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Question: I have never been a fan of Two and a Half Men (tried to watch it years ago, but the only thing I found funny was Conchata Ferrell) and never understood how it has stayed on the air for so long. I saw that creator Chuck Lorre is planning on the main storyline next season to be about the two main characters (Walden and Alan, both heterosexual) "marrying" each other in order for Walden to achieve his goal of adopting a child. To me, I find this appalling on so many levels. Gay men and women (and their straight allies) have fought for so long for equal marriage rights, so having two straight men "marry" just seems like a mockery for those fighting for marriage equality. I am a little ashamed of Lorre even coming up with this idea (particularly as his biggest star, Jim Parsons, on his biggest show, The Big Bang Theory, is gay). Your thoughts? — Tim in Atlanta

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Exclusive: Tricia Cast and Michael Fairman Return to The Young and the Restless

Tricia Cast, Michael Fairman

Hard to believe but it's been nearly a year since The Young and the Restless said goodbye to Katherine Chancellor, the divinely salty doyenne played by the late Jeanne Cooper. On Aug. 26-27, the CBS soap will mark the one-year anniversary of Katherine's death with a remembrance ceremony in Chancellor Park that brings back actors Tricia Cast (Nina) and Michael Fairman (Murphy).

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PHOTO: Get a First Look at Andrew Rannells in Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Andrew Rannells

Andrew Rannells is breaking out the glitter and nail polish for his upcoming stint as the title character in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway.

A new promo poster shows Rannells, who will take over the role from Neil Patrick Harrisbeginning Aug. 20, in character as Hedwig, the East German transgender rock star at the center of the musical. His look features red shimmering lipstick, blue eye shadow and nails to match.

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Watch This Tonight: Love & Hip Hop Atlanta

Scrappy

Will Bambi accept Scrappy's proposal on Love & Hip Hop Atlanta?

On Monday's episode, Scrappy steps up to the plate and gives Bambi a gorgeous ring. But there's one person not happy about the impending engagement: Momma Dee. How does she react? Plus: Why is Mimi threatening to sue Benzino?

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Gracepoint Boss: David Tennant's American Accent Is Impeccable

David Tennant and Anna Gunn

On Fox's upcoming drama Gracepoint, David Tennant will look familiar to his fans, but he'll sound decidedly different.

The former Doctor Who star plays the lead detective on the murder mystery, an American adaptation of the British series Broadchurch — which also starred Tennant, and in the same role. "We did not have to loop a single word of his American accent," executive producer Carolyn Bernstein told reporters at the Television Critics Association fall previews on Sunday. "His American accent is impeccable."
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New Girl Creator on Nick and Jess' Future: "I Don't Think It's It for Them At All"

Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson

When New Girl returns this fall for Season 4, Jess Day (Zooey Deschanel) will be single and ready to mingle.

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Sleepy Hollow Season 2: The Pied Piper, a New Sheriff and... Driving Lessons?

Tom Mison

War is going to disrupt Sleepy Hollow in more ways than one.

"War can tear a town apart but also a family," series co-creator Roberto Orci said at the Television Critics Association fall previews on Sunday. "Can [Ichabod and Katrina] redeem their son or not?"
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Don't Worry! Red Band Society Won't Have a Body Count

Red Band Society

Red Band Society focuses on a group of sick kids at a children's hospital, but viewers won't have to face the grim prospect of watching them die.

"Eighty-five percent of all kids who go to the hospital recover," writer-executive producer Margaret Nagle said at the Television Critics Association fall previews on Sunday... read more

Running Wild with Bear Grylls Sneak Peek: Watch Shirtless Zac Efron Step Off a Cliff

Bear Grylls and Zac Efron

Zac Efron is jumping feet first into his latest television gig.

On the July 28 premiere of Running Wild with Bear Grylls, Efron and Gryllsrappel down a cliff in the Catskills Mountains — shirtless, of course.

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PHOTO: Get a First Look at Marilyn Manson on Sons of Anarchy

Charlie Hunnam and Marilyn Manson

Orange really is the new black.

A new promo photo of Marilyn Manson, who's guest-starring on Sons of Anarchy's seventh and final season as a white supremacist inmate, shows the goth rocker clad in an orange prison jumpsuit, commiserating with Jax (Charlie Hunnam) while the two are behind bars.

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