Pop Culture Fix: Beanie Feldstein and Sarah Paulson Sure Are Bringing Monica Lewinsky’s Story to TV

From this day forward, all Pop Culture Fixes will be measured as BQL/AQL — Before Queen Latifah was cast as Ursula in ABC’s The Little Mermaid musical, and After.

+ Couple of queers you may have heard of called Beanie Feldstein and Sarah Paulson are bringing Monica Lewinsky’s story to the next season of American Crime Story with Lewinsky herself producing.

+ Cara Delevingne (as a fairy) and Orlando Bloom (as Orlando Bloom) hunt a magic killer in the first trailer for Carnival Row

+ Wanda Sykes chatted with NPR about her stand-up career and standing up to Trump.

+ Orange Is the New Black finally says “bisexual” — in its 89th episode.

+ If you’ve been following the controversy around the movie Adam (or if you haven’t), here are two comprehensive pieces that dig into it with real sensitivity and good reporting: one from Vulture and one from BuzzFeed.

+ Maya Hawke wanted Robin to be gay on Stranger Things season three.

+ Billie Jean King is an action figure at long last.

+ A real-life lesbian wedding during the curtain call for The Prom!

+ Netflix’s Rokco’s Modern Life will feature a prominent trans story arc.

+ You’ll never convince me Lena Waithe sleeps. (Exhibit: B.)

+ Lilly Wachowski talked about the “evolutionary act” of creating queer TV characters at TCA (plus info on her new Showtime series, Work in Progress, which will premiere December 8, the same night at The L Word reboot). Also, Wachowski at The Hollywood Reporter: “We Have to Break the F***ing Door Down.”

+ Julianne Hough isn’t straight — 20BiTeen continues apace!

+ Black Lightning is finally going to show up in an Arrowverse crossover.

+ Your Katie McGrath bisexual lawyer movie trailer is here.

+ Stop worrying, Batwoman will go on dates with women. The new production stills seem to confirm this.

+ Ever since ABC announced its adaptation of Greg Rucka’s Stumptown, Natalie has been banging on pots and pans and demanding that Cobie Smulders’ Dax be bisexual like she is in the comics. Just like she got Nova a girlfriend again, Natalie has made this happen too.


+ Good Trouble‘s getting a two-hour Christmas special.

+ Trace Lysette’s “Naked Strength” profile at Women’s Health is a must-read and so is this Twitter thread about her meeting Oprah.

+ Sara Ramirez is leaving Madam Secretary.

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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 Dries isn’t able to give any additional details on who these girlfriends and romantic interests (of Batwoman) will be, she did reveal that they’re all going to play an important part in Kate’s journey toward becoming a superhero.”
    Supergirl. She’s talking about Supergirl.

    • Caaaaaaalm, caaaaaaaaalm…… chiiiiiiiiilll. Alex… Alex needs a brunch buddy a year ago!

  2. Uh lawyer movie doesn’t quite cover it wow O_O

    Katie McGrath’s BME (Big Murder Energy) looks like it might not be wasted here and I’m very for it.

  3. Sara Ramirez better get her own show if they’re not keeping her in the next season of Madam Secretary! Her Dapper Bicon energy is too good to go to waste.

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