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Love Is In the Air.. TV’s Ten Best Gay Relationships

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Everyone loves a lover , especially on television. We all have our favorites Castle and Beckett, Meredith and Derek, or Fitz and Olivia. But we also root for those couples who love whoever they want. We all know about NPH and David , Portia and Ellen, Dan and Don Roos, but for the first time in television history , we ship couples who are in gay and lesbian relationships. They represent the new normal and tell the world that they love who they want. So for gay pride month, Chitownstarconnections is proud to present OUR favorite gay /lesbian television couples

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Cyrus Beene and James Novak- (Jeff Perry and Dan Bucatinsky )  Scandal – Jeff Perry may still be straight , but he has given one of the best tormented gay performances on television. Cyrus held in his secret for forty years . Two relationships came from that fateful trip on the Trail, one was Fitz and Olivia and the other was these two. James tried to advance his career and he found a friend and lover in Cyrus. Cyrus would give him little bites and their relationship led him all the way to the  White House Press Secretary’s office. But every little relationship has its dirty little secrets especially in Washington. James had the potential to explode two stories that would shatter the Grant Administration . Cyrus played his own little game and pacified James’ curiosities by giving him little Ella. On the day of her christening, two of the guests were having their own party in the White House. But unfortunately, this love story did not end happily. James had found out that the VP murdered her husband and had Cyrus cover up the murder. James found out  the truth and disguised himself as Publius . Unfortunately , James was shot while Jake Ballard stood over his bleeding body . He talked to  him as he slipped into  unconsciousness  . Is James really dead or in the hole ? Well it will be quite a surprise for Cyrus when James would walk in to catch his husband in bed with his new husband, Michael.

arizona and callie greys anatomy

Arizona and Callie- Grey’s Anatomy( Sara Ramirez and Jessica Capshaw ) – Callie had just ended her marriage with the late George O Malley when she found out he had slept with BFF Izzy. She had discovered one other thing , she liked to sleep with women as well as men. There were a few relationships along the way, including a budding one with her male bff , Mark. But the one woman who had captured Calliope’s heart was Dr Arizona Robinson . She was gorgeous and best of all she worked with babies and kids. What woman wouldn’t want that?Apparently , not Dr Robbins she had no desire to have her own family.  But then Arizona trotted off to her fellowship in Africa and left Torres. The end of the relationship resulted in a drunken night of sex with Mark which got her pregnant. Arizona returned to find out that Callie was expecting Mark’s baby. Quite a shock needless to say. Arizona prepared herself for this unconventional family and together they took care of Callie during her pregnancy. Caught up in the baby madness, Arizona proposed to her and on the way to the bed and breakfast the two of them ended up in an accident. Calllie was severely injured and Sophie had to be taken from her , so they could concentrate on saving her life.. On a warm spring day the couple was married by their friend Miranda, when the priest was in a car accident. The bride’s parents were still having trouble accepting their daughter’s relationship and granddaughter born outside of wedlock , so they bailed on Callie. Mark stepped up and gave away his best friend. At the reception, Callie was surprised by her father who said how he dreamed of the day he would dance with his little girl on her wedding day. The trials continued for this couple. Arizona lost her leg, cheated on Callie with a resident, lost interest as she advanced her career, and many other things. Sadly the couple divorced and now Callie is on her way to NY with someone else. Hopefully it may not be too late.

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Carol and Susan-  Friends( Jane Sibbett and Jessica Hecht)- The song goes “if she would have been faithful, if she would have been true , I would have never known real love, I would have missed out on you. If Carol would have stayed married to Ross, there would have never been a Ross and Rachel. Carol married Ross and the two were madly in love. At the same time, Ross was pursuing a Phd and spending time with his roommate Chandler from college. He was also spending time with his sister and her friends. Carol discovered something, she found out that she loved women. She started spending time at book stores with Susan and one thing led to another. Carol and Susan even tried to let Ross enter their bedroom in an effort to save her marriage. Finally, Carol admitted her truth and divorced Ross. This proved to be beneficial to Ross because at the same time, his childhood crush , Rachel , left her groom at the altar. Ross was still trying to save anything left to his marriage, including seducing Carol. This seduction resulted in Carol giving birth to a little boy , Ben Bunch Willis Geller. We assume that Ben is enjoying a healthy relationship with his father, his stepmother, and his baby sister.

