Pop Culture Fix: Gossip Girl’s New Boss Promises “Many Queer Characters” in the Reboot, XOXO

Happy Pop Culture Fix Wednesday, my friends!

+ HBO Max dropped its first promo pictures of the upcoming Gossip Girl reboot, and one little peek at the absolute audacity of gayness sent gay Twitter into a spiral about PLEASE DON’T QUEERBAIT US AGAIN!

And so producer Joshua Safran felt compelled to jump in and re-promise that this thing is going to be “very, very queer” and will have “many queer characters.”

+ Selena Gomez will play trailblazing gay mountaineer Silvia Vasquez-Lavado.

+ Queer identity in Watch Dogs: Legion should be more than flavor text.

+ Lots of rumors from the new season of Doctor Who, including that Thirteen’s bisexuality will be explored on-screen and that showrunner Chris Chinball is looking to cast trans and non-binary actors as new companions.

+ Lesflicks, the lesbian streaming service thriving under lockdown.

+ I truly truly truly CANNOT WAIT for HBO Max’s Bubbline episode of Adventure Time: Distant Lands. 

+ Portrait of a Lady on Fire director Celine Sciamma has started shooting her new film, Petite Maman, in France.

+ The Batwoman writers room enjoyed their time at Four Seasons Total Landscaping.

+ CBS reality show casts will be “at least 50 percent diverse” starting next season.

+ The Umbrella Academy has been renewed for a third season.

+ We just found out about this movie yesterday, and don’t you worry, a review is on the way!

+ Dating Amber stars Fionn O’Shea and Lola Petticrew on their queer Irish love story.

+ Fiona Shaw says we’re so close to filming starting for season four of Killing Eve.

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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. I’m th one that tweeted Autostraddle about that Christmas movie and having just seen this wild thing last night, I am on the edge of my seat for the review

  2. I totally just sent you guys that article about LesFlicks. Shoulda known you’d already be on top of that!

  3. I’m happy that Gossip Girl is getting a more queer reboot, but are they also cutting out the attempted date rape thing that never gets brought up again and they all become friends with the guy who did that despite knowing what he did?

    Because on a rewatch when I was no longer a teenager I turned it of because of that.

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