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The 'Gay of Thrones' RECAP Has Returned: VIDEO


Yesterday, we posted our RECAP of "The Wars to Come", the first episode of the new season of Game of Thrones.

Now, the annual Funny or Die web series recap 'Gay of Thrones' has returned  and you'll likely rate it 'funny' or 'die' based on how much sass and hairstyling you want with your favorite HBO drama.

Watch their recap of "The Whores to Come", AFTER THE JUMP...

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Towleroad Interview: Russell T Davies on ‘Cucumber,’ ‘Banana’ and Gay Storytelling

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Let's cut to the chase: You should definitely be watching Cucumber and Banana, the two new series airing on Logo following RuPaul's Drag Race. The pair of intertwined shows are must-see TV not only because they both bring a glut of diverse LGBT characters to television, but also because they feature some of the richest, most rewarding storytelling you'll find on TV -- gay, straight or otherwise.

DaviesCucumber focuses on a middle-aged gay man in Manchester, while Banana is an anthology that showcases a variety of different stories featuring LGBT youth.  Characters cross over from each show into the other and plots overlap, but it's possible to watch just one series without the other and still keep up.

Not that you'd want to miss out on either series, because they are both brilliant. Even as someone who grew to love Looking, it's hard not to compare these two new shows about the lives of gay men with the recently canceled HBO dramedy. Although the series was not created as some sort of response to all the backlash Looking received, it is pretty remarkable how deftly Cucumber and Banana avoid many of the same pitfalls. First off, both new series feature a diverse cast of varying ages, gender identities, races, and sexualities. The two-show structure (and Banana's anthology format) helps, as it allows more narrative space to explore an array of characters while ensuring the relationships all feel meaningful and true.

The other big complaint that plagued Looking's two beautiful, but understated seasons was that they were boring. That's definitely not the case here. Both Cucumber and Banana are wildly entertaining and inventive, subjecting their characters to emotional highs and lows that range from the strikingly relatable to the hilariously absurd. These are gay characters, but their sexual identities are the least interesting things about them. That's not to say they're straight-washed -- these shows are both still wonderfully and wickedly infused with queer culture and sensibilities -- but it's the unexpected extremes to which Cucumber and Banana go that will stay with you after the credits roll. (Episode two of Banana is particularly powerful.)

The most stunning thing is how effortless it all seems. That's likely thanks to the brilliant Russell T Davies (above, right), the veteran TV writer behind Cucumber and Banana, as well as the groundbreaking series Queer As Folk and the popular reboot of Doctor Who.

We had the chance to speak with Davies about his new shows and the state of gay representation on TV. See what he had to say, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Tops and Bottoms: Power Ranking 'RuPaul's Drag Race' 07x07 — RECAP

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It’s Snatch Game! The challenge that separates the boys from the ladyboys. This season’s Snatch was one of the most pleasantly surprising of all time. Given how lackluster the season seven queens have been appearing after a few grueling weeks of painful group acting challenges, we actually got to see what happens when the ladies had to step it up and turn it out on their own. The result was one of the most all-around well-performed Snatch Games, with even the worst queens still turning out mediocre performances and no real trainwrecks.

Tonight’s lucky guest judges are Tamar Braxton and the adorable Michael Urie. Let’s dish about who did who and how did they do, AFTER THE JUMP

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What To Watch This Week On TV: A Must-See Snatch Game On 'Drag Race'


Check out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.

— We’ve been waiting weeks for Snatch Game to hit RuPaul’s Drag Race, but as the episodes have worn on, we’ve become increasingly concerned that this season’s queens could pull it off. We’re happy to report that we’ve seen this week’s episode and it’s one of our favorite Snatch Games of all time. If you were hoping season seven was going to turn around, tonight’s episode at 9 p.m. Eastern on Logo is a must see.

Aguilera goes to Nashville, Tig Notaro goes door to door and more TV this week, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Amy Schumer and Amber Rose Make Out for MTV's Kiss Cam: VIDEO

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If you didn't catch the MTV Movie Awards last night, check out this highlight.

The show featured a "kiss cam," and most attendees seemed to play it pretty safe — not Amy Schumer and Amber Rose! When the camera turned to them, the comedienne and "gal-about-town" put on a little PDA. Via social media, Rose referred to herself as "def half lesbian" after the "makeout sesh."

The kiss was likely publicity for the pair's recent collaboration — Rose appears in the third season of Schumer's show; she's featured in an early promo. Specifically, the song "Milk Milk Lemonade," a raunchy parody of Iggy Azealea, "Anaconda," and what Schumer refers to as "the year of the ass." The third season of "Inside Amy Schumer" premieres April 21.

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Meanwhile, In Westeros: 'Game Of Thrones' 05x01 [Recap]


Welcome to our first Game of Thrones weekly recap! Before we get into tonight’s episode, let’s set some ground rules. Firstly, I haven’t read the books, and so I’m coming at this purely from the perspective of someone who has only seen the show. For the sake of spoilers, I also ask to keep the comments similarly focused on the HBO series.

That bit of housekeeping out of the way, let’s discuss tonight’s premiere. There’s lots of change afoot from a production standpoint. For starters, we get our first flashback of the series. We also got a taste of director Michael Slovis’ style, having come to Thrones from Breaking Bad, you could feel his flourish on scenes like Tyrion’s arrival in Pentos shot through the air holes of his crate.

Even with these changes, there is a lot of the familiar to be found in tonight’s episode, “The Wars To Come.” The fifth-season premiere was a strong start, shuffling the board for several characters without too much of a big shake-up.

Let’s discuss what went down, AFTER THE JUMP

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