Pop Culture Fix: Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger Adopt a Daughter and Member of the 2040 USWNT

The greatest thing happened to me this weekend, y’all, which is that Valerie Anne started playing Animal Crossing! We hung out all day on each other’s islands yesterday! I haven’t seen her in a full year, and it’s the first time that’s been the case for a very long time because only live a few blocks apart, and oh! It warmed my heart! Every time she left my island, we smashed our little characters into each other trying to hug. Let’s go, vaccines!

+ Well, and look who had a baby. Guess this explains why Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger weren’t on the She Believes Cup roster.

+ How WandaVision is setting up Monica Rambeau’s superpowers.

+ Nahnatchka Khan didn’t set out to make groundbreaking television.

+ Ruth Negga will play queer legend Josephine Baker in a limited series from ABC Signature and LeBron James.

+ Blues Clues put a fun twist on the ABCs of the LGBTQ+ community.

+ Rebecca Black’s “Friday ” remix earned the right to be a delightful mess.

+ Marvel’s Ironheart could be the next bisexual on-screen superhero.

+ Bella Ramsey, who played played Lyanna Mormont on Game of Thrones, has been cast as Ellie in the upcoming Last of Us series.

+ Pitches for Hollywood’s next hit lesbian period piece.

+ Related: Hmm, why do all lesbian movies exist in the past?

+ Executive producer Joanna Johnson previews season three of Good Trouble.

+ Brooklyn Nine-Nine will end with a shortened season eight.

+ Finally! Dolly Parton will appear on Grace & Frankie!

+ Brandy answers every question we have about Cinderella.

+ Even baby-eating witch Kate McKinnon is starting to doubt this whole QAnon thing.

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Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior editor who lives in New York City with her wife, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. While an adorable song, did anyone else listen to that Blue’s Clues alphabet song and feel real strange when their brain thought “Bette! Bette! Bette!” at the chorus instead of “-bet! -bet! -bet!”? Just me? Cool. Coolcoolcool.

  2. Right now, with every show on Netflix getting a trial watch simply because I’m stuck at home, Grace and Frankie is the one show I legitimately binge like the old days (pre-Covid). I’m not the target demo, I don’t identify with any of the characters (although I love the asshole daughter played by June Diane Raphael), and yet I binge every new season the day it comes out.

    There was always a constant fear in the background that due to the ages of the four main actors, every episode could be the last I see of the lovable doofuses. Needless to say, that has dialed up to a whole ‘nother level with the pandemic. So Dolly Parton? YESYESYES.*insert protect at all costs GIF here*

    • Yeah I’ve been watching the show since s3 came out and always had the fear this would be the finale…glad they got to do an entire 7 seasons!

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