Queer Beats – July 10, 2020

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Welcome back to Queer Beats, your weekly one-stop shop for queer television news! This week, we are celebrating our new Batwoman but also keeping Naya Rivera and her family in our thoughts.

Glee

Earlier this week, Naya Rivera went missing from a boat on Lake Piru in California, where she was swimming with her son. This news is so tragic and heartbreaking. Naya means so much to the queer community because of her role as Santana on Glee. She still hasn’t been found so let’s keep hoping for some kind of miracle. For details and updates on the story, you can follow this thread:

Batwoman

WE HAVE OUR NEW BATWOMAN! LOOK AT HER! I love Javicia Leslie already and am already attached to her new character.

Lest we all forget just how important this casting is…

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This is for you.

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I also wanted to include this tweet from Matthew Cherry, who touches on an issue that still permeates the industry:

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Netflix announced that the next season of Sabrina will also be its final season:

Dead To Me

Netflix also announced that the next season of Dead To Me will be its final. Here’s to hoping that Judy/Michelle are end game!

The Fosters

Next week, The Fosters cast are coming back together for a family reunion! It will be streamed on People’s website to raise money for charity.

Killing Eve

My hope from last week was answered and both sides of the Vita/Virginia letter reading (involving Jodie Comer and Nicola Coughlan) were posted online and, let me tell you, it did not disappoint:

Legends of Tomorrow

Maisie Richardson-Sellers spoke with E! this week about the type of diversity she would like to see in the film and TV industry:

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‘You are given the keys to your industry. What's the first thing you do to make it a more inclusive environment for everyone? I would diversify the industry from the top down. Only once the studio heads, network executives, programmers, financiers, casting and show runners are diverse will we begin to see diverse content organically created from experience, rather than imagination. One thing the current gatekeepers are failing to realize is that simply adding more POC and LGBTQAI+ characters as subplots and quirky side kicks to bolster the storylines of white protagonists isn't enough. When those who are creating and writing and directing the stories are not diverse, we end up time and time again with watered down, two dimensional and often stereotypical representation that misses out on so much of the nuance and magic of diverse experiences. What is your message to queer people coming of age now? I am so deeply inspired and humbled by the collective openness, curiosity and the determination of your generation. Your individual story, your fire, your dreams are what make you an absolutely crucial part of the fabric of this next chapter. Don't forget that allowing yourself to be vulnerable is a sign of great strength, and that nurturing your mental and emotional health only makes you better equipped to support others. Refuse to settle. Refuse to sit down. Your time is now.’ (Full E! Interview in bio) 📸: @kanyaiwana

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And that’s it for Queer Beats this week! Always thorough, always professional, never random.

About NikkiT

Nikki has always known two contradictory things to be true: queer TV can save lives and queer female cop/agent characters will be the death of all of us (looking at you Officer Haught, Director Danvers, Detective Sawyer, and Sameen Shaw). Her first dive into fan content was when she ran a secret Xanga blog dedicated to pictures of Lorelai Gilmore in the 7th grade. She has never looked back.

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