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Alabama’s ban of the Arthur gay wedding episode shows how many people still see queerness as perversion

Alabama’s ban of the Arthur gay wedding episode shows how many people still see queerness as perversion


Alabama’s ban of the <em>Arthur</em> gay wedding episode shows how many people still see queerness as perversion

Author Michael Arceneaux discusses Alabama Public Television’s decision to ban an episode of children’s program Arthur in which a gay wedding takes place. 

A month ago, after speaking at a panel during the National Antiracist Festival at American University, an elementary school teacher approached me and asked if I could recommend any LGBTQ children’s books featuring characters of color. She spoke of her struggles to not only implement LGBTQ-related material into her classwork, but to then find material that didn’t feature only white characters. I told her that, unfortunately, no books came to mind as such material remains difficult to find even for adults, but then I circled back to how challenging it must have been to get approval to discuss queerness and transness with children.

After she provided a few more specifics, my response was blunt. “See, they still look at it as perversion.”

Both of us recently recalled that exchange in light of reports that Alabama Public Television refused to air an episode of the children’s series Arthur because it featured a gay wedding. In the episode, which aired nationwide on May 13th, Arthur and his friends attend their teacher Mr. Ratburn’s ceremony to his partner. While others merely either shrugged their shoulders or told their timelines, “I knew that teacher was gay,” Mike McKenzie, the director of programming at APT, opted to throw a fit.

In an email to AL.com, McKenzie argued: “Parents have trusted Alabama Public Television for more than 50 years to provide children’s programs that entertain, educate and inspire. More importantly—although we strongly encourage parents to watch television with their children and talk about what they have learned afterwards—parents trust that their children can watch APT without their supervision. We also know that children who are younger than the ‘target’ audience for Arthur also watch the program.”

It appears that show creator WGBH and broadcaster PBS alerted local stations in April about the episode, titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone.” My trouble with them alerting them of the episode in advance is that it gives the indication that there is something wrong with two consenting adults who love each other deciding to have a ceremony for what is effectively a contract that is perfectly legal, given it is recognized by the state.

Some would say, “Think of the children!” I would say in response, “Kudos to you for confirming you are a bigoted fool.”

WGBH and PBS should not have opened the door for Mike McKenzie to present his prejudices as an act of virtue, as though it is some great consideration of the precious minds of children. If the station felt the episode was inappropriate, they wouldn’t have made it—much less opted to air it. If Arthur and the crew were tipping to a wedding featuring two people of opposite genders, McKenzie would not have batted an eye.

McKenzie’s position is a testament to anti-queer biases and the ignorance that informs them. To wit, in 2005, this same station pulled an episode of Arthur that featured a bunny character named Bunny who had two mothers. Considering most of the gay parents in this country are in the South and predominately lesbian, the episode spoke to an obvious reality for many—especially those living ‘round their way.

However, Alabama Public Television’s executive then-director Allan Pizzato told AL.com at the time, “Our feeling is that we basically have a trust with parents about our programming. This program doesn’t fit into that.”

Consider all of the romance and innuendo children see in animated works. Then think about the violence, which you would think is far worse than two men getting married and a bunny rabbit having two mommies. Not so to self-righteous homophobes who don’t clutch their Bibles so much as they do the patriarchy.

What Alabama Public Television said then and is saying now is that there is only one way to be, and if a character differs from that, they do not make for appropriate viewing. Moreover, when it comes to homosexuality in particular, APT has reminded us that, no matter how mildly you present it, some folks’ minds will rush to sexual acts.

This is honestly no different than some former Indiana lawmaker and homophobic preacher recently arguing that Pete Buttigieg must denounce fisting and rimming in order to become the next president of the United States. Yes, seriously. In a blog entitled “Pete, Since You Brought It Up, How ‘Gay’ Are You?” Don Boys basically says Buttigieg needs to promise the country he doesn’t have AIDS, and that yes, he is gay, but not, like, really into the butt stuff.

