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Clockwise from L, Bridget Regan, Ronnie Woo and Hayden Byerly. (Jim Halterman) Clockwise from L, Bridget Regan, Ronnie Woo and Hayden Byerly. (Jim Halterman)

It was a beautiful Saturday morning in West Hollywood with blue skies, birds singing and a more activity than usual at the West Hollywood staple, The Abbey. In fact, while the brunch crowd began to stumble in for mimosas, Bloody Marys and Eggs Benedict, the LGBt podcast, The Hollywood QCast, was preparing for their first #QCastLive!

Hosts Trish Bendix (editor, AfterEllen.com) and yours truly had assembled a fun group of LGBT-centric guests for their first LIVE podcast. In the hour-long podcast were guests Ronnie Woo (Logo’s Food To Get You Laid), Hayden Byerly (who played gay teen Jude Foster on The Fostersand Bridget Regan (Jane the Virgin, Marvel’s Agent Carter and the upcoming season of TNT’s The Last Ship).

Along with the usual audio recording of the Hollywood QCast, we also had this one LIVE via Facebook Live (watch the podcast here and go ahead and LIKE the page while your’e at it!).

But for you podcast enthusiasts, here’s our podcast recorded on Saturday, May 28th at The Abbey in West Hollywood. And don’t be surprised if we end up doing more LIVE podcasts in the near future since this one was a blast!

 

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Need something to binge this weekend or this summer? A slew of your favorite HBO series (many of which are airing now) have come to home video or digital for you to watch in a variety of ways.

girls-season-5-poster-11-x-17_1000Girls: Season 5 (Digital HD): The penultimate season of the Lena Dunham comedy hit isn’t on DVD/Blu-ray yet but it can be yours right now on Digital HD. The good news is that the full-season download includes much more than just the episodes. Here’s what you’ll get:

  • Invitation to the Set: Lena Dunham delivers a quick rundown of where the girls of Girls are headed in Season 5 of the hit HBO series.
  • Interview with Jenny Slate: Actress/comedian Jenny Slate chats about playing Hannah’s college nemesis, Tally Schifrin, in Season 5 of Girls.
  • Shosh Takes Tokyo: Girls star Zosia Mamet looks at her character Shoshanna’s move to Japan and the exotic locations she visits in Season 5.
  • S5 Trailer
  • Inside the Episodes
  • S4 recap

16218-news-bobbyVinyl: Season 1 (Digital HD): Did you miss the Bobby Cannavale period drama set against the backdrop of the music industry? The first season is out on digital on Tuesday, May 23rd so you’re in luck!

Richie Finestra (Cannavale, pictured right, two-time Emmy® winner, “Boardwalk Empire”), the founder and president of American Century Records, is trying to save his company and soul without destroying everyone in his path. With his passion for music and discovering talent gone by the wayside, and American Century on the precipice of being sold, he has a life-altering event that reignites his love of music, but severely damages his personal life. The drama features an amazing all-star cast including SAG Award nominee Olivia Wilde (Doll and Em), and multiple Emmy® winner Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond). Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter executive produce with Jagger also executive music producer.
Vinyl: The Complete First Season includes ‘Making Vinyl: Recreating the 70s’ featurette and Inside the Episode briefs. Exclusive to DVD and Blu-ray are audio commentaries by Terence Winter, Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde, and where available, the Digital HD will include ‘Behind the Groove’ pieces.

More, More, More….

Not enough for ya? Well, since current seasons are currently airing for the following are available on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital HD:

Got S5 Blu-ray Box ArtGame of Thrones, Seaason 5: Winner of 12 Emmy® Awards (the most of any series in one year) and a Guinness World Record holder for the largest simultaneous broadcast of a TV drama (in 173 countries and territories worldwide), Game of Thrones is bigger than ever in Season 5, and this spring, fans of the hit show will finally have the chance to add this legendary season to their collections before new episodes debut. Game of Thrones: The Complete Fifth Season is available now and the Blu-ray set features a free Digital HD copy of all 10 episodes, plus exclusive bonus content including a brand new feature that takes an in-depth look at the story behind the Targaryen civil war, known as the Dance of Dragons.

Blu-ray with Digital Copy – includes all DVD features plus:

  • The Dance of Dragons – Hear the story of the Greens and the Blacks, the Targaryen civil war that led to the downfall of the dragons, featuring surprise narration from notable characters from past seasons.
  • In-Episode Guide – Dig deeper into the show with this in-feature resource that provides background information about on-screen characters, locations, and relevant histories.
  • Histories and Lore – Learn about the mythology of Westeros and Essos as told from the varying perspectives of the characters themselves in 14 history pieces. Select Histories feature illustrations from the show’s storyboard artist, Will Simpson.

