New LGBT TV programming down from last year

This time last year, Hollywood – as well as the LGBT community – was all abuzz about the lofty number of LGBT programs that were coming to network TV. It was a record high.

A year later, that bubble has been burst. Most of those high-profile shows are now gone, having fallen one by one. CBS’s “Partners” with Michael Urie was canceled quickly. “The New Normal” lasted a little longer but still bit the dust at NBC, which also canned the acclaimed “Go On,” with Julie White in a supporting role as a lesbian.

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Interview: Molly Ringwald dazzles with new CD and short stories

Molly Ringwald

The name Molly Ringwald will probably mean something different to you depending on how old you are. If you were a movie-going adolescent or adult in the early 1980s, Ringwald began making a strong impression on audiences in Paul Mazursky’s “Tempest,” followed by the double whammy of the late John Hughes’ “Sixteen Candles” and “The Breakfast Club,” not to mention “Pretty In Pink.” Other folks, who might have tuned in to “Different Strokes” and “The Facts of Life,” just prior to that, will remember her as Molly Parker on both shows.

Ringwald’s reign as the Queen of the Brat Pack ended by the late 1980s, although she continued to work regularly in film and on TV. In the late 2000s, following a second marriage and motherhood, Ringwald had a full-scale career comeback, including stints on Broadway and the TV series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.” But there’s so much more to Ringwald than all that.

Ringwald is the author of two books, most recently the stellar “When It Happens To You: A Novel in Stories,” which came out in paperback May 7.

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‘Biggest Loser’ trainer visits Atlanta to help ‘Maximize Your Life’

Jillian Michaels comes to Atlanta

Jillian Michaels is best known for her role as a tough but empowering trainer on the NBC hit “The Biggest Loser.” With her first live tour, she hopes to help others find success not just through losing weight, but also through “maximizing” their passions and potential.

Michaels, who just released her newest book, “Slim for Life: My Insider Secrets to Simple, Fast, and Lasting Weight Loss,” comes to Atlanta this month for her “Maximize Your Life” tour, which stops in 35 cities in the U.S. and Canada.

The tour will cover topics ranging from weight loss and workouts to increasing confidence and self-esteem, and Michaels knows of which she speaks.

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Margaret Cho’s new comedy tour is the mother of all shows

Margaret Cho

She sounded a bit tired in the phone interview. Between guest starring on a hit TV show, planning her “Mother” comedy tour, singing, embracing her new passion of riding motorcycles, starring on “Drop Dead Diva,” traveling, writing her blog, and answering the same questions from reporters all day, Margaret Cho has a right to be a bit reserved when not “on” in front of an audience.

But Cho is still thrilled to be nominated for an Emmy for her guest actress appearance on “30 Rock.” She actually played a man — well, two men — to receive the Emmy nod.

“It’s great. I really love that show. It’s an honor,” Cho said of the nomination.

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Why ‘Downton Abbey’ is history’s gayest British export

Downton Abbey

I don't like to take a lot of advice from my Twitter friends, but when the right combination of folks hashtag things I've never heard of, I get the feeling I'm missing the boat.

And this time, it was a boat straight to English gay hell: "Downton Abbey."

I recognized Maggie Smith's cold blank stare on ads oddly running on MARTA buses and the occasional stops along my Midtown route to work. It was her and two other fancy white ladies in period costumes. As if you'd see Maggie Smith doing anything else.

"What's this DownTOWN Abbey stuff I keep seeing?" I asked by boyfriend.