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The year that was: In 2014, TV transformed the way we think

It’s easy to believe that pop culture has the power to change the world, but it’s rare to witness that change in real time. And yet, this year, that’s what happened.

Across the country, our minds were opened to the varied experiences of transgender people by watching television. Laverne Cox—­Litchfield’s ­beloved hairdresser, Sophia, on Orange Is the New Black—endeared herself to both inmates and the Television Academy, becoming the first openly trans actor ever nominated for an Emmy. Then on Amazon, the new drama Transparent, about a transgender woman named Maura (Jeffrey Tambor) and her troubled family, was a hit with viewers and was hailed as one of fall’s best TV shows by many critics (including this writer). On Broadway, Neil Patrick Harris sold out nearly his entire run in the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch and won a Tony award for starring as the title character, a trans singer in a glam-rock band. These fully formed roles suggested that trans people aren’t heroes or villains. They’re just human.

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'OITNB' star Laverne Cox brings the drama on MTV's 'Faking It'

Laverne Cox is trading in her orange jumpsuit for a more dramatic role on MTV’s Faking It.

On Tuesday’s episode, the Orange Is the New Black actress will make her side-splitting debut as Margot, the demanding director of the school’s drama department who will hilariously push Karma (Katie Stevens), Shane (Michael J. Willett) and Lauren (Bailey De Young) to their limits. How did the Emmy nominee book a ticket to Hester High? EW hit the set to find out:

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'Orange Is the New Black' star Laverne Cox to appear on 'Faking It'

Laverne Cox will guest star in an upcoming season-two episode of MTV’s Faking It, EW has learned exclusively.

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Here's why Sophia is still the best character on 'Orange Is the New Black'

No character from Orange Is the New Black’s stellar first season had more Netflix viewers buzzing than Sophia Burset, the prison hairdresser whose trailblazing storyline flipped the TV game on its head. That’s why, when Sophia largely missed out on the action in season two, many fans still couldn’t stop thinking about her. (Go ahead—admit that you missed her, too.)

It was a testament to her sheer magnetism that Sophia’s moderate absence on the second season of Orange was so noticeable. There’s a theory that perhaps she was sidelined so that the show could let other actresses (who didn’t steal the show in season one) shine and dive into their backstories, since Sophia had an unforgettable first year. But that theory doesn’t hold up, since almost everyone had a major arc this year except Sophia. It’s upsetting, but it’s also important to recognize that perhaps there’s some logic to that: Sophia’s absence from the prison rivalry war that cast a shadow over season two is in line with the character, and perhaps with actress Laverne Cox herself. READ FULL STORY

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