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Why Robert Irvine does TV's best restaurant makeovers

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Why Robert Irvine does TV's best restaurant makeovers
For 11 seasons now, Robert Irvine has hosted Food Network's "Restaurant Impossible." From its inception, the show followed a familiar format: a chef goes in to a failing restaurant, criticizes things, yells a lot, makes over the place, and leaves. That format was first popularized by Gordon Ramsay in "Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares," and then destroyed by Fox with its Americanized version. Since then, it seems every cable network needs to have their own version, sometimes with a twist ("Bar Rescue," "Tabatha's Salon Takeover"). While those shows can be light, predictable, formulaic fun, "Restaurant: Impossible" rises to the top of that heap. Here's why Robert rules. Robert Irvine asks simple questions that people can't answer. Robert Irvine is the best at calmly asking questions that get right to the core of the problem and tell us everything we need to know about why a restaurant is failing. For example, almost every episode,
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Viola Davis Wants to Be on Game of Thrones

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Viola Davis Wants to Be on Game of Thrones
Head to the weirwoods, pray to the new gods, eat a horse heart, sacrifice somebody to R'hllor, and drown yourself for good measure — whatever it takes to get Viola Davis on Game of Thrones. Davis tells TV Guide that she'd "love" to be on Got. "I'd want to play a character like Diana Rigg — like a really great, no-nonsense, formidable queen. But I want to kill somebody. With a spear." Rigg plays master maneuverer and salty broad Olenna Tyrell, who hasn't killed anyone with a spear … yet. Type faster, George R.R. Martin. In case you needed more reasons to be super-pro–Viola Davis, she also admits that she loves Snapped and Tabatha's Salon Takeover. "I want people to think I'm a very serious actress who watches very serious things … but I love Tabatha, because she is hardcore." From here on out, consider Davis's How to Get Away With
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CNBC Actually Has a Great Show, The Profit, and You Should Watch It

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CNBC Actually Has a Great Show, The Profit, and You Should Watch It
I fell hard for Tabatha's Salon Takeover a few years ago, in which an efficient blonde lady visits filthy, debt-plagued salons and admonishes their owners for being such trash humans. I enjoyed Tabatha Takes Over, which expanded the admonishment beyond salon owners. I prefer the British version of Kitchen Nightmares, but the American one works, too, especially when the American chefs look infuriated, rather than chastised, as Gordon Ramsey aggressively berates them and calls their food dog shit. I like hearing the insane amounts of debt people are in because it makes me feel better about my finances, and I like seeing how dirty people's workplaces are because it makes me feel better about my housekeeping. Plus, I learn a little something about how to stir risotto. But those shows always make me a little sad, too, because the hosts are so mean, and the businesses so derelict — are people
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Andy Cohen Developing New Reality Show 'I Slept With A Celebrity'

Andy Cohen, the Watch What Happens Live host and executive producer behind The Real Housewives franchise, has a new unscripted show in the works – I Slept With A Celebrity.

'I Slept With A Celebriy' Is Andy Cohen's New Show

Cohen is developing I Slept With A Celebrity with Warner Horizon Television, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show isn’t attached to a network yet, but, as per Cohen’s contract, NBCUniversal-owned cable networks will get the first chance to pick it up.

I Slept With a Celebrity will feature two guests per episode dishing about their one night stands with a famous face. They’ll recount how and where they met the individual, the attire worn for the occasion and what they did or didn’t do.

Cohen recently signed a new multiyear deal with Bravo, in which he agreed to hosting Watch What Happens Live for two
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Morning Brew - Monday, June 24: "Freeheld" role being offered to Academy Award-winning actress, Anna Paquin on the "True Blood" porn

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Happy Monday! Thanks to Heather Hogan for Brewing for me last Friday.

Kristene Chapa is having a difficult time moving past her being shot in the head while her girlfriend was killed last year in Texas. She told a reporter, "‘There are still times where I find myself scared, wondering if they’re going to come after me. I’m always looking around, seeing if I recognize anyone. ... Every day I think about her. I pray for her, just for her to watch over me." Thinking of you Kristene!

A lesbian couple in Philadelphia will be the first in 300 years to get married in the Quaker church.

Meanwhile in Washington state, lesbians are getting married way more often than gay men. Opb reports that "just one male couple married in Clark County for every two lesbian couples that tied the knot." Hopefully
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Morning Brew - Mon. June 10: Lesbian pirates coming to our TVs, Jane Lynch performs on The Tonys

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Good morning! After last night's season finale, I'm sorry to say that this entire season of Game of Thrones was devoid of any lesbian content. I'm sorry if that was a spoiler, but I felt like you should know.

Did you catch Jane Lynch on The Tony Awards last night? She did her Miss Hannigan and, well, it was amazing.

