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The tragic end to the Luke Snyder-Dr. Reid love story plays out today on “As the World Turns”

It’s just too much.

Reid, on his way to try and secure a heart for a dying friend, is hit by an ongoing train.

Now it is his heart that saves the life of Chris Hughes.

It just doesn’t seem fair: we don’t care about Chris, not in the least. But we care about Reid. He won us over just like he won Luke over.

And now Luke, who finally has found a man mature enough to share his life with, must endure this horrific loss.

Here is today’s episode of As the World Turns:

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Tuesday Briefs: Barbara Walters returns to The View! Dolly to visit Nate Berkus and Zac Efron poses!

Season 14 Premiere with Barbara Walters, David Letterman and Mario  CantoneHope everyone has recovered from their Labor Day weekend festivities!

If you are a fan of The View, then you will be happy to see this photo of co-host and executive producer Barbara Walters back in the studio with the brilliant Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar and the not-so-bright Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd.

The View has survived the departure of original moderator Meredith Viera and her fiery successor Rosie O’Donnell as well as the messy departure of Star Jones (yes, Lisa Ling came and went but it was all very friendly and well, does anyone even remember Debbie Matenopoulos?)

The glue that has held it together from day one of the amazing Miss Walters who, at 80, is recovered from heart surgery and ready to resume her historic career. Younger fans of The View may not now that Barbara was the first female co-host of NBC’s The Today Show and the very first female co-anchor of a network news broadcast (at ABC). Then there were those nearly 25 years as co-host of 20-20, the countless celebrity specials and the many exclusive interviews with world leaders.

So there was Barbara this morning looking terrific as the show kicked off its 14th season as popular as ever. DOLLY: I was on a conference call this morning with Nate Berkus that was set up for him to talk about his new show which premieres on Monday, Sept. 13!

I’ll have more from the call in the coming days but wanted to quickly share with you some of the guests set for the premiere week. On Tuesday, Sept. 14, Nate will play host to … Dolly Parton! That’s a good way to give a new show a jump start no?

Then on Friday, Sept. 17  – which happens to be Nate’s 39th birthday – he will welcome the classy and smart Elizabeth Edwards to the show.

Look forward to watching both!

GROWING UP: And finally, Zac Efron left the High School Musical movies behind with his dramatic turn in the recent movie Charlie St. Cloud. (He has since finished filming the drama The Lucky One).

Wonderland magazine, for its fifth anniversary issue, features the 22-year-old star on its cover in glorious black and white.


Happy Birthday to skating champ Rudy Galindo!

It’s interesting – and frustrating – that in the 14 years since former US National Champion Rudy Galindo came out, we have not had an American ice skating star follow suit.

Not even Johnny Weir who doesn’t believe in “labels.”

Well, being open about his sexuality just makes Rudy even more of a hero in my book and I will give him the labels of hero and champion.

Rudy, who turns 41 today, excelled as both a singles and pairs skater. He was the junior world champion in 1987 and the US national champion in 1996. When he won that national title, he became the oldest male to win it in almost 50 years. He followed this win with a bronze medal at the 1996 World Championships.

As a pairs skater, he competed with Kristi Yamaguchi and was the 1988 World Junior Champion and the 1989 and 1990 U.S. National Champion.

Rudy had some health setbacks after retiring from competition in 1996: he was diagnosed as HIV positive and he underwent hip replacement surgery. But he continued to skate with the Tom Collins’ Champions on Ice show until it closed down after the 2007 season.

Today, you can find Rudy back home in San Jose, Calif. teaching full-time at the same rink, Logitech Ice Arena, where he practiced en route to his memorable performances at the 1996 U.S. Championships.

In discussing his HIV with USA Today writer Christine Brennan in 2000, Rudy said: “I’ve made my mistakes, but I want to tell everyone that ‘safe sex’ is not an empty slogan. People always think that it can’t happen to them, but it can. I didn’t want to hide this illness. I didn’t want to live a lie. I’ve always wanted to be truthful.”

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TMZ’s Harvey Levin on being gay in the news biz: “I was so terrified that somebody would find out.”’s note: This is an encore of a post from April. It seems to be getting a lot of new traffic in recent days so I want to make it easier for folks to find.


