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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers each recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed the most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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What ACLU’s ‘Modern Family’ Marriage Campaign Says About Our Politicized, Wedding-Obsessed Culture

Yesterday, ACLU Action launched an online campaign urging producers of the massively popular sitcom Modern Family to incorporate a gay-wedding narrative in the show’s sixth season. In an era when no major network shows feature an openly gay character (this season saw the cancellations of The New Normal, Partners, Happy Endings, and Smash), Modern Family stands out in that it features two gay characters who are in a monogamous relationship and are raising an adopted daughter. The ACLU’s campaign argues that the couple should be wed, just like the two heterosexual couples on the show. Despite the good intentions on display, the campaign is completely absurd. … Read More

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10 Reruns Networks Should Show Instead of Their Current, Low-Rated Series

Here’s one of those instances where you have to remember that The Onion and A.V. Club are separate entities, so when you see a headline like, “Things are so bad for NBC, The Office and 1600 Penn are being bumped in favor of Matlock reruns,” you realize that this is not a parody story, but a thing that actually happened. Yes, WKYC, the Cleveland affiliate for NBC (which finished the last sweeps period in fifth place, behind CBS, Fox, ABC, y Univision) preempted last Thursday’s reruns of The Office and Law and Order: SVU, and a new episode of 1600 Penn, to air a two-hour Matlock episode from 1992. And here’s the best part: in the first hour, WKYC got better ratings for a show old enough to be a drinking human than it did for brand-new programming from the struggling Peacock. The Cleveland station may be onto something: what if networks replaced new shows dwelling in the ratings cellar with reruns of classics that would appeal to the same (or a larger) audience? We’ve got some suggestions after the jump. … Read More

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Everything That's Wrong With Musicals on TV

Are you as tired of lazy generalizations about musical theater as I am? With Broadway’s move onto both the cinema and television screen, these generalizations have only gotten sloppier. For starters, we could at least separate the films from the television series. Critics speak as if Glee, Pitch Perfect, and Smash were all the same thing – and that thing they condense them into is deemed, ultimately, pretty awful. With the heavy anticipation for Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of Les Miserables, I’ve only been reminded of how very boring the Broadway backlash can be. Over at Grantland’s 2012 Oscar Roundtable, we were told that, “Gloriously, there doesn’t even seem to be anything ridiculous in the running for a nomination at this point, unless the Les Mis hype is coming from the same unfortunate place that leads people to watch Smash.” I mean, I guess Les Mis and Smash are the same thing, and I guess their viewers can’t tell a star-driven remake of a famous rock opera apart from a television series about an unknown musical performed by unknown stars. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. R. Kelly’s epic hip-hop opera, Trapped in the Closet, is apparently going to be adapted as a Broadway musical. Also: There are 85 additional chapters in the series that Kelly hasn’t even debuted yet. [via Gawker]

2. If you happen to be visiting London over the next few weeks, James Franco will… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Apparently Aretha Franklin was the first guest to arrive at Sarah Jessica Parker’s $40,000-a-head Barack Obama fundraising dinner last night, and decided to leave after only 20 minutes. Gawker is calling it “a big diva move,” but given the fact that she’s 70 years old, maybe she was just tired.

2. Tony-nominated… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. The lineup for Lollapalooza 2012 has been announced, and it’s a mixed bag of older/reunited acts like Black Sabbath, At the Drive-In, and Afghan Whigs; radio-friendly artists like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Black Keys, the Shins, Florence + the Machine, and Jack White; and buzzed about newcomers like The Weeknd, tUnE-yArDs, and… Read More

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'Smash,' Lady Gaga, 'Pariah' Honored at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards

Last night, the first section of the 23rd annual GLAAD Media Awards were presented in New York City in an event hosted by Glee‘s Cory Monteith and Naya Rivera. The awards, which will continue April 21st in Los Angeles, honor media outlets, people and programs across the board “for their fair, accurate and… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Beyoncé threw on a form-fitting red dress and made her first post-pregnancy public appearance last night at Carnegie Hall, where Jay-Z was performing for the first time. [via Daily News]

2. Alcon Entertainment’s Andrew Kosove is “adamantly denying” rumors that Harrison Ford is in talks to join the cast of the Blade… Read More

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Uma Thurman to Appear in Several Eps of NBC's 'Smash'

Although she has more than a handful of projects in the works, we haven’t seen much from Kill Bill star Uma Thurman lately. Now comes news that the actress will be appearing in several episodes of NBC’s Smash — the Broadway-centered story with Anjelica Huston and Will and Grace‘s Debra Messing.… Read More

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