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Take A Sneak Peek at Ellen DeGeneres' New Gay-Themed Sitcom 'One Big Happy': VIDEO

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Late last week, NBC released a new teaser for the forthcoming sitcom One Big Happy from producer Ellen DeGeneres.

Coming in March, the show tells the story of a straight man (Nick Zano) and gay woman (Elisha Cuthbert) — they're best friends who decide to have a baby together. The catch? Just when Cuthbert's character has gotten pregnant, Zano's character finds a serious girlfriend. Think Gaybybut in sitcom form, and with principal characters' sexes reversed.

Below is the preview, featuring DeGeneres. In the video, she says: "You will love it, and I'll tell you why: there's a lesbian in it." Check it out AFTER THE JUMP...

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What To Watch This Week on TV: The End of 'Freak Show'


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.

— It’s the end of American Horror Story: Freak Show Wednesday at 10 p.m. on FX. How will Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange) find her way in Hollywood? How will Dandy (Finn Wittrock) balance his busy murder schedule with running the show?

Hurricane, Herlarious and more TV this week, AFTER THE JUMP

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'Empire' Creator Lee Daniels Wants To 'Blow The Lid Off' of Homophobia In The Black Community: VIDEO


Lee Daniels' new Fox show Empire is already a critical and ratings success. In fact, the series has already been picked up for a second season - this after the airing of just the first two episodes. The show revolves around a music mogul (Terrence Howard) and his family, including a son (Jussie Smollett) whom he does not support because he is gay.

While promoting Empire at the Television Critics Association press tour over the weekend, the openly gay Daniels said that the nightime soap will "blow the lid off more on homophobia" in the African American community.

The Wrap reports on what Daniels had to say and his thoughts about men on the "Down Low":

Daniels“Homophobia is rampant in the African American community, and men are on the DL. They don’t come out, because your priest says, your pastor says, mama says, your next-door neighbor says, your homie says, your brother says, your boss says [that homosexuality is wrong],” Daniels said. “And they are killing African American women. They are killing our women. So I wanted to blow the lid off more on homophobia in my community.”

He continued:

“When I did ‘Precious’ I had to do research on AIDS in the ’80s so I went to the Gay Men’s Health Crisis Center in New York City, and I expected to see gay men, and there were nothing but African American women and babies with HIV. And that blew me away,” Daniels recalled. 

Daniels laid the blame squarely on what he referred to as the “rampant” homophobia in the black community — specifically, the phenomenon of men secretly engaging in gay sex because of the stigma.

This isn't the first time Daniels has been vocal about wanting to bring this issue to light through the series. Earlier this month he told Time magazine that one of his objectives for Empire was "to address homophobia in the African-American community and in the impoverished community. To educate people."

Watch a clip about about the show in which Smollett talks about portraying Jamal Lyon, his gay character on the show, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Billy Crystal Thinks Gay Storylines on Television Today Are 'Pushing It A Little Too Far' - VIDEO


Speaking to an audience during his Television Critics Association press circuit, Billy Crystal expressed that in his opinion, many of the current depictions of gay characters on television were “a bit too much." Crystal, who is currently promoting his new show 'The Comedians, made a name for himself in the late seventies playing Jodie Dallas, an openly gay character on the ABC sitcom 'Soap.'

Jodie dallasThough gay characters were a part of some television shows at the time, their sexualities were typically only heavily implied and almost always made out to be character flaws.

Reflecting on his role, Crystal recalls that portraying a character who was openly and explicitly gay in the 1970s was both groundbreaking and extremely difficult.

“It was very difficult at the time, he explained. “Jodie was really the first recurring [gay] character on network television and it was a different time, it was 1977. So, yeah, it was awkward. It was tough.”

Crystal’s exact issues with the currently roster of gay characters appearing on network television weren’t made clear, but the actor intimated that the recent uptick of queer intimacy in shows like 'How To Get Away With Murder' were a bit too much for him.

“Sometimes, it’s just pushing it a little too far for my taste and I’m not going to reveal to you which ones they are,” he said. “I hope people don’t abuse it and shove it in our face… to the point where it feels like an everyday kind of thing.”

As pioneering as Crystal’s role as Jodie Dallas was for its time, the character’s eccentricities and plotlines prove to be deeply troubling when looked at from a modern perspective. Though Dallas was written as being gay, many of the stories involving the character centered around homophobic and anti-trans themes of gender disillusionment and crossdressing for comedic effect.

Watch one of the more problematic scenes of 'Soap' featuring Jodie Dallas AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Looking' Back: Episode 10, 'Looking For Results'


I'm still sort of baffled by folks who are continuing to be let down by the show's pace. I actually thought last week's episode was uncharacteristically dynamic. But for those who are still somehow inexplicably waiting for Looking to pump some adrenaline into its soft, cinematic rhythm, I hate to break it to you, but tonight's installment feels like much more of a return to season one form.

It was a return in a much more literal sense as well. Episode two of Looking's sophomore season saw the boys back to San Francisco, and back to the complexities of their current situations. 

See more thoughts from tonight's episode, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Betty White Gets a 93rd Birthday Flash Mob: VIDEO


After 92 birthdays, what do you do for a Hollywood legend who is celebrating her 93rd? Well, a hula-themed flash mob on a studio lot sounds like a fun idea. 

That's exactly what the cast and crew of Hot in Cleveland managed to do for Betty White on her big day yesterday. And, yes, fellow castmembers Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick all hula danced. A surprised White, who enjoyed the show from her golf cart, told all of the flash mobbers after the big show: "At 93, you shouldn't be doing this."

Watch the fun celebration, AFTER THE JUMP.

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