Every week, 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.) Spoiler Alert debuts in limited theaters today! Based on Michael Ausiello’s best-selling memoir, the film spans the eleven months between Ausiello’s husband Kit’s terminal cancer diagnosis and his passing. The tragic, funny, and heartwarming story highlights Michael and Kit’s passionate 14-year relationship, portrayed by out actors Jim Parsons and Ben Aldridge, respectively. Check out an official clip below and watch Spoiler Alert in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco before its wide release December 9!
2.) The Sundance Award-winning documentary Framing Agnes premieres in select theaters this week. Directed by out filmmaker Chase Joynt and executive produced by GLAAD’s own Director of Transgender Representation Alex Schmider, the film explores how transgender people have been perceived and represented in the past and present while widening the frame through which trans history is viewed. After discovering case files from a 1950s gender clinic, a cast of transgender actors– including Angelica Ross, Jen Richards, Zackary Drucker, Silas Howard, Max Wolf Valerio, and Stephen Ira– turn a talk show inside out to confront the legacy of a young trans woman forced to choose between honesty and access. Watch the Framing Agnes trailer below and buy your New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver, or Toronto theater tickets here!
3.) The groundbreaking romantic comedy Bros, written by and starring out actor and comedian Billy Eichner, begins streaming exclusively on Peacock today. With a cast entirely composed by LGBTQ actors, the film follows Bobby Leiber (Eichner) as he stumbles towards love with a fellow gay man (out actor Luke McFarlane), despite both of their commitment issues. Don’t miss your chance to stream Bros now! In other queer film news, trans actress MJ Rodriguez (Pose) was added to the cast of Transformers: Rise of the Beasts.
4.) Apple TV+ has introduced Shrinking, an upcoming 10-episode comedy featuring queer actor Michael Urie, in the first-look teaser below! Shrinking follows a grieving therapist (Jason Segel) as he ignores his training and ethics by telling his clients exactly what he thinks, no matter the life-altering consequences; stream the first two episodes on January 27. In other streaming news, Ginny & Georgia‘s second season will premiere on Netflix on January 5. The show features a number of queer characters, including Maxine (Sara Waisglass), Sophie (out actress Humberly González), Nick (Dan Beirne), and Gabriel Cordova (Alex Mallari Jr.).
5.) The Formans welcome a new generation of Point Place kids in the first teaser trailer of Netflix’s That ‘90s Show! Set in 1995, the spinoff picks up with Leia, Eric and Donna’s daughter, visiting her grandparents for the summer. Eager for adventure, Leia fills the iconic Wisconsin basement with a brand-new group of friends, including sarcastic and insightful gay teen Ozzie (Reyn Doi). Stream That ’90s Show January 19 and watch the trailer below. In more Netflix news, Emily is back in Paris for a third season on December 21! The newly released trailer of Emily in Paris, featuring gay character Julien, picks up after a season two cliffhanger where Emily faces both career and romantic crossroads that may determine her future; check it out here.
6.) Out actor Jordan Gonzalez has been promoted to series regular in the forthcoming second season of HBO Max’s Pretty Little Liars spinoff series, recently retitled Pretty Little Liars: Summer School. Gonzalez portrays fan-favorite transgender student Ash, who is the leader of Spectrum, an LGBTQ group at Millwood High. Binge season one on HBO Max today!
I never was very good at getting my school work finished, guess I’ll have spend some extra time in Summer School. A massive thank you to everyone who has been on and supported this journey with me. Words will never be enough gratitude. pic.twitter.com/w3WIlF6AYv
— Jordan Gonzalez (@JordanLGonzalez) November 28, 2022
7.) Out singer and actress Renée Rapp released her video for “Too Well” today, which included queer TikTok stars Dylan Mulvaney and Chris Olsen. Watch it here! Queer synth pop riser Plasmic has released the official music video for “Ghosted you”; watch it below! In other music news, out singer-songwriter Chloe George has released a new left-of-center pop EP entitled Penny and out artist Jess Kallen has released the single “A Garden Bed of Thistle Weeds.” Additionally, out Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, producer, and author Brandi Carlile has been set to return to Saturday Night Live for her second time as a musical guest on December 10, hosted by Steve Martin and Martin Short!
8.) Audible has unveiled its brand-new audiobook version of Oliver Twist this week, featuring bisexual Heartstopper star Kit Connor! The adaptation of Dickens’ classic story follows a young orphan born into a life of poverty in the 19th century; listen to the audio series today! Additionally, iHeartMedia has announced its latest slate of original podcasts, including Onward with Rosie O’Donnell, set to launch in February. In the podcast, legendary lesbian comedian and talk show host O’Donnell will share her insights as a 60 year old while conversing with friends, celebrities, newsmakers, artists, poets, and TikTokers!
Daniel Kaluuya, Kit Connor, Brian Cox, Paapa Essiedu, Nicola Coughlan, Patricia Allison, Elijah Wolf and Emilio Villa-Muhammad have been cast in a ‘OLIVER TWIST’ audio series, produced by Sam Mendes.
The series is available on Audible today. pic.twitter.com/Bfapl4Ulx9
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) November 30, 2022
9.) Get in the holiday spirit with out comedian Matt Roger’s Have You Heard of Christmas? special, premiering tonight on Showtime. With original soon-to-be-classic songs and comedy sketches featuring queer guest stars, there’s something for everyone in the yuletide musical extravaganza! In other comedy news, queer and non-binary Feel Good breakout star Mae Martin has announced an upcoming hourlong Netflix stand-up special, directed by out comedian and producer Abbi Jacobson.
10.) Queer actors and inclusive independent films stole the show at The 32nd Annual Gotham Awards this week, led by Everything Everywhere All at Once winning Best Feature! Other notable queer winners include psychological thriller TÁR, featuring a lesbian protagonist in the titular role, and out actor Ben Whishaw for his role in the new medical comedy-drama This is Going to Hurt, as well as an Ensemble Tribute to the cast of queer rom-com Fire Island; check out the full list of winners here!
— Everything Everywhere (@allatoncemovie) November 29, 2022