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Ugly Betty Axed Because it Was Too Gay? June 7th, 2011
Ugly Betty Axed Because it Was Too Gay?

Nearly a year after ABC canceled Ugly Betty, Eric Mabius (the actor who played Daniel Meade) discusses why he thinks the show got the axe during an interview with Zap2it. Apparently, an "an executive who was running the network at the time but is no longer at the company" had a personal vendetta against Ugly Betty because he was not thrilled with the recurring "flamboyant" characters on the show - namely Wilhelmina Slater's assistant, Marc St. James (played by Michael Urie), and Betty's nephew, Justin (played by Mark Indelicato). "I don't know why we were thrown on the sacrificial altar so often, with our nights getting changed and the fans getting so upset," Mabius says. "I think there was a little bit too much alternative-lifestyle humor for a certain executive, but despite having no support from certain people, the fans really made a difference. The universality of the topic and the nature of what was portrayed on the show were reflective of how we felt about each other as human beings." This mystery executive was especially uncomfortable with Justin's ongoing story line that followed him discovering his sexuality and his family's openness and his first romantic encounter. In fact, Ugly Betty was the first ...

Sneak Peek: True Blood May 31st, 2011
Sneak Peek: True Blood

Watch the first 3 minutes of the new season of True Blood below! The new season starts June 26th on HBO.

Cause For Alarm in TV Land? May 27th, 2011
Cause For Alarm in TV Land?

Late last week Showtime announced that fan favorite "United States of Tara" would be getting the axe, making this season its last one. Many would say "another one bites the dust" but this has rang a certain alarm. If you haven't watched "United States of Tara" (considering it got the axe you probably haven't) the show is centered around a woman (Tara), played by Toni Collete, who suffers from an extreme form of Multiple Personality Disorder. The show chronicles her quest to cure her disorder and how the disease effects her family. Coincidentally she has a gay son, Marshall. Marshall is an interesting character because a huge portion of his character development deals with his internal battles with his homosexuality. At the beginning of the series he refused to adhere to any labels - although he knew he was gay he refused to be called gay. As the series progressed he went through a phase where he completely rejected his homosexuality (he forcefully dates a girl!). He ultimately accepts who he is and we currently find him in a homosexual relationship. Aside from creating a dynamic portrayal of how a psychological disorder can shape a family the show also provides insight ...