Pop Culture Fix: Sarah Paulson Will Never Say No to Ryan Murphy and Other Fascinating Facts

Welcome to your weekly pop culture fix, the only news on the internet that won’t push you close to the edge of a panic attack!

+ Melissa McCarthy is playing lesbian biographer Lee Israel in the upcoming biopic Can You Ever Forgive Me? It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival over the weekend to solid reviews. I’m attending a screening in a few weeks and will report back!

+ Is anyone watching Netflix’s Atypical? Brigette Lundy-Paine, who plays Casey, told the Advocate that she identifies as queer and also that her character has a storyline around her sexuality this season.

+ The Oscars have put a pin in their stupid “Popular Oscar” plan.

+ Mia Kirshner read something she really liked about Jenny Schecter.

Dearest, here comes a Dusty Springfield biopic written and directed by the screenwriter of Carol

+ Grey’s is adding a gay dude for the first time.

+ Here’s your day made.

+ NBC upped Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s order to 18 eps for the upcoming season!

+ This sure is Sarah Paulson in a suit talking about the new season of American Horror StoryShe also talks about how she’ll never say no to Ryan Murphy, and that makes one of us!

+ Also Polygon made a murder board of all the ways all the seasons and characters on AHS intersect.

+ Look who’s playing Bessie Coleman on the new season of Drunk History!

+ Rafiki director Wanuri Kahiu is suing the Kenyan government for banning her (gay) film so she can submit it to the Oscars.

+ Here’s Joan Jett’s first track in five years.

+ The first teaser for Noelle Stevenson’s She-Ra reboot has got me HYPED!

+ I’m still confused about whether or not A Simple Favor is gay but I’m going to keep pretending it is until someone tells me otherwise, even if it’s just so I can tell you Anna Kendrick’s never seen Gossip Girl.

One Day at a Time‘s creative team is making a whole new show. (Related: Latina speaking characters on TV reach historic high… of 7 percent.)

+ The Supergirl season four trailer is wild.

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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 watching Atypical!

    The second season was much better than the first, and Casey was one hundred percent a great character with a great and sufficiently featured storyline all season.

    There’s a thing though that can be pretty uncomfortable to watch where the main character, Sam, who is on the autism spectrum, has trouble understanding people, and this means he has no built-in respect or consideration for the women he is romantically/sexually involved with/interested in (it’s something he needs to learn how to do).

    I was happily watching it for Casey, though, even when her storyline was ‘starting at a new private school’ and not a ‘storyline around her sexuality’. Her whole storyline was really good – twists and turns that carried my emotions along their winding path.

    • I really enjoyed the entire season, and that end scene made me so excited and hopeful for a third season!

  2. The only comment I really came here to make is, in the She-Ra trailer, that outfit Adora is wearing when she finds the sword is HELLA gay.

  3. I never realized it before, but in the original series, one of Adora’s confidants is Light Hope, a literal rainbow. How is that not gay? Also, is that voice talking to Adora, Light Hope? Did they gender bend him?

  4. Huh, I had not known that that was Aisha Hinds from 9-1-1 who played Chief Investigator Ava Wallace in three eps of S6 NCIS:LA. Some very memorable scenes with Sam (LL Cool J) and she got shot (though not killed).

  5. I’m still mad about Arizona. It feels like she was pushed out for whoever this guy is and what, Grey’s can’t have more than one gay character at a time?

  6. I marathoned the first season of 9-1-1 this weekend and its so cheesy but I liked it. Liked it way more than I expected and now I’m excited for the next season

  7. I’m loving Atypical right now. I wish there were more episodes to watch. Why are there only 10 episodes in season 2?

  8. I always say to myself “don’t read the comments” and I always failed…

    Second comment on The Muse about Dusty Springfield’s biopic: “…a lesbian who will now write and direct a bio-pic of an adored (closeted to the public) lesbian singer?”

    Let’s illuminate the fucker: Miss Dusty Springfield, The Evening Standard interview, September 1970:

    ‘There’s one thing that’s always annoyed me – and I’m going to get into something nasty here. But I’ve got to say it, because so many other people say I’m bent, and I’ve heard it so many times that I’ve almost learned to accept it.

    ‘I don’t go leaping around to all the gay clubs but I can be very flattered. Girls run after me a lot and it doesn’t upset me. It upsets me when people insinuate things that aren’t true. I couldn’t stand to be thought of as a big butch lady. But I know that I’m as perfectly capable of being swayed by a girl as by a boy. More and more people feel that way and I don’t see why I shouldn’t.’

    So she can’t be a “closeted lesbian” if SHE IDENTIFIES HERSELF OPENLY AS BISEXUAL. And this was, once again, 1970!!!!!!!!!!! A fucking simple Google search it’s all you need… I hate people.

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