Today is a historic day in American sports history. Jason Collins, who plays for the NBA’sWashington Wizards, sat down in an interview with Sports Illustrated and announced that he is gay, making him the first active player in a major American team sport to announce that he is gay. Collins said, “I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation.” Collins had a lot of support from his fellow NBA Players. NBA great Kobe Bryant tweeted “Proud of @jasoncollins34,” the tweet read, “Don’t suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others #courage #support #mambaarmystandup #BYOU”.
NBA Commissioner David Stern said in a statement, “As Adam Silver and I said to Jason, we have known the Collins family since Jason and Jarron joined the NBA in 2001 and they have been exemplary members of the NBA family. Jason has been a widely respected player and teammate throughout his career, and we are proud he has assumed the leadership mantle on this very important issue.”
Not surprisingly, there have also been ignorant comments, such as that of NFL player Mike Wallace, current Miami Dolphins Wide Receiver, who tweeted, “I’m not bashing anybody don’t have anything against anyone I just don’t understand it…All these beautiful women in the world and guys wanna mess with other guys SMH…” He quickly took that down and tweeted a new message saying, “Never said anything was right or wrong I just said I don’t understand!! Deeply sorry for anyone that I offended.”
Last week, we spoke to former All Pro and Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner, who is the host of the USA Network show The Moment. He told us that he has no problem with having gay teammates, and that people should never step in the way of sexual orientation. (Click on the media bar below to hear Kurt Warner).
Do you agree with the former NFL great? We applaud Jason Collins and hope that he will be a role model for others who have dealt with hiding who they are.
The CBS hit comedy 2 Broke Girls is an adorable and extremely funny show. The show reminds us of a more mature version of Laverne & Shirley. The shows two stars Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs are both great comedic actresses. Through the two seasons the show has been on the air, some have criticized its mature humor. Sure there may be some very adult jokes, but they suit the characters and style of the show.
The show’s co-creator, Michael Patrick King, is no stranger to creating adult shows (he also wrote & produced Sex and the City). Patrick says he considers the jokes really classy dirty humor, but said that if the show only consisted of dirty jokes he wouldn’t be happy. (Click on the media bar below to hear Michael Patrick King)
We agree with Michael Patrick King, do you? Let us know!
One would be hard pressed to find a more versatile actress on television than Julie Benz. Her work on the Joss Whedon shows Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel, as well as her turn as Rita Bennett on Dexter are just a few of the standout bullet points on her acting resume (she also had a nice supporting turn in the short-lived CBS series A Good Man).
Benz currently stars on Defiance, a Syfy show that actually draws a connection between the actual program and a video game that is based on the series.
“I think the audiences are demanding it,” says Benz on Defiance’s expanded universe. “They want more than just an hour every week on their television set. They want a deeper connection, they want a deeper experience.”
Click on the media bar to hear Julie Benz elaborate on why doing genre shows like Defiance is a gratifying experience.
Defiance, co-starring Grant Bowler airs tonight on SyFy (9 pm et/pt).
One of the pleasant surprises of the fourth season of The Voice lies in its seamless transition with new coaches Shakira and Usher. The pair replaced Christina Aguilera and Cee-Lo for this season, and they have managed to cultivate a natural chemistry with show vets Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.
“I was actually telling the guys that I usually hate to watch myself on TV,” says Shakira during the TCA panels. “I don’t enjoy listening to my own music or seeing myself in my own videos or any of that. But I do enjoy on Mondays and Tuesdays actually watching the show because I think it’s so entertaining.”
Click on the media bar to hear Shakira talk about what makes The Voice unique for her:
The Voice airs Monday & Tuesday nights on NBC (8 pm et/pt).
Each season, there are quality shows that just don’t find a sizable enough audience to warrant a second season. Producers Shawn Ryan and Karl Gajdusek’s twist filled series Last Resort, which centered on the crew of U.S. nuclear submarine caught in the crossfires of a huge conspiracy, suffered such a fate. One of the show’s major strengths lies in the complex relationship between Captain Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher) and XO Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman), and the continued secrets that were unveiled about the characters added to Last Resort’s inspired narrative.
On July 2nd, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing Last Resort: The Complete Series on DVD, and the three-disc collection features all 13 episodes with a slew of accompanying featurettes.
One of featurettes I’m waiting to check out is “Epilogue,” in which the cast and crew talk about the show’s final episode, “Controlled Flight Into Terrain.” The segment will also have speculation on the characters’ fate after the show’s final moments. Other featurettes on the collection include “Subvirtual,” which takes a look at the visual effects of the series, and “Grace Under Fire,” which centers on the evolution of one of the show’s main characters, determined Lieutenant Grace Shepard (Daisy Betts).
The ABC series also stars Autumn Reeser (The O.C.) and Robert Patrick (The Unit).