Get Snatched On ‘Drag Race,’ Pack For ‘Fire Island’ and More TV this Week

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Check out our weekly guide to TV this week, and make sure you’re catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won’t admit you watch when no one’s looking.

It certainly doesn’t feel like we need dystopian fiction right now, when the real world seems dystopian enough, but we’ll make an exception for Hulu’s hotly anticipated television adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Starring Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss, the story follows Offred and the other women of Gilead as they cope with the totalitarian theocracy. The first three episodes premiere Wednesday.

Have you been practicing your eye rolls? Logo’s Fire Island premieres Thursday, and I wouldn’t want you to pull a muscle. Stuff your speedo and follow these six gay friends as they navigate drinking, dancing and drama at the popular LGBT summer destination. Catch the premiere episode Thursday at 8 p.m. Eastern on Logo.

From the big screen to your screen, Justin Simien’s 2014 satire Dear White People gets 10 episodes on Netflix, dropping Friday.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Snatch Game! That’s right, the fan-favorite challenge puts the season nine gals to the test on this weeks RuPaul’s Drag Race, Friday at 8 p.m. Eastern on VH1. Based on the preview, it looks like Shea channels Naomi Campbell and Peppermint is NeNe Leakes. Leave your guesses for who the other gals should portray in the comments.

With such a wealth of sharp political comedians, we still place Samantha Bee toward the top of our list of faves. The host of Full Frontal doesn’t need a fancy invite to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, she can just throw her own party! Watch her hold nothing back at the slyly titled NOT The White House Correspondents’ Dinner Saturday at 10 p.m. Eastern on TBS.

What are you watching this week on TV?

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Blondie’s ‘Long Time’ Music Video is an Infectiously Wistful Tribute to NYC: WATCH

The timeless Debbie Harry continues her latest splash with last week’s video release of ‘Long Time,’ the second single from Blondie’s imminent new album Pollinator, their eleventh studio effort, due out next week on May 5.

The infectiously wistful song asks some pointed questions of a long-time intimate, and was co-written with Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes. Given the lyrical shout-outs to the Bowery and The Davenport Theatre, the video, directed by Dikael Rimmasch, is also a veteran’s tribute to New York City, with the band and city featuring downtown in lo-fi colors and black-and-white segments. Harry takes her turn at the wheel of a cab, illuminated with a “BLND3” sign, of course.

Take a listen and watch below:

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Pole Vault World Champion and Olympian Shawn Barber Comes Out as Gay

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Shawn Barber, a pole vault world champion and a Canadian Olympian, came out as gay in a post to Facebook on Monday morning.

Said Barber:

“Gay and proud! Thank you to my parents for being such a great support. I continue to grow as a person and have a great support group. My parents are my greatest support and have helped me through a lot recently. To my friends, you are always my friends and i love you too!”

Barber was the pole vault world champion in 2015. He currently ranks 6th.

Here’s an interview with Barber from 2015 shortly after his World Champion win:

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Senate Intelligence Committee’s Trump-Russia Investigation is a Sham

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While there are allegedly both House and Senate Intelligence Committee investigations underway regarding the Trump campaign’s links to Russia, and last month it appeared as if the Senate panel had it together, that appears to be in question.

RELATED: Senate Intelligence Committee to Question 20 People in Trump-Russia Investigation, Starting Thursday: WATCH

The Daily Beast reports:

More than three months after the committee announced that it had agreed on the scope of the investigation, the panel has not begun substantially investigating possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, three individuals with ties to the committee told The Daily Beast.

The investigation does not have a single staffer dedicated to it full-time, and those staff members working on it part-time do not have significant investigative experience. The probe currently appears to be moving at a pace slower than prior Senate Intelligence Committee investigations, such as the CIA torture inquiry, which took years to accomplish.

No interviews have been conducted with key individuals suspected of being in the Trump-Russia orbit: not Michael Flynn, not Roger Stone, not Carter Page, not Paul Manafort, and not Jared Kushner, according to two sources familiar with the committee’s procedures.

“It’s either a real investigation or not,” said one individual with knowledge of the committee’s activities. “You have to have an approved investigative guide. You have to make it formal. Can you have a credible investigation with only seven part-time staffers, doing everything in secret?”

Read the full article and weep.

