Laura Jane Grace, Jeffrey Tambor
As methods of consuming TV shows become less conventional, so do the stories depicted on them.
Already, such platforms as Amazon and Netflix have championed shows that feature transgender characters prominently, and on Friday, AOL Originals will unveil the first four episodes of its new original seriesTrue Trans. The documentary-style show chronicles the transition ofLaura Jane Grace, the 33-year-old singer of punk group Against Me!, and also features sit-down interviews with other people about their individual journeys through gender identity. The episodes, which run about 10 minutes in length, will each focus on a theme such as self-realization and coming out.
The Fosters, The Normal Heart
Thanks to such shows as The Fosters, Looking and Faking It, ABC Family, HBO and MTV earned high marks in GLAAD's annual report grading networks on their representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people on TV shows.
Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffman
Transparent, the new original series from Amazon Studios, is groundbreaking television in every sense of the word. The show follows the Pfefferman family of Los Angeles, anchored by a remarkable performance by Jeffrey Tambor as Maura.
When we first meet Maura, she's Mort, struggling with how to tell her children (played by Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass) that she's going to start living openly as a woman.
Julianna Margulies, Jimmy Fallon
This week, Jimmy Fallon and Julianna Margulies teamed up for a SaturdayNight Live-esque sketch on The Tonight Show, and SNL alum Nasim Pedrad revealed her Aziz Ansari impersonation on Conan. An amazing mashup fused Orange Is the New Black with The Golden Girls, and competitive eating champion Takeru Kobayashi went up against ... a hamster. Oh, and Bryan Cranston performed a one-man "MLB on TBS" postseason show. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:
Lauren Morelli, Samira Wiley
Love is in the air at Litchfield — and not just on screen, apparently.
According to TMZ, Orange Is the New Black writer Lauren Morelli is dating one of the show's stars, Samira Wiley — and has officially filed for divorce from her husband of two years.
Martha Stewart, Gwyneth Paltrow
Apparently Martha Stewart isn't ready to cede her title of America's go-to domestic goddess to Gwyneth Paltrow just yet.
In an interview with Net-a-Porter magazine, as reported by Page Six, Stewart slammed Paltrow for her Goop endeavor and says the actress should stick to movies. "She just needs to be quiet," Stewart told the magazine.
Netflix has done it again.
While the Broadcast Sitcom Assembly Line has generated shows ranging from the lukewarm (A to Z) to the downright languid (Mulaney), Netflix has trotted out (heh) BoJack Horseman, the rare show whose execution lives up to its ambition.
In this fall's stale comedy landscape, BoJack is like a breath of fresh air — and it's clear that Netflix has faith in its latest project, which was renewed four days after it premiered last month. The cartoon's just-go-with-it premise follows the title character (voiced by Will Arnett), a washed-up former equine star of the '90s hit sitcom "Horsin' Around" who's trying to write his memoir. The show really finds its footing by Episode 3, which skewers ...
Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe
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Question: You are probably going to get a lot of angry email about how Orange Is the New Black and True Detective didn't win any of the major Emmys. But I think they may have suffered from submitting in the wrong category, and some of the voters probably didn't want to get more viewers angry after letting both OITNB and True Detective submit in the wrong categories. So glad for Julianna Margulies' win for The Good Wife and Jim Parsons' win for The Big Bang Theory. But the biggest shock for me is Sherlock's three wins, couldn't be any happier. Which win/snub shocked you, and do you think OITNB and True Detective could have won more awards if they had submitted in the proper categories? — Aadil
Seth Meyers continued his breakout year Monday night as the host of television's biggest night, the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.
Hosting a major awards show is ostensibly an honor, but increasingly, in the world of live-tweeting, a thankless assignment — and one that was made even more tedious by the fact that this year's Emmy telecast occurred on a Monday. Did Meyers rise to the occasion?
Jason Biggs and Taylor Schilling
As most people know, Netflix's successful series Orange Is the New Blackis based on the memoir of Piper Kerman's time spent in prison. But while Kerman has spoken about what's true and what the show has taken liberties with — and the "real" Alex has also spoken out in a detailed Vanity Fair piece — for the first time, the man in Kerman's life, Larry, is opening up.
In an article in the online magazine Matter titled "My Life with Piper: From Big House to Small Screen," Smith talks about the other side of the true story. From his near-perfect life essentially crashing at 29 to Kerman's incarceration, her book, the TV series and everything in between, Smith shines a light on what it's like to be that guy -- played by Jason Biggs -- who inspired a big part of Orange. Here are 10 things we learned from his story.