The New York Times claims Lindsay Lohan is writing Samantha Ronson from rehab in hopes of getting her back. Consider the source.

Stephanie Hunt who played lesbian Devon on Friday Night Lights was part of the show's reunion at the Atx Television Festival this weekend.

This will probably be forever be my favorite photo that The L.A. Times has ever run. F yeah Dykes on Bikes!

Nike has some really sweet new rainbow kicks in the name of equality.
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Morning Brew - Thurs. June 6: Charice was supposed to come out to Ellen, Melissa Etheridge and Chely Wright make a list of "Gayest Music Moments"

Tags: Morning BrewChariceOrange is the New BlackBlue is the Warmest ColorKathy BatesMelissa EtheridgeChely WrightIMDbJack Antonoff

Good morning!

Today is the last day to vote in our annual Hot 100 poll! You have until midnight to let us know how you think the hottest women are, so do it now!

Another day, another Real Housewives "lesbian" scandal. Oh wait, nevermind — she was just in bed with her sister.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer has issued an apology for a comic strip they ran insinuating some local Catholic schoolgirls and nuns are lesbians. Well, some of them probably are.

Speaking of Catholic schools, a lesbian teacher who was fired for getting artificial insemination while employed at the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati has won $170,000 in an anti-discrimination lawsuit.

The first trailer for Orange is the New Black is here! It looks great but entirely different from the memoir it is based on.

Billboard made
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Morning Brew - Mon. June 3: Beth Ditto gets married, Joanna Johnson is writing "The Fosters"

Tags: Morning BrewTeen WolfIMDbThe FostersJoanna JohnsonBeth DittoJaime MurrayDefianceWarehouse 13Kristin OgataTatiana MaslanyOrphan BlackSue PerkinsEmma KennedyArrestede DevelopmentEllen DeGeneres

Good morning! And Happy June.

Teen Wolf will be getting a queer female character in the third episode of its new season. That's all we know so far, but damn that's exciting. Will she have her shirt off like all the boys on the show do?

Heather Hogan wanted me to let you all know that it is Double Jaime Murray Monday on Syfy with Defiance at 9:00 p.m. followed by Warehouse 13 at 10:00. The actress be live-tweeting both, so you can tweet along with her.

This week's Modern Love in The New York Times was written by a woman whose husband donated sperm to a lesbian couple so that they could have a child. Heart-wrenching!

A huge congrats to Beth Ditto and Kristin Ogata who got married in Hawaii this weekend!
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Morning Brew - Tues. May 28: Jane Lynch is an atheist, the CBC profiles "the disappearing butch"

Tags: Morning BrewThe KillingJane LynchbutchInside Amy SchumerTig NotaroTherese DesqueyrouxThe FostersIMDb

Good morning!

Jane Lynch tells TMZ she's an atheist, so get ready for One Million Moms to start a war.

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Comedy Central has renewed Inside Amy Schumer for a second season, which means Tig Notaro has another year of work most likely.

Us Weekly visited the set of The Fosters to talk with star Terri Polo.

A new Audrey Tatou film called Therese Desqueyroux has some Sapphic undertones.

The CBC has a piece on "The Disappearing Butch." Gotta love Canada.

The Killing has released a new photo from the upcoming season (June 3!) and it looks like the lesbian, Bullett, is in the investigation room.

Today in Lesbian TV: The Ellen DeGeneres Show *Push Girls on The Jeff Probst Show,
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Morning Brew - Mon. May 27: "Blue is the Warmest Color" wins at Cannes, a look at the "Orphan Black" season finale

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Good morning and Happy Memorial Day! I love a woman in uniform.

Blue is the Warmest Color took home the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival over the weekend. The lesbian film won the Palme d'Or as voted on by a jury spearheaded by Steven Spielberg who said of the win:

The film is a great love story … We were absolutely spellbound by the two brilliant young actresses, and the way the director observed his young players. It was an obvious conclusion that without Léa and Adèle, the synergy could not have happened. If the casting had been even slightly different, if anything had been a little left of centre, it wouldn't have worked. It was the perfect choice from a sensitive film-maker."

Actress Lea Seydoux, Director Abdellatif Kechiche and Adele on stage to
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Morning Brew - Mon. May 20: Miley Cyrus would definitely make out with Rihanna, Zoe Saldana clarifies her sexuality comments

Tags: Morning BrewCarrie BrownsteinZoe SaldanaLisa LingJoan JettMiley CyrusRihannaGabrielle UnionSoledad O’BrienIMDb

Good morning! Thanks to Heather Hogan for Brewing while I was out last week.

