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The GLAAD Wrap: Debra Messing's "Smash"hit, Yodeling Lesbian Twins, and the New True Blood Trailer!

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This week GLAAD introduces a new Friday column to bring you LGBT-related entertainment news highlights, fresh stuff to watch out for, and fun diversions to help you kick off the weekend.

1) NBC programming is growing a lot more inclusive next season.  The network announced late Wednesday that it has ordered the Glee-style musical show Smash for its fall schedule.  Executive produced by Steven Spielberg and starring former Will & Grace actress Debra Messing, the heavily buzzed about series is set in the world of Broadway musicals and features several major gay characters.

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2) The news got even better last night, when NBC also announced the pickup of The Playboy Club starring out actress Amber Heard.  Set amongst the 60's "bunny" scene, the show's pilot also featured a closeted lesbian bunny named Alice in a marriage of convenience with a gay man who's a compatriot of hers in the pioneering LGBT advocacy group, the Mattachine Society.

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3) Opening this weekend in NYC is the delightful (and GLAAD Media Award nominated) documentary The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls, about a pair of most-unlikely New Zealand cultural icons; country-music singing, political advocate, comedy sketch performing, yodeling lesbian twins.  Look for it to expand to more screens through the summer.
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4) Take note Paris is Burning fans!  Leave it on the Floor, a new movie about the Los Angeles ballroom scene, will premiere at LA Live on June 18th before making the festival rounds this summer.  Check the film's website for upcoming ticket information.  You…own…everything!!!
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5) ABC rules: The most LGBT-inclusive broadcast network on television is also now the most popular US TV brand with consumers according to new poll, having edged out last year's champ CBS.  Coincidence?  (I think not)

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6) And speaking of ABC, on June 13th the network will premiere a new competitive reality series called Expedition Impossible (think The Amazing Race with more cross-country trekking). Among the teams braving their way through desserts and across mountains are the Fab 3, which features friendly ex-boyfriends AJ and Ryan.

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7) Filmmaker Michele Josue needs your help reaching her fundraising goal to finish a documentary about childhood friend Matthew Shepard, the aptly title Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine.  Watch the moving trailer below and visit Michele’s Kickstarter page to help her cross the goal line!
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8) Bisexual artist and filmmaker Miranda July wowed the crowd at the Sundance Film Festival this year with her stark, shrewd, and comically unnerving film The Future, about a couple desperate to live life to the fullest before finalizing a cat adoption. Check out the newly released trailer:
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9) FINALLY!!   A  thirty second trailer for the new season of True Blood has been released, and promises plenty of the diverse characters and titillating thrills fans of the GLAAD Media Award winning series have come to expect.  "Alcide, stop makin' that noise!"
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