The hit sitcom Husbands released its second episode of season 2, “The Straightening,” last week, and today we’ve got an exclusive first look behind-the-scenes, featuring interviews with Jon Cryer, Mekhi Phifer, Brad Bell, Jane Espenson, Sean Hemeon, Alessandra Torresani, and director Jeff Greenstein!

In this behind-the-scenes video we get an insight into the production process of Husbands, as Espenson and Bell explain the social commentary and context of “The Straightening.”

The episode finds Cheeks (Brad Bell) and Brady (Sean Hemeon) essentially switching roles as they prepare for an interview, hosted by Two and a Half Men‘s Jon Cryer, who plays the Ryan Seacrest-ian character Vic Del Rey. The interview was intended to be damage control, after Cheeks’ “inappropriate” Instagramming – a simple snapshot of the smooching husbands – sparked outraged from the “Billion Moms” and generally jeopardized Brady’s public image as a heartland baseball hero.

“The Straightening” also marks the season 2 debut of Cheeks’ ever-intoxicated BFF Haley, played by Caprica‘s Alessandra Torresani. Haley presents a trainwreck of a mixed metaphor, albeit a compelling one, suggesting that a more conservative approach to self expression is a better strategy for mainstream acceptance and thus, long term social progress. Cheeks is sold. Butching it up for square America is the way to go.

Meanwhile, Brady’s ballplayer buddy Mark (White Collar actor Mekhi Phifer) draws a parallel between the bold activism of African American civil rights leaders (Rosa Parks refusing to get off the bus, for example) explaining that conformity will not foster change as quickly, bravely, or effectively as a radical “deal with it” attitude. “I get it!” Brady exclaims, ready to toss aside mores and not just push the envelope, but tear it open altogether.

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The basic premise of Espenson and Bell’s Husbands follows the celebrity lives and tabloid aftermath following the drunk-nuptials of Cheeks and Brady. While the series is certainly a hilarious sitcom, it also delves much deeper. Husbands rejects, redefines, and embraces common stereotypes of homosexuality, and the depictions of homosexuality in various aspects of modern culture – from the demonized, to the fetishized.

The show’s refreshing spin, equal parts irreverent and passionate, isn’t afraid to use LGBT stereotypes and social taboos as vaudevillian fodder. Why? In the same way the characters regularly call out the sitcom cliches of their world (“If we weren’t gay, this would be a hackneyed premise!”), doing so is never just for laughs; it is done to support the show’s point of view. While the hackneyed premise line is funny, on further reflection, it also highlights the inequality of a society where accidental marriage between heterosexuals has become passé, but preaching from the pulpit about sanctity somehow has merit where gays are concerned. Husbands suggests that even if the paperwork were in place for civil rights, that wouldn’t bring about true social equality. Where does that even begin? That is the groundbreaking progressivism of Husbands.

The result is an instantly iconic couple, Cheeks and Brady. Though DNA fragments of Cheeks and Brady can be found in just about every traditional sitcom dating all the way back to I Love Lucy, they are wholly new characters when compared to any genre, even the most cutting edge alternative content. Husbands has created a couple with a a dynamic mixture of complexity, predictability, superficiality, vulnerability, fallibility, and universality. In short, humanity. These days, that kind of character development is hard to come by – gay, straight, or otherwise.

As as Bell explains in the video, the scene in which Cheeks is withholding sex from Brady is not only funny, it also makes a point that on television, gays aren’t allowed to be sexy, but in this show that’s exactly what they are.

Watch the second episode here, which also featured special guests John Hodgman, Aasha Davis, Magda Apanowicz and Joss Whedon:

Fans of Whedon’s shows have an extra reason to tune in: aside from the man himself, this season’s guest star roster brags names like Amber Benson, Emma Caulfield and Dichen Lachman.

Catch up on the first season of the show here, and tell us what you think about Husbands!

And if (like us!) you just can’t get enough of this show, Dark Horse Comics has announced that there’ll also be a comic book soon, which takes the concept even further as Cheeks and Brady embark on a hilarious adventure.

Official pictures from the Gilmore Girls revival hint that Stars Hollow’s pride and joy went on to become a teacher. Tanc Sade’s Instagram suggests otherwise.

Rory Gilmore — high school English teacher or staff writer on The Stars Hollow Gazette? When the first official photos of the Gilmore Girls revival were released by TV Line, Rory Gilmore was shown standing at the front of a classroom with some chalkboard notes that seemed to indicate she was teaching high school English. And she wasn’t just any high school teacher, but a Chilton high school teacher.