Veep_DVD_OSleeve_3D_FrontVeep, Season 4: The fourth season of the hit HBO® comedy series Veep was the winner of five 2015 Emmy® awards including Outstanding Comedy series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy series (Julia Louis-Dreyfus who has won an Emmy for each season of Veep), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Tony Hale) and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. Hilariously skewering the whirlwind day-to-day existence of the Vice President’s office and Washington politics at-large, the series continues to prove that in Washington, even the most banal decisions can have ripple effects, with unexpected and far-reaching consequences. The 10-episode VEEP: The Complete Fourth Season is available now and includes hilarious deleted scenes.

Silicon Valley S2_DVD_3DSilicon Valley: Season 2:  After taking the tech world by storm last season at TechCrunch Disrupt, Richard and rest of the Pied Piper team – Erlich, Jared, Dinesh and Gilfoyle – look ahead to a bright and profitable future. But their success may be in jeopardy, thanks to big changes at Raviga, the company created by Peter Gregory, and Nucleus, the competing compression platform launched by Hooli CEO Gavin Belson. Starring a talented ensemble of series regulars, including Thomas Middleditch as Richard Hendricks; T.J. Miller as Erlich; Josh Brener as Big Head; Martin Starr as Gilfoyle; Kumail Nanjiani as Dinesh; Zach Woods as Jared; Amanda Crew as Monica; Matt Ross as Gavin Belson; Suzanne Cryer, who joins the cast as Raviga managing partner Laurie Bream; and Jimmy O. Yang as Jian-Yang. Guest star Ben Feldman returns as Ron LaFlamme; new guest stars include Chris Diamantopoulos as Russ Hanneman and Alice Wetterlund as Carla.

 
Bonus content for Silicon Valley: The Complete First Season includes: 
• Reality Bytes: The Art & Science Behind Silicon Valley
•Deleted Scenes
• Six Audio Commentaries with Mike Judge, Alec Berg, T.J. Miller and many more…

 

 

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Casey Johnson, Jim Halterman, David WindsorIt’s that time of year again when we’ve got to make a little noise around some of the shows that sit, in industry terms, on the bubble of renewal. While ABC renewed a slew of shows earlier this Spring, freshman comedy “The Real O’Neals” was not among them.

That said, hope is not lost and we’ve got time to convince the powers-that-be at ABC to make sure a slot is given to the terrific comedy that focuses on a gay teenager (Noah Galvin) and his family.

I could go on and on about why I love this show and why it needs to come back (actually, I did earlier in a post on XfinityTV. Check it out here.) but I did venture to the Disney offices where “The Real O’Neals” creators David Windsor & Casey Johnson (pictured here) let me hang out in their offices and talk to them about making the series and why they think it deserves to keep living.

Here’s the entire podcast where Trish Bendix and I talk about that as well as Beyonce’s Lemonade, Broadway’s The Color Purple, why American Psycho missed the mark for me as well as news on the “Looking” final movie premiere and much, much more.

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On the GLAAD red carpet with JANE THE VIRGIN's Jaime Camil.

In this week’s installment of the podcast, Hollywood QCastTrish Bendix and yours truly talked about Trish’s time at the Dinah in Palm Springs, my GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS red carpet fun chatting up the dudes from Shadowhunters and The Fosters (and Jane The Virgin’s Jaime Camil) as well as cover our continued beef with Empire, The 100, Nashville, General Hospital’s lesbian storyline as well as gush over the likes of Andrew Rannells work on this season of Girls and chatting up Tom Hiddleston for the upcoming AMC series, The Night Manager.

Check it out (FREE SUBSCRIPTION!) and feel free to leave a comment on what you like, what you don’t like or just throw us a topic to talk about!

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‘Shadowhunters’ Cast at Freeform’s Upfront Presentation in NYC!

April 8, 2016

@ShadowhuntersTV #malec The cast of the Freeform hit Shadowhunters was on hand yesterday in New York City for the network’s upfront presentation. Here are some photos from yesterday’s event. (All photos courtesy of Freeform)

New @HollywoodQCast: #Malec Kiss, @WonderCon Wrap Up & Sexual Fluidity

March 31, 2016

Have you missed hearing me and my gay cohort, Trish Bendix (AfterEllen.com), chat gay stuff? Of course you have! We’re giving the people what they want (or so we like to think) and besides talking about the latest on shows like the big Malec kiss between Harry Shum, Jr and Matthew Daddario (pictured above) on Shadowhunters, The Family, Empire, whether we should continue […]

Watch ‘Malec’ Episode Clip Here: Will Magnus Stop The Wedding on @ShadowhuntersTV?

March 27, 2016

OH. MY. MALEC. Will Alec (Mathew Daddario) go through with the wedding to Lydia (Stephanie Bennett)? Or will the appearance of a certain warlock (Magnus, played by Harry Shum Jr.) stop it in time? Check out this clip from Tuesday’s episode (and, yes, this is the same clip shown at the WonderCon panel on Friday, March […]

New @HollywoodQCast: How To Get Away With Bisexual Love Triangles

March 17, 2016

It’s been a rough few weeks for TV viewers as we’ve seen a major death (The 100) and, well, Trish Bendix and I heard from a lot of you about our thoughts and opinions from the last podcast. We feel your pain and while we stand behind what we said, the conversation has been lively to say the […]