CBS Is Still Amazing Race-ing

... CBS has ordered a 20th edition of The Amazing Race, the globe-trottin', award-gobblin' reality competition series. Last year's cycles did just fine for the network (averaging 11.2 million viewers), so the renewal is hardly a surprise. The success of the show has even spawned an imitator, ABC's upcoming Expedition Impossible, which is very similar to The Amazing Race except for two key details: ABC's version is more of an expedition instead of a race, and it's less amazing and more impossible. You're welcome. [CBS via press release]

... Comedian Dave Chappelle is not returning to television or the online space as online outlet The Daily suggested. A rep for Chappelle said the report, which said Chappelle was eyeing Netflix or Hulu to make his long-awaited comeback, was absolutely poppycock, hogwash, balderdash, horsefeathers, and tommyrot. [EW]

... ABC has given Wipeout a fifth season, because guys getting run over by giant balls is as timeless as Shakespeare. [ABC via press release]

... Christian Bale once proved his dedication to his craft by losing 63 pounds to play the lead in The Machinist. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Rob McElhenney is also proving his dedication to the craft (and snacks and watching TV on the couch), but in the opposite direction. The man who plays Mac on the FX comedy reportedly gained 50 pounds between seasons, simply because he thought it would be funny for his character, who is known for being the most ripped of the guys on the show. This is already the best season of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia since season 3. [Vulture]

... Rumor alert! True Blood, which is becoming more about gays than vampires, is turning one of its straight characters gay next season. But Michael Ausiello, who says once you find out who it is it will make total sense, isn't saying who! You little tease, Michael. Let's make our own guesses. I'm going with Lafayette or Pam. [TV Line]

... HBO is developing The Viagra Diaries, based on the book by Barbara Rose Brooker, and playing the lead will be Goldie Hawn. The show follows a woman (Hawn) who must deal with being single after her husband leaves her. It is not, I repeat NOT, about the personal journal of an anthropomorphic Viagra pill, much to the chagrin of TV.com user Headclub. Ain't that right, Headclub? But that would make a pretty awesome show. [Deadline Hollywood]


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Its Always Sunny in Philidelphia, and its always awsome!
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It's Always Sunny has been great every season, you people are just hard to please.
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People dont be stupid its called sarcasm
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As previously stated Lafayette is already gay and Pam is clearly already Bi, so those are some terrible guesses.
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@ursinism "if u pick up 1 book or learn someting" Really? hahahahahaha
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That pic is indeed disturbing..
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Is there any more people on True Blood to turn gay Or is it going to be one of the characters' pets?
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Why does Mac look blurred in the picture?
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Well... if u pick up 1 book or learn someting, u'll see what an alegory is and what vamps are always used as such... but wel...
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GOD SAID "YOU CAN'T TURN PEOPLE GAY THATS MY JOB.
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hello - lafayette is already gay
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I think the "turning" gay motif can work if it's done exceptionally well--i.e., it's not a sudden wham-bam-now-I'm-gay-all-of-a-sudden thing. Take Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, for example. The development of her relationship with Tara was slow and very natural, and from the moment they connected in "Hush," their coupling made sense. It can be done, but it's tricky to avoid having it be just a gimmick, or at least come off like one.
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Taking established characters and turning them gay is the laziest plot trend around and it seems to be catching like wildfire. No one "turns gay in real life and it's the latest gimmick that writers resort to when they don't know what to do with a character. And more often than not it's a female character (whose had no success with men) because then the show can have the best of both worlds: it can give the illusion of being socially progressive without the "ew, two guys?" controversy. I'm not picking on True Blood, however, since they already have several gay characters; I'm just ranting about shows in general that have gone this route. It's lazy writing and I actually think it's counterintuitive to gay equality.
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Oh no Mac! Will be kinda weird but possibly hilarious as a fatty. And for True Blood...well it's become pretty ridiculous, what's a person changing their orientation compared to half the stuff that happens? Tara could be sick as a lesbian...she's become a really tired character/ used as a punching bag so hopefully she's better this season.
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You can't turn Lafayette gay He's already gay I bet it's Tara...
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i think it's stupid that all these shows "turn" somebody gay such a stupid way and try to create controversy to make people watch. I'll probably watch Wipeout every once in a while, but all this Winter Wipeout and Spring Wipeout and normal/Summer Wipeout is seriously too much and has ventured way past overkill by now. plus Jill Wagner's off after this summer season, which makes me lose some interest. they should stick to ONLY being on in the summer, premiere the week after everything has had their season finale and go until the week before the fall premieres.
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Haha funny quip re: True Blood.
I'm guessing Tara myself, though not having read the books I can't know for sure. She has such terrible luck with men that it seems only logical she'd give them all together.
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Lafayette or Pam, HA!!! I say Tara. She has got to have given up on Love in general, but as always, a woman can make people do stupid things. And as for Rob McElhenney, he probably just kept Kaitlin Olson's post-baby fat.
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the stretched out pic of mac is disturbing. looks like he's got bell's palsy.
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