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Paul Feig Is Planning a Gay Rom-Com and Wants Channing Tatum and 'SNL's John Milhiser to Star

Bridesmaids director and Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig gave details about a new movie he's developing to reporters at a dinner party to promote the DVD release of his latest movie, The Heat, last night. The movie is a gay romantic-comedy, and he wants Channing Tatum and new SNL featured player John Milhiser (who Feig originally introduced to Lorne Michaels) for the lead roles, according to Cinema Blend. The untitled film involves an average guy who doesn't understand why a super attractive dude is dating him. Vulture is quick to point out that Tatum isn't actually attached to the project, hasn't even met with Feig about it, and [...]

GLAAD Reports that ABC Leads the Networks in Gay Characters (And Sassy Gay Assistant Characters)

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation just dropped its “Where We Are on TV” report 2012, its annual analysis of LGBT presence in broadcast and cable TV. GLAAD reports that the 2012-2013 TV season has the highest-ever percentage of LGBT characters on scripted primetime network TV, and comedy-wise, ABC led the pack in terms of having the most gay characters (thanks to Happy Endings, Modern Family, and a handful of other sitcoms). While some of ABC’s LGBT characters, in particular Adam Pally’s Max Blum, are unique ones that defy stereotypes, three of the network’s six gay characters fall into a “sassy gay assistant” archetype (the three characters [...]

Is James Adomian Gay Stand-Up Comedians' Great White Hope?

"Could James Adomian become the first man to break through as an openly gay stand-up star?" asks Jason Zinoman in his New York Times piece on contemporary gay comedians. He talks about such other notables as Gabe Liedman, Brent Sullivan, Kevin Meaney, Todd Glass, and Eliot Glazer; however, the most focus is paid to James Adomian. Maybe it's a lot of pressure to put on James but luckily he is one of the most funny and original people on the planet.

'Totally Biased's Guy Branum Calls Out the James Franco Roast for Being Homophobic

Here's a clip from Thursday's Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, in which standup/writer Guy Branum criticizes Comedy Central's James Franco roast for being super homophobic. Branum doesn't really mention how Andy Samberg and Aziz Ansari called out the other comedians for their homophobia while on stage, but he still makes a pretty good point about the event's odd gay panic-y overtones.

A Funny Thing #28: Wrong Place, Wrong Time with David Smithyman

David Smithyman wanted to lay low and avoid attention, to pass as a phantom over the choppy waters of an awkward adolescence, but the universe had other plans. One second David Smithyman discovers he's gay while attending an Australian boy's school, the next he's adopting a runaway fallopian tube and politely asking Jeeves about bully porn. It's never a good time, David.

David Smithyman, storyteller and stand-up, told his story at the stand-up and storytelling show My High School Boyfriend Was Gay at the UCBeast theater. David Smithyman, know him, love him, book him at davidsmithyman.com.

Jason Alexander Offers Up a Particularly Thoughtful Apology for Anti-Gay Comment

Last week, on the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Jason Alexander joked that cricket was "a bit gay." This caused a bit of a stir and didn't really make any sense because sports, regardless of their often personifications, are not living things that have sexual preferences. What is most compelling about this story is instead of rushing to offer some quick apology, Jason actually thought about his actions. He could have easily had his publicist issue a statement yet he chose to write a very long and thoughtful "message of amends." Read the whole thing below:

Todd Glass Reflects on Coming Out to Marc Maron a Year Ago Today

Today's the one-year anniversary of comedian Todd Glass coming out of the closet on Marc Maron's podcast WTF, an extremely moving episode of the show that's one of the best Maron has ever done. Jesse David Fox over at Vulture has an in-depth interview with Glass, reflecting on what the past year of his life has been like since coming out and the overwhelming support he received from the comedy community, his fans, and strangers alike. It's a nice read that serves as a fitting epilogue to Glass's Maron appearance.

'The New Normal' Finds a Utah Home

Last week KSL-TV, a Utah NBC affiliate, refused to air The New Normal because of all its frightening gay characters. (What with their loving relationship and stable jobs OOOooOOOooOOO spOOOoooOOoky.) Well, KSL-TV's loss is KUCW's gain. KUCW is apparently a network run by sinners who are fine running scandalous programs like The New Normal, Playboy Club, and Saturday Night Live. Oddly enough, the show will air as part of a devilish comedy block on Saturday nights at 10pm right before SNL. It's a good thing for the homophobic Utahns that there are no other shows featuring gay characters on television, well, except like every show.

The Heartening State of Homosexual TV Characters

“I think I would be lying if I said that I didn’t expect, at some point, for some narrow-minded group of people to try to create some publicity” around Glee or Modern Family, said Dana Walden, the chairwoman of 20th Century Fox Television, which produces both shows. “The bottom line is that people embrace these characters completely.” – From a New York Times piece about the unexpected and heartening support and political influence of homosexual characters on television.