Every week, The GLAAD Wrap brings you LGBT-related entertainment news highlights, fresh stuff to watch out for, and fun diversions to help you kick off the weekend.
1) MTV’s new docu-series Savage U starring sex advice columnist and It Gets Better creator Dan Savage will premiere April 3 at 11 pm EST. The series follows Savage as he travels to college campuses across the United States and speaks frankly about love, relationships, sex and responsibility. Each half hour episode will feature an open Q & A session with questions the students had pre-submitted as well as shorter vignettes with Savage speaking to students facing tougher issues. “’Savage U’ gives viewers something seldom seen on television before: an honest conversation about sex," Savage said. Catch a sneak peek of the “no question is off limits” new series below.
2) Glee’s gay population will increase by one this spring. Chandler, “a masculine hottie who’s full of joie de vivre,” joins the series, though it is not yet known if he will be a teacher or a student at McKinley. In other Glee casting news, Max Adler (Dave Karofsky) has been cast as a guest start in a new ABC pilot, but he still has the time for Glee and says he would love to return.
3) Next season’s pilots are going into production right now, which brings new casting news in every day. Among this week’s highlights was the announcement that David Krumholtz will join Michael Urie in the comedy pilot Partners, which follows two lifelong friends and business partners, one of whom is gay (Urie) and the other straight. The show is being created by Will & Grace masterminds Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, and costars Sophia Bush and Brandon Routh as Krumholtz and Urie’s respective significant others. Also cast this week was David Arquette as Malin Akerman’s husband in The Smart One, which costar Portia De Rossi is co-creating with her wife, Ellen Degeneres.
4) Lea Seydoux, the rising French star seen in Oscar-winning Midnight in Paris and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, joins the cast of Blue Is a Hot Color, the new small-scale film dramedy from director Abdellatif Kechiche, based on Julie Maroh's graphic novel. The story follows a teenage girl who unexpectedly falls in love with another girl and must face judgment and opposition from friends and family. Adele Exarchopoulos is also attached to the project, though reports do not say which roles either actress will be playing.
5) Filmmaker Becca Roth who brought us Rain in Summer is back on Kickstarter with a new project in which she explores the personal stories of people who would be impacted by Amendment One in North Carolina, a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban marriage between same-sex couples. In Hear Our Stories: A Documentary About Love and Equality Becca explores the reasons people feel a certain way in regards to marriage equality by letting them just talk and express their feelings on the subject. She’s hoping the project will start a conversation and will help everyone understand the more human side of this proposed constitutional amendment. To learn more watch the video below and head to the project’s Kickstarter page.