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‘Singled Out’ Comes Back Queer

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When MTV aired its latest season of Are You The One? and expanded the dating game show’s parameters to include an entire cast of pansexual contestants, it struck a chord with young queer American viewers. Someone at the network clearly took notice, and now the network’s “classic” dating show, Singled Out – you remember, it ran for a few years in the ’90s with Chris Hardwick and Jenny McCarthy – is back on the schedule with the same premise, making people pick lovers from a group of strangers.

This time around they’ll be hooking up all genders and sexual orientations, with contestants linked to their dating pool via social media, and this will play out across a new season of 20 short-form episodes. Keke Palmer (Hustlers) and queer stand-up comic Joel Kim Booster (Sunnyside) will shepherd the players, and the episodes will be hosted on the new streaming platform Quibi. We’re excited about this because it’ll be an antidote to the awkward, boring, heterosexual world of The Bachelor/Bachelorette. More queers making out with queers on TV, please.

Diane Lane turns Mama Grizzly in Let Him Go

He’s not really a household name, but you’ve probably seen at least a couple of gay filmmaker Thomas Bezucha’s movies. He’s the man responsible for the beloved Christmas family comedy-drama The Family Stone, as well as Big Eden a charmingly sweet gay indie fairy tale of small-town life. Now he has a thriller on the way called Let Him Go. It stars Kevin Costner as a retired sheriff and Diane Lane as his wife, who have lost their adult son. When it turns out that their grandson is in the hands of a dangerous off-the-grid family in the Dakotas, they leave their Montana ranch to rescue the boy and do a little ass-kicking.  We’re big fans of renegade parents who go full Rambo when their children are kidnapped – think Halle Berry in that one with all the minivan chases – so we can say with absolute assurance that we’re ready to enjoy Diane Lane get wild with some bad guys and teach them a few lessons about rage-momming.

Romeo San Vicente is still waiting for another season of that bizarre gay bachelor show Finding Prince Charming.

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