“I don’t hate Pete or his lover or any other homosexual, but I will not give them a pass when they or others suggest that ‘gayness’ is not perversion, that it is normal, maybe even admirable,” Boys writes.

Boys sounds like an utter idiot, but he speaks to the mindset held by the same men who have banned two Arthur episodes with any queer characters. To these people, we are incapable of romance or subtlety; we solely exist through sexual acts which, by the way, are really, really icky, unnatural, ungodly, and not appropriate for anyone—much less for God’s precious children who already watch women get depicted as conquests in far too many fairy tales.

Those people literally thought Arthur’s gay teacher and that guest character’s mamas were going to stage a Godless gay orgy on PBS just to soil the minds of their kids. It’s easy to mock and rightfully stokes anger, but it’s also quite depressing. It is a reminder that, for a lot of us, our basic existence is inappropriate. No matter how we present ourselves as “just like the straight people”—even in a kiddie-crafted tone—their minds will take us to the gutter.

In their minds, we are perverts. When they see us, they hope their children don’t view us as anything other than wrong. Because they don’t want their children to become us. And we are going to spend all of our lives trying to prove otherwise—sometimes to no avail.

Michael Arceneaux is the New York Times bestselling author of  I Can’t Date Jesus from Atria Books/Simon & Schuster. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Essence, The Guardian, Mic, and more. Follow him on Twitter.

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The final Game of Thrones episode is officially out, with its conclusion drawing a mixed reception.

In fact, the whole way through season eight, viewers have been divided in their opinions, with it not only proving controversial in terms of the plot, but also in terms of strange mistakes.

There was the Starbucks cup blunder, with a latte visible in front of Emilia Clarke at the banquet of champions in season 8 episode 4. Then in season 8 episode 5, Jaime Lannister’s severed hand miraculously appeared to grow back for his final scene (you know, the one that was chopped off in season three).

But surely there wouldn’t be a blunder in the final episode right?

Wrong!

Eagle-eyed viewers spotted a big mistake in the final episode and you actually can’t unseen it.

But it wasn’t Jaime Lannister of Daenerys who were the subject of the blunder. Instead, it was Samwell Tarley, who during a meeting with Westeros’ surviving rulers, left a plastic bottle next to his left foot.

‘Now there’s a water bottle to match the coffee cup scandal,’ posted one viewer, while another wrote: ‘They should’ve made the water bottle king of Westeros #GameOfThrones.’

This is hilarious.

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After so many hours of Beat Saber, I have to say it felt damn good to have some officially licensed sound effects as I swung my honest-to-goodness lightsaber around in Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series – Episode 1 (of three). This 45-minute Star Wars game (which is exclusive to the Oculus Quest at launch) is fairly simple mechanically and the story hasn’t yet gone anywhere all that interesting, but it delivers on what’s promised: to put you into the Star Wars universe.

The story has Vader scooping up your generic smuggler stand-in character and sassy droid sidekick (voiced by Maya Rudolph) as part of a quest he began in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith; he needs someone of your Force-sensitive bloodline (“Surprise!” said no one) to seek out a cliche magical artifact from Mustafar’s distant past. I wouldn’t call it especially interesting thus far, since the stylized cinematic that tells the mystical tale of the artifact’s origin and your family ties to it feels like it could’ve come from any fantasy tale with no Star Wars association, but it takes us where we need to go.

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Game of Thrones Continues to Tease Mad Queen Daenerys in New Episode 5 Photos

Warning: This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones season 8.

With just two episodes to go before Game of Thrones‘ eighth and final season comes to a close, it seems like the show is gearing up to turn Daenerys Targaryen into the Mad Queen she has always feared becoming. And a new batch photos that HBO released on Wednesday appears to contain hints to that effect.

Following the deaths of both Rhaegal and Missandei in episode four, “The Last of the Starks,” Daenerys looked ready to unleash her one remaining dragon and army on King’s Landing at any moment. But with Jon Snow and the remainder of her forces still on their way south, it appears that Dany will retreat to Dragonstone to wait for reinforcements in episode five.