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Connor and Oliver- How to Get Away With Murder( Jack Falahee and Conrad Ricamore)  Connor needed some info for a case and he knew that Oliver could help out with a case by allowing him files. Unfortunately just like with so many relationships, it began with Connor using his charm to get the files from Oliver. Connor tries to get the info by flirting with another guy which ticks off Oliver . Finally, Oliver gives him the files and as a reward he sleeps with him. For a while , the couple goes back and forth. When Connor comes back from burning Sam Keating’s body , he lays it all out to Connor. He tells him that he uses sex as a weapon and also of his drug problems. One other thing,  Connor is beginning to fall in love with Oliver as well.  Oliver has been dating another guy and Connor is told in no uncertain terms that it is none of his business. Oliver has more bad news , he is HIV positive.  Connor and Oliver makes the next step and then move in with each other. But once again Oliver has aided Connor and the Keating 5  and now he might go to jail. Such is the trials of true love.

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Will Truman and Vince D ‘ Angelo  on Will and Grace

(Eric McCormack and Bobby Cannivale )

This has to be one of my favorite gay relationships of all. What makes it so great is that the two actors that portray this couple are both heterosexuals. They are also truly soulmates in all sense of the word. Their story started on a day that Will was summoned by Karen to give her driving lessons. Karen got fresh with a cop (Vince) and then Will was forced to go to court. The case was dropped because Vince didn’t sign the ticket, but the two found out that they were supposed to go out with each other. (Joe and Larry fixed them up)  The couple settled into a relationship that included Grace. Vince had trouble keeping jobs and was getting depressed . While he had job losses, Will was getting more success and he couldn’t deal with it. With all these problems, Will suggested that they “take a break”. Sadly the two broke up. When Will lost his dad, Vince showed up in support  Then the couple got back together and planned a future. But more trouble arrived when Grace found out that she was pregnant by her ex Leo. Grace had made a plan to let her and Will raise the child with Vinnie helping. Leo found Grace and was overjoyed at the prospect of being a father and then asked her to go to Europe with him. A few years later, Will and Grace made up . Vince and Will got married and then they had a son, Ben.  Talk about kismet. Ben grew up and got married to Lily, making Will and Grace in laws.

robert and sol grace and frankie  Frankie and Grace- Robert Hanson and Sol Bergstein (Martin Sheen and Sam Waterson) Martin Sheen will always be remembered for two things. His crazy son, Charlie and playing probably one of the best portrayals of a President on television.  Here he is a man who is in his twilight years who discovers that he is in love with his law partner, Sol played by Sam Waterson. The victims here are their wives who are complete opposites and have decided to live together as well. If you haven’t seen this delightful Netflix comedy, please do. Oh and did I mention it was created by Marta Kaufmann who also  created a little show called Friends.


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Glee- Kurt and Blaine  (Chris Colfer and Darren Criss)

Kurt had made any efforts to fit in at McKinley High. He wanted to make his father proud even to the point of being a member of the football team. But Kurt loved fashion and singing popular songs in New Directions. Finally he came out to his dad, who was trying since he was a single dad. Kurt wanted to make sure that the boys would win in a boys vs girls competition. . While with the award winning boy group, Kurt fell in love with one of their members. Blaine. He demonstrated his love by having the group sing “Teenage Dream” to Blaine. He realizes that he is also in love with Kurt and transfers to Mckinley to be near the one he loves.  Just like all couples, Blaine and Kurt break up for a while. Amid a huge “Beatles” production number to the song “All You Need is Love”, Blaine proposes to Kurt. Then the couple has to encounter one of the biggest problems that couples have, a long distance relationship. Kurt graduates and then moves to New York and leaves Blaine to finish his classes. Once again , the couples separates. When their friends Santana and Brittany get married , the couple decide to join their friends and get married also.


Nashville – Will and Kevin (Chris Carmack and Kyle Dean Massey)  In this show, almost all of the romances start because someone wanted to collaborate with someone. This couple is no exception. Luke fixed up Kevin and Will because he thought that the two could make some great songs.  Kevin is openly gay , but is perfectly glad to stay hidden since Will was still in the closet. The two are caught by cameras and this makes Will think that it time to come out . This turns out badly for Will . No one wants a gay country singer. He begins to feel sorry for himself and then Kevin can’t take his self loathing so he breaks up.  Will tries to embrace his new persona as country’s newest “Gay” singer. It has been hard for him because the Christian right wing has taken pot shots at him and some concerts have gotten down right violent.  Now that he has finally accepted his sexuality, Luke has gotten him and Kevin back together. Will seems sad because he hears that Kevin is happy with his new boyfriend. The reconciliation is a success and the two realize that they both have feelings for each other and kiss. I will be very curious to see how their relationship will continue when it returns to its new home CMT. this fall.


