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SHOWBIZ 'Genera+ion' axed, sports items, Wilson Cruz, k.d. lang, Lil Nas X
by Windy City Times staff
2021-09-19

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HBO Max did now renew Genera+ion, its OC-high-school-set dramedy, out.com noted. "We will not be moving forward with a second season of Genera+ion," a spokesperson for HBO Max said in a statement. "We are very proud to have partnered with Zelda and Daniel Barnz to faithfully and authentically represent LGBTQ youth with such a diverse group of characters and layered stories. We thank them and our wonderfully gifted cast for all their hard work and collaboration." Genera+ion followed a group of high school students in Orange County as they explored their relationships, beliefs, and sexualities in their conservative town.

Transgender fighter Alana McLaughlin responded to "transphobes" leaving her "nasty messages" after her MMA debut win, PinkNews noted. McLaughlin—the second trans MMA fighter in the country, after Fallon Fox—won her fight against France's Celine Provost on Sept. 10 in Miami. As she was declared the victor of the match, McLaughlin wore a shirt emblazoned with the phrase "End Trans Genocide" in the colors of the trans flag. "I'm getting a lot of variations of the same nasty messages calling me a cheater[—]like I didn't just get beat on for a round and a half," McLaughlin wrote on Instagram. Before the match, Provost spoke out in support of her match rival to The Guardian, saying trans inclusion is a positive thing for the MMA.

Carl Nassib started Sept. 13 by making history as the first openly gay athlete to play in a regular-season NFL contest—and the 6'7" athlete ended it hours later by making the game's most important defensive play, forcing an overtime fumble that led to his Las Vegas Raiders scoring a 33-27 victory over the visiting Baltimore Ravens, NBC News noted. Following the pivotal play, the Raiders, from the team's official Twitter account, said, "Carl Nassib's forced fumble puts us back in business."

In a related matter, NBA legend Charles Barkley showed his support for Nassib during an appearance on Peyton and Eli Manning's alternate Monday Night Football broadcast, PhillyVoice.com noted. The first guest on the Manning brothers' remote telecast of the Week 1 matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and the Las Vegas Raiders, Barkley sported a black Raiders jersey with Nassib's No. 94. Barkley has been outspoken in his advocacy for members of the LGBTQ community.

The Washington Football Team partnered with the local LGBTQ+ sports umbrella organization Team DC to host the NFL's first regular season Pride Night during its Sept. 16 against the New York Giants, according to out.com . The Pride Night Out included performances by the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington and the LGBTQ+ music organization DC's Different Drummers.

Out Star Trek: Discovery star Wilson Cruz responded to someone who called him an anti-gay slur during Star Trek Day, a Sept. 8 event that took place in Los Angeles, out.com noted, citing PinkNews. "I wonder if this was the moment on stage when I heard a 'fan' on Star Trek Day refer to me with a homophobic slur," Cruz tweeted with a picture of himself at the event. "Still smiling, though. You'll never kill my joy."

Record Store Day's Black Friday celebration is set for Friday, Nov. 26—and Warner Records, the official sponsor for Record Store Day's annual event, will celebrate with a pair of exclusive releases on the day from Teddy Swims and k.d. lang, a press release noted. All You Can Eat, a classic album from lang, will be issued on yellow-orange vinyl, and will be limited to 4,000 copies globally. Swims' A Very Teddy Christmas, consisting of two songs, will be on 12" black vinyl, and will be limited to 6,500 copies worldwide.

Speaking of lang, she and producer Tracy Young have released "Constant Craving (Fashionably Late Remix)" on Nonesuch Records, a press release. The new track—the first ever official remix of lang's Top 40 hit and winner of the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1993—follows the release of makeover, a remix album which comprises classic dance remixes of some of lang's best loved songs, made between 1992 and 2000. Young was slated to debut the remix during her headlining DJ sets at Miami Pride on Sept.19 and at Orlando Pride on Oct. 10.

