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Seeing in the new year with Jazz Jennings

Seeing in the new year with Jazz Jennings

By Victoria A. Brownworth

We try to give TV series three episodes before we decide a show is irredeemable. We're trying to give 2019 at least a month before we make the same decision, but this new year doesn't look so shiny and fresh.

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By Victoria A. Brownworth | January 1, 2019

We will still need lots and lots of scripted TV to distract and amuse us from the DC reality show in 2019.

By David-Elijah Nahmod | December 25, 2018

Filmmaker Jayan Cherian and his cast throw caution to the wind with the tale of a gay artist and a feminist who rebel against the societal norms of their conservative Indian city in "Ka Bodyscapes."

By Tim Pfaff | December 18, 2018

Gay literary fiction devotees await a new novel by Alan Hollinghurst the way fans of George R.R. Martin await his latest, if more politely.

By Brian Bromberger | December 18, 2018

"Harold Prince: The Director's Life" premiered on PBS' Great Performances series at the end of November, and is available for free streaming until the end of December.

By Victoria A. Brownworth | December 18, 2018

As awful as the year was in politics, it was pretty fabulous for TV, no matter what some critics will tell you. Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime all added to the joys of cable, and even network had some good offerings.

By Victoria A. Brownworth | December 4, 2018

CBS' Nov. 29 episode of "Murphy Brown" took a cinema verité approach to Trump's "enemy of the people" mantra.

By Brian Bromberger | December 4, 2018

James "The Amazing" Randi's life and mission are profiled in the entertaining documentary "An Honest Liar."

By Brian Bromberger | November 27, 2018

Amazon Prime's new TV series "Homecoming," which started streaming Nov. 2, with its circuitous intrigue, puzzling twists, and Hitchcockian suspense, is tailor-made for our times.

By Victoria A. Brownworth | November 20, 2018

Re the "Queer Eye" re-boot: We didn't think it was possible to re-imagine a show that seemed perfect the first time, but Netflix created a new Fab Five a decade after the initial show in both a delight and a revelation.

By Victoria A. Brownworth | November 6, 2018

GLAAD's new "Where We Are on TV" report is out, and the numbers are up, which is great. But those numbers are also deceptive, because they don't tell the whole story.

By Brian Bromberger | October 30, 2018

Created by BBC and now available on Amazon Prime, "A Very English Scandal," a three-part/three-hour series, is a breezy dissection of hypocritical British attitudes toward homosexuality and insular homophobia.

By Victoria A. Brownworth | October 23, 2018

As the clock ticks down to midterms, don't let the Republicans' desperate move of going on every available TV pundit slot and proclaiming Democrats "the mob" and "criminal class" deter you from voting.

By Victoria A. Brownworth | October 10, 2018

We've spent way too much time watching CSPAN of late, but we're grateful for this network devoted solely to the actions of our government in real time.

By Brian Bromberger | September 26, 2018

Gay fashion designer Christian Siriano is a wonderful example of what can happen when an LGBTQ child grows up in a supportive family and is encouraged to follow their dreams.

By Victoria A. Brownworth | September 26, 2018

Watching this latest drama play out over CNN and MSNBC has been a brutal reminder of just how misogynist America is, and how very little has changed since the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings in 1991.

By Sari Staver | September 19, 2018

"Love, Gilda," the new documentary about Gilda Radner that opens Fri., Sept. 21 at Landmark Theatres, is a gold mine of nuggets from the all-too-short life of the great comedian.

By Sari Staver | September 12, 2018

The incomparable Lily Tomlin returns to the Bay Area stage for a benefit performance of her one-woman show "An Evening of the Classic Lily Tomlin." The award-winning actress will perform a two-hour show on Thurs., Sept. 20, 8 p.m. at Zellerbach Hall.

By Victoria A. Brownworth | September 12, 2018

The most compelling miniseries of the new fall TV season has been, without question, the hearings for SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

By Jim Gladstone | September 12, 2018

It's been almost a year since Jackie Hoffman turned in what may be the most widely seen performance of her career.

By Brian Bromberger | September 5, 2018

Lee Daniels, the powerhouse gay African-American director and producer, is profiled in the PBS summer series "Breaking Big," hosted by Carlos Watson, available to watch through September.

By Victoria A. Brownworth | August 29, 2018

Aretha Franklin is dead, and Trump is still healthy as a Clydesdale. Is it any wonder we need scripted TV to keep us sane?

By Brian Bromberger | August 22, 2018

Another outstanding entry in Logo-TV's final presentation in its three-documentary summer series. "Quiet Heroes," which premiered earlier this year at Sundance, will be shown on August 23, continuing through the rest of the month, streamable on August 24.

By Victoria A. Brownworth | August 15, 2018

Rosie O'Donnell has been making the political pundit tour since her protest concert with Broadway stars in front of the White House, while lesbian heartthrob Ruby Rose, she of the many tats on "Orange Is the New Black," will be the next TV Batwoman.

By Brian Bromberger | August 8, 2018

"When the Beat Drops" not only reveals the underground dance movement "bucking," but also uncovers courageous creative resistance in the often-stigmatized world of black gay men.

By Victoria A. Brownworth | August 1, 2018

After watching the final two episodes of "Pose" twice because we couldn't let go and because they were so pitch perfect, we were struck by how much we wanted more.

By Roberto Friedman | July 26, 2018

The audience for the opening night of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 38 at the Castro Theatre last Thursday night knew that they were in the presence of genius.

By Brian Bromberger | July 26, 2018

Logo-TV's latest documentary "Light in the Water" tells the untold story of a LA competitive swim team that became a force in the LGBTQ sports movement.

By Victoria A. Brownworth | July 18, 2018

To paraphrase Robert Browning, "Ah to be in England, now that Trump Baby is there."

By Victoria A. Brownworth | July 4, 2018

We thought we would be writing about new, neo-noir summer series, like HBO's "Sharp Objects" or FX's "The Sinner," debuting in July.

By David-Elijah Nahmod | June 27, 2018

Openly gay Leslie Jordan, beloved as queenie closet case Beverly Leslie on NBC's Will and Grace, returns to Feinstein's at The Nikko for a two-night run of raucous, autobiographical comedy.

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