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'Looking' Back: Episode 15, 'Looking For A Plot' - RECAP

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For an episode titled “Looking For A Plot,” this may have been one of the most eventful episodes of the series yet. While the ‘plot’ in the title refers to a burial plot and not the narrative arc, it still felt like a response to some audience members who keep throwing the word 'boring.' Tonight was an example of what this show is capable of at its best.

On top of some of the larger developments that happened throughout the episode, tonight was also a showcase of the immensely talented Lauren Weedman as Doris. She’s been the acerbic comic relief, but thanks to her relationship with Malik (Bashir Salahuddin), she’s becoming a more fleshed out character. In “Looking For A Plot,” Doris became a richly textured character, and Weedman’s masterful performance lent depth to Doris as she laughed, cried and danced her heart out to “Walking On Sunshine.”

 Let's dish on the trip to Modesto, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Jack Falahee is Sick of People Asking Him If He's Gay Just Because His Character Is

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How To Get Away With Murder actor Jack Falahee tells Vulture that he's tired of people asking if he's gay:

"People have been asking me about my sexuality ever since that OUT interview. I’m very confident in my sexuality, and I really don’t like talking about my romantic life in the press. It’s pretty reductive to ask just the actor playing the gay character what his sexuality is if you’re not going to ask that question of people playing straight characters on the show. I really don’t see what my sexuality has to do with the characters, and I think that’s private. But I find it interesting, the fascination with picking apart or outing actors who play homosexual characters on TV or in films. We don’t have that same fascination with actors who are portraying heterosexual characters."

FalaheeFalahee expanded on that answer this week in an interview with  Michelangelo Signorile on SiriusXM Progress:

“I was basically trying to say [in the OUT interview], for me it’s like asking an actor who plays an alcoholic what their relationship is with alcohol. It’s not necessarily — I think we’re projecting onto actors in a way. I think we’re expecting them to be their characters when, at the end of the day, this is my job and I’m an actor portraying a role on a fictitious television show.”

Signorile then asked Falahee if it's not fair to ask an actor what they personally bring to the experience of playing a character.

Falahee says that's a very different question than "How do I define my sexuality," adding that he thought he got a great question from an interviewer down in Atlanta who asked, ‘What personal experience do you bring to portray — what did she say? — a ‘manwhore’ homosexual on television?’

He said:

 “That is a different question than how do I define my sexuality. And to answer that question, I would say, well, you know, I went to NYU, and the Tisch School of Drama, and there we studied Stanislavski-based acting techniques. And while I have dabbled in the Lee Strasberg method of sense-memory and using your own experience to portray a character, I found that that was a fast track, maybe, to therapy. And so, I fell more into the Stella Adler method of acting camp, and create fictitious circumstances….I’m creating circumstances in which Conor exists to accurately portray him..I just think it’s interesting because I have a body of work before Conor Walsh that is primarily heterosexual and yet people want to ask — you know, no on asks any other man, or woman, on my show, about their sexuality, and that’s what fascinates me...We don’t ask the actor playing James Bond what his sexual preference is. So I don’t know what it is, really, with trying to out actors who portray gay characters on television. But it is some sort of fascination in society.”

Here's the excerpt from the February OUT interview to which Falahee refers at the beginning of this post:

“I don’t think answering who I’m sleeping with accomplishes anything other than quenching the thirst of curiosity. And moreover, it seems reductive. It’s been really interesting to be in the middle of the industry’s fascination with the individual, because I never thought about that growing up or when I was at acting school. No matter how I answer, someone will say, ‘No, that’s not true.’”

I’m the first journalist to straight-out ask, he says, “but everyone wants to.” We spend a good 10 minutes debating why it might matter to any of us how he answers, or why he won’t. “We still live in this hetero-normative, patriarchal society that is intent on placing everything within these binaries,” he says. “I really hope that — if not in my lifetime, my children’s lifetime — this won’t be a question, that we won’t need this.”

Watch a scene from the latest episode (the finale) in which Oliver and Connor discuss HIV and head to a clinic to get tested (spoilers), AFTER THE JUMP...

