Welcome back to Queer Beats, your weekly one-stop shop for queer television news! This week, our favorite casts keep delivering on virtual content during the pandemic. I have two weeks to cover so let’s get to it!
To be honest, I still can’t believe this is real but the news broke last week that Ruby Rose will no longer be playing Batwoman on the tv series. I won’t get into the reasoning behind the decision because no one knows the true story but I am pretty devastated about this change in such a beloved show. But, I do think season 2 still has the potential to be really great. I can’t wait to hear about who they cast in the role and we already have the guarantee that it will be another LGBTQ+ actor!
In some good news this week, Gentefied was renewed by Netflix!
A bit of a spoiler, but some good things happened on DC Universe’s Harley Quinn show recently. One of the show’s writers shared the piece of the script that changed it all:
The L Word cast and crew got together (virtually) to support GLSEN:
Your reminder that Josie Saltzman is pansexual:
Motherland: Fort Salem was also renewed for a second season, which means I can finally stop dreading the idea of another one-and-done show and actually watch the damn season!
Taylor Hickson took to IG to celebrate and answered from questions about playing a LGBTQ character:
The full Orphan Black cast did a live read for charity and it was amazing. They read two episodes from season one to raise money for LGBTQ+ organizations. And yes, Tatiana and Evelyne have just as much chemistry on zoom as they do in real life.
I haven’t talked about my favorite web series in a while! QFX is doing their own virtual con and the RED cast and creator are among the few guests announced so far!
I couldn’t even begin to cover all the amazing press and interviews that have come out since the final season of She-Ra aired. The show is so good that there is so much to discuss. For an overview of the response, I definitely recommend going through creator Noelle Stevenson‘s Twitter page, which is just full of behind-the-scenes tidbits, amazing fan art, and interviews with her and the cast.
Today, the official show page released this “Making Of” video about the show, which includes interviews with Noelle and some of the voice actors.
Stumptown was renewed! Huzzah for another show with a queer lead making it past the one season mark!
There’s not much to talk about when it comes to Supergirl these days but I do feel like we all deserve this video of Chyler Leigh being cute and winking and stuff:
Tuca & Bertie has been saved! The show was picked up by Adult Swim after its cancellation at Netflix:
Vida is officially ending this weekend *cue tears here*. This show was vibrant and beautiful and made me feel seen. I am sad to see it go but want to celebrate how good the show’s three seasons were. It also gave us one of my all-time favorite couples, Emico. Mishel Prada and Roberta Colindrez got together this week for an hour-long IG live which is definitely worth your time:
Mishel also spoke with TVLine about what to expect for Emico in the future:
Also, I’m just obsessed with everything and anything to do with these two:
The best thing to come out of the Batwoman recast is that many queer actors are volunteering themselves for the role, which is generally just fun for our community. But the conversation has even led to some actors coming out, like Camryn Grimes:
And that’s it for Queer Beats this week! Always thorough, always professional, never random.