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UK's Channel 4 Aims To Shock With New Gay Drama 'Cucumber' - VIDEO

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The UK’s Channel 4 hopes to “outrage” tabloid newspaper The Daily Mail with it’s new “channel-defining” gay drama Cucumber, reports The Independent.

DaviesFifteen years after screening Russell T Davies’ ground-breaking drama Queer As Folk, Channel 4 has boasted that new series Cucumber - also produced by Davies [pictured right] - is so risqué that it "wouldn't get past an American network".

Set to be aired next year, Cucumber looks at gay life across different generations and stars Vincent Franklin [above left] as a 46-year old man going through a relationship break-up, and Freddie Fox [above right] as a young object of his desires.

Cucumber will be broadcast alongside a sister show, Banana and a related web series called Tofu. According to Davies, the titles for the three shows came from a scientific study on the erection:

"It divided the hard-on into four categories, from soft to hard. One, tofu. Two, peeled banana. Three, banana. And four, cucumber. Right there and then, I knew I had my drama."

Channel 4’s Head of Drama Piers Wenger said that although the new series is "amazingly warm, incredibly funny and beautifully written", viewers might be "challenged" by the explicit content.

Named Channel of the Year on Friday at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, Channel 4 recently ran a campaign challenging homophobia in Russia, to coincide with the Sochi Winter Olympics. New projects from the broadcaster include Carol, which examines a lesbian affair between a female department-store assistant and an older married woman; My Million View Sex Change, a project showing young women recording the progress of their gender reassignments; and Gay Love: Sex and Apps, which will follow a young man looking for a partner on apps such as Grindr and Manhunt.

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'True Blood' RECAP - 'Thank You' [Spoilers]

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And with that, True Blood's seventh and final season has come to an end. Who lived? Who died? Who suddenly became a lesbian cage fighter?

Sink your fangs into our recap, and share your thoughts on the series finale, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Hannah Horvath Teases 'Girls' Fans With Season Four Preview: VIDEO

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What can we gather from the new "Girls" teaser from HBO? Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham) definitely isn't in New York anymore! 

The very brief clip finds the star straddling a bike and enjoying a whole new, slower pace of life, presumably in Iowa. In typical Hannah fashion, though, things don't turn out quite as planned.

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Röyksopp & Robyn 'Do It Again' On 'Tonight Show': VIDEO

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On Monday night's Tonight Show, Robyn and Röyksopp took the stage to perform "Do It Again," a standout track from their collaborative EP of the same name.

Fans will be delighted to see that the Scandinavians didn't hold back for Fallon, and their set is completely in line with their style. Lights flash while Röyksopp stand cooly in the background, a couple of guys wear morph suits, and Robyn pulls out her signature moves. Also, she sports a geighties mullet that is truly exquisitie (above).

Check out these two new remixes of "Monument," a track also off Do It Again. And check out video of the performance, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Supercut Shows The Evolution of Texting on Film: VIDEO

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For exploring tropes, there's no better medium than supercut, and Buzzfeed has featured a new one that's particularly thoughtful. YouTube user Every Frame a Painting has uploaded the video in question, which is called "A Brief Look at Texting and the Internet in Film."

Unlike classic, more comprehensive supercuts, this one features a narration. The video walks us through the challenges of including numerous inserts of phones in film, and the new solution that has emerged: on-screen text to indicate messenging. Shows like House of Cards (pictured) and Sherlock have been noticable early adopters, but the YouTube video notes that unexpected, smaller programs like soap operas used the technique first.

The second half of the video questions the bigger, more complex challenges of showing the Internet on film — no larger consensus on this one yet.

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David Letterman's Touching Tribute to Robin Williams: VIDEO

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On last night's (Monday's) Late Show, David Letterman appeared for the first time since the death of Robin Williams. Letterman delivered a touching tribute to the late comedian.

It begins with anecdotes of Williams' early comedy days, when Letterman and his peers were green with envy over his comedy chops. Letterman continues describing working professionally with Williams, especially how gracious and kind the actor was — he was easy to talk to on TV, and he would always help his friends, getting Letterman a role on Mork and Mindy sheerly out of kindness.

Letterman was shocked and saddened over Williams' passing. As Gossip Cop notes, Letterman said:

Beyond being a very talented man and a good friend and a gentleman, I’m sorry, like everybody else, I had no idea that the man was in pain, that the man was suffering... What a guy.

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