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Empire -Jamal and D Major (Jussie Smollett and Tobias Truvillion)  Lee Daniels has received many kudos in the creation of the character of Jamal. In the Black culture, homosexuality is less tolerated than in White culture. We have learned the history that this character has had and how his father has treated him because of his gayness. Along with his acting ability, Jussie has proven to be a real cash cow to the show for his voice. I myself have several of his songs on my phone. He is an excellent ambassador for the show. D Major or Derek is the latest of boyfriends that Jamal has had. At this point, he could be the one . Both of them share a love for music. At this point though, the two of them must stay low. I am very anxious to see how this relationship progresses. Jamal deserves to be happy . Someone on that show does.


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 Glee- Santana and Brittany  (Naya Rivera and Heather Morris)  Brittany and Santana started out like so many teen girls do. The two Cheerios were besties . But after a sleepover, the two realised that they loved each other. They were so cute with their matching backpacks and jewelry and their special little pinky lock. I am also sure that many a young boy felt something with this special relationship. They also encouraged young girls to be themselves and come out like their heroines. More things that these girls did before they came out was to date a boy and also be worried about their reputation.  The girls relationship is tested one more time when Santana goes to college and Brittany has to repeat her senior year. Once again, modern culture uses the term “on a break” to describe a separation between characters when they stop seeing each other. Soon after, the two reunite, go on a vacation together and then move in. The twosome were later married in an elaborate ceremony with all their Gleers, including the two who also get married, Kurt and Blaine.


Revisit A True Phenenomenom – “EMPIRE” is now on DVD -REVIEW

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 Everyone has been talking about it and downloading the music. Every award from the BETs to the Emmy Awards has nominated the cast members for their mesmerizing roles. People in Chicago hope they are at their parties and women have dusted off their animal prints imitating Cookie. It’s “EMPIRE”. Fox’s runaway hit and it is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray. Last weekend I binge watched it and reacquainted myself with the LYON clan and their friends.

It was so exciting to start from the beginning and follow the story of Lucius wanting to give his Empire to his sons. I have been a fan from the beginning , but still wanted to see the show again before I started Season 2.  I always love a family that battles for power and fame. This would explain my love for the former show “Dallas”  The Lyons are a little different than the Ewings. Their empire was built with drug money. Cookie may have taken the fall but she is back with all her glory and no one is taking her part of the family pie. Academy Award nominee and BET Award winner for Best Actor in a Drama  Terrence Howard and  BET Award Winner as well as  Emmy and Academy Award nominee Taraji P Henson bring the patriarchs to life. I also love to listen to the great music produced by Timbaland and performed by breakout stars Jussie Smollett and Bryshere Y Grey. So many great legends have appeared on the show as well in cameos and guest performances like Mary J Bilge, Gladys Knight, Snoop Dogg, Jennifer Hudson and Patti LaBelle as well as many others.

But the reason that people buy the special DVD is extras and there are plenty of those , especially on the BluRay. Since the true star of the show is the music, there are quite a few uncut performances . This includes one of my favorite moments when the Lyons forget their problems and have some fun in the studio singing “You’re So Beautiful”. This also includes featurettes as well. about the style and music of “Empire.” It is a full entertainment package that any fan doesn’t want to miss.

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Award winners Terrence Howard and Taraji P Henson play record mogul and his ex wife, Lucious and Cookie Lyon. Their story is far from over.

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One of the best songs of the first season is “You’re So Beautiful” and you will enjoy an uncut version of this scene from “Empire” in the uncut performances part of the special Blu Ray.

EMPIRE is on Fox on Wednesday nights.