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Empire's Gay Character Sings His Way Out of the Closet: VIDEO

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There are a number of reasons that you should be tuning in to Lee Daniels’s Empire including, but not limited to: Courtney Love actually acting (and killing it,) Naomi Campbell playing a cougar into mother-son roleplay, and Raven-Symoné playing a savvy gold-digger. The show is meant to revolve around the stories of Lucious Lyon’s (Terrence Howard) sons vying to inherit their father’s company. In reality, though, this season’s been all about Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) and Jamal (Jussie Smollett) - Lucious and Cookie’s gay son.

Empire has featured a fresh, yet complex take on relationships between homophobic parents and their gay children. Daniels has made clear his desire to use the show as a vehicle to address gay black men plagued by homophobia, and this week was no exception. In typical t form Jamal comes out to the world through song, eliciting a wide variety of reactions from the public and his family. If you’ve been keeping up with the season then the episode’s treating Jamal’s sexuality as a public revelation might seem a little off--his being gay is one of the show’s worst kept secrets. But hey, what’s a little lapse in continuity in exchange for all that camp?

Check out Jamal’s coming out performance here AFTER THE JUMP...

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Lady Gaga Joins Cast of 'American Horror Story: Hotel' - VIDEO

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Mother Monster has come bearing gifts courtesy of one Ryan Murphy. In a surprise announcement Lady Gaga confirmed that she has signed on to play an for a yet-to-be-described role on the upcoming season of American Horror Story. Soon after the announcement Gaga tweeted out one of the first promotional teasers for the anthology’s latest chapter and revealed its title/theme: “Hotel.” Suffice it to say that we can look forward to a season full of Shining-esque campy horror when American Horror Story: Hotel premieres this October.

Check out our first glimpse of Gaga in American Horror Story, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Kiss On 'The Walking Dead' Draws Criticism And Support: VIDEO

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Fans of AMC's zombie-apocalypse series The Walking Dead were treated to a man-on-man smooch Sunday night that ended up setting social media ablaze with talk of the lip-lock. Many fans were upset by the kiss while others were quick to point out that the same-sex oriented loving is right in line with the graphic novel on which the show is based. 

The irony of any outrage over The Walking Dead's gay kiss is that it comes on a show about zombies, cannibalism and other intensely graphic situations.

But what about the typical host of complainers we're used to seeing come out of the woodwork anytime LGBT love is shown on television? Uproxx thought about that:

Given the show’s subject material, it should insulate them from criticism from protest groups. I mean, how can the One Million Moms or the American Family Association or the Family Research Council take The Walking Dead to task for featuring two men kissing when it hasn’t objected to scenes of violence, cannibalism, decapitations and rape? Imagine Robert Kirkman’s response: “You mean to tell me that you’ve got no problem with exploding heads or cannibals sawing up human bodies for dinner, but you’re going to object to two characters kissing? Because they are men? Even though they love each other? Where the hell are your priorities?! And you’d BETTER not get up in arms about the fact that your children might be exposed to this because your children SHOULD NOT BE WATCHING THE WALKING DEAD. And if they are, seeing two men kiss is the least of your problems.”

Actor Ross Marquand, who plays one half of the gay couple, spoke out about the kiss, telling The Daily Beast about the specific responsibility he felt in portraying his character:

It’s been a great deal of responsibility to do it justice with respect not only to our gay fan base, but to the viewers in general. My boyfriend, who’s played by Jordan Woods-Robinson, and I met as often as we could before we shot that scene and tried our best to get to know each other on a personal level. It was one of the most beautiful scenes that I’ve had the pleasure of shooting because it dialed into what I think the theme of the show is. This is not a show about zombies; I think it’s a show about relationships and the real human connection that we have to one another. When you lose someone, or you feel that you have lost someone, it doesn’t matter what the situation is, you mourn them and you miss them and you want them back and you will do anything in your power to protect the ones you love. I hope that that’s the focus of our characters, that it’s not hung up so much on our sexual orientation.

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What To Watch This Week On TV: Finales for 'Parks' and 'Murder'

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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.

— Hope you’ve been doing your squats, because Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce is back, Wednesday at 11 p.m. Eastern on Fuse. The reality series follows Freedia as the rapper tackles twerking and taking bounce music mainstream.

Say goodbye to Parks and Recreation and How To Get Away With Murder, plus more on TV this week, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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