.4 percent of scripted series regulars on the broadcast networks in 2012-13. This is up from 2.9 percent in 2011, 3.9 percent in 2009, 2.6 percent in 2008, and 1.1 percent in 2007.

• There are a total of 31 LGBT characters on the five broadcast networks, as well as 19 recurring characters.

• ABC leads the broadcast networks with 10 of 194 characters (5.2 percent). Fox is in second with six of 118 (5.1 percent), followed by The CW with four of 81 (4.9 percent), NBC with seven of 166 (4.2 percent), and CBS with four of 142 (2.8 percent). The report singles out CBS’ “authentic and conscious effort” to increase diversity, as it is up from 0.7 percent LGBT characters last season.

• Regular LGBT characters on scripted cable television also rose this year to 35 (up from 29) for the 2012-13 season.

• Showtime leads the cable pack, with 12 total characters, seven of whom are regulars. The runners up include: HBO (9 characters), FX (8), Adult Swim (5), and ABC Family, MTV, Syfy, and TeenNick (4 each).

• As it was in 2010 and 2011, HBO’s True Blood is the most inclusive show on cable television with six gay, lesbian, or bisexual characters.

• GLAAD also analyzed the race/ethnicity and gender demographics of all 701 series regular characters in primetime television. There are more males (55.5 percent) to females (44.5 percent), and 78 percent of all series regulars are white. Compared to last year, African American representation has increased from 9.9 percent to 12 percent, followed by Latino (4.1 percent) and Asian-Pacific Islander (4.7 percent).

• Of the 31 announced LGBT regular characters in the 2012-13 season, 11 are people of color (35.5 percent). GLAAD counted seven regular or recurring black LGBT characters on broadcast television, up from zero last year.

• Lastly, GLAAD counted people with disabilities, of which there are four (0.6 percent) regular characters on broadcast television.

The full “Where We Are on TV” report can be viewed on the GLAAD website.

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GLAAD lauds The CW, 'Modern Family' for treatment of gay characters

The advocacy group GLAAD has given the CW network high marks among broadcast outlets for its portrayal of gay and lesbian characters. Meanwhile, cable networks Showtime, ABC Family, TNT and HBO all were given a favorable rating by the group.

The number of gay and lesbian images on TV held steady this year. But the range of impressions continued to grow, with those representations increasingly presented in a matter-of-fact manner rather than as curiosities, GLAAD found in its annual Network Responsibility Index. But two-thirds of all gay-and-lesbian-inclusive hours showcased white people, the study found, prompting GLAAD to call for networks to recognize a broader diversity within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

“Americans expect to see their off-screen worlds represented onscreen, and today more than ever that includes LGBT people and families,” said GLAAD president Herndon Graddick.

He pointed to the family of gay couple Mitchell and Cameron on ABC’s Modern Family and to Emily, a teen who came out as a lesbian on ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars. READ FULL STORY

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