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) The Ryan Murphy HBO relationship drama Open has cast Michelle Monaghan as Grace, the woman who will come between the previously cast couple Windsor and Holly (Anna Torv and Jennifer Jason Leigh respectively). Open currently has a pilot order commitment from HBO with no premiere date yet announced.
2) Dan Bucatinsky, whose performance as James on the Shonda Rhimes drama Scandal has been nominated for an Emmy and who serves as a writer on her other hit Grey's Anatomy, has teamed with Rhimes' Shondaland production company for the new ABC dramedy Show & Tell. The series is inspired by Bucatinsky's novel Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight? and will follow a group of parents whose children all attend the same school.
3) The CW is developing an hour-long drama about a transgender teen, The Hollywood Reporter posted yesterday. Ze, referring to the gender neutral pronoun, will follow a Texas teen who comes out to his family as trans. As his family deal with identity crises of their own, he comes to realize "he may be the most well-adjusted of them all." Ze is written by playwright and musician Kyle Jarrow and executive produced by Milk's Michael London for CBS TV Studios.
4) CW has also picked up the LGBT-inclusive Canadian comedy Seed to air later this season. The series tells the story of Harry, a slacker bartender who works as a sperm donor for extra cash. Harry reluctantly strikes up relationships with three recipient families, including interracial lesbian couple Zoey and Michelle and their son Billy.
5) While Elton John's new album The Diving Board won't hit stores until September 24, you can stream the entire album now on Amazon! John has a big month ahead as it was just announced he would perform a Liberace tribute during the Emmys (hosted by Neil Patrick Harris) on CBS on September 22 and he will headline the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on September 20 and 21. Check out The Diving Board on Amazon and watch the video for lead single "Home Again" below.
6) Grammy award-winner k.d. Lang will make her Broadway debut in the new musical After Midnight, with her performances running at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre February 11 through March 9. The musical highlights Duke Ellington's time at Harlem's Cotton Club, using his original arrangements performed by a big band of 17 musicians set against a narrative of Langston Hughes' poetry.
7) The film Better Half is looking for funding help on indiegogo to cover the costs of shooting and post-production. Better Half follows couple Tony and Leo as they expand their family and shines a light on the obstacles that a couple faces when making that huge decision, especially when they might not always agree. To learn more about Better Half check out the indiegogo page and watch a clip below.