But that doesn’t mean she’s going to be any less angry when the time for vengeance does come. One new shot shows the Mother of Dragons peering mournfully out of a window in the Chamber of the Painted Table and looking more disheveled than we’ve seen her in many seasons, perhaps signaling that her state of mind is deteriorating.

Other photos show Jon and Davos arriving at King’s Landing while Harry Strickland, the leader of the Golden Company, makes another appearance.

See the new episode five photos below.

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen.
Courtesy of HBOEmilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen.
Jacob Anderson as Grey Worm.
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Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister.
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Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth and Kit Harington as Jon Snow.
Helen Sloan/HBOLiam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth and Kit Harington as Jon Snow.
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister.
Helen Sloan/HBOLena Headey as Cersei Lannister.
Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, and Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister.
Courtesy of HBOLiam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, and Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister.
Marc Rissmann as Harry Strickland.
Courtesy of HBOMarc Rissmann as Harry Strickland.
Pilou Asbæk as Euron Greyjoy.
Courtesy of HBOPilou Asbæk as Euron Greyjoy.
Kit Harington as Jon Snow and Conleth Hill as Varys.
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Game of Thrones actress Nathalie Emmanuel paid a heartfelt tribute to the HBO series, as well as her co-stars, following a very dramatic episode on Sunday night, which also saw a Starbucks coffee cup make a surprise appearance. 

The 30-year-old star, who plays Missandei of Naath, starred in her final scenes for the medieval fantasy show, which aired on the weekend.

In the fourth episode of the eighth and final ever season, Missandei was killed by Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey).

But Nathalie’s final goodbye had us all choked for more reasons than one; not only was her dramatic exit scene a tear-jerker, but so was her sweet Instagram post, in which she admitted her character has taught her a huge life lesson.

She posted a picture of her character on her Instagram account, which read: ‘It’s been one of my greatest joys playing Missandei of Naath… The quiet and kind translator. A brilliant woman who overcame so much suffering and found herself, her voice… and her one and only love.

‘She represented so much for me, personally, that I have no choice but to carry the things she has taught me into my life going forward.’

Nathalie went on to gush about Emilia Clarke – who plays Daenerys Targaryen – and hailed her ‘a source of light and laughter’. Aww!

She continued: ‘Thank you to everyone who made it possible for me to play this part… this life changing part… there are too many to list… @emilia_clarke GIRL! I love you… SO much. I’ve loved playing your BFF for the past 7 years. Thank you for being such a wonderful person in my life and a source of light and laughter.

‘Playing Missandei and Grey Worm’s journey has been so special. I couldn’t have asked for a more generous and supportive co-star… Also… We’ve been out in these streets together boiiii negotiating so much but always having each other’s back. Thank you for all of it… you have been a dear friend at every point.

‘To the entire cast and crew… You will always hold a special place in my heart. The love and energy we shared will be hard to match. I feel like I hit the jackpot meeting and working with you all. I love you.’

Nathalie went on to thank fans for their support, before she concluded: ‘Missandei is sipping a rum on a beach somewhere in sky.’

Our hearts just broke a little.

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Game of Thrones fans are freaking out over Sunday night’s episode

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On Sunday night, the third episode of the final season of Game of Thrones aired and, as expected, it was a memorable one.

In the episode, titled The Long Night, the Night King and his army of white walkers storm Winterfell for a dusk-till-dawn battle against the Starks, the Targaryens and their allies. And as many fans speculated, the clash ended with several casualties.

One more time – if you haven’t seen the episode and you’re still reading, you want to stop here because there are serious spoilers ahead.

It’s a well-known fact that the writers of the HBO series aren’t afraid to kill off important characters, so there was absolutely no reason to believe that they wouldn’t do it halfway through the final season.

Last night the long-awaited Battle of Winterfell took the lives of seven characters – including the Night King himself and two originals that have been around since season one – so it’s safe to say fans had a lot to discuss.

