‘Modern Family’ promises satisfying end to its 11-season run

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ABOVE: The “Modern Family” finale teaser, photo via the “Modern Family” Facebook page.

LOS ANGELES (AP) | Writer-producers Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd were mulling ideas for the 2009 TV season when they landed on an intriguing sitcom approach, one revolving around an extended family and done in the “mockumentary” style made popular by “The Office.”

“All these things are familiar enough, but different enough that we have a shot with this one,” Lloyd recalled thinking as he and Levitan tackled the first “Modern Family” script.

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Sean Hayes on new film, saying farewell to Jack

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ABOVE: Sean Hayes stars as Susan in “Lazy Susan.” (Photo courtesy Shout! Studios)

Even though he’s sheltering in place with his husband Scott Icenogle, this April is going to be a very busy month for award-winning actor Sean Hayes.

He’s starring as the lead female character in “Lazy Susan,” a movie he also co-wrote and co-produced, which drops on VOD and streaming channels on April 3.

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George Takei posts April Fools Day joke about being final torchbearer at the Tokyo Olympics

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“Star Trek” actor and LGBTQ icon, George Takei admitted that his announcement that he will be the final torchbearer who lights the Olympic Flame when the rescheduled Summer Olympics kickoff in Tokyo in July 2021 was an April Fools Day prank.

Several news outlets, including Watermark, reported the news April 1.

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WATCH: Rosie O’Donnell recruits Broadway legends, Hollywood friends for her one-night-only, virtual talk show reboot

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Add Rosie O’Donnell and her daytime talk show to the ever-growing list of rebooted entertainment. Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic the outspoken host revived her popular chat fest March 22 for a one-night-only fundraiser for the Actor’s Fund, a charitable organization that assists performers and behind-the-scenes professionals in the Entertainment Industry.

Embracing social distancing the show was live-streamed online and featured O’Donnell, safe in her garage/craft room, interviewing Broadway celebs, also safe in whatever places they keep their computers or iPhones.

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‘Feel Good’ on Netflix, Freeform’s ‘Motherland: Fort Salem’ are quirky, engaging

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ABOVE: From left, Lisa Kudrow, Charlotte Ritchie, Adrian Lukis and Mae Martin in ‘Feel Good.’ (Photo by Matt Squire, courtesy Netflix)

While you’re sheltering in place or just trying to observe the proper social distancing, streaming TV is an excellent way to keep yourself occupied and connected.

Luckily, two great new series with strong LGBTQ content are premiering this week.

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‘The Walking Dead’ actor says he has coronavirus symptoms but hospital can’t test him

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Openly gay actor Daniel Newman, best known from the AMC series “The Walking Dead,” took to social media March 20 to address his medical status after fans saw him at the hospital.

“Thanks for all the concern,” Newman wrote on Instagram along with a photo of him in an emergency room. “So here’s what happened. Yes, I was just in Australia with Sam Smith, Dua Lipa and thousands of people from around the world for Mardi Gras Pride. I was exposed to some sick people and I started developing symptoms and then back in the states I was notified someone in our group tested positive for #Covid19. I spent all day calling every urgent care and hospital no one had tests! Finally I found one emergency room that told me my symptoms match and to come in immediately.”

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‘Rosie O’Donnell Show’ returns for one-night only special to benefit Actors Fund

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ABOVE: “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” photo via O’Donnell’s Twitter.

Rosie O’Donnell is bringing her beloved 1990s talk show back to your screens for one night only, to benefit arts and entertainment industry workers who have been financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The out actress and comedian told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement on Thursday that she would host a one-night revival of “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” this weekend as a fundraiser in support of The Actors Fund and the legion of performing arts and entertainment professionals who have found themselves unemployed indefinitely because of the cancellations and shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. The special installment will broadcast live, on YouTube and Broadway.com, and promises a roster of A-lister guests that have pledged to appear – while practicing safe social distancing, of course, via live video from their homes.

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Hunky queer historian quenches thirst for knowledge on Instagram

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ABOVE: Dr. Eric Cervini, photo via Cervini’s Facebook page.

A hunky historian whose popular video series brought him Instagram fame and his own YouTube Channel has now written a book about an important chapter in the story of LGBTQ rights.

Dr. Eric Cervini, an “award-winning historian of LGBTQ+ politics and culture,” first garnered attention when he started an account on Instagram to feature “Magic Closet,” a series of one-minute videos about queer-centric topics from history, including the sexuality of figures like Alexander Hamilton and Michelangelo, the intersex goddess Ishtar, and even the question, “Who Invented Homosexuality?”

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Study finds Caitlyn Jenner has positive impact on trans acceptance in older generation

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ABOVE: Caitlyn Jenner, photo via Jenner’s Facebook page.

As controversial a figure as she may be, it turns out that Caitlyn Jenner has helped advance transgender acceptance in older and conservative people.

In a new paper published by American Politics Research, researchers at the University of Kansas revealed that, in a new study, older transphobic individuals were more likely to have a favorable response to the former “I Am Cait” star than younger transphobic individuals.

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Wendy Williams again facing criticism for ‘dismissive’ treatment of catfish victims

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ABOVE: Wendy Williams, photo via “The Wendy Williams Show” Facebook page.

Talk show host Wendy Williams is under fire again, this time for a program about the recent “catfishing” scam perpetrated by a former contestant on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

Sherry Pie (whose non-drag name is Joey Gugliemelli) was exposed on Facebook earlier this month by an aspiring performer, Ben Shimkus, who posted what he called “a weird story” about the competitor on the popular reality show’s current season. Several other young male actors came forward soon afterward with similar tales, with Gugliemelli issuing an apology a few days later.

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GLAAD Media Awards among entertainment events cancelled due to virus outbreak

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The GLAAD Media Awards, scheduled for March 19 in New York, is among the tours, awards shows, conventions and festivals announcing cancellations and postponements due to the new coronavirus outbreak, causing a major impact on entertainment events both in the U.S. and elsewhere.

The LGBTQ media advocacy organization announced the cancellation of its New York ceremony in a press release March 11.

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Pete Buttigieg faces off with Patrick Stewart in ‘Star Trek’ trivia

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Former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg went toe-to-toe with “Star Trek: Picard” star Patrick Stewart in “Star Trek” trivia during Buttigieg’s guest hosting spot on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” March 12.

Buttigieg took the temporary hosting gig while Kimmel is off shooting ABC’s primetime reboot of the game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”

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