‘Star Trek: Discovery,’ ‘Grace and Frankie’ and ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Bring A Boost of LGBTQ TV This Week

Check out our weekly guide to TV this week, and make sure you’re catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won’t admit you watch when no one’s looking.

One of TV’s most hilarious comedies, Schitt’s Creek, is back for a fifth season Wednesday at 10 p.m. Eastern on Pop. Brilliant, out writer-star Dan Levy is reason enough to tune in, but we cannot overstate just how genius comedy icon Catherine O’Hara is as well. In fact, the whole cast is incredible.

Fleeing Earth for space sure sounds good these days. Until Elon Musk teleports us all to Mars or whatever, we’ll have to entertain our interstellar fantasies with Star Trek: Discovery, returning for a second season Thursday on CBS All Access. Season two will feature the mysterious return of Wilson Cruz’s character Dr. Culber. Find out what that means for his relationship with astromycologist Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp).

British drama Butterfly comes to this side of the pond Friday on Hulu. The series, starring Pushing Daisies‘ star Anna Friel, focuses on a family trying to understand their young child’s gender transition.

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are back again Friday as the titular Grace and Frankie on Netflix’s charming comedy. The gay icons continue their post-divorce lives after their husbands left them for each other back in season one. Netflix has already renewed the series for a sixth season ahead of this week’s season five premiere.

What are you watching this week on TV?

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WATCH: Grace and Frankie break into RuPaul’s home in new season trailer

RuPaul appears in the Grace and Frankie season 5 trailer

Grace and Frankie, the Netflix show starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, has released the trailer for their upcoming 5th season. In it, we see the first glimpse of this season’s very special guest star, RuPaul.

The trailer

The official trailer was released on 8 January and currently has over 200,000 views.

On season 5 of Grace and Frankie, RuPaul plays Benjamin Le Day, a ‘formidable and quick-witted adversary.’ He is first introduced when Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin) break into his house.

‘Someone’s coming,’ Grace whispers to Frankie upon realizing someone is home after the break-in. The two women duck behind the kitchen counter.

‘It seems you’re breaking and entering,’ Benjamin says to them.

‘Hey girl,’ Grace responds, flustered, and holding a toaster.

‘Who the fuck are you?’ Benjamin calmly asks.

‘Who the fuck are you?’ Frankie replies, louder.

News of RuPaul’s role on Grace and Frankie broke last year, following a Twitter thread between RuPaul and Jane Fonda which hinted at a cameo appearance.

Fan reactions

Fans of the show took to Twitter to express excitement at RuPaul’s guest role.

Season 5 of Grace and Frankie will be streaming on Netflix beginning 18 January.

Author: Rafaella Gunz

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Bi Walking Dead actress lost a queer role because not ‘authentically LGBTI’

Close up of actress Briana Venskus in the role of Beatrice in The Walking Dead.

The Walking Dead actress Briana Venskus opened up on being rejected for a queer role because deemed not ‘authentically LGBTI’.

The actress is openly bisexual and came out to her mother during a 2015 red carpet at the premiere of Netflix’s queer comedy Grace & Frankie, where she played Billie.

Hollywood stereotype of LGBTI

Venskus, who portrays Beatrice on the AMC post-apocalyptic TV show, talked about being rejected by an unnamed production on Instagram.

She posted a picture of herself giving the middle finger to Hollywood stereotypes. Her post prompted a conversation about how society and the entertainment industry believe LGBTI individuals should look like.

‘So…I was just informed that I was not cast in a role on a show because I wasn’t seen as “Authentically LGBTQ” enough,’ the actress said.

After picking up her ‘jaw off the floor’, Venskus said she is tired ‘with this Hollywood stereotype of LGBTI’.

‘What does that even mean to be “Authentic LGBTI”? Do I not look the part to you? What does the “part” of LGBTI look like to you Hollywood if actual LGTBI people can’t even be seen as “Authentic.”‘

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So…I was just informed that I was not cast in a role on a show because I wasn’t seen as “Authentically LGBTQ” enough. After I picked my jaw up off the floor I pieced together my thoughts enough to say this: 1⃣ Are you fucking blind?! …sorry just had to get that out of the way 2⃣ I’m so tired and frustrated with this Hollywood stereotype of LGBTQ. What does that even mean to be ‘Authentic LGBTQ’? Do I not look the part to you? What does the ‘part’ of LGBTQ look like to you Hollywood if actual LGTBQ people can’t even be seen as ‘Authentic.’ 3⃣ Why are we perpetuating the stereotypes and generalities that have been set for us by people who don’t even know us 4⃣ Acting is just that… ACTING. Now I know this is a touchy subject for a lot of people especially with the major fuck ups of whitewashing in big budget movies, and yes that is WRONG, I do however agree with an actors right to embody a part that is not naturally inherent to them. That is why it is in fact called…ACTING. 5⃣ I am a bisexual woman, I am in the LGBTQ community, and I live AUTHENTICALLY every damn day ✌🏽

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Venskus on acting and whitewashing

Furthermore, the actress weighed in on whitewashing and straightwashing in big budget productions.

‘Acting is just that… ACTING. Now I know this is a touchy subject for a lot of people especially with the major fuck ups of whitewashing in big budget movies, and yes that is WRONG,’ she said.

‘I do however agree with an actors right to embody a part that is not naturally inherent to them. That is why it is in fact called…ACTING.’

She finally said: ‘I am a bisexual woman, I am in the LGBTI community, and I live AUTHENTICALLY every damn day.’

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