Theon Greyjoy, who returned to Winterfell this season to fight for the Starks, died guarding Bran as the Night Knight ran a spike through him. Meanwhile, fan favourite Jorah Mormont spent the entire episode fighting by Daenerys’ side, but succumbed to his wounds at the end of the battle.

‘Ok but Drogon mourning Jorah’s death with Daenerys was probably one of the most heartbreaking scenes,’ one fan wrote in response.

Somewhere in between these fatalities, a giant crushed Lyanna Mormont to death (so now the House of Mormont is officially extinct), and Melisandre made a reappearance to light the Dothraki’s swords, but later took her own life by removing her necklace.

‘Shoutout to this boss ass bitch Melisandre who increased this episode’s lighting so we could see some shit too and gave Arya the pep talk before she slayed the night king,’ another fan joked. The lighting is an issue many other viewers seem to agree on (making for some hilarious memes).

While we’re still mourning the death of some of our favourite characters and bracing ourselves for the final three episodes, thank god there’s Twitter to help us see the light in this darkness (pun intended) and prepare for episode four.

Game of Thrones continues on Sunday.

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Jussie Smollett Takes Part in TV’s First Gay, Black Wedding in His Last Empire Episode of the Season

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We are so very close to the beginning of the end of Game of Thrones. The eighth and final Game of Thrones season begins April 14, and every character you love and cherish will probably die before the credits roll.

To start from the beginning and binge all the way to the excellent season 7 finale means you need to block out 63.5 hours of time between now and April 14. That’s around six hours of watching episodes per day, every day, until the Game of Thrones final season premiere. It’s a bit overwhelming, sure, but I believe in you. You just need to believe in yourself.

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Why “Stress Relief” is the quintessential episode of The Office

Why “Stress Relief” is the quintessential episode of The Office


Why “Stress Relief” is the quintessential episode of <em>The Office</em>

The Office premiered on March 24th, 2005.

The receptionist spots the smoke first. She splutters and points at the tendrils unfurling under the door as the panic-gripped staff scramble to escape their second story tinder box. They use a photocopier as a makeshift battering ram, smash windows to cry into an empty parking lot for help, and hoist bodies into the ceiling.

But they also loot vending machines and beg for their cats to be spared—it’s one of the most chaotic, beloved moments of television comedy.

Welcome to “Stress Relief,” arguably the greatest episode in The Office’s nine-season run. You know the one: overzealous safety officer Dwight K. Schrute holds a frenzied fire drill that gives Stanley a heart attack. When Michael realizes he’s stressing Stanley out big time and could further jeopardize his health, he decides a Comedy Central-style roast is the only way to relieve tension. Cue disaster (again).

But it’s not just the wacky plot that makes this super-sized episode a re-run darling; it’s the way it epitomizes everything we love about The Office.

For newbies, “Stress Relief” is the ideal introduction to Michael and co.’s specific brand of ridiculous, awkward humor.

“Kevin is breaking into the vending machine, Oscar falls through the ceiling and it’s so hysterical to watch,” 28-year-old Nina from California says of the episode’s cold open. And Nina’s an expert authority; she’s the genius behind @dundermifflinpaperco, an Office Instagram account boasting more than 220,000 followers. “Creed’s facial expressions and Michael screaming out the window…it’s almost hard to put into words how funny it is.”

19-year-old Caroline from Tennessee, who runs Instagram’s @michaelsmanymoods, agrees. “I think it’s one of the best episodes because it’s constantly spitting off humor to the audience. Most episodes don’t do that but ‘Stress Relief’ repeatedly does.”

She’s right. It isn’t just the classic cold open that makes this episode so hilarious. We’re also treated to a highly-memed CPR class involving a Bee Gees singalong and Dwight wearing a dummy’s sliced-off face a la Hannibal Lecter. And who could forget The Roast of Michael Scott? Not only do we get a giggle when an iPod Shuffle is used as a point of anatomical reference, but we also snag a peek inside the mind of one Michael Gary Scott.

“Michael is always one step away from total disaster and yet is one of the most upbeat characters on the show,” explains Eden, a 21-year-old student in Rhode Island. “And he maintains his hope even though he’s constantly proven wrong.”

