‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ ‘Versace’ win big for LGBT TV at Emmys

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards honored the best in television on Monday night including a few wins for LGBT TV.

The biggest night in television kicked off with an opening dance number led by “Saturday Night Live” cast members Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson. The bit jokingly celebrated Hollywood finally finding a solution to its diversity problem. McKinnon and Thompson were later joined on stage by other TV stars such as “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” star Tituss Burgess and RuPaul.

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RuPaul, Ellen DeGeneres and Ryan Murphy among 2018 Emmy nominations

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ABOVE: RuPaul and Jane Lynch at the 2016 Emmy Awards. Photo courtesy of Emmys.com.

The 70th Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced July 12.

After 18 years of leading the pack with the most nominations, HBO —which received 108 — was unseated by Netflix with its 112 nominations. Among those 112 nominations include one for the “Queer Eye” reboot for Best Structured Reality Program, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s” Tituss Burgess for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and “Grace and Frankie’s” Lily Tomlin for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

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Kellyanne Conway tempts Anderson Cooper in ‘It’ ‘SNL’ spoof

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Kellyanne Conway tries to tempt Anderson Cooper to let her on his show in a parody of Stephen King’s thriller “It” on “Saturday Night Live.”

Cooper (Alex Moffat) encounters Conway (Kate McKinnon)in a sewer Pennywise-style, where she tries to entice Cooper with wacky quotes to get her on the show.

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The new fall season brings back ‘Will & Grace,’ and a plethora of LGBTQ characters, to the small screen

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At the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards, Lena Waithe became the first black woman to win the award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.

The Emmy was awarded for an episode of Netflix’s show Master of None. She co-wrote the season two episode titled “Thanksgiving” with show co-creator Aziz Ansari, which chronicled her experience coming out as a lesbian to her family.

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Gal Gadot and Kate McKinnon kiss in ‘SNL’ ‘Wonder Woman’ spoof

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Kate McKinnon’s hopes were raised, and then crushed, in a “Wonder Woman” spoof on “Saturday Night Live.”

McKinnon and Aidy Bryant are two lesbians on a mission to Themyscira to mingle with some lesbian Amazons. Gal Gadot portrays Princess Diana, who lets McKinnon and Bryant know that the ladies of Themyscira aren’t sexually attracted to each other.

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Hillary Clinton teared up watching Kate McKinnon’s ‘SNL’ tribute

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Kate McKinnon earned an Emmy award for her role as Hillary Clinton on “Saturday Night Live” but the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences isn’t the only one who took notice.

Clinton gave McKinnon her own shoutout in her new memoir “What Happened.” In the chapter titled “Grit and Gratitude,” Clinton relives watching McKinnon portray her on the first episode of “Saturday Night Live” post-election.

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ ‘Feud’ earn Emmy nominations

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were unveiled Thursday morning with both “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and “Feud: Bette and Joan” earning nominations.

“Westworld” and “Saturday Night Live” received the most with 22 nominations each. “Feud: Bette and Joan” received a nomination for Best Limited Series and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is a contender for Best Reality Competition Program. RuPaul is up for Best Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program.

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Pop A-Z: 2016 had no shortage of gorgeous distractions from its torrents of depression

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We know: 2016 kinda sucked. There were far too many passings of entertainment icons, including Prince, David Bowie, Harper Lee and Florence Henderson. Dreams of electing the first female president slowly faded on election night in November as one state after another turned red. And in just one night in June, Orlando – its notoriety as a world-class vacation destination long solidified – also became known as home to the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

This year, entertainment was more important than ever. A catchy tune, a thrilling novel, a TV program with twisty plot turns: anything that created some amount of joy in our lives was a welcome diversion from the real-world crap that each of the last 365 days seemed to bring. These were some of our favorites.

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Kate McKinnon becomes Hillary Clinton for the last time this year in “SNL” holiday sketch

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A high point in the 2016 election season as been Saturday Night Live‘s Kate McKinnon portraying Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Whether arguing with Larry David’s Bernie Sanders, being shocked at the words coming from Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump or having a drink with bartender Val (played by the real Clinton); the Emmy-winning actress always delivers the laughs.

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Kate McKinnon is getting her own movie and she’s a total witch about it

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Kate McKinnon, the comedic genius behind some of the best SNL characters in the shows 40 plus years, has been showing off her talents on the big screen over the past year with films like the new Ghostbusters and this season’s Office Christmas Party. Now she is finally making the break from ensemble comedies to star as the lead in her own film.

The Emmy-award winning actress is cast to play the title role in The Lunch Witch, a film based on the Young Adult novel of the same name written by Deb Lucke, according to Deadline.com.

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McKinnon, Chappelle open SNL on serious notes

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Saturday Night Live called on host Dave Chappelle’s wit for a thoughtful coda to a divisive presidential campaign.

Chappelle joked about the unrest following Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton, saying he hadn’t seen white people so mad since the O.J. Simpson verdict.

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Uprisings: Tax and Spin

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In a weekend that saw the tropics swirling with hurricane terror and a Saturday Night Live takedown of the first presidential debate earlier in the week featuring Alec Baldwin (Kill Street, anyone?!) and Kate McKinnon (the shimmy), you might think that the Donald Trump campaign should be mixing its news and humor distractions with a packet of B.C. Powder and some whisky while hiding in a dark room.

After all, Trump’s actual performance was more over-the-top than Baldwin’s grumpy sniffles (Clinton is almost unanimously considered to have trumped Trump in the debate). And when Trump took those “sniffles” to Twitter in the wee-hours of the morning, he managed to offend an entire gender and the entire Latin community with his attacks on former Miss Universe Alicia Machado.

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