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Spring TV: LGBT characters, plots proliferate on the small screen

Fox's hit show Glee teams up with Lady Gaga in the spring

As inane as reality shows can sometimes be, they seem to have created a new standard for LGBT visibility on TV. The tokenized “gay character” has extended beyond shows like “The Real World” and “Survivor,” so much that it’s almost unfathomable for a new show to not include a queer character.

While having an LGBT “slot” in programs risks being patronizing, reality-based and scripted shows have become more sympathetic and authentic in their portrayal of LGBT life.

“It doesn’t feel like we’re soldiers for anything anymore, we’re just here telling stories that incorporate gay people in organic ways, and that’s all I ever wanted,” Liz Brixius, the co-creator of “Nurse Jackie,” told TV Guide earlier this month.

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Elton John to host comedy sketch show SNL this weekend

Part-time Atlanta resident and full-time musical icon Sir Elton John is set to host “Saturday Night Live” this weekend. John will also double as the show's musical guest and will make his first appearance on SNL since 1982.

Check out the SNL promo for this weekend's show below, featuring SNL's Jason Sudeikis and a classic British comedy bit:

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Interview: Takeover artist Tabatha Coffey turns her infamous scrutiny on herself

Tabatha Coffey stars on Bravo's 'Tabatha's Salon Takeover'

From the first moment audiences encountered Tabatha Coffey on Bravo’s “Shear Genius,” she has never been shy with an opinion. Her reputation as the dominatrix of deep-conditioning led to her own series on the network, “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover,” now in its third season.

Each episode features Coffey in a struggling salon, doling out tough love to the owner and staff. In each installment, it is absolutely guaranteed someone will cry, Tabatha will be gobsmacked by someone’s incompetence, and at least one person will call her a bitch. Sometimes this all happens in the same scene.

In her new memoir, “It’s Not All About The Hair: The Honest Truth About Life, Love and the Business of Beauty,” Coffey opens up about growing up in the dressing rooms of drag queens, coming out at fifteen, the nearly fatal experience of getting breast implants, and why it doesn’t matter if the truth hurts. She talked to the GA Voice while packing to leave Hollywood, following her TV Guide Channel coverage of the Academy Awards.

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Lisa Ling talks gender transition on ‘Daily Show’

Journalist Lisa Ling on The Daily Show

Last night, journalist Lisa Ling appeared on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” to discuss her new show, “Our America with Lisa Ling,” on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network.

Ling discusses an episode of her show centering on transgender people at different points in transition.

“It's a really beautiful show,” Ling says. “We cover people at different stages of transitions, including a six-year-old child who was born Harry but never identified with being a boy.”

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 3: Meet the contestants

RuPaul's Drag Race kicks off tonight

Gearing up for the premiere of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 3? For a limited time, iTunes is offering a free video download—about 15 minutes worth—of introductions by the cast themselves. You must have a iTunes to download the clip.

Yes, Atlanta queens Phoenix—who was rather terse in her interview—and Mariah, the“legendary” Atlanta ball scene queen, are in the bunch, but a couple personalities stood out above all others.

Mimi, a big girl from New York brings a campy edge to the competition. She calls herself over-the-top (“If you're not over the top, you'll see never see the other side.”) and it seems like she's immediately got the goods to make interesting TV. She says she can sing live, too. Will we see it?