22-year-old Casey from New Hampshire puts it more simply. “He’s a 12-year-old boy with authority.”

He’s selfish. He’s childish. He’s the source of countless offensive jokes (see: every single roast he delivers when he finally gets his turn)—but his deepest desire is to make the employees of a mid-range paper supply firm fear how much they love him. And you know what? When he takes a day off work to emotionally recover from his roast (by cinematically flinging slices of white bread at pigeons), he manages to weasel his way into not only their hearts, but ours too.

We can’t talk about matters of the heart without talking about PB and J. After years of watching Pam and Jim exchange giddy glances across the office and sway to a Travis song in a moonlit Pennsylvania parking lot, “Stress Relief” shows them navigating the confusing current of Pam’s parents’ separation. Jim and Pam worry, they disagree, and they miscommunicate—but they also deliver one of the episode’s sweetest moments. Pam, a shy smile tugging at her lips, tells the camera, “When you’re a kid you assume your parents are soulmates. My kids are gonna be right about that”.

It’s the episode’s way of reminding us that ultimately, The Office is a cultural phenomenon exploring human connection.

“My family used to watch The Office every night after dinner; it was kinda like ‘our’ show,” says Eden. “Whenever I feel homesick or anything, I can rely on The Office to cheer me up because of that nostalgia… and because it’s hilarious.”

The Office was one of the ways that I stayed connected with my best friend from high school when we went to different states for college,” says Laura, 23, from Florida. “She had already seen the series, but I would keep her updated on my progress and send her my reactions as I watched along. It just made the long distance a little bit easier to bear and made our friendship that much stronger. It’s the power of Michael Scott!”

If there was ever a quintessential episode of The Office, “Stress Relief” would be it. Its secret recipe? Equal parts physical comedy and cringe-inducing jokes, a healthy dose of Michael being Michael, a peppering of Jim and Pam moments for the true romantics, and a dash of fuzzy feelings. Best served ROASTED.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The producers of “The Simpsons” are removing a classic episode that featured the voice of Michael Jackson.

Executive producer James L. Brooks told The Wall Street Journal on Thursday “it feels clearly the only choice to make.” He says fellow executive producers Matt Groening and Al Jean are “of one mind on this.”

The action follows HBO’s broadcast of the documentary “Leaving Neverland,” in which two men allege Jackson sexually abused them as children. Jackson’s family has criticized the program, and his estate is suing HBO.

In the 1991 “Stark Raving Dad” episode, Jackson voiced a character who claims to be Jackson and who meets Homer Simpson in a mental institution. The singer is listed in credits as John Jay Smith.

The episode will be removed from streaming services and future DVD sets.

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Jordyn Woods’ sit down with her family friend Jada Pinkett Smith to explain her side of the story in the Tristan Thompson/Khloe Kardashian scandal was must see content.

So much so that the interview broke records on the day of its release. According to Variety, it is now Facebook Watch’s most-watched original episode ever in that time frame. Within twenty-four hours “Jordyn Woods Shares The Truth,” had been viewed by 7.6 million Facebook users for at least 60 seconds. (Facebook counts a view as any video that has been watched for at least three seconds.)

As we reported, in the video Woods denied sleeping with Thompson, flirting with him or maintaining some of long-term secret relationship with Thompson, the on-again, off-again boyfriend of Khloe Kardashian and father of her child. During the interview, Woods did admit that Thompson kissed her as she left his house. But she said he initiated it and she left immediately after.

The story appeared to involve all the elements of a good story love, betrayal and scandal as Wood and Kylie Jenner, Khloe Kardashian’s sister.

But in her interview, Woods made it clear that she was not the reason Tristan and Khloe’s relationship didn’t work out .

In addition to this interview, Pinkett-Smith’s “Red Table Talk,” is consistently one of Facebook Watch’s most-viewed shows. The show which features Pinkett-Smith, daughter Willow Smith and mother/grandmother Adrienne Banefield Jones.

