Welcome to your weekly pop culture fix, coming in a little late today from me, a person who slept two hours last night!!!
+ Ellen DeGeneres Is Not as Nice as You Think: Ellen is getting a little worn out about having to be nice and dancing all the time. This headline surprised me because in Los Angeles people are always talking about how Ellen is not as nice as you think and telling stories that generally inspire me to plug my ears and leave the room. I just don’t believe it! But that’s not what this piece is about, it turns out! It’s about Ellen being tired of being the character she has created for her talk show, and apparently Portia thinks she should quit.
At a transitional moment in her remarkable career, DeGeneres agreed to sit for a rare series of interviews over two days. As much as anyone possibly could, she has taken on Oprah Winfrey’s mantle as the queen of inspirational daytime talk, providing an oasis of positivity and escapist comedy in a culture short on both. But with DeGeneres’s status as a sunny stalwart come certain burdens and constrictions, like the expectation to dance, which she finally stopped doing on her show two years ago, after some agonizing over how her audience would react.
+ The Screen Actors Guild Award nominations were announced and two lesbian films are up for big prizes: Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role,Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role) and The Favourite (Best Ensemble, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role). Queer-women-inclusive television nominations include G.L.O.W., The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Handmaid’s Tale and Killing Eve.
+ In which we met Lesbian Batwoman: DCTV SuperFlarrow “Elseworlds, Part 1” Recap: Batwoman Begins, DCTV SuperFlarrow “Elseworlds, Part 2” Recap: Batwoman Returns and DCTV SuperFlarrow “Elseworlds, Part 3” Recap: Twisted Sister.
+ Will & Grace Books Samira Wiley for Guest Arc: Wiley will be in three episodes when the show returns in 2019! I hope she’s gonna be gay.
+ Netflix Reveals Its Most-Watched Shows of 2018: I am sad that billions of people watched the incredibly fucked up second season of the incredibly fucked up TV show 13 Reasons Why. But also, a lot of people saw The Haunting of Hill House!
+ Gender-Fluid Star Nico Tortorella Said Awards Shows Should Nominate Actors In A Single Category: I do honestly wonder what the solution here is! I’m not sure that there is one.