Harvey Levin is usually busy breaking news about other people.

But the managing editor of and executive producer and host of TMZ on TV got personal [last April] while hosting a fundraising event in West Hollywood for the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.

“I really wanted to do this and I’m really pleased and honored that you guys asked me to come here,” he told the crowd.

I’m a longtime NLGJA member and arrived at the East-West Lounge early with the hopes of snagging an interview with Harvey about being gay in the news business and how that has affected his life and career. He said his employer Warner Bros. isn’t keen on his doing such things without clearance. was disappointed at not getting an interview but then pleased when Harvey touched on many of the topics I’d wanted to discuss in his remarks to the crowd.

“I’m thinking back a long time when I was starting out as a TV reporter at a local station in LA and I remember at the time – I was probably in my late 20s – and I remember this hell-like fear that if anybody in that newsroom found out that that I was gay, that it would be over,” he said. “I built it up in my head. I was so terrified that somebody would find out.”

Now 59, Harvey remembers a time when he desperately tried to keep his lives separate: “I compartmentalized my life. Obviously friends knew I was gay but professionally I had to shut it out. And I believe, at the time, there was good cause for thinking I’d get fired. It got to a point where I was agoraphobic.  My biggest joy was just never having to leave my house.”

TMZ managing  editor Harvey Levin seen leaving the gym with a  protein drink in Venice,  CA.

He remembers that when he was out with friends and if they were in a gay establishment, he used his ability to scan a room “in three seconds” to find out if there was anyone he knew there.

“I’d would immediately look for someone who worked sat the station,” Harvey said. “I remember walking into this restaurant that was primarily a gay restaurant and I ran into this woman who worked at the station and I thought, ‘Oh my God, it’s over.” … I was so upset that I left.”

“It got to a breaking point with me where I just finally said, ‘This isn’t worth it.” And I just let it go. And nothing happened.”

Harvey went on to work steadily in television and in the entertainment business. He was legal reporter for KCBS in Los Angeles, legal consultant and later host for two incarnations of The People’s Court and prior to TMZ, was creator and executive producer of the show Celebrity Justice.

“I think a lot of people build it up in their heads and they need people to see that it’s not a big deal,” he said of his sexuality. “I think it’s important for people to see that you can survive and thrive and do well and prosper and there are no recriminations for the most part – although there are in some cases.”

“Still acknowledging that there are prejudices, that fact that what people build up in their heads is often way more than the reality than what it is,” he added. “Even if the reality isn’t freedom from that kind of discrimination, the feeling that ‘Who cares?’ and that you can push it and challenge it is also really important.”

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Enjoy some sweet US Open guy candy: Roger Federer, Tommy Robredo and Mikhail Youzhny!

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Apologetic Federer advances to US Open quartersThe US Open tennis tournament will be narrowed down to eight men by the end of the day and one of those men will be Roger Federer, winner of the tournament five of the last six years.

Last night, Federer easily beat some dude named Jurgen Melzer (ranked 13th in the world) to make it to the quarterfinals of a grand slam tournament for the 26th time in a row. (His streak of 23 consecutive semifinals was snapped in June at the French Open).

Next up for Federer in a match to be played on Wednesday will be fifth-ranked Robin Soderling, the guy who beat Federer in Paris.

The photos below are of two of the hunkiest men on the men’s tour: Russian stud Mikhail Youzhny (in the blue shirt) and Spanish heartthrob Tommy Robredo (wearing black).

Youzhny, ranked 12th, beat Robredo (a former top 10 player who has fallen to 41st) 7-5, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

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NEW YORK- SEPTEMBER 07: Tommy Robredo


Tonight is summer finale for the terrific show “White Collar” starring gorgeous and funny Matt Bomer You think I don’t know what you’re thinking?

Oh, sure Greg, the plots are why you watch White Collar every Tuesday night. Sure pal, and those dreamy blue eyes and chiseled good looks of series star Matt Bomer are not the main reason.

Well, I’ll tell you this: Matt’s good looks got me to sample the show. But his terrific performance week in and week out as con man-turned-FBI consultant Neal Caffrey and his solid chemistry with co-star Tim DeKay (as FBI special agent Peter Burke) make this one of the better shows on the air.