They’re Back Bitches!!!! Empire Returns with a Vengeance

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“Empire” roared back into America’s homes with a vengeance last Wednesday. it was the highest rated premiere of the week even beating the ABC TGIT machine. Ferver for the show was at an all time high here in Chicago, where the show is shot. There was a ton of “Empire” watch parties in homes across the Windy City.  Coincidentally, the Blu ray and DVD also rolled out last week as well. (A review of each will be included in the future)

When we last left the Lyons, Lucius(Terrence Howard) had been put in the slammer for the murder of Bunky . Jamal is now comfortable in his position as CEO of Empire, but watch out because Hakeem and Andre led by Cookie are coming for a hostile takeover. The show exploded with the Empire label and artists staging a huge “Free Luciius” concert. Hakeem and Jamal performed and the highlight was when a huge cage was suspended over the stage for spectacle. Imagine everyone’s faces when non other than Cookie addressed the crowd dressed as a gorilla.

EMPIRE: Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon in the “The Devils Are Here” Season Two premiere episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Sept. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Chuck Hodes/FOX.

But Cookie (Taraji P Henson) has been thinking as well. She arranges a party for a lesbian investor played by Marisa Tomei. One of the main attractions for the woman is none other than Boo Boo Kitty. There is also an entire room of girls that will make any man drool as they kiss each other. Lucius has a reunion in prison with his former pusher Frankie. In an unusual casting choice , Chris Rock plays the deadly crook. Frankie finds out that Cookie snitched on him and he has it in for her. He sends her a warning, a head in a box and then Cookie comes in to warn Lucius that Frankie was on the war path. Lucius pulls a turn about and has his boys kill Chris instead. He can deny it all he wants , but Lucius still loves Cookie and always will.

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As Jamal gets comfortable as the CEO of Empire, Cookie and the boys come in and announce they are taking over the company. But as the deal goes down, the mysterious investor has been talking to Lucius and he informs them that once again Cookie has been screwed. He is the controlling investor and Jamal stays. Jamal then promptly throws everyone out of the house . Is Jamal really becoming his father?  Find out this Wed on FOX!

EMPIRE: Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon in the “The Devils Are Here” Season Two premiere episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Sept. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Chuck Hodes/FOX.

Jamal (Jussie Smollett) is still the head Lyon, thanks to Dad.

Twists and Turns In the Lyons Den!

empire-foxWow ! For the show not being a Shonda show, there was certainly enough twists and turns for two  . I was relieved to know that Lucius is not dying, Terrence has taken this character and made it is his own. He has managed to alienate every one of his family. He has now seen his dream of Empire going public come to fruition. Unfortunately, he has also finally had to pay his dues for so many crimes. Guest stars filled the Empire roster last night. Jennifer Hudson was adorable as the gospel singer who made Andre see the light and the other feature was the legendary Patti LaBelle.

The biggest shock was when Lucius had made his decision of which son would take over. Jamal is obviously the most talented and with Cookie’s leadership (when he forgives her) will take Empire into the future . Will Lucius and the public  be able to tolerate Jamal’s gay lifestyle? Andre and his bride are expecting so there will be another Lyon soon. Andre (Trai Byers) wouldn’t make a good candidate for the CEO because of the unpredictability of his illness and his decision to not take his medicine anymore. Hakeem (Bryshere Gray) is obviously not mature enough to handle that much responsibility as well. He also has a lot of mother issues because of Cookie’s incarceration. This explains his dallyings with older women, including Boo Boo Kitty , Anika. Jussie Smollett takes the prize for his music and soulful voice. I got a chance to listen to  the Empire soundtrack and he shines . (Coming up my critique of Season One Soundtrack.) His voice is full of soul and reminds of the greats from Motown.

Taraji P Henson wins the prize for tapping into the spirit of the grande dames of the eighties. Her fight with  Anika was reminiscent of the fights that Alexis and Krstyle had on “Dynasty.”But Cookie also has been in prison and is also one tough ghetto bitch, Nika hasn’t . You knew it was going to come down to this.  Cookie definitely is looking for revenge especially when she found out that Lucius had killed Bunky. She also let it slip when Lucius caught her trying to smother him with the pillow. He got the last laugh, or so he thought.

Now we don’t have the whole summer, we have way into next year to wait.  Can’t wait until the DVD rolls out , and also you can watch the show on HULU.

cookie and booboo kittyIt just got real bitches! Cookie and Boo Boo Kitty get it on!

empire goes publicJamal takes the Empire into the next level at the NYSE

EmpireLucius gifts his sons and then tells them he isn’t dying. He also lets Cookie know he knows about her attempted murder of him by giving her a miniature pillow.

game time bitchesLucius has been abandoned by his whole family . But its game time bitches. Lucius survives and lives to tell.