The GLAAD Wrap: Lena Waithe gets pilot order at TBS, 'Grace & Frankie' renewed, and more!

Every week, the GLAAD Wrap brings you LGBTQ-related entertainment news highlights, fresh stuff to watch out for, and fun diversions to help you kick off the weekend!

1) The cast of the hightly anticipated film Love, Simon are going on tour! In order to decide where they’re going, fans can vote their state in to be one of the stops. Voting ends February 18th, so start now. The movie tells the story of the titular Simon, a closeted high school senior, who starts an email correspondence with another closeted gay student at his school. The Love, Simon crew has also set up a digital postcard service, click here in order to send a cute postcard to your best friend or significant other! Love, Simon hits theaters March 16th.

2) New Regency and Fox 2000 have just picked up The Legend of Georgia McBride, a play written by Matthew Lopez, and it will costar and be produced by out actor Jim Parsons. The film follows Casey, a young man and expectant father, who discovers new things about himself when the timeslot for his Elvis impersonation show gets replaced with a drag show. Parsons’ will play Miss Tracy Mills, a veteran drag queen who shows Casey the ropes. Check out GLAAD's interview with Parsons and the team from the new Sundance film A Kid Like Jake below.

3) The Writers Guild of America Awards for 2017 took place on February 11th. James Ivory won in Best Adapted Screenplay for Call Me By Your Name. The Handmaid’s Tale, the Hulu series that took the world by storm, won two awards, in Best Drama Series and Best New Series. Will & Grace took home the award in Episodic Comedy for the episode “Rosario’s Quinceanera”. To check out the rest of the winners of the Writers Guild of America Awards, click here!

4) Lena Waithe, the creator of The Chi, has just been received a pilot order by TBS for her series Twenties. The show (if picked up) will follow Hattie, a queer black woman, and her two straight best friends. “I wrote Twenties back in 2009,” she said,  “I always wanted to tell a story where a queer black woman was the protagonist and I’m so grateful to TBS for giving me a platform to tell this story. Queer black characters have been the sidekick for long enough, it’s time for us to finally take the lead.” Check out the trailer below for the latest episode of The Chi

5) Grace and Frankie, the popular Netflix series starring out actor Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, has just been renewed for its fifth season. The story follows both Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin), who are pushed together when their husbands come out and start dating each other. In other Netflix news, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is set to return for its fourth season early this year. The first six episodes of the season will premiere on May 30th, while the rest will be released later this year. In the new season, Kimmy will continue to get into antics with her best friend Titus, friend Jacqueline, and landlord Lillian. Check out the teaser trailer below!

6) In other TV news, NBC’s Midnight, Texas just got a second season. The series is set in a Texas town full of supernatural creatures, including couple Joe and Chuy, an angel and a half-demon respectively. Netflix's currently untitled series adaptation of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has announced newcomer Chance Perdomo as Ambrose, Sabrina's cousin and partner in crime. Ambrose is described as "witty, puckish and pansexual [...] Placed under house arrest by the Witches Council, Ambrose is forbidden from leaving the funeral home where he lives with the Spellman women."

7) Rachel Bloom has announced that the cast of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend will be going on a musical tour! Bloom’s show has been adored by many for its kooky songs and characters, but also for its nuanced portrayals of bisexual people. Tickets for the live show have been available since Wednesday, and you can buy them here! Crazy Ex-Girlfriend airs on The CW on Fridays at 8/7c!

8) Brandi Carlile released her new album this week, By The Way, I Forgive You. This is the follow up to her 2015 album The Firewatcher's Daughter. Carlile will be going on tour beginning in March, tickets are on sale now.

9) Just in time for Valentine’s Day, out artist Frank Ocean has released his own cover of the famous song “Moon River.” Originally written by Henry Mancini and performed by Aubrey Hepburn in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Ocean provides a new dreamy twist on the song. Check it out below. In other music news, Hayley Kiyoko has announced her tour dates to promote her upcoming album Expectations. Check out what cities she'll be visiting and buy your tickets here.

10) Out musician Matt Palmer has released the newest video in his visual album series for his upcoming EP, Get Lost. "The Boy Who Hates Everything" is the fourth video in the series, dropping one each week for a total of seven songs, and the series will tell the full story of a relationship from beginning to end. The video also stars out YouTuber Max Emerson. Check out the video below and click here to preorder Get Lost.

11) The comic book world has some new releases coming up that are giving us numerous tales of queer lives. The Backstagers, a GLAAD Media Award-nominated comic series published by Boom! Studios, just released Volume 2 of the series which combines the final issues 5-8. This comic follows a high school theater’s stage crew, where everyone is a bit of an outsider. But everything isn’t always what it seems…actual magic lurks behind the stage curtain! These kids get into all sorts of situations, and their LGBTQ identities are never hidden or ignored. They've also released a special Valentine's Day issue! Buy both volume 2 and the special issue from Boom! Studios on their website here!

12) Bingo Love, a comic about the love between two black, queer women is out digitally now with a print release to follow on February 20. The comic is written by Tee Franklin and published by Image Comics. Franklin has spoken out about the need for older queer women of color in the media, saying, “We’re so hungry for stories like Bingo Love… So many times we’ve seen LGBTQ lives cut short to further the main character’s story. It’s played out and we’re tired of it…” Order it digitally here or preorder a print copy here!

13) Australian Filmmaker Monika Zenetti has been working on a new feature film titled Ellie and Abbie and Ellie’s Dead Aunt. This romantic comedy will focus on Ellie, who has a crush on her classmate Abbie and wants to ask her out to the school formal. Luckily, Ellie has her guardian angel on her side! Ellie’s Aunt is with her from beyond in order to help her get the girl. So far, the project has earned 7,147 dollars out of their 40,000 dollar goal, so click here to donate and watch the Pozible video below!