I love it! And Sex and the City alum Willie Garson is on hand is a very different role from Carrie Bradshaw’s gay BFF Stanford. Plus, there is Saved By the Bell and Beverly Hills 90210 alum Tiffani Theissen in the cast as DeKay’s very cool wife.

Tonight’s summer season finale (I imagine there will be a winter season early next year)  has Neal and Burke getting one step closer to finding out who killed Neal’s girlfriend and, according to USA Today, it all leads up to a killer of a cliffhanger that packs quite an emotional punch.

I’ll be watching tonight’s episode followed by a new episode of the terrific Covert Affairs costarring Greg In Hollywood fave Christopher Gorham.

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Tuesday Morning Man: Paul Leyden! opera fame is a unique thing. An actor or actress on a particular soap can either go about their business completely unnoticed or be completely mobbed. Someone you never heard of could just be HUGE in so many other people’s lives.

The rest of this week’s Morning Men will be a series of daytime hunks who I have never heard of but have had fun discovering. We start with Paul Leyden, a hunky Australian actor best known for his role as the womanizing Simon Frasier on the CBS soap As the World Turns.

We Love Soaps reports that Paul is returning to the world of CBS daytime soaps as he joins The Young and the Restless in the new role of Blake.

He begins taping scenes this week!

Paul, 37, also starred in the mini-series Tribe, and can be seen in episodes of Farscape, BeastMaster and Home and Away.

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Happy Birthday to the sensational Jo Anne Worley! are some stars who are simply a force of nature and that is the only way to describe the fabulous Jo Anne Worley who turns 73 years young today.

Best known for her years on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, Jo Anne has been dazzling audiences on television and on the stage for decades. And after seeing her one-woman show at The Magic Castle in Hollywood last year, I can assure you she is still in excellent form.

“I love to make you laugh, I love to make people laugh,” she told us at the top of that show. “I really remember the very first laugh I got in public. It was in church and I was about five … I remember singing Silent Night and I really let it out (she had her big voice even then) and from then on, I never sang again, I just mouthed the words. I didn’t want to get hollered at. But I had a lot of time to look at the people in the audience and I’d take the gum out of my mouth and do things with it and the people would laugh and it felt so good.”

Her stories were hilarious, especially the one about her first big show, Billy Barnes People, in which she had all kinds of wardrobe problems including one night when her skirt fell to the floor during the bows and the persistent problem of the rhinestones from her black outfit continually falling off.

“The stage manager finally had to teach me a lesson and he took everyone into the green room and he ripped me of my rhinestones like a soldier getting his stripes ripped off his uniform and he said: “For two months Jo Anne, you’re going to do the show without rhinestones.” I think that’s why even now I play to the back row because I’m searching for those missing rhinestones. I overcompensate!”

Cabaret at The Magic Castle by you.

JoAnne (that’s me pictured with her, left) is still going strong appearing on Broadway in The Drowsy Chaperone and in Wicked during seven months of its run at The Pantages Theatre.

She’s played so many of the great stage roles in theaters across the country including Mama Rose in Gypsy and the leads in Hello Dolly! Anything Goes, Annie Get Your Gun, Once Upon a Mattress and many more.

Happy birthday to one of the great ladies of showbiz!

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Meryl Monday: When Miss Streep visited Ellen! the time of this appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Meryl Streep had 13 Academy Award nominations on her resume. Ellen pointed this out that this was a record and Meryl remarked that she had also lost the Oscar more times than anyone else!

Meryl, who was on the show to promote her 2005 comedy Prime, has earned three more Oscar nods since that appearance for The Devil Wears Prada, Doubt and Julie & Julia and lost even more!

It doesn’t matter to her legions of fans of she ever does win that elusive third Oscar because as the years have gone on, Meryl has become such a beloved star and major box office draw. It has mostly to do with her astonishing strong of performances in movies dating back to Julia in 1977 but also it has to do with her great humor and down to Earth quality which we see in this appearance with Ellen.

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Monday Morning Man: Sam Querrey!

