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Neil Patrick Harris Says a Kiss from Burt Reynolds Helped Him Realize He Was Gay: VIDEO

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In his new Choose Your Own Autobiography, Neil Patrick Harris writes about coming to an understanding that he was gay, and reveals that one of his 'aha' moments was on the set of the 1989 TV show B.L. Stryker, when he received a surprise kiss from the show's star Burt Reynolds.

Writes Harris in the book:

As a joke at the end of one take, Burt leans over and kisses you square on the mouth...The crew thinks this is very funny, but it makes you uncomfortable. Uncomfortable and, it will ultimately turn out, gay. Burt Reynolds' kiss makes you gay.

Harris appeared in one episode of the short-lived series. And thankfully (or not)  for us, the entire episode is on YouTube.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Laverne Cox Talks New Show, Jenji Kohan, and 'Telling the T' on 'The View': VIDEO

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Laverne Cox stopped by "The View" on Tuesday, gabbing with Rosie O'Donnell and Nicole Wallace. Tragically, Whoopi Goldberg wasn't there for this segment, so we didn't get another taste of their rapport.

For the most part, Cox spoke about her new project Logo documentary "The T Word." The doc follows the lives of young transgender people, who Cox points out face (on the whole) less adversity than you might have feared. Two of the show's castmembers were in attendance at "The View."

Cox also joked, defining the "T" in "T word," giving "trans" as a definition, but also pointing out the usage found among queens on "RuPaul's Drag Race." "T means truth," Cox said, with a laugh. "Trans folks started that by the way!" 

Cox talked her early days as an actress — working in independent film. She also talked her breakthrough — getting cast in "Orange is the New Black." Cox describes the serendipity of finding the show; in the early stages of casting Jenji Kohan had (jokingly) said: "We need to hire someone on this show, and ideally, they will have a twin brother." Along came Laverne and the rest is history.

Check out the interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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'American Horror Story: Freak Show' RECAP - 'Massacres and Matinees' [Spoilers]

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“Maybe that’s what this place needs: a strong male presence.” That’s a line spoken by Jessica Lange’s character on last night's episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show, but it could just as well be said of the series as a whole.

Last season, Coven, was so female-centric that the two male leads (Evan Peters and Denis O’Hare) both actually played characters mostly unable to speak. The most recent episode, by contrast, put the spotlight squarely on the male cast, including Peters, Finn Wittrock and Michael Chiklis. Peters is a proven pro at anchoring Ryan Murphy’s AHS lunacy, but the real surprise was Wittrock’s bratty sociopath, Dandy Mott.

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What sort of trouble did Dandy and the rest of the characters find themselves in? Pour yourself a crystal baby bottle full of cognac and relive the highlights with our recap, AFTER THE JUMP

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Why is It So Hard to Get Away with Gay Intimacy on Network Television?

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The Interplay is a special bi-weekly series exploring the intersections of sex, pop culture, and current events.

BY CHARLES PULLIAM-MOORE

According to GLAAD’s recently published Where We Are On TV report, lesbian, gay, and bisexual characters are having a banner season. There are more explicitly queer characters on more shows across the board. Of the hundreds of regular and recurring characters gracing our screens this season, 170 were identified as being LGBT. Moreover on both network and cable, the representations of those characters are becoming more diverse and balanced in terms of ethnicity and sexuality. Looking at raw numbers, it’s easy to see that we’re everywhere on TV. It’s even easier to say that this particular instance of being everywhere is a good thing. Thing is though, it might not be. This fall’s crop of headlining queer are defined more by the sex they’re having than by their substance. 

Regardless of what you think about her shows, Shonda Rhimes’s programming on ABC has become something of a cultural phenomenon. In terms of ratings, How to Get Away With Murder and Scandal rank as two of the most popular and widely-acclaimed television shows airing this fall. Both programs prominently feature gay leading characters wrought in Rhimes’s signature hyperbolic style. 

Tumblr_mnfv58Xn6Y1s03u14o1_250Scandal’s Cyrus Beene, played by veteran stage actor Jeff Perry, is notable for being one of the few older queer characters given the spotlight. Throughout the series Beene and his husband James Novak (Dan Bucatinsky) plotted and backstabbed in proper Scandal fashion, and in many ways the characters’ sexualities were ancillary aspects of their personalities. How To Get Away With Murder’s Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee) bears a striking resemblance to Cyrus Beene. Both are smart, conniving, career-driven men whose sexualities are sources of strength, rather than shame. To that end, neither show has shied away from portraying their gay characters’ sexual intimacy. 

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What To Watch This Week on TV: Laverne Cox's Trans Documentary

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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.

— As the first trans woman on the cover of Time Magazine and the first Emmy-nominated trans actress, Laverne Cox has already helped raise awareness of the trans experience in popular culture, but this time her focus is on real-life coming out, dating and discrimination. Cox tells the story of seven trans youths in her new documentary The T Word airing Friday at 7p.m. Eastern on MTV and Logo.

A pregnant virgin, the return of Top Chef and more TV this week, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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'American Horror Story: Freak Show' RECAP - 'Monsters Among Us' [Spoilers]

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Step right up, and feast your eyes on the latest incarnation of American Horror Story. Tonight's Freak Show premiere transported viewers to Jupiter, Florida in the 1950s to explore the wild world of sideshow performers and the killer clowns who stab people around them.

If you were concerned about the show supposedly moving toward a less-campy approach than last season's Coven story, you can rest assured there was plenty of delicious absurdity still to be found. Tonight's over-the-top musical number was one of AHS's best moments and, despite the early comparisons to season two's Asylum, this is a much more colorful story (in every way) thus far.

Rehash what went down in tonight's premiere, and share your thoughts in the comments, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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