I love Gabrielle Union so hard. She's played a lesbian in Running with Scissors and I'm waiting patiently for her to do it again. In the meantime, she is talking about her crushes on anchorwomen:

Soledad O’Brien! But I’ve been obsessed with her for years. The “Black in America” series, they take up a lot of space in my DVR, and I refuse to erase them. If you come over my house you’re gonna watch some part of “Black in America.” I will make sure the conversation is steered toward something that gives me a reason to watch “Black in America.” She has a rare combination of being painfully genuine and honest and delivering information in a way that you believe her
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Morning Brew - Tues. April 30: "Orange is the New Black" gets a premiere date, Ellen congratulates Jason Collins

Tags: Morning BrewOrange is the New BlackRachel MaddowJenji KohanEllen DeGeneresJason CollinsKarina IglesiasIMDbAnna Paquin

Good morning! Can you even believe it's the last day of April already?

On her show yesterday, Ellen DeGeneres congratulated NBA player Jason Collins on his coming out.

The mom of a lesbian doesn't understand why her daughter wants to address her wedding invitations in a feminist fashion. You Don't Understand Me And You Never Will! *Stomps off, slams bedroom door.*

I'm so excited to tell you guys that Netflix has announced a premiere date for Orange is the New Black. The women's-prison based series will roll out on Thursday, July 11. From the press release:

“With Orange is the New Black, Jenji Kohan has created a dramatic yet deeply funny world populated with unforgettable characters and no-holds-barred humor set against the backdrop of a women’s prison,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix. “Jenji is
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Morning Brew - Mon. April 8: A lesbian proposes "Glee" style, Karina Hermosillo is a lesbian up for "Our Latin Beauty"

Tags: Morning BrewTabatha CoffeyKarina HermosilloBrenna HardingIMDb

Good morning!

The Fenway Institute found that "lesbians and bisexual women are as likely as heterosexual women to develop cervical cancer, but are much less likely to be regularly screened for it, putting them at greater risk of the potentially deadly disease." Get thee to a gyno!

If you're hemming and hawing over joining lesbian dating site, Buzzfeed gives you reasons to just do it.

Australian teen actress Brenna Harding won Most Popular New Female Talent award at the Logies for her role in Puberty Blues, and she thanked her two moms from the stage.

I especially have to thank two women — my beautiful mothers, Vicki and Jackie, who have been so incredibly supportive, and so wonderful, not just in the last three months of shooting, but in all of my 16 years. Thanks so much, mums.

Two stage moms are better than one.

Out
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Morning Brew - Mon. April 1: Marie Osmond loves her lesbian daughter, a "True Blood" teaser for Season 6

Tags: Morning BrewKreayshawnAzealia BanksCynthia NixonMarie OsmondDr. PhilJenna WolfeJeanette WintersonTrue BloodIMDb

Good morning! Happy April Fool's Day! I may or may not try to fool you in this very column.

True Blood is back in June and it looks like Pam and Tara have a little bit of a love/hate relationship.

Jenna Wolfe, who just came out publicly about her relationship and pregnancy with fellow NBC host Stephanie Gosk, was demoted from the Today Show's weekend co-host to its newsreader. Interesting timing. I hope Jenna was part of this decision.

A Chicago-based lesbian Navy sailor is fighting against charges of fraternization for being in a civil union with another woman of a lower-rank.

Flavorwire has listed 10 Lgbt Novels Every Student Should Read. Even if you're not a student, you should read them too!

Jeanette Winterson penned a piece for The Guardian on Pussy Riot and where feminism is at 100 years after the suffragettes.
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Morning Brew - Mon. March 11: Rachel Maddow at SXSW, Christine Quinn puts in bid for NYC Mayor

Tags: Morning BrewIMDbGrace PenneyChristine QuinnGarrison StarrJenna LyonsCourtney CrangiLipsSheetal ShethJane LynchParty DownSXSW

Good morning!

Chicago-based boxer Grace Penney talked about being out in the ring with DNAinfo.com.

Yes, Virginia, Arrested Development is still going to be made into a movie — most likely.

Rachel Maddow spoke at SXSW Interactive this weekend, and although video does not seem to exist, many photos do. Just imagine her saying smart things.

How adorable are Jenna Lyons and Gf Courtney Crangi in the Vanity Fair Oscars photobooth?

Garrison Starr is going on a spring tour. Check out the video and see if she's coming for you.

What are the gayest buildings in America? California Home Design has found them for you.

A new TV network called Esquire will air all episodes of the Jane Lynch series Party Down. I'm ashamed to say I have never watched the show, so I will definitely be tuning in.
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Morning Brew - Mon. Feb. 11: Ellen at the Grammys, Fox News' lesbian mistaken for a dude speaks out

Tags: Morning BrewGrammy AwardsEllen DeGeneresPortia de RossiKaty PerryJanis IanFreja Beha ErichsenAlison BechdelAngela DavisStrange FrameLela McArthurFree Angela and All Political PrisonersKate McKinnonHer HRCIMDbRuta GedmintasCasey LeglerPast Obsessions

Good morning! Did you watch the Grammys last night? Well here are some of the most lesbian photos from the evening.