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f3c73f71da323be681ab946a26400a30-1.jpg blog image by savanna215 been spending some time watching the US Open this weekend (Go Federer! Go Venus!) and have found it nice to have a couple of male Americans still in the draw after the early loss of Andy Roddick.
One of those players is Sam Querry who won his third-round match on Sunday in straight sets over 14th ranked Nicolas Almagro and looked mighty impressive in doing so.
Sam, who is 22, has been quietly having the best year of his career with four tournament victories including the prestigious Wimbledon warm-up Queens Club. Only top-ranked Rafael Nadal has won more tournaments (5) this year.
The American star is currently ranked number 22 and has his eyes firmly fixed on reaching the top 10.
At many tournaments, Sam has his own cheering section consisting of a bunch of shirtless guys! They call themselves the “Samurai Club,” a fan club started by his high school buddies who attend his matches shirtless with the letters “S-A-M-M-Y” on their chests.
The number two ranked American has also shown himself to be LGBT friendly by posing for the marriage equality “White Knot” campaign.
Sam is lucky to be playing and doing so well after his 2009 season ended prematurely because of a potentially career-threatening accident in which a glass table he was sitting on collapsed, impaling his arm and requiring emergency surgery. The location of injury just missed causing nerve damage which could have ended his tennis career.
It’s a good thing he recovered because Sam has a lot more to accomplish!
Sam Querrey Sam Querrey  reacts against Gilles Muller of Luxemburg during day four of the Sony  Ericsson Open at the Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 26, 2009 in Key  Biscayne, Florida.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) *** Local Caption  *** Sam Querrey
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Weekend Briefs: Rachel Maddow ticked; Jeff Lewis a “True Blood” fan; Happy Birthday to Phillp P. Keene! Sunday everyone!

Just a few little tidbits for you as I take a break from watching the US Open. Some good matches on TV today and looking forward to more tomorrow as well as a family barbeque.

Rachel Maddow, the brilliant host of her own MSNBC show, is not pleased that the website Curbed decided to publish her address and the floor plan of her new pad in Manhattan.

New York Magazine has her reaction: “They may get a lot of page views for that, but I think they would have gotten just as many page views if they had redacted my address and considered my safety and privacy. Whoever at Curbed decided the actual address and floor plan was necessary to get those page views, I hope they die in a fire.”,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,jefflewis.jpgFLIPS OUT FOR TRUE BLOOD: Flipping Out’s Jeff Lewis tells Entertainment Weekly about his TV watching habits which include True Blood, Entourage and Hung – all on HBO.
So why is he so hooked on True Blood?
“Honestly, it’s about the sex and the gore, I love it. And especially that new werewolf (Alcide played by hunky Joe Manganiello).  But the new, gay Vampire King of Mississippi (Russell) – I love him. He’s honestly my favorite character right now. I did like Lafayette, but I like this guy more. And Jason Stackhouse is s fun – he just cracks me up.” BOY: When Kyra Sedgwick won her much-deserved Emmy for best actress in a drama series last weekend, she thanked a long list of her co-stars on The Closer.

Among them was out actor Phillip P. Keene who has played Buzz Watson on the smash TNT series for each of its six seasons.

He doesn’t have many lines most episodes but he’s an integral part of the special LAPD unit that investigates high-profile homicides.

Today is Phillip’s birthday and I hope it is a mighty happy one!

The gorgeous Phillip was a Greg In Hollywood Morning Man in July!


Chris Colfer of “Glee” chats with Rolling Stone!

Chris Colfer, who plays gay teenager Kurt Hummel on Glee, is featured in the special television issue of Rolling Stone in a section called “The best characters in TV.”

He recalls in an interview kids shouting “Fag!” or “Freak!” in the hallway at school.

“When you’re in that situation, you learn to think on your feet. I’d always respond, ‘Delinquent!’ or some other word they couldn’t understand.” article tells us that Chris grew up in Clovis, CA (near Fresno) which he describes as “conservative, hot and flat.” His parents were die-hard Republicans who sent him to Jesus camp and took him to the local rodeo dressed “in these horrible, horrible little cowboy outfits. I still can’t listen to country music without recalling my trauma.”

He hit the bad luck trifecta in school: fat, braces, gay: “I was the bottom of the food chain. Very, very frumpy.”

