Morning Brew – Friday, Sept. 2: GLAAD is mad at Chelsea Handler, Marlene King talks “Pretty Little Liars” finale


Good morning, Brewbies! You made it to Friday! The Friday before a three-day weekend! Congratulations!

If you’re in the throes of PTPLLSD (Post-traumatic Pretty Little Liars Stress Disorder), check out showrunner Marlene King‘s TV Guide interview where she relives the highs of the summer season and teases us about what’s coming this winter. Jenna is getting that eyeball surgery, for example. And the second half of the season picks up a month after the summer finale. And, of course, she talks about our darling Emily:

Why has Emily been targeted so much this season?

Whether it was accurate or not, A assumed Emily was the weakest link. Emily felt to A like the softest and A interpreted that as weak, which is interesting because Emily is a competitor and willing to dig deep, but maybe because she was in love with Ali and her parents aren’t there, she’s a sitting duck. She’s isolated and an easy target.

Apparently the Halloween episode, which Bridget McManus previewed in yesterday’s Afternoon Delight, is going to be the scariest PLL ever. Oh, I cannot wait!

GLAAD has called out Chelsea Handler for having a go at Chaz Bono on Wednesday night’s episode of Chelsea Lately. Here are Handler’s remarks:

The Dancing with the Stars cast has been announced and, this is season 13, it includes Chaz Bono, otherwise known as Chastity Bono [laughs] before she got her penis [laughs].”

GLAAD commended Fortune Feimster for sticking up for Chaz, but they weren’t pleased with the rest of Handler’s comedian panel, saying, “The ‘humor’ utilized by the others hinged solely on using both male and female pronouns to describe Bono and reducing his identity down to anatomy in order to ridicule him.” They’ve called for an on-air apology from Handler, whose comments they find particularly disheartening because they consider her a “friend of the community.”

And speaking of DWTS, producer Conrad Green says we’re not going to see same-sex couples dancing together on the show:

“We’ve discussed (such) pairings in the past,” he [said], perhaps referring to the offer made to Portia de Rossi in 2010 for the real-life Mrs. Ellen DeGeneres to be paired with a woman on the show. (De Rossi said no.) “But the traditional role in ballroom (dancing) is for men to have a female partner, so that’s what we’ll do.”

I’m sure that’s a much better answer than the one Nigel Lythgoe from So You Think You Can Dance would have given. The first time a same-sex couple auditioned for that show, he pretty much told them they were embarrassing everyone on earth, including their own parents.

Loveless and the cast of The Fades.

Jack Thorne of Skins fame is gearing up for his new BBC/BBC America show The Fades, which includes the always perfect Lily Loveless. In a recent press statement, Throrne said:

My inspiration for the series came from the sort of books I read as a kid. I grew up not reading comic books but fantasy novels. The novelist that was most important to me was probably Susan Cooper. How she writes, and what interests me, is less the sort of super hero fantasy that seems quite prevalent at the moment, and perhaps more old school – she writes about ordinary people in extraordinary situations as opposed to extraordinary people in ordinary situations.

Thorne, Loveless and the inspiration of Susan Cooper? It’s a perfect storm of awesomeness.

While we’re on the subject of fantasy novels, The Hunger Games film has launched a new site called “The Capitol,” and it’s one of the best pieces of viral marketing I’ve seen in quite a while. If you’re a fan of the series, check it out.

Finally, an reader alerted us to a new web series called “Breaking Point,” which features a lovable bisexual character named Crystal. You can watch the first episode of the series below.


We’ll be closing down a little early today and won’t be posting much new material on Monday in observance of Labor Day. We’ll be back to business as usual on Tuesday, September 6. Have a lovely Labor Day weekend!

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