Lil Nas X was named one of Time's annual 100 Most Influential People this year—and Kid Cudi sang his praises, according to out.com . Cudi was given the honor of writing Lil Nas X's profile for Time and wrote, in part, "What he's doing is what we need right now. To have a gay man in hip hop doing his thing, crushing records, that is huge for us and for Black excellence. … The way he's unafraid to make people uncomfortable is so rock 'n' roll. He's a true rock star."

One Way Out—the new album from Grammy- and Oscar-winning singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge—is available now via all digital platforms and will be in stores Oct. 1, per a press release. The nine track album features a collection of songs written by Etheridge in the late '80s and early '90s that never made the cut …. until now. Etheridge stumbled upon these songs/demos (such as "I'm No Angel Myself," "As Cool As You Try" and the title cut) years ago while gathering materials for a retrospective box set.

Out actor/restauranteur Mitchell Anderson (TV's Doogie Howser, M.D., Party of Five and After Forever) will perform his show You Better Call Your Mother on Nov. 4-7 at Atlanta's Synchronicity Theater, a press release announced. Anderson started his professional career as an actor while the AIDS crisis was raging in a very homophobic and closeted Hollywood. You Better Call Your Mother is a collection of monologues and songs that examines this journey and how, in the end, he discovered the only way to a full, happy, and productive life, was to claim and celebrate all of who he is. Visit https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5159617.

Time Life is releasing The Ultimate Richard Pryor Collection: Uncensored, according to a press release. Featuring all of Pryor's most memorable stand-up and television performances together in one collection for the very first time, the 13-disc collector's set contains more than 26 hours of comedy. Among many other things, the collection includes the feature film Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling, written, produced and directed by Pryor; all four of Richard's full-length concert films; and never-before-released footage from Richard's first film, Uncle Tom's Fairy Tales, lost since 1968.

Out Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk) will produce an English-language take on Erlingur Thoroddsen's Icelandic horror movie Rift, Deadline noted. Rift is an atmospheric thriller which follows two guys whose broken relationship is tested as they are haunted by a supernatural entity awakened by their emotional turmoil and grief.

Toy company Lego announced its latest new set: the Fab Five Loft from Queer Eye, out.com noted. The set, which comes out Oct. 1 and costs $99.99, includes detailed mini-figures of each of the Fab Five guys— Karamo, Jonathan, Antoni, Bobby and Tan—and re-creates the group's original Atlanta loft from the show. In addition to the Fab Five, the set includes their dog Bruley, plus two mini-figurines of Kathi Dooley, a guest on a particularly memorable episode of the show.

Billie Eilish leaned into the glam for her 2021 Met Gala look by wearing Oscar de la Renta on one condition: The brand stop selling fur, according to an iHeart.com item. On Sept. 14, Eilish, 19, grabbed headlines when she made her grand debut in an oversized Oscar de la Renta gown made of peach tulle and, as per The New York Times, she enacted the major change in their design by wearing the brand to the event. In the interview, Eilish said she was "honored to have been a catalyst" for the company, admitting that she was shocked that "wearing fur isn't completely outlawed at this point in 2021."

Talk-show host Wendy Williams is reportedly fighting a breakthrough case of COVID-19, according to Extra. The news was announced on the Wendy Williams Show Instagram account, which revealed, "While continuing her health evaluations, Wendy has tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19." The show's 13th season is now expected to premiere Oct. 4. In March, she emphatically told Dr. Oz she would not be getting inoculated, Yahoo! Sports noted. In May, however, Williams announced that her live studio audience would be able to return on June 1 to its Chelsea set—only if audience members were fully vaccinated.

The movie The Bodyguard is being remade. According to Variety, Matthew Lopez—the Tony-nominated playwright of The Inheritance—has been hired to write a reimagining of the iconic Whitney Houston film at Warner Bros. The new movie will be inspired by the 1992 romantic drama, which starred Houston and Kevin Costner. The original grossed more than $400 million at the worldwide box office and has what is considered the best-selling movie soundtrack of all time, with several chart-topping original songs from Houston.