Of Kurt he said: “I would just like to see him be happy and to keep inspiring the kids that watch him. … I see these gay characters on other programs, and they’re always loud and flamboyant. In high school – especially in a conservative town – someone wouldn’t be like that. That’s why I made Kurt more internal and superior, rather than external and annoying.”, who graduated from high school himself just over two years ago, enrolled in Fresno City College and would drive down to LA for auditions. He quickly landed Glee and worried what the folks back in Clovis would think of him playing a gay teen – he was not yet publicly out himself: “I’m glad I had that fear because it made the character that much more real.”


On the road with Adam Lambert!

Adam Lambert continues his breakneck schedule of touring and dazzling his audiences all around the US and other parts of the world. Pictured above is the singing star signing autographs after his Glam Nation Tour Concert on the Walnut Street Bridge in Des Moines, Iowa on Friday night.

Pictured left  and below is Adam a few nights earlier onstage during the Glam Nation Tour Concert at Clowes Memorial Hall in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Adam really seems to give his audiences all that he has and he creates a lot of excitement wherever he goes. It’s nice to see a music star who is so focused on his career.

Photos courtesy of  Adam Lambert Fan Club on Facebook!

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Showtune Sunday: Some musical numbers from “Night of 100 Stars 1985″ so bad that they’re good!

YulBrynner.jpg image by hot_daily Where else in the world would you have the likes of Yul Bryner, Matt Dillon, Bob Fosse, Vincent Price, Billy Dee Williams, Rock Hudson (the same year he died), Jimmy Stewart, Cab Calloway, Jim Nabors, Richard Thomas, Billy Crystal, Robert Wagner, David Frost, Charles Bronson, Michael Caine, Lloyd Bridges, Richard Dreyfuss, Jim Henson and Carol Burnett in the same production number – and even doing a chorus line kick at the end?

It was the 1985 TV special Night of 100 Stars.

It’s an endless parade of famous men being escorted down the stairs by showgirls to the song One from A Chorus Line. second video is from the same special and features Hal Linden, Michelle Lee and Nancy Dussault singing some tune as various TV stars walk out and take a bow including Tony Danza, Nell Carter, Gary Coleman, Dick Clark, Charlotte Rae, Meredith Baxter, Scott Baio, Marla Gibbs, Lisa Bonet, Bob Newart,  Tyne Daly, Pierce Brosnan, David Hasselhoff, Kate Jackson, William Shatner, Perry King, Jack Palance, Lorenzo Lamas and Linda Gray. The best comes at the end when John Forsythe, Linda Gray, Joan Collins and Diahann Carroll of Dynasty all walk out together followed by, get this, Julie Harris, Lisa Hartman, Joan Van Ark and Donna Mills of Knots Landing! Last to come out was Anne Baxter who was then starring in ABC’s Hotel.

This is just a total TV time capsule! Enjoy!

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Morning Man Classic: Patrick Swayze!

PatrickSwayze6.jpg image by country_girl2469 reading a lot of celebrity autobiographies this summer (Carol Burnett’s is a fun, fast read; Bryan Batt’s is terrific but more on that later). The one that I most recently finished, just a few days ago, was The Time of My Life written by Patrick Swayze and his wife Lisa Niemi before his death last year from cancer.
I loved reading about his journey to Hollywood stardom in earlier projects like The Outsiders and the epic North and South miniseries then the highs with such megahits as Dirty Dancing and Ghost and fans faves including Point Break, Road House and To Wong Foo.
He and Lisa also worked for years to bring their dream project, One Last Dance, to the screen which they succeeded in doing while both were still able to do all the dancing!
But really what was so inspiring was how Patrick went on living and working (on the A&E drama The Beast) despite the deadly diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. He fought to extend his life and to make the most of what he had left.
He died last September at the age of 57.

I never got to meet Patrick but we did talk on the phone about five years ago when I wrote a cover piece on him for Orange Coast Magazine. He was promoting One Last Dance and King Solomon’s Mines, his first TV mini-series in nearly two decades.

I want to share some of the interview which I think gives some insight into what kind of guy he was.

