OPINION: We Need More Diverse Representations of LGBTQ Life on TV

Jussie & Yazz (Jamal and Hakeem Lyon) from the hit FOX show Empire

Jussie & Yazz (Jamal and Hakeem Lyon) from the hit FOX show Empire

Next week, Fox’s megahit show Empire returns, and my black gay friends are more excited for its arrival than they are warmer Philly weather. “It’s gonna be the only time we see one of us not in drag,” one of them said. “It’s one of the few times I like how we’re portrayed.”

I tried to find a counter to that point, but this was one of the first times I had to sit and contemplate. How many black and Latino LGBTQ characters are there on television? According to this recent GLADD character list, not many. Of all the major channels on both broadcast and cable, there are fewer than 20 roles — and most are not major characters. Read more »

McNabb Resigns From Fox, Says He Doesn’t Have Issues With Alcohol


Donovan McNabb went to Syracuse, and graduated with a degree in speech communication. Since retirement, he’s put that degree to good use, with a show on NBC Sports Radio and a job on various Fox Sports platforms, most notably as an analyst on NFL on Fox broadcasts.

But McNabb now has been convicted of driving under the influence twice in the last two years, and was recently sentenced to 18 days in jail for his second offense. And now he’s tendered his resignation from his Fox gig.

“Donovan McNabb submitted his resignation, which we have accepted,” said Fox

McNabb, who had been suspended in July after his second DUI, resigned from Fox Sports. He is still “on leave” from NBC Sports Radio, per Awful Announcing. Read more »

The Five Most Surprising Moments from the New Allen Iverson Documentary

Tomorrow night marks the premiere of Showtime’s Iverson, a 90-minute documentary that traces Allen Iverson’s life from his childhood in the mean streets of Newport News to the day the Sixers lifted his #3 jersey to the rafters, through archival footage and a new one-on-one interview. Considering the project is executive produced by Gary Moore, Iverson’s longtime advisor and father figure, it’s also a more balanced view of his career and personal struggles than one might expect. For those who experienced the AI era as Sixers fans, following every game—along with all the controversies—much of the film plays more like a nostalgia trip than a revelation. But even die-hard fans of the Answer will find a few surprises. (And that time he crossed up Jordan!) Read more »

Nielsen: Philadelphia Watches a Ridiculous Amount of TV


Nielsen — as in the New York-based company that measures what we as Americans watch on TV and what we buy — just released its latest report, Local Watch, which compares the viewing habits in local television markets throughout the United States. And, wow, Philadelphia, you sure do watch a lot of TV. Read more »

Comcast Vs. FiOS: Is There Really a Difference?

Photo | Shutterstock.com

Photo | Shutterstock.com

I have met the devil I didn’t know, and his name is FiOS.

After nearly 13 years of living in Center City, I moved to the ’burbs in September. Along with ample parking and more Wawas than I know what to do with, the relocation also brought a new kind of freedom — release from the shackles of Comcast for my television entertainment needs. I’ve taken my shots at the cable giant on this site, usually after receiving an enormous bill or enduring a lengthy customer service call. If only Verizon’s FiOS was an option, I’d say to myself (and sometimes, loudly, to a Comcast phone operator). This fall, my wish came true. I’m almost three months into living my fiber-optic dream.

And guess what? Sit down for this, because it’s a real shocker:

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Cory Wade Hindorff’s Sassiest “Top Model” Moments

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Cory sits with G Philly for an interview at El Vez.

Cycle 20 of America’s Next Top Model comes to an end tonight and a new top model will be crowned. Tyra has breathed new life into this season of the reality show by adding male models in the mix, and we’re all chomping at the bit to see if one of the boys — particularly a certain fellow from our neck of the woods — will scoop up the big prize.

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30 Rock Star Maulik Pancholy Comes Out of the Closet

Maulik Pancholy

Maulik Pancholy, the cute, hilarious actor from shows like 30 Rock, Weeds and Web Therapyhas come out of the closet in an interview with Out Magazine, telling the writer that, “‘I just celebrated my nine-year anniversary with my partner. … It feels like a nice time to be celebrating something like that, especially on the heels of the DOMA and Prop 8 decisions.”

Now that all his shows are off the air, Pancholy is currently voicing one of the title characters in Nickelodeon’s Sanjay and Craig.

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