The new House of Marc Jacobs has made history as the first in the ballroom scene to launch with the express blessing of the high-fashion designer it was named after, out.com noted. According to founder Jamari Amour, the house has the blessing of Jacobs himself. Jacobs also has commented on each post about the house's launch, writing on one post "I am honored."

Melanie "Mel B" Brown teased that the iconic girl group Spice Girls could reunite again in 2023, according to people.com . "I'm always pushing to have a Spice Girls reunion," she said on the BBC Channel 4 talk show Steph's Packed Lunch. She and the rest of the group (sans Victoria Beckham a.k.a. Posh Spice) last reunited for Spice World —2019 Tour, which kicked off that May in Dublin. Brown was joined by Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), Melanie "Mel C" Chisholm (Sporty Spice) and Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice) for the 13-date stadium tour across the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Lady Gaga's dog walker, Ryan Fischer, said the singer never stopped supporting him after the violent encounter where he was shot and her dogs were kidnapped, out.com noted. In a new interview with Gayle King for CBS News, Fischer said that Gaga has been extremely supportive since he was attacked, and helped him in many ways. "She's been a friend for me," he told King. "After I was attacked, my family was flown out, and I had trauma therapists flown to me. … I stayed at her house for months while friends comforted me and security was around me." When Fischer initially put up a GoFundMe page, many fans were left wondering why the singer and actress couldn't help him; apparently, he told King off-camera that he set up the fundraiser because he did not want to keep relying on Gaga for help.

Pop singer Dua Lipa announced the North American leg of her Future Nostalgia Tour for 2022, in support of the Grammy-winning album of the same name, a press release stated. The arena tour will make 28 stops across the country. Future Nostalgia is the longest-running top 10 album by a female artist on the Billboard 200 this year and was the most streamed album of 2020 on Spotify.

On Oct. 15, Pokemon 25: The Album will be released by Capitol Records as part of a massive, yearlong music campaign from The Pokemon Company International in partnership with Universal Music Group, per a press release. The 25th-anniversary celebration kicked off with Post Malone's "Only Wanna Be with You—Pokemon 25 Version" surprise cover of the Hootie and the Blowfish'90s hit, "performed" during Pokemon's P25 Music virtual concert in February. The album also includes Katy Perry's "Electric," Tierra Whack's "Art Show" and J Balvin's "Ten Cuidado," among other songs.

And speaking of J Balvin, the multi-platinum recording artist, Latin Grammy winner and reggaeton musician announced new dates for his Jose Tour 2022, a press release noted. Produced by Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN), the tour will take the Colombian superstar to 25 cities across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico starting next April. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster, AXS, SeatGeek, evenko.ca and ticketerapr.com .

Alanis Morissette ripped into the documentary about her landmark Jagged Little Pill album that aired at Toronto International Film Festival, Deadline noted. Morrissette accused HBO documentary Jagged of having a "salacious agenda" and "includes implications and facts that are simply not true." Among aspects of the documentary, Morissette claims on-camera that she was raped by five different men when she was 15, as the Washington Post first reported.

Coldplay's "Amsterdam Sessions"—a rarely seen and intimate 2000 performance in support of the band's breakout album Parachutes—is now available to stream for the first time ever exclusively on The Coda Collection. The session marked one of the first times the band had showcased their music outside of the United Kingdom, delivering renditions of standout hits such as "Trouble," "Don't Panic" and "Shiver" as well as "Yellow," which was released as a single on the exact same day of the event's recording. See https://codacollection.co/.

Only Murders in the Building—the hit Hulu Original comedy series starring Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez—has been picked up for a second season, per a press release. "Building" debuted as the most-watched Hulu Original comedy on premiere day and also the most-watched comedy on premiere day across all SVOD titles ever on the platform. Additionally, the 20th Television-produced series has maintained a 100% Certified Fresh Rotten Tomatoes score since launch.

The Sapphic book Payback's a Witch, by Lana Harper, will be out Oct. 5, a press release noted. A practicing Wiccan herself, Harper crafts the story of Emmy Harlow—a runaway witch returning home for tradition's sake, only to get wrapped up in a revenge plot with her childhood best friend and high school crush. Born in Serbia, she grew up in Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria before moving to the United States, where she studied psychology and literature at Yale University, law at Boston University and publishing at Emerson College. She recently moved to Chicago with her family.

