Pop Culture Fix: “Orange Is The New Black” Remakes A Christmas Classic And Other Holly Jolly Stories

Welcome to the Pop Culture Fix, your weekly one-stop shop for all the queer things people are talking about on the website pages. 

Visions of Sugarplums

The ladies of Orange Is the New Black have teamed up to retell ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, Litchfield-style, and it’s as wonderful as you knew it was going to be as soon as you started reading this sentence.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend, as I’m sure you know, and they spoofed Carol while they were at it. (The reason this falls under the Vision of Sugarplums heading is because Carol is the greatest gift lesbians have ever been given, and it opens in a boatload more theaters on Christmas Day, and Stacy and I are actually just going to celebrate Carol instead of Christmas in December starting next year and for the rest of our lives.)


The Television Machine

+ Pretty Little Liars is calling it quits, y’all. Marlene King told Variety that season seven will be the last, which a very good thing, I think, and should have happened after season five. Also, honestly, ABC Family probably signed the Liars to seven-year deals originally and weren’t going to get more out of them after that, so this isn’t much of a surprise.

“I think that this story when we’re back will end next year at the at end of Season 7,” King told Variety this week when asked if the time jump gives the series more legs to continue. Then asked, “So you definitely want it to end at the end of Season 7, and don’t want it to go beyond that?” King replied: “Correct.”

Despite King’s statement, ABC Family has not announced any formal plans for Season 7 to be the last, and has not made any decisions beyond that.

+ Amazon Prime has picked up Tig Notaro’s series, One Mississippi, “a semi-autobiographical account of Notaro’s return home after her mother died and she was diagnosed with cancer. It also stars Casey Wilson, Noah Harpster, John Rothman, and Beth Burvant.”

+ Fortune Feminster will be a series regular on The Mindy Project when the show returns to Hulu for the rest of season four!

+ Milk director Gus Van Sant is working on an eight-part mini-series about LGBT rights for ABC. According to the good folks at The A.V. Club:

The project has been in development at ABC for a couple of years now, but it looks like Van Sant’s participation served as the impetus to finally get the thing rolling. But beyond that, the team behind When We Rise might just have been anxious to make a more accurate and inclusive portrayal of the LGBT rights struggle available following Roland Emmerich’s disappointing Stonewall. The film was a critical (and popular) letdown in its attempt to depict one of the catalysts in the struggle for LGBT rights—the decision to frame the historical events through the perspective of a bland, white guy ended up being problematic, to say the least.

Let’s hope they’re right and some lesbians and trans women show up in this thing.

+ Margaret Cho will be a permanent co-host on Fashion Police for 2016 awards show season. She told The Hollywood Reporter:

“To me it feels like family. although I am not quite a fashionista, I would love to look at it like I am changing it up — Fashion Police: Special Victims Unit. It makes me happiest to spend time with Melissa, and when I see her laugh at my joke, I feel like Joan [Rivers] is smiling, somewhere.”



Merry Christmas, kittens!

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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. Anybody happen to have an internationally compatible link for the “Carol” spoof?( You would make my day)

    And to whom it may concern:
    If “Carol” opens anywhere near you, and by anywhere I mean, really, anywhere even remotely accessible to reach: Watch it.
    Don’t wait, don’t ponder who to watch it with, when to go, or even whether, just go. Asap.
    You have a few dollars in your couch cushion, you have a couple of hours free next week. Just go.Don’t wait.
    This is not a recommendation or even a plea to support a female fronted gay motion picture that had severe trouble getting financed, this is just what you must do, if you have any possibility to do so, because you will kick yourself if you don’t.
    You will miss out on something big, and if you read this column and are even remotely interested in two women falling in love on screen, something monumental.
    This is not a visual 3D action adventure that you must see on the big screen, because it won’t translate to the small screen, this is a 2D action adventure for every sentient, gay bone in your body, that you must allow to encapture you in the comfort of a cushiony red velvet movie theater seat.
    Don’t watch a ripped off version, just..don’t do that to yourself, or the movie.
    Don’t spoil yourself rotten.
    Enjoy it.
    And then realize what a time it is to be alive.

    • Interesting! Let’s hope that Uber A manipulated CeCe into doing a whole bunch of the horrible things to the Liars, coz otherwise if the transphobic storyline keeps going I’m not sure I can keep watching. :(

  2. Watching the OITNB video on Christmas Eve- WINNING!

    I’m fostering three kittens over Christmas and it’s delightful.

    Merry Christmas everyone.

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