The only out lesbian winner of the whole affair was Janis Ian, who won for Best Spoken Word album.

Last week Fox News accidentally posted a photo of a lesbian couple's wedding for an article that praised traditional gender roles. Stephanie Fiagrelle was the one mistaken for a man by Fox, and decided to post a response on her Facebook. Here's part of it:

Instead of answering salivating reporters, I’ll post here. Yes, I’m aware that I look like a dude. I have known this my entire life- I’ll prove it by sharing baby photos sometime. I’ve gotten bullied, hit
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Morning Brew - Tues. Jan. 22: Clea DuVall caught kissing, Karl Lagerfeld's lesbian brides

Tags: Morning BrewClea DuvallConcussionCatfishIMDbLauren Collins1 Girl 5 GaysHeather MatarazzoEllen Page

Good morning! How about President Obama's speech at the inauguration yesterday? I was so happy to hear him shout out gay sisters. I was like, "That's me!"

Karl Lagerfeld opened his Paris' Grand Palais fashion show with two brides in matching couture gowns yesterday. It was his way of saying "Seriously, France? Get your gay rights together." That's great and all, but what lesbian wedding would really have two brides in the same dress?

Photo from Getty

The most lesbian film at Sundance, Concussion, has been purchased by RADiUS-twc, who says we'll be seeing the film this fall. Yay!

So Clea DuVall was photographed kissing a female friend in the park. Note that it was not Ellen Page!

The Logo show 1 Girl 5 Gays is getting a new host that you will recognize from being one half of Degrassi's first lesbian couple,
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Morning Brew - Fri. Dec. 21: "Last Tango in Halifax" has a late-in-life lesbian, Lily Tomlin and Tina Fey in a new trailer for "Admission"

Tags: Morning BrewAmber HeardMelissa EtheridgeLily TomlinLast Tango in HalifaxSelena GomezCandace Gingrich-JonesDe'Borah GarnerIMDbFawzia Mirza

Good morning!

Lily Tomlin plays Tina Fey's mom in Admission. That's a must-see come March!

Because we'll be taking some time off for the holidays next week, we won't be posting Morning Brew. But we will be putting up our year-in-review posts, aka the best and worst of lesbian visibility in movies, TV, books, music and politics. So make sure to come see us when you're done opening gifts and drinking eggnog.

African actress Chinyere Okoye says she is tired of lesbian rumors and that if she was gay, she'd just come out and say it. So would I! I'm a lesbian. That should stop the rumor mill.

The best thing about all the tabloid articles about Amber Heard and Johnny Depp's possible romance is that they can never make up their minds about what "sources say.
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Morning Brew: Rosie is on the mend after a heart attack, "Glee" may get its spin-off after all

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Good morning, Brewbies!

I'm glad you're here!

After Lea Michele tweeted a photo of herself and Chris Colfer reunited at last on the New York set of Glee, Vulture visited the set to see if the Kurt and Rachel Show is really turning into the long-fabled spin-off Ryan Murphy has been teasing since like 1998. Their verdict: Yeah, probably. And apparently things are a lot racier in a 9:00 timeslot outside of Ohio. The article mentions a lot of humping and grinding and hands headed "downtown" during Rachel's performance of "Oops! I Did It Again." It's Glee all grown/raunched-up.

Elsewhere in Lima: "When we wandered back to Brittany’s bedroom in Ohio, the track for Spears’s super sad break-up song “Everytime” kicked in. There was Heather Morris lying face-down on her bed, miserable without Santana, who’s far away and cheerleading for the University of Louisville.
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Morning Brew: Amber Heard is a "beauty-pageant Barbie with a twist," Lucy Lawless is a pro at dying on TV

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Good morning, Brewbies! Trish Bendix is on a much-deserved vacation so I'll be Brew-ing it up for you this week.

Amber Heard is featured in the women's fall fashion issue of T: The New York Times Style Magazine. In addition to looking fierce, Heard talked about her upcoming role in Robert Rodriguez's Machete Kills, saying her character is "a punch-throwing, gun-shooting, crown-wearing, sash-bearing, beauty-pageant Barbie with a twist." I hope the twist is that she's a raging homosexual!

Photo courtesy of T: Nyt Style

Starz is getting ready for the Spartacus: Vengeance DVD release by raining down box-set extras on the internet, like this one where Lucy Lawless walks us through the merciless, graphic way everyone on the show gets slaughtered all the time. (Warning: This two-minute clip boasts more blood than an entire season of True Blood.)

ABC Family has dropped
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