Mayim Bialik—actress and host of Jeopardy!'s primetime specials and spinoffs—will share hosting duties with former champion Ken Jennings, Deadline noted. The two will host shows that will air through the end of the calendar year. In the wake of the Mike Richards controversy, Bialik will now host episodes that will start airing Sep. 20 through Nov. 5. After that, Bialik and Jennings—the first guest host to succeed Trebek after his death and a Jeopardy! consulting producer—will split hosting duties as their schedules allow.

Following the murder of George Floyd last year, the Paramount Network abruptly canceled the law enforcement reality TV series Cops—but Fox Nation has now picked up the show, according to NPR. Fox Nation, a subscription-based streaming service owned by Fox News Media, will premiere the show's 33rd season on Oct. 1. Cops premiered on the Fox network in 1989, purportedly giving viewers a transparent look into the life of law enforcement as camera crews captured police answering calls, going out on patrol and, of course, making arrests—all on live television.

Drop Dead Diva creator/executive producer Josh Berman is taking a different, gender-related spin on the body-swap genre with Drop Dead Dave, an hour-long series in development at CBS, according to Deadline. In Drop Dead Dave, when shallow, entitled, Gen Z lawyer Dave dies in a freak accident, his soul is transferred into the body of Rita, a successful but complicated Gen X attorney—forcing Dave to live as a woman and navigate an entirely new perspective on life, love and identity.

Drake's new studio album, Certified Lover Boy, debuts atop the Billboard 200 albums chart, with 613,000 equivalent album units moved—easily the highest first-week mark of 2021, the publication noted. The mark nearly doubled the 309,000 moved the previous week by recent foe Kanye West, with his Donda set. Also, Drake simultaneously set the records for most concurrent top 10 hits and most total top 10 hits off the same album, and became the first artist since The Beatles in 1964 to hold all five top spots in the same week.

Priyanka Chopra Jonas posted on social media regarding the criticism of the controversial series The Activist, Deadline noted. Citing Bob Dylan, she wrote, "You don't have to be a weatherman/to know which way the wind blows." The show was set to focus on competing teams of activists and public figures fighting to promote their causes on social media; the goal was securing the highest amount of funding to win the game. The resulting firestorm of criticism led to an announcement by CBS that its planned competition will shift to a documentary special.

Before California's gubernatorial recall election, actor/activist Rose McGowan appeared at a rally for Republican challenger Larry Elder—and accused Gov. Gavin Newsom's wife, First Partner Jennifer Lynn Siebel Newsom, of pressuring her against speaking out against disgraced movie mogul and now-convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein, KTLA.com reported. Instead of supporting Newsom, McGowan encouraged Californians to think outside of party labels and vote for Elder, whom she called "the better candidate" and "the better man." Newsom easily won the election.

Drama series Succession—whose second season won seven Emmys, including Outstanding Drama Series—will debut its nine-episode season Sunday, Oct. 17 on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max, per a press release. The upcoming season's plot is as follows: Ambushed by his rebellious son Kendall at the end of season two, Logan Roy begins season three in a perilous position, scrambling to secure familial, political and financial alliances. Tensions rise as a bitter corporate battle threatens to turn into a family civil war.

Actress-turned-fashion mogul-turned-equestrian Mary-Kate Olsen finished third at the Longines Global Champions Tour in Rome in the category of competitive show jumping, Page Six noted. "Having horseback riding as an outlet was super important because it allowed me to have another life and outlet outside of work and school," she said in her HITS profile. "I continued to ride through high school and stopped when I moved to New York."

After a challenging and low-rated season of The Real Housewives of New York City, for the first time in Real Housewives history, Bravo has canceled the show's reunion episodes, Variety noted. In Nielsen's Live + Same Day ratings, "New York's" Aug. 31 season finale of the show drew only 841,000 viewers; in comparison, last year's finale drew more than 1.1 million total viewers.


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