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September 12, 2014

The gay and presumably straight houseguests bond in bed as they reflect on their summer of competition

Frankie Grande has proven to be quite the cuddler on the current season of the US version of Big Brother on CBS.

Since Frankie is the only openly gay contestant in the house this summer, he's had to cuddle with the presumably straight guys and he has had no shortage of hunky cuddle buddies.

Frankie, who is among the final five contestants left in the house, was initially in a full-on bromance with fellow houseguest Zach Rance.

August 29, 2014

Four-time Emmy winner had been largely focusing on Broadway stage since end of classic sitcom

David Hyde Pierce is joining the red-hot CBS drama The Good Wife in a recurring role for its sixth season.

The Frasier alum will play a highly respected cable news legal commentator who is so disgusted by the corruption and murder rate in Chicago that he decides to run for office in order to effect change, according to Deadline Hollywood.

Pierce, 55, won four Emmys during his nine seasons as Niles Crane on Frasier.

August 27, 2014

'Being on a soap demands unbelievable discipline which I didn't always have'

Meredith Baxter thought she had a lot of lines to learn during her seven seasons playing Elyse Keaton on the classic NBC sitcom Family Ties.

Now that she has begun a role on the CBS daytime soap The Young and the Restless, she realizes she had it easy back then.

'Being on a soap demands unbelievable discipline, which I didn't always have,' she tells TV Guide magazine.

August 26, 2014

Openly gay actor thanks his late father for always encouraging him

Jim Parsons won his fourth Emmy on Monday (25 August) for his performance on the smash CBS comedy series The Big Bang Theory.

'Wow, oh my God I don't believe this,' a surprised Parsons said after prevailing over the field that included Louis C.K., Don Cheadle, Ricky Gervais, Matt LeBlanc, and William H. Macy.

'To say that I watch your work and I feel inspired is a bit of an understatement,' Parsons said to his competitors.

He said of his win: 'There's no accounting for taste. Through a lot of good fortune, I stand up here tonight.'

August 19, 2014

Gay contestant with famous sister gets humped and spanked by Caleb Reynolds

Frankie Grande not only is managing to survive on the CBS reality competition Big Brother, he's also still getting plenty of faux gay action from the other guys in the house.

Most recently, houseguest Caleb Reynolds can be seen spanking then humping Grande as the game's openly gay contestant jumps into a playful fracas between Reynolds and Cody Calafiore.

A shirtless Reynolds jumps on Calafiore after being called a clown by the hunky houseguest. Grande, wanting part of this action, also begins to call Reynolds a clown so he too can be punished.

August 11, 2014

Frankie Grande and Zach Rance spent part of summer cuddling but now they are at war

Hell hath no fury than a 'straight' Big Brother housemate betrayed by his gay cuddle buddy.

The summer showmance between Zach Rance and Frankie Grande seemed to come to a dramatic end on the most recent episode of CBS's Big Brother after Rance learns that Grande had been in on a plan to have him evicted.

Rance tells Grande he is 'dead to him' and a 'backstabbing liar.'

And he also states the obvious: 'I guess that’s all for the showmance.'

August 5, 2014

Actress joins cast of The Young and the Restless as drinking buddy of character played by Melody Thomas Scott

Meredith Baxter, who long ago gave up drinking in real life, will be hitting the bottle on the CBS daytime soap The Young and the Restless starting early next month.

Baxter will join the cast as Maureen, a woman described as ‘charming, intelligent, middle-class woman who has always aspired to a more privileged life than she’s had,' according to TVGuide.com.

The character will be introduced as a drinking buddy of a fallen off the wagon Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott).

August 4, 2014

Emmy winner's costars Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco receive same deal

Jim Parsons, one of the highest-profile openly gay actors on television, has also just become one of the richest.

A three-time Emmy winner for his performance as Sheldon Cooper on the CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory, Parsons will earn $1 million per episode over the next three seasons, Deadline Hollywood reported on Monday (4 August).

July 24, 2014

Gay actor, who plays Sheldon Cooper in the hit CBS show, was involved in a hoax that claimed he got in a fight with co-star Johnny Galecki

Jim Parsons is not quitting The Big Bang Theory.

The star, who made the CBS sitcom what it is as the breakout character Sheldon Cooper, was reported to not be returning for the eighth season.

The actor allegedly had an on-set fight with co-star Johnny Galecki, who plays Leonard.

It was claimed he had decided to move on from the role that had won him two Emmy awards.

However, the show is now contracted for another three seasons.

July 18, 2014

CBS is not expecting a backlash from the LGBTI community over the 12th season plot

Two and a Half Men is hardly known for its subtlety, so be wary for a new plot in the final season of the Chuck Lorre CBS comedy.

The 12th season will kick off with Walden, played by Ashton Kutcher, experiencing a health scare that will lead him to an ‘existential crisis’.

In an attempt to add more ‘meaning’ to his life, he decides he wants to adopt.

July 8, 2014

Will & Grace alum joins cast of CBS comedy The Millers

Sean Hayes is returning to series television just a year after his NBC sitcom, Sean Saves the World, was launched and failed.

But this time, the Will & Grace alum has a bigger chance at success as he joins the cast of the CBS sitcom The Millers which returns for a second season.

July 8, 2014

Zach and gay Frankie even cuddle in bed but Zach insists 'I'm straight and I only date women

During a recent episode of CBS's Big Brother, male contestants Zach Rance and Frankie Grande were laying on a bed together.

Zach, the straight one, said softly to his gay friend: 'Frankie, can you just like caress me.'

They then began to spoon.

Grande, the brother of singer Ariana Grande, and Rance are the season's first big 'showmance' and have given themselves the moniker of 'Zrankie.'

