Morning Brew – Weds. Dec. 12: Shonda Rhimes on why she has lesbians on her shows, Jillian Michaels loves Christmas

Good morning!

Arrested Development is getting even more episodes. More Portia!

Portrait of a Serial Monogamist is indieWire’s project of the day. If you missed it the first time I posted the trailer in Brew last month, check it out.

Call up your dad and tell him thank you. Sergey Gavrilets of the Working Group on Intragenomic Conflict at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (phew!) says his study on gay genetics found gay women get the gene from their fathers. Please use the “it’s all your fault!” sparingly.

People.com has a video of Jillian Michaels talking about Christmas. She’s really into it because of her kids.


Photo from NBC

Shonda Rhimes answered a question about why she has so many LGBT storylines on her shows with her awesome trademark smarts and sass.

Because I believe everyone should get to see themselves
reflected on TV. EVERYONE. And because I love all my gay and lesbian
friends. AND because I think same-sex marriage is the civil rights
fight of our era and back when being a person of color was the civil
rights fight, people like Norman Lear put black people on TV and
helped change some minds. So you know, it’s gotta be paid forward. As
long as we are willing to sit by while one person is not free, none of
us are free.


Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty

And FINALLY: because as long as someone feels like it is okay to ask
the question “why all the gay people on your shows”, then there is
still a HUGE problem that needs to be solved. It’s like asking “Why
all the black people on your shows”. (Which is, in fact, why there are
also a lot of people of color on my shows . Cause people keep asking.
Like it’s unusual. Which means we have a LONG way to go). Okay, done
preaching.

All together now: Go Shonda, go Shonda, go Shonda, go Shonda!

De’Borah recorded a cover of Coldplay‘s “Viva La Vida” for fans. Enjoy!

TNT wants to know your favorite Maura and Jane moment. LLBF is one of them, as is Maura undercover in the lesbian bar.

If you’re getting hitched and looking for some affordable hers and hers wedding rings, check out these from AideMemoire on Etsy.

Today in Lesbianish TV: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Pariah (TMAX 8:50 a.m.), Talking Liberally with Stephanie Miller (Current 9 a.m.), *Top Chef marathon (Bravo 11 a.m.), *Roseanne (We 11:30 a.m.), *Living Single (TV One 1:30 p.m.), The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.), *Secrets of a Restaurant Chef (Food Network 2 p.m.), Glee Live in Concert (HBO2 2:30 p.m.), *Friends (TBS 4 p.m.), Rent (Starz InBlack 5:40 p.m.), Jane Velez-Mitchell (HLN 7 p.m.), *Finding Bigfoot (Animal Planet 7 p.m.), Our Idiot Brother (TMC 8 p.m.), The Kids Are All Right (WMAX 8:10 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m.), Chicago Fire (NBC 10 p.m.), Top Chef (Bravo 10 p.m.), The Challenge (MTV 10 p.m.), American Horror Story: Asylum (FX 10 p.m.) (Thanks Roni!)

*Denotes a rerun

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