On playing drag queen Vida Boheme in “To Wong Foo” : “It was an opportunity to create a character who was truly an angel. But I thought playing a drag queen was a big ol’ lark, and I’d play a big old queen. But in rehearsal when I play-acted it, it didn’t work. I realized her job was to be the heart of this movie. {Miss Vilda} stands for every drag queen on the planet or for anyone who has been misunderstood. It turned out to be the most emotional thing in my entire career and I’m pretty proud of it.”

On his fans: “Fans have been so faithful and been behind me for so long. I’d like to believe it’s because I never forget that fans are the people who put you where you are at. I really appreciate that, and I’ve been able to have a career that keeps going and going and going.”

His career philosophy: “What makes your work special is a sense of danger and unpredictability that can’t be made up. That has to come from you as a person.”

On love: “Relationships are hard, but you never give up. You go through phases. We always try and remember that you have to keep falling in love over and over again and discovering new things about each other….Don’t lose touch with who the other person is growing into, allow them to push the envelope. It makes the relationship about discovery.”

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Funny Video: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal try and talk Christmas presents without cracking up!

NEW YORK- SEPTEMBER 04: Roger FedererRoger Federer was all business at the US Open earlier today where he easily defeated his third-round opponent in straight sets.

He is going after his sixth US Open title and badly wants it to help salvage what has been, for him, a largely disappointing year since winning the Australian Open back in January.

One of Federer’s biggest challengers for the title at Flushing Meadows is world number Rafael Nadal who won both Wimbledon and the French Open this summer. Even though these two men have been battling for the number one ranking for the last six years, they are very friendly rivals with great respect and affection for each other.

You can see that in this video that my pal Henry sent to me that is just a gem because we get to see another side – a very goofy side – of two sports legends.


“True Blood” star Joe Manganiello workout secrets!

"True Blood" episode "Trouble"As Alcide on HBO’s True Blood, Joe Manganiello has quickly become a fan favorite.
Part of that has to do with the fact that the actor is built like a brick house!
How does he accomplish such a physique? He shares his secret in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly:
“Forty-five minutes of cardio in the morning., and then in the afternoon I would train with Ron Mathews. He trained Hugh Jackman for X-Men and Jennifer Garner for Alias. It’s high intensity, high impact, high heart rate. You don’t stop moving for an hour. It feels like someone is jamming a red-hot poker into my abdomen repeatedly.”
“I have no problem telling everyone what my workout “secrets” are because there really are no secrets – it’s just brutal ass kicking, repeatedly. Twice a day, six days a week. I really wanted to come correct for Alan [Ball]. The biggest thank you letter I could write was I’m going to kick some f***ing ass.”

Saturday Briefs: A new “Glee” promo; Gavin Creel ends “Hair” run; Happy Birthday to Mitzi Gaynor!

New Glee season 2 promos! Plus Jane Lynch in iCarly clip!In case you are counting the days, as I am, the season 2 premiere of Glee is on Tuesday, Sept. 21 on FOX at 8 p.m.
Can’t wait for the return of the evil Sue Sylvester, sexy Will Scheuster, adorable Kurt Hummel, the fabulous Rachel Berry, the diva Mercedes Jones, the studly Finn Hudson, the awesome Artie Adams and the lovely Quinn Fabray and all the rest!
The network is wisely building up the buzz with a series of promos giving us a little taste of what is ahead including the much-hyped Britney Spears episode on Sept. 28. (I’m pretty lukewarm on Britney as I am on Madonna. I just don’t get it).
Anyway, FOX called upon two of the stars of its series Bones to host the latest Glee promo: Emily Deschanel and Tamara Taylor.

ON BROADWAY: A lot of actors worry about whether coming out as gay will ruin their careers. Thankfully, they can look to talented folks like Neil Patrick Harris, Ricky Martin, Cheyenne Jackson, Chris Colfer, Sir Ian McKellen, Luke Macfarlane, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, TR Knight, Sean Hayes, Michael Urie and, thankfully, many, many more, to see that it can actually win you all kinds of new fans.

I had not really been familiar with Gavin Greel until he came out and now I find myself following his career and rooting for him to do well. Earlier this week, Gavin bid farewell to the West End production of Hair which opened in April at the Gielgud Theatre and closes tonight. He also played the role of Claude on Broadway and was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance.

After his final performance in London he tweeted: i’m amazed how a group of people could take me over, run me hard, & lift me so so high. my heart is full.i love you tribe. goodnight london.

