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Iran's Remake Of 'Modern Family' Excludes Gay Characters - VIDEO

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Iranian television comedy Haft Sang, an almost scene-by-scene remake of Modern Family, has written out all gay characters or made them straight, according to Gay Star News.

The gender of other characters have also been changed to avoid mixing of the sexes before marriage.

The unauthorized remake tries to recreate the appeal of Modern Family within the religious guidelines of Iran’s theocratic state.

A comparison video made by an Iranian fan of Modern Family shows how blatantly Haft Sang has ripped off the ABC comedy.

Earlier this year, head of the American Family Association Bryan Fischer said that Modern Family is "poison", "harmful," and "lethal."

Watch Sina Haghighi’s comparison video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Orange Is the New Black' Stars Laverne Cox and Selenis Leyva On Season Two, Becoming Advocates

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Whether you gobbled up all the new episodes of Orange Is the New Black in one glorious binge session or you're rationing them out throughout your summer, you're in for a treat. The latest batch of episodes, streaming now on Netflix, have all of the heart, humor and depth of season one, but spread more widely among the show's stellar ensemble cast.

The second season shines a brighter spotlight on many faces that may have seemed background during the show's first 13 episodes. Season two dives deeper into characters like Poussey (Samira Wiley), Morello (Yael Stone) and Gloria (Selenis Leyva). Not only is Orange Is the New Black telling more of these complex stories, but it's showcasing even more diverse actresses in terms of sexuality, race and age.

Outside the show, these actresses are making a huge impact, as well. Laverne Cox, who portrays trangender inmate Sophia Burset, has become a vocal advocate for issues affecting the trans community. She's made apearances on Katie Couric's daytime talk show (twice), served as Grand Marshal of NYC Pride March and even stood proudly on the cover Time Magazine.

We sat down with Cox and Leyva to discuss their experience working on the show and their increasing profiles. See what they had to say, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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What To Watch This Week on TV: A Mae West Classic, 'Under the Dome' Returns - VIDEO

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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.

— It's been 200 trips in the hot tamale train. So You Think You Can Dance celebrates its 200th episode with a live performance from this season's top 20 dancers. Paso doble along at home when it airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. on Fox.

More picks and clips, including the safest place to watch fireworks Friday and the return of a Stephen King summer scare, AFTER THE JUMP...

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'True Blood' RECAP - 'I Found You' [Spoilers]

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I want to begin this week by thanking the man or woman responsible for somehow sneaking in my Eric (Alexander Skarsgård)-Jason (Ryan Kwanten) slash-fiction into the True Blood writers’ room. It made no sense and was completely unnecessary (just a dream sequence), but I certainly wasn’t complaining.

In addition to that scene, there were enough holes in tonight’s episode (plotholes! get your mind out of the gutter!) to remind viewers that this is True Blood, after all, and it’s best not to think too hard about it. 

Let's relive some of this week's insanity, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Ian McKellen's 'Vicious' Premiering On PBS Tonight: VIDEO

Vicious_S1_Ep01_003.jpg__640x360_q85Vicious, a British ITV sitcom starring out gay actors Sirs Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi, is finally making its widespread US debut on PBS tonight. Originally entitled Vicious Old Queens, the show features the two knighted thespians as Freddie and Stuart, an older gay couple embroiled in a decades-long love/hate relationship.

A deviation from other contemporary programming aimed at LGBT audiences like Modern Family, Looking, or True Blood, Vicious is more or less a return to the traditional Brit-com formula, relying on cheeky innuendo and absurdly high-brow casting decisions. Vicious premieres on local PBS affiliates across the country tonight at 10:30 P.M. EST.

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Sia Sings 'Chandelier' With NYC Gay Men's Chorus Wearing Sia Wigs: VIDEO

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Last Thursday's Trailblazers on Logo featured a special performance of "Chandelier" by Sia and the NYC Gay Men's Chorus.

As she has been in all her recent performances, Sia sang on a platform off to the side of the audience and faced away from the camera. NYCGMC took front-and-center, and they did so in yellow robes and in blonde Sia wigs...even on the mustachioed shirtless dancer who sahsayed from one side of the stage to the other with his routine.

It was really quite the performance, and you can watch it AFTER THE JUMP...

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