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Kristoff St. John’s Last Soap Episode Airs Wednesday

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The last “Young and the Restless” episode featuring Kristoff St. John will air Wednesday on CBS.

The actor, who played the struggling alcoholic and ladies’ man Neil Winters for 27 years, died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 52. The cause of death is under investigation by the medical examiner.

St. John had played Neil Winters on the soap opera since 1991, earning nine daytime Emmy nominations. He won a Daytime Emmy in 1992 for outstanding younger actor in a drama series.

His business guy character wended his way through romances, deaths of loved ones and other daytime travails that descended into alcoholism before going into rehab.

“The Young and the Restless” will broadcast a special tribute to St. John during Friday’s show.

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YOUR MONEY, YOUR LIFE: EPISODE 6 – “Ways To Finance Your Emergency Fund”

Establishing and maintaining a cash emergency fund, with an amount equal to six months up to a year’s worth your annual living expenses, is a foundational principle of financial wellness. Author, speaker, and financial coach Tarra “Madam Money” Jackson answers the question of where to get the money to finance your emergency fund



The new personal finance podcast, Your Money, Your Life is sponsored by Prudential and hosted by Black Enterprise’s own Alfred Edmond Jr. This special series features a lineup of great guests, including The Breakfast Club’s Angela Yee; DeForest B. Soaries Jr., founder of the dfree Financial Freedom Movement; Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche; and Jacquette M. Timmons, president & CEO of Sterling Investment Management. The show will cover money topics ranging from how to control your debt to our psychological relationship with our finance. A can’t miss!

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Karen Walker Sings the Blues: Megan Mullally on Her Most Dramatic ‘Will & Grace’ Episode Yet

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Sean Hayes and I are sitting in a green room on the soundstage in Los Angeles where the Will & Grace revival is being filmed. We’re talking about…I don’t know what. Everything: Liam Payne’s new song, Ben Platt’s career, my dating life, his producing career, getting back into Jack McFarland’s shoes, and the episode he’s shooting at the moment, in which he and Eric McCormack as Will accidentally drug themselves and hash out their feelings about Jack’s impending marriage while hallucinating butterflies.

But somewhere in the middle of our conversation while I was on set this August, I start hearing the tinkle of piano keys. Very loudly, someone is singing the torch song, “The Man Got That Away.” It’s fabulous, but obtrusive. Do they always play the radio that loud, I ask him? “Kevin, that’s Megan,” Hayes says.

Unbeknownst to me, my reporting day on the Will & Grace coincided with one of the most emotional episodes Megan Mullally has filmed as Karen Walker. In the episode that aired Thursday night, “Family Trip,” Mullally’s Karen comes to terms with the fact that she is about to be divorced from her husband and delivers what’s ruled her “last performance” as Mrs. Stanley Walker.

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Karen Walker Sings the Blues: Megan Mullally on Her Most Dramatic ‘Will & Grace’ Episode Yet

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Sean Hayes and I are sitting in a green room on the soundstage in Los Angeles where the Will & Grace revival is being filmed. We’re talking about…I don’t know what. Everything: Liam Payne’s new song, Ben Platt’s career, my dating life, his producing career, getting back into Jack McFarland’s shoes, and the episode he’s shooting at the moment, in which he and Eric McCormack as Will accidentally drug themselves and hash out their feelings about Jack’s impending marriage while hallucinating butterflies.

But somewhere in the middle of our conversation while I was on set this August, I start hearing the tinkle of piano keys. Very loudly, someone is singing the torch song, “The Man Got That Away.” It’s fabulous, but obtrusive. Do they always play the radio that loud, I ask him? “Kevin, that’s Megan,” Hayes says.

Unbeknownst to me, my reporting day on the Will & Grace coincided with one of the most emotional episodes Megan Mullally has filmed as Karen Walker. In the episode that aired Thursday night, “Family Trip,” Mullally’s Karen comes to terms with the fact that she is about to be divorced from her husband and delivers what’s ruled her “last performance” as Mrs. Stanley Walker.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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