Adds Michael Isikoff:

The committee has yet to issue a single subpoena for documents or interview any key witnesses who are central to the probe, the sources said. It also hasn’t requested potentially crucial evidence — such as the emails, memos and phone records of the Trump campaign — in part because the panel’s chairman, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., has so far failed to respond to requests from the panel’s Democrats to sign letters doing so, the sources said.

“The wheels seem to be turning more slowly than the importance of the inquiry would indicate,” said Richard Ben-Veniste, a member of the 9/11 commission and former Watergate prosecutor, one of a number of veteran Washington investigators who have begun to question the lack of movement in the probe.

As Congress returns from its spring recess this week and Trump approaches his 100th day in office, the panel has no further public hearings scheduled, even as the House Intelligence Committee — torn by its own partisan wrangling and internal turmoil — shows some flickering new signs of life.

An independent investigation looks to be more necessary than ever.

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Flying Car, Andrew Scott, National Monuments, Erin Moran, Matt Drudge, Camp John Waters: HOT LINKS

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RIP. Erin Moran, Joanie from Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi. Died of stage 4 cancer.

POSITIVE INFO. Trump praises “fake news” polls for containing positive info: “On Sunday, Trump touted the new polls, saying they were ‘very good considering that much of the media is FAKE and almost always negative.’ An ABC News/Washington Post poll released Sunday found just 42 percent of Americans say they approve of the job Trump is doing as president. But the poll found 96 percent of those who voted for Trump in November say it was the right decision and just 2 percent say they regret their choice.”


NATIONAL MONUMENTS. Trump to order review: “On Wednesday, Trump will sign an executive order to demand that the Interior Department secretary examine all national monument designations in the past 21 years to discern whether their size and scope are within the law’s intent, a move that tracks clearly with concerns of members of Utah’s federal delegation about the use of the unilateral presidential power in designating monuments.”

RACHEL MADDOW. Matt Drudge pipes up.


TIM FARRON. UK Lib Dem leader under fire to clarify views on homosexuality: “Farron, a Christian, was asked four times in two separate interviews on Sunday whether he believes gay sex is a sin. On all four occasions, he refused to give a clear answer.”

THE GOOD NEWS? John Waters announced an adult summer camp. THE BAD NEWS? It’s sold out already.

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Andrew ScottGAY BRITANNIA. Sherlock’s Andrew Scott to star in series about the history of gay Britain: “The details of the 40-year-old Dublin-born actor’s role have not yet been revealed. Great British Bake Off host Sandi Toksvig and Simon Callow have also been confirmed for roles in the season of programming which marks the 50th anniversary of The Sexual Offences Act 1967, which partially decriminalised homosexual acts in private between two men over the age of 21.”

BLUEBALLS. It’s what Orlando Bloom got for Earth Day.

MALE MODEL MONDAY. Tyler James. More here.

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DO WE KNOW. What is Bernie Sanders’ endgame?

KITTY HAWK FLYER. “Flying car” will make those weekends at the lake a bit different. “Kitty Hawk’s flying car, if you insisted on calling it a “car,” looked like something Luke Skywalker would have built out of spare parts. It was an open-seated, 220-pound contraption with room for one person, powered by eight battery-powered propellers that howled as loudly as a speedboat.”


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Russell Tovey, Andrew Garfield to Star in National Theatre Live Broadcast of Tony Kushner’s ‘Angels in America’

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The UK’s National Theatre has announced plans to broadcast a live performance of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America on July 20th.

The production cast includes Russell Tovey (The Pass, Looking), Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge), Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers) and James McArdle.

RELATED: Russell Tovey to Star Opposite Andrew Garfield in ‘Angels in America’ Production in London

This new staging of the two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott.


Part Two: Perestroika, will be broadcast live from the National Theatre on 27 July.

More details are available on National Theatre Live.

Watch the cast discuss the production below.

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Watch LIVE: President Obama Gives First Public Speech Since Leaving Office

President Obama will speak in public for the first time since leaving office at an event at the University of Chicago today, holding a conversation with six young people.

The New York Times writes:

Aides have said Mr. Obama does not intend to use his platform to directly challenge President Trump, despite his successor’s aggressive efforts to reverse many of Mr. Obama’s legacy-making accomplishments.

But Monday’s event may be an example of the pressure the former president will be under to speak out.

Mr. Obama wants to talk with the young people onstage at the elite school about civic engagement, community organizing and the importance of not withdrawing from the challenges facing society.

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