I’m Selina, Awards Circuit’s queer Girl Friday for everything LGBTQIA+ on TV and film! “Will & Grace” is back, “How To Get Away With Murder” is still making me gasp at my TV, and we even got full trailers for Netflix’s “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” and Hulu’s “Marvel’s Runaways.” Read on for “Will & Grace” and HTGAWM recaps, trailer speculations, and one rainbow reason why you should care about the Sabrina reboot (which isn’t really a reboot).
“Will & Grace” Returns For the Fall Season
I’ll have a full review of this season premiere soon, but here’s a quick synopsis:
- Grace (Debra Messing) is running for the presidency of an interior design association, which nobody really cares about. At an election event she meets her Twitter crush, the West Side Curmudgeon, in a protracted meet-angry. The West Side Curmudgeon is guest star/new love interest David Schwimmer (“Friends”), a washed-up writer who’s like Ross, if he lost Rachel and what shreds of optimism he had in the early 2000’s. That’s it. It’s just cranky Get-Off-My-Lawn Ross.
- There’s not enough Karen (Megan Mullally) in this episode. We did get a short but sweet story arc about a plastic surgeon naming a boob job the “Karen Walkers,” but it’s quickly stopped with some help from Will (Eric McCormack).
- Jack shines as always, with Sean Hayes’ physical comedy skills getting the biggest laughs of the episode. There’s a bit involving a banana, analgesic cream and a phone that could’ve been right out of “I Love Lucy.” The premiere is worth watching solely for that one bit, if you were on the fence.
New “Runaways” Trailer Hints At An Action-Packed Season 2
After a season of world-building and backtracking explanations, “Marvel’s Runaways” finally promises action, intrigue and hopefully the return of Gert’s guardian dinosaur. The latest trailer for Season 2 picks up where we last left off, with the group of super-powered teens on the run from their parents evil cult/villain alliance, PRIDE, who are desperately searching for their freaked out kids. According to the trailer, the teens have been studying up in their time on the run, learning how to use their powers as they struggle to survive.
But is there a mole in their little group of rebels? What exactly does Jonah have in store for Karolina? And mostly importantly…how are our favorite goth and flying rainbow alien girlfriends (aka, Lyrica and Karolina)? Judging by that glowing kiss in the middle of the trailer, I’d say they’re flying high.
“Marvel’s Runaways” returns Dec. 21 on Hulu. Watch the new trailer above.
“How To Get Away With Murder” Talks Sexual Fluidity and the Horror of the Alt-Right
I may be a “Grey’s Anatomy” fan forever and always, but I’ll admit that HTGAWM is the best offering from Shondaland on TV right now. Amidst the romantic entanglements and seasonal murder mystery is a concentrated effort to call out prejudice in the hellscape of modern America without feeling like an after-school special. This week, Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) headed back into the courtroom with Michaela (Aja Naomi King) by her side. Their client Nanda, one of the first from Annalise’s law clinic, is a Rohingya Muslim lesbian who was convinced to take a bad plea deal before her original trial.
While the law students did their usual sniping amongst themselves, the episode focused more on Nanda, who immigrated to the US and found love in a green-card marriage to her late wife. The pair were happy together, with Nanda’s wife converting to Islam just before her death. The trial hearing brought up further skeletons in the closet when it was revealed that Nanda was previously married to a man; the prosecution then frames Nanda as a liar for the omission, because apparently bisexuals don’t exist? Nanda explains in private that she came out to herself and her loved ones later in life, but the concept of sexual fluidity is completely lost on a straight courtroom.
This leads to a talk between Gabriel and resident gay lovebirds Oliver and Connor (Conrad Ricamora and Jack Falahee), who flirted with the new student while pointing out that yes, sexual fluidity is a thing. The conversation is really worth a full watch of the episode, but that’s the gist.
The tide then turns for Nanda and her law team when Oliver discovers that the murder victim’s son is an active alt-righter, who posted quite awful things about his stepmom before the murder. When Annalise prods the son in court, it’s revealed that he ran over his own mother instead of his intended target–his stepmother– in a murderous case of mistaken identity. Ouch. Nanda is freed, but their family is still in pieces, showcasing the devastation that prejudice can wreck.
Netflix’s “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” Drops Delightfully Creepy Trailer
‘Tis the season of spooky tales, and “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” is set to reign supreme. In honor of the series’ rapidly approaching release, Netflix released the full trailer for the series, a different, much darker tale than 90s predecessor “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” with a completely different plot and feel. This time around, Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka) must choose between the witch and mortal world in a dark baptism ceremony that will make the young witch a Bride of Satan. But Sabrina isn’t prepared to sign her life away, and finds herself in a grudge match between good and evil that threatens her, her family and all mortals.
So, why am I talking about the Sabrina reboot? Besides the blood, grit, and aunts buried in the backyard (don’t worry, Hilda’s probably fine), “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” features a pansexual character. Per Pink News, the new queer in town is Ambrose Spellman (Chance Perdomo), Sabrina’s warlock cousin; originally from the UK, Ambrose has been placed under house-arrest by the Witches Council in the Spellman funeral home, because of course they live in a funeral home. The young warlock is “witty, puckish and pan-sexual…one of Sabrina’s partners in crime [and] always up for mischief.”
Though I am excited by that Ambrose’s specifically described as pansexual (it’s rare for a pan character to find a place on TV), the character sounds like a typical gay best friend. However, the series hails from Warner Bros. TV-based Berlanti Productions, the production banner of Greg Berlanti, one of the people keeping the CW’s superhero ‘verse LGBT-friendly. According to Deadline, Berlanti is also onboard as an exec producer alongside “Riverdale’s” Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Sarah Schechter, Lee Toland Krieger and Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater. Berlanti’s involvement could ensure that Ambrose is a fully-realized character in his own right, no matter whose cousin he is: fingers crossed that Ambrose Spellman won’t end up deceased from a case of the BYGs or bored with a case of the GBFs.
“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” premieres Oct. 26 on Netflix. Watch the trailer above.