Morning Brew – The CW is developing a show about a transgender teen

Good morning, Brewbies! Let’s kick off your Friday with some awesomely refreshing news: The CW is developing a show about a FTM transgender teen, and it sounds remarkable! From Deadline:

ZE is described as a raw, quirky family drama about a FTM (female-to-male) teen and his family. A personal choice takes on controversial public significance when a Texas teenager announces she is transgender and will be living life as a boy. As his dysfunctional family spirals into identity crises of their own, he discovers that he might be the most well-adjusted of them all.  CBS TV Studios is producing ZE, whose title represents a non-gender-specific reference (like he or she).

If the show gets picked up, it will be the very first time a transgender person has been a leading character on a primetime show!

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Want to know if you’re gay? Sara Gilbert has a tip for you: Make out with a dude and you’ll know right away. She talked to People about how dating Johnny Galecki helped her realize she’s a lesbian:

“I thought he was super cute and I had a total crush on him,” Gilbert recalls of her former Roseanne costar. “And we started dating and he would come over and we would, like, make out, and then I would start to get depressed.” Once Gilbert realized Galecki was offended by her actions, she “eventually told him I thought it was about my sexuality and he was super sweet about it.”

(Thanks for the tip, Lucy Hallowell!)

The makers of Chica Busca Chica need your help turning their series into a movie.

To donate, check out their official fundraising site.

Daytime TV guru Dana Piccoli let me know that All My Children favorite Alicia Minshew will be the leading lesbian lady of Crystal Chappel‘s new series, Beacon Hill. Dana says: “Alicia played Bianca’s sister and Erica Kane’s daughter Kendell Hart. I’m so f–king excited!” And now so am I! Check out Beacon Hill’s official site and official Twitter for more information.

 

K.D. Lang is headed to Broadway! On February 11, she’ll take over for American Idol alum Fantasia Barrino in After Midnight, “the musical about Harlem’s legendary Cotton Club that opens at the Brooks Atkinson Theater in October.” Lang told The New York Times:

I’ve been listening to great jazz singers lately, and wanting to go in that direction. So the idea of singing Ellington, and working with Wynton Marsalis, seemed an auspicious opportunity. It’s challenging. It’s something outside my comfort zone. But it’s an opportunity to grow, artistically.

Today in lesbian-ish TV: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ellen marathon (FX 9 a.m.), A Baby Story “Baby Prohaska” (TLC 9 a.m.) (rerun), Sell This House! “Van Nuys, CA – Laura Nelson & Collene Swanson” (Bio 10 a.m.) (rerun), South Park “Tom’s Rhinoplasty” (Comedy Central 10:33 a.m.) (rerun), RuPaul’s Drag U “Suddenly Single” (Logo 11 a.m.) (rerun), RuPaul’s Drag U “Lesbians Gone Wild” (Logo 12 p.m.) (rerun), Notes on a Scandal (TMAX 1:10 p.m.), The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS 1:30 p.m.), Curb Appeal: The Block “A Bland Ranch Style Home Becomes a Modern Moroccan Masterpiece” (HGTV 1:30 p.m.) (rerun), The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.), Grey’s Anatomy marathon (Lifetime 2 p.m.), Arrested Development (FXX 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m.) (rerun), Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now (HBO Comedy 2:35 p.m.), Nick Cannon Presents Wild ‘N Out marathon (MTV2 4 p.m.), Jane Velez-Mitchell (HLN 7 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m.), Arrested Development marathon (IFC 10:30 p.m.), Friends “The One with Phoebe’s Rats” (Nick 11:33 p.m.) (rerun), Ray Donovan “Fite Nite” (Showtime 12 a.m.), Hercules: The Legendary Journeys “The Warrior Princess” (Hub 1 a.m.) (rerun), Glastonbury Festival Hour 5 (Palladia 2 a.m.) – the xx perform, American Horror Story: Asylum (FX 4 a.m.) (rerun) [Thanks for the schedule, Roni!]

Have a great weekend, friends!

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