The Blend: Rosie Returns, Quinto’s Next TV Role and Two Andys Remember Joan Rivers

O'Donnell back on 'The View' earlier this year for Barbara Walter's last show (l-r, Jenny McCarthy, Walters, O'Donnell, Sherri Shepherd & Whoopi Goldberg) (ABC)

The View:” The new and improved season of the ABC daytime talker kicks off on Monday with the return of Rosie O’Donnell, who talked to Variety about coming back to the show she famously left in 2007. “I think it’s going to be must-see TV,” O’Donnell told the trade paper. “My goal is to come in peace. And the contrast between what the show will be and what it was is going to be glaring.” (“The View” airs weekdays on ABC)

Zachary Quinto’s New Gig: The out actor, who is executive producing the new Starz series “The Chair” is also taking a role in an NBC miniseries called, “The Slap.” The project is an adaptation of an acclaimed Australian series about the ripple effects of the moment where one parents slaps another parent’s young son. The story, reported on Deadline, says that Quinto’s character is  “married and with a 15-year-old son, he is a mechanic/dealer specializing in expensive European automobiles who lives with his family in a Brooklyn loft. Always trying to pick a fight, he messes with the wrong guy when he slaps another couple’s horribly misbehaving child.” Peter Sarsgaard, Mary-Louise Parker and Brian Cox are also set to star. The original Aussie series starred Melissa George and Jonathan LaPaglia.

GLAAD Gala San Francisco: Game Changers: This Saturday, GLAAD will be honoring national and Bay Area leaders advancing LGBT equality through the media. Hosted by “Orange Is The New Black” actress Taryn Manning, the event includes guests Tyler Oakley, Alex Newell (“Glee“), Hannah Hart, Meghan McCain and Peter Paige (co-creator, “The Fosters“).  Google and YouTube will receive the Ric Weiland Award, Prop 8 plaintiffs Sandy Stier and Kris Perry will receive the Presidential Local Hero Award and Golden State Warriors President and COO Rick Welts (the highest ranking openly gay executive in men’s professional team sports) will receive the Davidson/Valenti Award. For more information on attending or making a donation, visit the GLAAD website.

“Hedwig And The Angry Inch:” We haven’t seen him a lot on TV since “Dexter” ended but Michael C. Hall (who, to me, will always be gay son David from “Six Feet Under“) is heading back to Broadway to take over the lead role in the Tony winning play. He’ll replace Andrew Rannells, who is took over the show from Tony-winner Neil Patrick Harris last month for an eight-week run. According to Variety, this is Hall’s first musical return since he appeared in “Chicago” in 2002. (For tickets to “Hedwig,” visit the show’s website.)

The Meredith Vieira Show:” While not the gayest talk show or talk show host on the scene, Vieira kicked off her new show this week and what better way that having Broadway join in. Check out the video featuring performers and numbers from such Broadway hits as “Chicago,” “Aladdin” and “Mamma Mia” as well as an appearance by The Rockettes! (“The Meredith Vieira Show” airs weekdays. Check your local listings for times)

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Faking It:” In case you missed it yesterday, the second season of the fantastic MTV series is back on September 23rd and we now have a trailer teasing what we’ll see. I can’t wait!

My So-Called Life:” Whenever people ask me about which show was gone too soon, the show that made Claire Danes first known to audience always comes to mind. On “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” Fallon asked Danes about the show and whether she still sees the cast, which included Wilson Cruz as gay teen Rickie Vasquez. (Cruz is coming up soon in the new series “Red Band Society“!)

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The Death of Joan Rivers: Anderson Cooper had Andy Cohen on his show at the end of last week to talk about Joan's unfortunate passing. Cohen hit the nail on the head when he said he doesn't want to live in a world without Joan. The gays also talk about Joan's appeal in the gay communities.

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