Pop Culture Fix: Here’s Your First Look at Gina Rodriguez Making Eyes at Stephanie Beatriz on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

Hello and welcome to your weekly Pop Culture Fix! There’s a lot of gay TV news in here this week! 

Amy and Jake are getting married on the May 20th episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and also one other thing is happening in that episode which is that GINA RODRIGUEZ IS SHOWING UP. Here are the pics EW published last night and let me posit a theory: What if — based on Rosa’s posture when she sees Gina pull up in her cop(?) car — Gina is playing her ex-girlfriend? Either way I am so hyped I might not sleep until May 20th.

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Here’s some lesbian SEO for you from The Hollywood Reporter: Ellen Page is joining Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis for a ten-episode Netflix reboot of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, which Lauren Morelli will be writing for and showrunning! The original aired in 1993 on UK’s Channel 4 and has been lauded for decades as one of the first TV shows to treat its LGBTQ characters as fully formed human beings.

After it was announced that Lee Daniels had come on board to executive produce the lesbian indie drama Pimp, a new trailer finally dropped for it!

Here’s Kayla’s Disobedience review.

Here’s a primer for you to get ready for Pose.

And here’s Ava DuVerday getting you excited for her next project.

The Sense8 finale is coming to Netflix on June 8th.

You absolutely have to read this interview with Ivonne Coll. She talks about her entire acting career, especially playing Alba Villanueva on Jane the Virgin, and touches on her time playing Santana’s abuela on Glee. She also talks about her sister being openly gay in real life in Puerto Rico and how she’s the one who introduced Ivonne to One Day at a Time. Really, read it.

Here’s Riese’s review of season two of The Handmaid’s Tale, which lands today on Hulu.

The Bold Type‘s season two trailer is here and also this little tidbit from E!: “Plus, it seems Kat is taking her relationship with Adena El-Amin (Nikohl Boosheri, upped to series regular for the new season) to the next level: She’s introducing her girlfriend to her parents!” June 12th!

Thanks to eagle-eyed Twitterer @harleivy and sapphic Twitter power user Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya, a Fox Searchlight film called The Favourite is now on our radar thanks to what is apparently a historically accurate lesbian love triangle played by Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, and Olivia Colman. It’s coming ’round on November 23rd, so it’ll be a minute, but we’ll be on the lookout for any new info as it becomes available!

And finally, please enjoy this deleted Choni scene from the Riverdale musical episode.

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  1. For someone who tried watching the first few episodes of Brooklyn 99 and did not like it, I am still so excited about Gina Rodriguez (I love her!!)and Stephanie Beatriz. Can I just start watching at the episode where Rosa comes out? Please advise.

    • I totally understand why you didn’t like the first few episodes of B99, but I can assure you, it gets MUCH better. Think Parks & Rec after season 1. I promise you, Jake gets better. Jake GROWS UP. You could probably start when Rosa comes out, but you’d be missing a lot of good stuff in between.

      • Yeah, he was definitely my main problem. I was like, why am I watching a show about this super annoying entitled white dude?? Is there a point where he gets better that I could start at?

        • Yeah I totally get that. I haaaated Andy Samberg/things with him in when it started and his character has changed/B99 is so good that it’s made me LIKE him. Also yes you can def start from when Rosa comes out but maybe go back a few eps for the lead up.

    • I did this!! Well, I’d watched the full first season, and had liked it a lot more than the first few episodes (it gets a LOT less Jake-heavy/they tone his character down a lot and make him a lot more woke). Then I skipped to like 3 episodes before the one where Rosa comes out (lol, idk, I felt that was working up to it/gaining some context/making myself earn it, somehow?). I have zero regrets about this — I think all of the emotional beats still land, if not as well as they would if you knew all the other characters and their relationships.

      Then I liked those eps so much that I jumped back to catch up on seasons 2-5! It’s really good gym watching. It IS frustrating and strange to go back to a world where Rosa isn’t out, but knowing in your head that she is super bisexual the whole time really helps.

  2. The whole paragraph about Ivonne Coll gave me chills, I can’t wait to read the interview!

    Also, I was thinking about The Bold Type yesterday and I had that to look forward in the summer, and that article made me even more excited!

  3. I have some hopes for the Sense8 finally. I really hope it’s we get to see Nomi and Amanita’s wedding and it’s super lesbian!

  4. Thank you for this!! I legitimately haven’t been properly enjoying episodes of Brooklyn 99 because I’m just waiting for Gina to show up all the time. I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me that we’d have advanced warning about it and she wouldn’t just pop up one day. Now I can calmly (lol yeah right) wait for that one episode. I’m really excited! Also, since it looks like she’s only there for a minute, I’m also hoping we get to see more about Rosa’s dating life, even with non-Gina-Rodriguez-shaped people, after that.

  5. I’ve been hearing (or I guess reading) a few things on ‘The Favourite’ for a couple months and it seems interesting. Plus I’m always here for Emma Stone playing a lesbian!

  6. “The Favourite” sounds pretty cool but man it’s gonna be weird as hell with Yorgos at the helm.

  7. I’m so glad you guys have heard about The Favourite. I’ve just checked my Twitter and apparently I’ve been looking forward to it for over a year now. I hope the UK gets it about the same time as the US.

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