July 17, 2014

TV Talk: The ‘Gaytastic’ Emmy’s, Chrisley’s Cool & Stritch Signs Off

LGBT 2014 Primetime Emmy Award nominees


By Roy Steele


The Gaytastic Emmy’s



The Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced last week and they are gaytastic!

Laverne Cox made history as the first transgender performer to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy, for her portrayal of Sophia Bursett on the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black.

Emmy Award winner Jim Parsons received two acting nominations, for HBO’s The Normal Heart, and for CBS’s The Big Bang Theory.

The LGBT List of Primetime Emmy Award Nominees

  • Matt Bomer - The Normal Heart
  • Laverne Cox - Orange Is The New Black
  • Jane Lynch - Hollywood Game Night
  • Jim Parsons - The Normal Heart, The Big Bang Theory
  • Nathan Lane - Modern Family
  • Joe Mantello - The Normal Heart
  • Kate McKinnon - Saturday Night Live
  • Ryan Murphy - The Normal Heart
  • Sarah Paulson - American Horror Story
  • Kevin Spacey - House of Cards
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson - Modern Family

NOTE: As Entertainment Weekly reported previously, when Kevin Spacey was asked about his sexuality, he said “I don’t live a lie. You have to understand that people who choose not to discuss their personal lives are not living a lie,” he said, adding later “No one’s personal life is in the public interest. It’s gossip, bottom line.”

Well I can tell you that Kevin’s right, and he doesn’t live a lie. He doesn’t want anyone to know about his personal life, and I respect that to a degree. Kevin had a dear friend of mine’s phone number on speed dial for a long time, and he wasn’t calling him to borrow a cup of sugar.

So I’m including Kevin on my list of LGBT actor’s nominated for a Primetime Emmy.

Three gay cheers to all of the nominees! Bravo!

"Chrisley Knows Best" cast

I think that Todd Chrisley’s Cool


He’s very fastidious, can bark orders like a drill sergeant, and can be very controlling. He likes to wear pink, travels with Louis Vuitton luggage, and casual observers might think that this man is very ostentatious. He insists on choosing what his entourage will wear, and Miley - the Yorkshire Terrier - is never too far away in his 30,000 square foot mansion. He has a wicked sense of humor, and the gift of gab, and only his colorist knows if there’s a gray hair on his head.

Like other reality television stars that have come before him, he was forced to declare bankruptcy, and in 2012 had just $100 in cash and $55.00 in a checking account.

That’s why I can’t help but be a huge fan of Todd Chrisley and Chrisley Knows Best.

During a press tour for Chrisley Knows Best, Todd Chrisley was asked if he was gay. Andrea Reiher of zap2it.com writes:
During the 2014 summer TCA press tour panel for "Chrisley Knows Best," star Todd Chrisley was asked about reporters asking him about his sexual orientation and the homosexuality rumors that have followed him since his show began on USA.
"I don't feel there's a need for me not to address it. You asked the question, it's rude of me not to answer it. ... I don't believe that being gay is something that you should be ashamed of, I don't believe it's something you should hide. And if I wanted to date someone, I'd call you and I'd ask you to go to dinner with me. But I'm very content with my life and where I am. Today I am not gay."  
Chrisley also tells the audience that his family recently participated in the NOH8 project, which didn't sit very well with some of his fans. Chrisley tells the audience that he told one fan in particular, "I love all my brothers and sisters, you included."
How can you NOT like Todd Chrisley? Who cares what his sexual orientation is? His show on the USA Network is entertaining as hell - and that’s all that matters.

Todd Chrisley said that “I don't believe that being gay is something that you should be ashamed of, I don't believe it's something you should hide.”

Straight talk indeed!

Elaine Stritch
Stritch Signs Off

Legendary Broadway actor Elaine Stritch died today at her home in Birmingham, Michigan. The Tony and Emmy award winner was 89.

Stritch is probably best known to audiences today for playing the irascible mother of Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin), in NBC’s 30 Rock.

Stritch was a legendary performer on Broadway, where she made her debut in 1946. She felt at home on Broadway in New York, and felt at home on the stage in London’s West End.

Elaine Stritch appeared in at least 55 stage productions, 27 films, over 20 television series, over the course of her career.

Writing for The New York Times, Bruce Weber and Robert Berkvist noted that the inimitable Stritch had a full career.
Ms. Stritch’s career began in the 1940s and included her fair share of appearances in movies, including Woody Allen’s “September” (1987) and “Small Time Crooks” (2000), and on television; well into her 80s, she played a recurring role on the NBC comedy “30 Rock” as the domineering mother of the television executive played by Alec Baldwin. But the stage was her true professional home, where, whether in musicals, nonmusical dramas or solo cabaret shows, she drew audiences to her with her whiskey voice, her seen-it-all manner and the blunt charisma of a star.

Plainspoken, egalitarian, impatient with fools and foolishness, and admittedly fond of cigarettes, alcohol and late nights — she finally gave up smoking and drinking in her 60s, though she took it up again — Ms. Stritch might be the only actor to work as a bartender after starring on Broadway, and she was completely unabashed about her good-time-girl attitude.

Elaine Stritch was one of a kind. RIP Stritch.


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