I wish Gavin all kinds of luck with his next career move and hopes it brings him even more success! ACT: I have to wish a happy 79th birthday to one of my girl crushes: the great Mitzi Gaynor!

The legendary star of South Pacific and a dazzling series of television variety specials in the 60s and 70s is someone who has been a delight to interview and see at various events in recent years.

The last time I saw Miss Gaynor was at the LA Tony Award Party in June 2009. I was sort of staring at her after we finished talking but not in a way that I wanted her to notice! She gives me a sideways glance and says: “You’re checking me out aren’t you!”

It was so funny! And great. She is great. We had also sat together at Florence Henderson’s 75th birthday concert earlier that year.

Mitzi had been retired from showbiz but after her husband Jack Bean died in 2006 (they were married for 52 years), she has since re-emerged professionally and been touring with a one-woman show.

She’s also been working on a memoir.

But don’t expect anything scandalous.

“You know when the National Enquirer calls me up, they want to know like a recipe for Hungarian goulash, that’s how sexy and salacious I am. I was a married lady for like all of my life.”

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Who are the most popular gays on Twitter? was feeling pretty good about my just over 1,200 Twitter followers until I saw this list of the most popular gays on Twitter compiled by The Advocate!

I can understand why more than 5 million people follow Ellen DeGeneres and glad to see that 1.6 million follow Rachel Maddow. These are awesome women! And the guys in the top 15, a lot of them I follow too: Ricky Martin, Adam Lambert, Neil Patrick Harris and Chris Colfer.

But Samantha Ronson has more than 1.5 million Twitter followers? I can see how interest was way up when she and ex-girlfriend Lindsay Lohan were fighting all the time but the number really surprises me. Lindsay herself has just over 1 million.

Love that Michael Ausiello, a hard-working TV writer for Entertainment Weekly who always has great scoops about our favorite shows, made the top 10 with 1.1 million followers.

Here is the complete list in order:


2. Perez Hilton (blogger) 2,378,242

3. Stephen Fry (actor) 1,746,386

4. Rachel Maddow (tv host) 1,679,131

5. Samantha Ronson (DJ) 1,564,457


7. Michael Ausiello (Entertainment Weekly writer) 1,123,498

8. Lindsay Lohan 1,091,073

9. Suze Orman (personal finance expert) 1,0690,245

11: Adam Lambert 635,930

12. Alan Carr (comedian) 563,293

13. Michael Buckley 527,314

14. Karl Lagerfeld 308,960

15. Chris Colfer 282,970

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Saturday Morning Man: Josh Stamberg! to a lot of cool folks at last weekend’s pre-Emmy BAFTA/LA Tea Party and one of them was actor Josh Stamberg, one of the stars of the Lifetime comedy Drop Dead Diva.

Josh plays the role of J. Parker on the series about vapid aspiring model who is killed in a car crash and gets brought back to life as an intelligent, overweight lawyer, hoping to find the meaning of inner beauty.

One of his co-stars is Margaret Cho so I had to ask what he thought of one of my favorite comediennes.

“Are you kidding me? Margaret Cho is one of my favorite new friends,” he said. “She is possibly the most chill, unusually cool girl I’ve ever known. She’s such a talented lady and so smart, great sense of humor – super dark.”

The series is filmed in Atlanta which has been a bit of an adjustment for some of the actors.

“You know what? I like it, it’s easy,” Josh insists. “I have a 2 year old, it’s family-friendly, it’s green, people are friendly, there’s good food. I like being home in LA but if you have to be someplace, it’s pretty good.”

The show hasn’t officially been renewed but a third season seems a sure bet and they would resume production in February.

Josh has been a busy actor in television since 1998 doing guest spots on such shows as Sex and the City, Law & Order, CSI, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, House M.D., Brothers & Sisters and Men in Trees. He’s also had recurring roles on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Over There and was a regular on the sitcom Courting Alex.

Movies credits include Fracture, Must Love Dogs and Legion.

Josh was born in Washington D.C. where his father, Louis C. Stamberg, was a State Department employee. Fans of National Public Radio – like me – know his mother Susan Stamberg’s work as the original host of NPR’s All Things Considered.

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