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However, while promoting an upcoming charity fundraiser, Tanc Sade, everyone’s favorite Life and Death Brigade member, Finn, gave away that Rory Gilmore is an above the fold writer of the Stars Hollow Gazette. Sure it’s a long cry from covering the parking lot pavement of Chilton, but it does not strike us as the type of hard-hitting journalism that would satisfy a girl who hit the road to cover the Obama campaign at the close of the series. This issue, dated July 19, 2016, will appear sometime in the “Summer” installment of the four-part series.


Whose to say that Rory Gilmore can’t juggle two careers at once? She was, after all, the Editor in Chief of The Yale Daily News and a star student who graduated on time after taking a semester off to have a breakdown. Maybe her staff writing position is just a hobby.

This is not the first inside look into the Gilmore Girls reunion that Sade has provided. One quick browse through his Instagram and you will be treated to tons of behind the scenes goodies! Here are some of our favorites.

A Gilmore and her LDB boys


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They’ve come a long way from moving Rory out


Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life arrives on Netflix soon.

Twitter announces slew of changes to give you more room to tweet, get noticed

You'll also be allowed to retweet yourself. Umm...

11:15 am EDT, May 24, 2016

Twitter has confirmed that they’ll be making a few changes to let you fit more in a single tweet. Changes to retweeting and chatting with a user are also in the pipeline.

Earlier this month we told you Twitter would stop counting photos and links as part of the 140 character limit, but it looks like the social network is taking things a step further. Not only will URLs and photos no longer be a part of the character count, but they will also stop counting usernames.

Here’s Twitter’s full breakdown of the upcoming changes:

– Replies: When replying to a Tweet, @names will no longer count toward the 140-character count. This will make having conversations on Twitter easier and more straightforward, no more penny-pinching your words to ensure they reach the whole group.

– Media attachments: When you add attachments like photos, GIFs, videos, polls, or Quote Tweets, that media will no longer count as characters within your Tweet. More room for words!

– Retweet and Quote Tweet yourself: We’ll be enabling the Retweet button on your own Tweets, so you can easily Retweet or Quote Tweet yourself when you want to share a new reflection or feel like a really good one went unnoticed.

– Goodbye, .@: These changes will help simplify the rules around Tweets that start with a username. New Tweets that begin with a username will reach all your followers. (That means you’ll no longer have to use the ”.@” convention, which people currently use to broadcast Tweets broadly.) If you want a reply to be seen by all your followers, you will be able to Retweet it to signal that you intend for it to be viewed more broadly.

One or two of these additions may be controversial. For example, giving people the option to retweet themselves if “a really good one went unnoticed” sounds like a cheap solution to fix the issue of tweets not getting noticed. Why should it be upon the user to do something to get the tweet noticed? It’ll look obnoxious if we’re retweeting ourselves — it’s the equivalent of asking aloud, “Hey, did anyone just hear my excellent thought?” even when everyone heard it but purposely ignored it.

Twitter isn’t ready to launch these changes today because they want to give developers time to prepare. This way, third party apps like Tweetbot (It’s great — there are no ads in it!) will be ready to support Twitter’s new rules right at the start of the official launch. Expect to see these features in a few months.

Sadly, we’re still waiting for Twitter to launch an “edit” button. It sucks to be unable to fx a mistake.

James Corden invited the now world famous Chewbacca Mom onto The Late Late Show for some sh**s and giggles.

Ah, Chewbacca Mom. A literal ray of sunshine whose viral video is sure to put a smile on your face. Proof that even the simplest materialistic things can bring us joy if we have the right outlook on life.

A small, simple video… and now a national sensation to the point you can’t escape that Chewie mask anywhere. Talk about oversaturation!

For those not yet burdened by the cynicism of age and the Internet, her overnight fame means that there are plenty of new ways to laugh with Chewbacca Mom — the best of which were provided by James Corden Monday night on the Late Late Show.

Corden, in a video reminiscent of his Carpool Karaokes, invited Chewbacca Mom (real name Candace Payne) and her daughter to drive around with him, with humorous results:

Chewbacca Mom does a flawless impersonation of herself as she participates in the spoof, and then suddenly, J.J. Abrams appears to add his support of the mask’s authenticity.

It ends with them all wearing masks and laughing hysterically. (Are there… fumes in these masks?)

Anyway, if you want even more Chewbacca Mom, check out another video of her on Corden’s show:

Did you find it as hilarious as James Corden does?

Kohl’s, which is selling Chewbacca masks like hot cakes since this went viral, has a lot to thank Chewbacca Mom for. And they’ve been showing their appreciation with extra Star Wars-related merch for her and her family. Now we’re just waiting for the inevitable reality series.