'I'm not gay,' Rance tells viewers. 'But the bond Frankie and I have is so genuine and sincere that I truly feel that he is my boyfriend.' '

June 28, 2014

Caleb Reynolds came under fire after an Instagram post in which he allegedly used homophobic and racist language

The annual CBS summer reality competition, Big Brother, returned to the air this week and one of its contestants allegedly posted a homophobic and racist rant on Instagram.

June 25, 2014

Fiance and Survivor castmate Colton Cumbie tweets: 'I wish it was me'

Caleb Bankston, a contestant last year on the CBS reality competition Survivor, was killed Tuesday in a train derailment in Alabama.

Blankston, 26, worked as a conductor on Brimingham’s Alabama Warrior Railway.

He appeared last year in Survivor: Blood vs. Water, the show's 27th season. He finished the game in ninth place. His fiancé, Colton Cumbie, also competed but dropped out early on.

A grief-stricken Cumbie tweeted: 'I wish it was me.'

June 18, 2014

Zoey Tur and Dana Vahle were competitors who have since become friends

It was 20 years ago this week that US television viewers sat rapt before their television screens as a fugitive OJ Simpson led law enforcement officers on a slow chase on the freeways of Southern California.

Simpson was to turn himself in after being arrested for the murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman.

But the ex-NFL star turned actor and pitchman instead decided to flee in a white Bronco with his friend Al Cowlings behind the wheel.

May 23, 2014

The deliciously mysterious Bob Benson wants an arranged marriage to advance his career

James Wolk was busy making the CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones when he got word that his mysterious Mad Men character would be returning to the show in an episode that aired last Sunday (18 May).

His Mad Men alter ego Bob Benson had made quite an impression in season six with viewers wondering what he was all about and wanting to see more of him.

But Benson did not return until the next-to-last episode of the first half of season seven (the show's final season has been split in half with a long gap in between).

May 20, 2014

The longtime gay icon is still going strong as she closes in on 70

As she turns 68 today, Cher isn't slowing down - she's still revving up.

The Oscar, Emmy and Grammy award-winning legend who has had at least one number one single in each of the last six decades is currently touring the US with her Dressed to Kill Tour.

Last week she announced additional dates and fans are hoping this current show will stretch on and on as her previous 'farewell tour' did before finally ending after three years in 2005.

As a tribute to this icon with legions of gay fans, GSN has come up with 68 reasons why we love Cher.

May 15, 2014

‘I don’t have any interest in doing monologue, commercial, sketch, guest, guest, guest, musical act, good night'

When Stephen Colbert was hired to replace David Letterman on The Late Show, it seemed like he was the first and only choice of CBS brass.

But it turns out Neil Patrick Harris was very much a part of the conversation and could have become the first openly gay host in the history of late night network television.

May 5, 2014

'I was completely green, fresh out of college, and honestly, I was scared'

Van Hansis, the actor who played the gay character of Luke Snyder on the CBS soap As the World Turns, has come out publicly in real life.

In an interview promoting his current web series The Eastsiders, the 32-year-old Hansis talks about why he didn't talk about being gay during his time on the CBS soap which was canceled in 2010.

April 10, 2014

Harris, who had been rumored as possible Letterman successor, tweets: 'He's a fantastic choice. I'm a huge fan'

The selection of Stephen Colbert today to replace David Letterman as host of The Late Show on CBS ended speculation that Neil Patrick Harris could become the first openly gay host in late night history.

Harris took to Twitter to congratulate the host of The Colbert Report who will take over for Letterman next year.

He tweeted: 'I'm thrilled for replacing Dave. He's a fantastic choice. I'm a huge fan. Colbert is rad.'

April 7, 2014

But so far there 'hasn't even been a conversation at all' with CBS

Once David Letterman announced that he plans to step down as host of The Late Show on CBS, names of possible successors immediately began to be floated.

One of those names is Neil Patrick Harris who would make history as the first openly gay late night host.

'But I'm a big fan of CBS and [CBS's chairman and chief executive officer Les Moonves], so who knows?' Harris tells the New York Observer.

April 7, 2014

But so far there 'hasn't even been a conversation at all' with CBS

Once David Letterman announced that he plans to step down as host of The Late Show on CBS, names of possible successors immediately began to be floated.

One of those names is Neil Patrick Harris who would make history as the first openly gay late night host.

'But I'm a big fan of CBS and [CBS's chairman and chief executive officer Les Moonves], so who knows?' Harris tells the New York Observer.

March 18, 2014

Andrew Santino, a ginger-haired comic, is tipped to be playing the lead character's gay best friend

In what is being hyped as the next big sitcom, How I Met Your Mother’s spinoff is adding a second gay character.

As the CBS hit series draws to a close, new series How I Met Your Dad is kicking production into high gear.

Greta Gerwig will play Sally the female lead, with Drew Tarver as her gay best friend.

Deadline has announced the show has added two more characters, including Sally’s gay, perfect but uptight brother Danny.

Ginger-haired Andrew Santino, currently starring on ABC’s Mixology, is being tapped for the role.

March 12, 2014

Fans will be getting plenty more of Jim Parsons and The Big Bang Theory

Jim Parsons, who has already won three Emmys for playing Sheldon Cooper on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, will have plenty of opportunity to win more.

CBS took the unusual step today of renewing the ratings hit for three more seasons instead of the usual season-by-season approach almost all shows must endure.

The lengthy renewal assures the show of being on the air through the 2016-17 season. The show premiered in 2007.

Parsons casually came out as gay in a line that was part of a larger profile on him in The New York Times in May 2012.