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Laverne Cox and the 'Orange is the New Black' Cast Take Over Conan: VIDEO


Conan O'Brien devoted his entire show last night to Orange is the New Black, inviting seven members of its cast to their first-ever group late night appearance.

Laverne Cox opened the show, which was attended by a group of actual hardened criminals, by discussing a makeover for Conan. Taylor Schilling and Uzo Aduba talked about their crazy fight scene, and Aduba taught Conan to make crazy eyes. Kate Mulgrew says Conan once almost ruined her career by forcing her to perform an Irish jig. Cox talked about her TIME magazine cover, giving trans people a voice, and her brother who is sometimes mistaken for her. Finally, Lea Delaria explains how she taught Natasha Lyonne about lesbian sex.

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What To Watch This Week on TV: 'Please Like Me' Is Back, Clive Owen Hits the OR - VIDEO


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.

— Television's most charming comedy returns Friday. Australian-export Please Like Me is back for a second season at 10:30 p.m. Eastern on Pivot. The series follows Josh (portrayed by writer and creator Josh Thomas) as he navigates coming out, dating and juggling drama between family and friends. Josh is as relatable as any of the guys on Looking and more self-aware than anyone on Girls while managing to be more likable than all of the above.

A different kind of hunger games for Top Chef stars, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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'True Blood' RECAP - 'May Be The Last Time' [Spoilers]

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The seventh episode of True Blood's seventh season wasn't the most exciting in terms of plot development, but that doesn't mean it was a total wash. There were a few good character moments, particularly from Carrie Preston. She'd be foolish not to submit this ep come award season next year.

Still, with only three episodes of the series left, do fans of the show (if there are any still out there) really want to spend this much time with newish characters like Violet, Wade and Adilyn, when we could be getting more Pam, Jessica or Lafayette? I don't think so. Plus, I'm sorry, I know these Bill Compton flashbacks are supposed to enlighten us a bit to his actions/motivations today (like they do in Lost and Orange Is the New Black), but I just always find them so, so boring and ridiculous. Drunk History has better period costumes and wigs.

Get a taste of what was put in motion in tonight's episode (plus another gratuitous shirtless Jason Stackhouse pic), AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Kat Deabill, Jeopardy!'s 'Shade' Contestant, and Gay Slang: VIDEO


Almost as if it had been plucked directly from the somewhat popular @GayJeopardy Twitter account, a not so subtle nod to gay slang won one contestant $800 in a late round of Jeopardy! last week. “One term for talking trash about someone is ‘throwing’ this,” Alex Trebek hinted. “Like a big elm tree might do.”

‘What is shade?’, the answer, was obvious to contestant Kat Deabill, a 16 year-old high school student from New Boston, New Hampshire. The queerer corners of the internet hailed Jeopardy!’s incorporation of the term as another sign that gay subcultures a being increasingly accepted by the mainstream, but others felt as if the move deserved a bit of questioning.

Rafi D’Angelo, a contributor to Slate’s Outward blog, listed shade among “basic” and “kiki” as yet another term in danger of imminent appropriation, which prompted Slate’s J. Bryan Lowder to question “Is Gay Culture Over?”:

Another way to look at shade’s appearance on Jeopardy! is as a moment of critical elevation. Yes, the category in which it appeared was goofily titled “It’s Slang-tastic,” but as shade aficionados will know, the word—as a communicative practice, a mode of comportment, a means of negotiating power relationships, even a way of being—is far more than just a slang term.

Lowder posits an interesting situation in which Jeopardy! viewers unfamiliar with shade further investigate the term and, theoretically, glean a deeper understanding and appreciation for queer culture in the process.

Deabill, who has been inundated with internet attention since her Jeopardy! appearance, took to Reddit earlier today to share her understanding of the complicated conversations surrounding the ownership of terms like shade.

“I really like that it's getting visibility because the LGBT POC community has been so ignored throughout history, but I'm afraid of misappropriation of the term.” Deabill responded in the AMA. “I don't feel like I can comment more on that, as I don't identify as a POC (since I'm about as white as Macklemore in the Arctic), so I'm going to defer to the majority opinion of those to whom the term belongs.”

When commenters expressed their surprise at Deabill’s nuanced response, she stressed the necessity of being thoughtful about the origins of cultural symbols:

“It's something that's always been important to me. The one thing that bothers me more than anything is when people try to downplay others' struggles by laughing at or misusing a term that was created by that group to cope with and rise above their oppression.”

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'Penny Dreadful' Star Reeve Carney Discusses Make-out Session with Josh Hartnett: VIDEO


One of the biggest surprises during season one of Showtime’s Victorian horror-drama Penny Dreaful was the make-out scene between Josh Hartnett's wolfy sharpshooter Ethan Chandler and Reeve Carney's bisexual decadent Dorian Gray.

When asked about the scene during a San Diego Comic Con afterparty, Carney said:

"I knew that something like that would likely happen at some point and I figure, you know, you could certainly do a lot worse than Josh Harnett. It's probably all downhill for me in terms of any man-on-man action I might have on the show. They'll have to keep their game high!"

During the same interview, Carney said that Dorian will have a new love interest in season two though Carney claims not to know whether it will be male or female. In Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dorian’s decline begins after he cruelly rejects the love of an actress named Sibyl Vane, but the Penny Dreadful prides itself in its departures from classic texts, so Dorian could easily move in another direction.

Meanwhile, at the San Diego Comic Con’s Penny Dreadful panel, the show’s openly gay creator John Logan discussed how his gay identity helped inspire the show where all the heroes are also potential villains:

Logan also pulled a lot from his own life to develop the original characters and then bring them all together. For example, almost all of what we've seen is rooted in Logan's experience being a gay man before it was widely accepted. Logan noted, "I realized the very thing that made me different, also made me who I am," and from that, came what the show's all about. "The monster in all of us, the thing we must embrace, the thing that frightens us, the thing that makes us who we are."

The sci-fi site io9 also has some small reveals for Penny Dreadful fans looking forward to the second season including this one: we'll finally get to see what the picture of Dorian Gray actually looks like.

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'Teen Wolf's' Tyler Posey: Dylan O'Brien And I Make Out All The Time - VIDEO

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Never a stranger to bromantic innuendo, Teen Wolf’s Tyler Posey told fans at ComicCon this past weekend just how close he and castmate Dylan O’Brien really are. From MTV News: 

When asked what motivated him to audition for the show, Posey immediately screamed “money!” But, really, the bromance. Posey gushed over his castmates, revealing that “now we [he and O’Brien] make out all the time.”

O’Brien clarified: “We don’t make out. We just sit next to each other in our underwear.”

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