The Blend: ‘Scandal’ Loses A Gay, Biden Speaks, J-Lo On ‘The Fosters’ and Early TV Finales

by | March 24, 2014 at 11:31 AM | Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Ellen, LGBT, MTV, Nashville, Switched At Birth, Teen Wolf, The Fosters

Aubrey Peeples & Chris Carmack (ABC)

There’s a plethora of good TV news going into this week so let’s dive in.

Nashville:”  Oh Will Lexington. The closeted country star played by crush-worthy Chris Carmack on ABC’s hit soapy drama is determined to push himself deeper in the closet this week now that he’s proposed to teen singer Layla (Aubrey Peeples).

But will his BFF Gunnar (Sam Palladio) stick by his friend when label exec Jeff Fordham (Oliver Hudson) asks an important question about what Will may or may not be hiding? I got an early peek at the episode and I’ll have a chat with Carmack for you on Wednesday to get his take on Will’s journey thus far this season. (“Nashville” airs Wednesdays at 10pm on ABC)

At this weekend’s Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Los Angeles Gala, Vice President Joe Biden spoke about how equality and rights are all heading in the right direction. The always outspoken Vice President also quoted Harvey Milk by saying “‘Hope will never be silent.’” But, he also reminded that despite all the progress there is much left to do. Check out his entire speech here. I know I’m very proud to live in a time when our Vice President (and President, for that matter) talk openly about their support in equality.

(For more on the HRC, visit its website)

Scandal:” ***Spoiler Alert*** Chalk it up to the ‘I did not see that coming’ category but the show that lives to surprise and shock us killed off the beloved character of James Novak (Dan Bucatinsky), who had sniffed around one too many places he shouldn’t have. And while shockwaves erupted through the White House and Olivia Pope & Associates, both Bucatinsky and his on-screen husband Jeff Perry (who plays Cyrus) should get Emmys later this year for their beautifully played, emotional performances. Bravo!  And, for an extra shock, did anyone else gasp when Quinn (Katie Lowes) spit in the face of killer Huck (Guillermo Diaz), who then couldn’t help but kiss her back? OMG…this show does not disappoint! (“Scandal” airs Thursdays at 10pm on ABC)

Dylan O'Brien (MTV)

It seems way too soon but some of our fave shows are already wrapping up their seasons and bidding adieu this week. First up, MTV’s addictive Teen Wolfhas had such a stellar second half to season 3 with jaw dropping performances by Dylan O’Brien and, also, Crystal Reed, whose ***Spoiler Alert*** Allison died in last week’s episode. Creator Jeff Davis keeps raising the bar for himself with each season of the thriller and it will only be a matter of time before we get to dive into Season 4, which is currently shooting in Los Angeles. (“Teen Wolf” airs its finale tonight at 9pm on MTV.)

Other notable finales airing this week include Fox’s freshman season of Brooklyn 99wrapping up tomorrow night.  Not only has the series been exemplary for having a gay character whose sexuality is just a part of him and not the focal point of every story but it’s also been solid from the start, thanks to the fantastic cast and creators Dan Goor and Mike Schur. This show I will miss but will gladly watch episodes over and over.

And over at ABC Family tonight, The Fosterswraps its season (as does “Switched At Birth“) with more drama and, I bet more than a few tender moments. While the show featuring two lesbian Moms (Sherri Saum and Teri Polo, who made our Fave TV Lesbian Character list last week) often walks the line of being too melodramatic, I have to admit I love the show for being grounded in reality and it often makes me remember family dramas from the past that don’t need a big hook or over-the-top perspective. Bravo to series creators Peter Paige and Bradley Bredeweg for what they’ve done thus far. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the second season.

Last week, “The Fosters” Exec Producer, Jennifer Lopez, dropped by The Ellen DeGeneres Showand gushed about why she loves the series.  Click here to learn more.

And, finally, for your dose of camp, dive into RuPaul’s Drag Raceover on Logo tonight where guest judges Ross Mathews and Loretta Devine will undoubtedly marvel at the impersonators playing the…wait for it…Snatch Game. ‘enuf said.

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