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10 LGBT TV Moments From 2013

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When it comes to LGBT characters on television, 2013 was the best of times and the worst of times. The first half of the year was part of the record-setting 2012-2013 television season in terms of LGBT representation on television. However, it also saw the end of many shows featuring LGBT characters, including The New NormalSmashSouthland, and Happy Endings

Despite these losses, LGBT characters on television continued to become more multi-dimensional and better reflect the lives of LGBT people in 2013. For example, in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to strike down DOMA and rule that Prop. 8 proponents have no standing, there were many television weddings and proposals. There was also a small uptick in transgender representation, including characters on the critically lauded Orange Is the New Black and Glee.

Relive 10 of our favorite LGBT moments on television this year and share yours in the comments, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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First Images From Ryan Murphy's HBO Adaptation Of 'The Normal Heart'

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Ryan Murphy, most famous for television series like American Horror StoryGlee, and Nip/Tuck, is now taking on Larry Kramer's 1985 play The Normal Heart. Murphy's directorial adaptation of the play, a semi-autobiographical work which chronicles the founding of the Gay Men's Health Crisis during the peak of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, will appear on HBO this spring. The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Jim Parsons (who appeared in the recent Broadway revival of the play), Matt Bomer, and Taylor Kitsch. Now, the first official image from the film has been released (above).

Entertainment Weekly reports:

“It’s a movie about AIDS, but it’s also really a civil rights movie,” says Murphy, who worked with Kramer on the script for three years. “I think it’s more timely than ever before. It’s really about the quest to be seen, not as a gay person or a straight person but just a person…. It’s an activist movie that also has a really great love story in it.” Adds the director, “Of everything I’ve done in my career, I think it is the biggest labor of love.”

Many will be waiting with bated breath to see how Murphy's film adaptation holds up against the fiery rage of the staged original. Are you looking forward to The Normal Heart? 

Images via Entertainment Weekly.

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'American Horror Story: Coven' RECAP - 'The Dead' [Spoilers]

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Last week's episode may have left me wanting more Jessica Lange, but not necessarily the sad, drunk Lange we got this week. (Did we learn nothing from last season's miserable Asylum?) At least some of the other characters were able to add a little levity and maintain the camp factor that's made this season so special. This season's spate of new actors have fit seamlessly in with the rest of the Horror Story gang, perhaps even more successfully than Chloe Sevigny and James Cromwell did last season. There's a lot of soul behind Madison's and Queenie's snark, and Kathy Bates makes LaLaurie enough of a lovable doofus to almost forget the digusting atrocities she committed. Almost.

However, if any of Coven's new stars have embraced the over-the-top storytelling, it's Angela Bassett, whose Marie Laveau is played with a delicious wickedness that delicately walks the line between demonic and diva. Finally, someone who can truly go toe-to-toe with Lange. It's exciting to hear there's interest in Bassett and Bates returning for season four.

Let's not get too far ahead of ourselves. There's still plenty of season three left to discuss. From Frankenstein boyfriends, to zombie witches and ghost killers, tonight's episode was all about how it ain't easy loving the undead.

Relive the twists and turns, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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'American Horror Story: Coven' RECAP - 'The Axeman Cometh' [Spoilers]

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Even though this was an episode with a criminal lack of Jessica Lange, tonight's episode, "The Axeman Cometh," still managed to bring together enough plot points to significantly raise the stakes.

Tonight's episode featured not one, but TWO returns from the dead, plus a huge reveal about one character's true motivations and their unexpected partnership.

Find out what's threatening the extinction of the Salem witches this week, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Stevie Nicks Coming to 'American Horror Story: Coven'

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This bit of deft casting news comes courtesy of the show's creator Ryan Murphy, who tweeted:

"Guess who's visiting the Coven? The legendary Stevie Nicks!"

If you need to get caught up, make sure not to miss our Bobby Hankinson's weekly recaps.


'American Horror Story: Coven' RECAP - 'Burn, Witch. Burn!' [Spoilers]

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One could argue that Ryan Murphy has a lot in common with Lady Gaga. For example, both of them are better when they stick to keeping it fun and not getting wrapped up in overindulgent symbolism. Tonight's episode may have beat viewers over the head with a bit of mother-daughter drama, but it was also uncharacteristically cohesive. This season's many storylines are staying masterfully woven together. It's a problem that plagued last year's messy Asylum installment. Glad to see the creative team is keeping things tight this time around.

Catch up on all the action and learn how to rid your lawn of pesky zombies, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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