The Blend: Laverne Cox to ‘Faking It,’ Andy Mientus As ‘Flash’s’ Gay Villain And Billy Eichner Slams Burger King

Laverne Cox is back to high school in tonight's 'Faking It' (MTV)

Laverne Cox on “Faking It:” The trans actress/activist is everywhere these days but she’s clearly putting her energies and efforts in the right place. First up, Cox is guesting on tonight’s episode of the MTV hit and, well, she’s fabulous as a high school drama teacher who auditions our group for the single spot available. The rivalry between the cast is tough but Cox brings her usual sass and gusto to the role. Let’s hope we see her back. Second, and even bigger, Cox’s documentary that she exec produced, ‘The T Word,’ airs this Friday at 7pm on both MTV and Logo. Here’s a preview (and I’ll have a review of the documentary this Thursday):

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More Seasons Ordered: “Survivor’s Remorseand Black Sails:” Kudos to Starz for granting second and third seasons, respectively to the new series, “Survivor’s Remorse,” which feature Erica Ash as lesbian M-Chuck (who I profiled here recently) and “Black Sails” which has LGBT-centric characters in Eleanor (Hannah New) and Max (Jessica Parker Kennedy). (In case you missed it, I talked with the “Black Sails” co-creators at New York Comic Con this weekend and asked about the portrayal of sexuality on the show). Kudos to both shows and to Starz, which is showing its diversity stripes across so many of their series.

Billy Eichner Robbed?!: The out comedian took to Twitter recently when he noticed Burger King had stolen his “Billy On The Street” routine for a new TV ad. Check out the report and see what you think.

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The Flash‘ Goes Gay: Well, not exactly but the CW series, which premiered last week to big numbers for the network, has signed out actor Andy Mientus to play the Pied Piper in an upcoming episode. Mientus, who fans will remember from season 2 of “Smash” and currently on Broadway in “Les Miserables,” will play Hartley Rathaway who has a history with Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) and gets more than a little jealous at Wells’ current protege, The Flash (Grant Gustin). Very excited that exec producers Greg Berlanti and Geoff Johns are keeping their word (as they told me this summer) that they’ll have more than a few gay characters on the show. Bravo!

Gone Gay on “The Daily Show:” The GOP is softening their opinions about gay people, marriage equality and more. Let’s get Jon Stewart’s take on it…—Gone-Gay/videos

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