Morning Brew – Alanna Masterson talks playing Tara on “The Walking Dead”


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Victoria Cartagena looks mad as hell in the new Gotham promo for next week.

Rumor has it Rosie O’Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg are clashing on The View already.

Desiree Akhavan talked about creating imperfect LGBT characters, like in her film Appropriate Behavior.

Charice is feeling a lot of homophobia from her Filipinos, and spoke out about bullying on Instagram.

Mary Lambert has a special performance over at Vevo.

Imogen is in the new season of Degrassi, so talked with EW about Season 5 and how gay character Tara fits into the group.

… a big aspect to it is there’s Tara. Rick and Tara have met before the train car, but they were on opposite sides of the fence. And Tara was standing in close proximity to the Governor. That’s a big deal. There are some group dynamics that will be affected, and some things that might…well, they have to be worked out one way or another, whether it be Abraham or Rick, or Tara and Rick, and Rosita certainly has Abraham’s back. There’s the whole Eugene in it all. It’s not necessarily very happy. But I will say, the fact that Glenn and Maggie more or less vouch for all of them does bode well in that regard.


Speaking of Tara, Alanna Masterson spoke with Out about playing gay and the show’s reputation for being lacking in the area of LGBT people.

I think my conversation with the show runners and creators in general is: If you have a story to tell, you should tell it. I think that it should be established that Tara has a girlfriend, or falls in love with someone but, again, there’s so much going on, and there’s only so much that our show runners and creators can do while trying to tell 14 people’s stories. I definitely feel like it will be told. With Tara, you’re getting to know her, and it’s going to be amazing when you see who she falls in love with, whoever it may be. I think, and again, it shouldn’t be thrown in your face, but how it is in real life; people love each other and you should have no, you know, qualms of who — if she loves a girl, if she loves five girls, if she loves a boy — I think no one should have any opinion on it, or judge it in any manner. And that’s how I feel in real life, and that’s how I feel with this show. So I think they’re going to do it in a very interesting way, whenever it does come up. Whether they do have more gay characters or not, I think each character they look at — just that person, how they want to create that story.

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Kristen Kish is part of Rembrandt’s new campaign for RembrandtColorful. Sold!

A lesbian couple and their family is part of a new Arizona Secretary of State ad campaign. Melanie Puskar-Blakely, Tonya Blakely and their two daughters are featured in Former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard‘s video spot to discuss how anti-LGBT the competition (aka Sen. Michele Reagan) can be.

Erica Ash plays one of TV’s best new lesbian character’s on the new Starz series Survivor’s Remorse. Listen to her talk about her bad ass role in this interview with Black Hollywood Live.

Rachel Maddow will appear in Alpha House‘s new season, although I wonder if it’ll be like her House of Cards cameo where she’s shown doing her show on a TV screen.

Trish Summerville is Timeless Chic for Gap’s new Dress Normal campaign.


Melissa Etheridge performed on Good Morning America yesterday and discussed her new album with Robin Roberts.

Today in Lesbianish TV: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Queen Latifah Show, The View (ABC), Melissa Etheridge on Live with Kelly & Michael, Good Morning America (ABC 7 a.m.), Sisterhood of Hip Hop marathon (Oxygen 9 a.m.), The Big Interview “Jane Lynch” (AXS TV 9:30 a.m.), But I’m a Cheerleader (TMC Xtra 10:30 a.m.), My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding “Kissing Cousins” (TLC 11 a.m.), *Face Off marathon (Syfy 12 p.m.), *House “Last Temptation” (Universal HD 12 p.m.), *Grey’s Anatomy marathon (Lifetime 1 p.m.), Election (Showtime 1 p.m.), The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.), *Secrets of a Restaurant Chef (Food Network 2 p.m.), V for Vendetta (IFC 2:15 p.m.), *Will & Grace “Dyeing Is Easy, Comedy Is Hard” (We 3 p.m.), Kicking & Screaming (HBO Comedy 3:45 p.m.), Buffy marathon (Pivot 4 p.m., 2 a.m.), The East (MovieMAX 4 p.m.), *Anger Management “Charlie Gets Romantic” (FX 4 p.m.), *Friends “The One With the Lesbian Wedding” (TBS 4:30 p.m.), Jane Velez-Mitchell (HLN 7 p.m.), Billie Jean King on Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. “Born Champions” (PBS), Makers “Women in Comedy” (PBS), *Masters of Sex “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” (Showtime 8 p.m.), Law & Order “Panic” (We 8 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m.), Face Off “Teacher’s Pets” (Syfy 9 p.m.), Sisterhood of Hip Hop “Bringing Down the House” (Oxygen 9 p.m.), *Chopped “Pizza Perfect” (Food Network 9 p.m.), *Ray Donovan “The Captain” (Showtime 10 p.m.), Faking It “You Can’t Handle the Truth or Dare” (MTV 10:30 p.m.), Chopped “Without Missing a Beet” (Food Network 11 p.m.), Rosie O’Donnell on Late Show with David Letterman (CBS 11:35 p.m.), Friends “The One With Rachel’s Big Kiss” (Nick 11:36 p.m.) (Thanks Roni!)

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