The GLAAD Wrap brings you LGBTQ-related entertainment news highlights, fresh stuff to watch out for, and fun diversions to help you kick off the weekend.
1) The romantic comedy Almost Love will be available across video on-demand services today. The film stars out actors Scott Evans and Augustus Prew as a couple who have been together for five years, and are figuring out how to rekindle their flame to hold on to their relationship. The film is available on all cable and digital VOD platforms, including iTunes, Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play, and FandangoNow. Watch the trailer below!
2) New mobile streaming service Quibi launches on Monday, April 6. The service is dedicated to providing short-form content to view on your phone with episodes that are all 10 minutes or less. Some LGBTQ-inclusive shows that will be premiering on the April 6 launch date include Dishmantle, a cooking show hosted by Tituss Burgess; Gayme Show, hosted by out comedians Dave Mizzoni and Matt Rogers; Sasha Velour’s docuseries NightGowns; Prodigy, a sport docuseries hosted by Megan Rapinoe; dating show Singled Out hosted by Joel Kim Booster and Keke Palmer; and You Ain’t Got These, a show about sneaker culture from Lena Waithe. Click here to sign up for Quibi.
3) GLAAD Media Award-nominated drama Killing Eve has moved up its premiere date to be two weeks earlier than planned. The series, which follows queer assassin Villanelle (played by Jodie Comer) and MI-6 agent Eve (plays by Sandra Oh), will debut its third season on April 12 on BBC America and AMC. In more TV news, Hulu comedy Shrill has been renewed for a third season. The show features several queer characters in the ensemble including the main character, Annie’s roommate, Fran, who is a lesbian. Out actor Leslie Jordan has been cast in FOX’s Call Me Kat, as a coworker of the titular Kat who recently broke up with his longtime partner, from Jim Parsons’ That’s Wonderful Productions. The show also stars out actor Cheyenne Jackson.
4) A full trailer has been released for We’re Here, the unscripted series from HBO which follows drag queens Shangela, Bob the Drag Queen, and Eureka giving drag makeovers to small-town America. The show will premiere on April 23. Bisexual actress Bella Thorne has signed a deal with FOX to develop scripted and unscripted content for the network. She says she wants to focus on writing young adult series from a youthful perspective. Out comedian and TV presenter Sue Perkins will be hosting a travel show for Netflix, where she visits and learns about countries in Latin America.
5) Out singer Adam Lambert released his fourth studio album, Velvet, on March 20. Stream and download the album here. Out singer Troye Sivan released a new single on Wednesday, “Take Yourself Home.” Download and stream the song here. Sivan also released new t-shirt designs alongside the single, with the proceeds from the sales going to the WHO COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and Spotify’s COVID-19 Music Relief project.
6) Out singer Frank Ocean released two new tracks on Thursday night, “Dear April” and “Cayendo.” Listen to both the tracks here. Out country crooner phenom Orville Peck released a new single and video, “Summertime,” on Wednesday. Click here to stream and download the song and watch the video below.
7) Pop star and drag queen Pabllo Vittar released their new album 111 last week, earlier than planned. The album features appearances by artists including Charli XCX, Sangolo, Thalía, Psirico, and Jerry Smith, and includes songs in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Click here to stream 111. Drag queen Bebe Zahara Benet also released new music this week, a single “Banjo” with an accompanying music video featuring Daniel Franzese, Jai Rodriguez, and Dexter Mayfield. Download the song here and watch the video below.
8) Out artist Bright Light Bright Light released a new disco track titled “This Was My House.” The artist told Paper Magazine, “the song is about how the safe spaces for the LGBTQ+ community have been fractured of late with a palpable uprising of anti-LGBTQ+ and xenophobic rhetoric, which is scarily even more real now as these public spaces are closed for the foreseeable future due to the COVID19 pandemic.” Stream and download the song here and watch the video below!
9) Boom! Studios’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer is getting a spin-off comic miniseries following queer fan-favorite character Willow. The miniseries is written by out writer Mariko Tamaki with art by Natacha Bustos. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow will release its first issue in June. Boom! is also adapting out writer Gabby Rivera’s novel Juliet Takes a Breath into a graphic novel, with artists Celia Moscote and James Fenner. The book tells the story of Juliet, a Puerto Rican lesbian from the Bronx who comes out to her family and takes an internship in Portland, Oregon, and is set for release later this year.
Yes. It’s true. I actually finished a script for this the other day and did a little gay dance of joy for how gay my job is. https://t.co/wLH5urOIAI
— mariko tamaki (@marikotamaki) March 17, 2020
10) Marvel superhero America Chavez, a Latinx lesbian who has the power of flight, super strength and speed, and the ability to punch holes in reality to use as portals, will have a new solo comic miniseries starting this June. America Chavez: Made in the USA will center on America’s origin story, as well as the ripple effect from her current actions. Queer comic Check, Please will release it’s second and final book Sticks and Scones on Tuesday, April 7. The book from Ngozi Ukazu follows the romance and coming-of-age of accidental college hockey player and baker Eric Bittle and his superstar NHL pro boyfriend Jack Zimmermann. Pre-order the second volume here.
CHECK, PLEASE! STICKS & SCONES comes out April 7th, and you can help both me and indie bookstore by grabbing it!
— ☆ Ngozi ☆ Sticks & Scones in bookstores April 7th (@ngoziu) March 20, 2020
11) Out actors Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Zachary Quinto will take part in a live reading of the late gay playwright Terrence McNally’s Lips Together, Teeth Apart. The play follows two straight couples visiting the home of a relative who recently died of AIDS. The live reading will be on Broadway.com, as well as its Facebook and YouTube pages, at 8pm ET on Monday, April 6.
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) March 31, 2020