ABOVE: Why Thomas Synnamon is consistently one of the best.
COCKTAILS & COCKTALK (WORK UNFRIENDLY): A rugby player who went full-frontal — and then some.
GREG IN HOLLYWOOD: Lea Michele is the only Glee cast member who will not be at a GLAAD reunion in honor of Naya Rivera.
VARIETY: Netflix will offer Single All the Way, a gay rom-com featuring Philemon Chambers, Michael Urie and Luke MacFarlane. [In Men on Film tone] Nobody loses under that mistletoe.
INSTAGRAM: Leslie Jordan spills tea on director Del Shores.
AMAZON PRIME: Love the One You're With from Sampson McCormick is a new, queer dram-com, and it is available on Amazon Prime. Go watch the hell out of it. We need to support LGBTQ projects like this so we will get more and more of them. Check out the trailer:
DEADLINE: Monster is a new Ryan Murphy joint about the crimes of Jeffrey Dahmer. At this point, it feels like we're rehashing certain serial-killer stories for cheap thrills, although the series' mission statement promises it will explore the 10 times Dahmer — who was white, and whose prey were not — was in police custody or close to it, and allowed to skate. That's a very interesting angle, and not manufactured; I remember vividly the story of the young man who escaped Dahmer, naked, and who was seen by cops ... who assumed it was a gay quarrel. As soon as he was escorted back into Dahmer's home, he was murdered. But do I trust Ryan Murphy to tell this story sensitively? I'm not so sure. The Assassination of Gianni Versace was very well-made and beautifully acted, but filled with outright lies for drama's sake. I hope this time — especially with Niecy Nash and Penelope Ann Miller aboard — Murphy tries something new: accuracy.
JOE.MY.GOD.: As threatened, reviled U.S. Postmaster Louis DeJoy has gleefully unveiled his plan to further weaken the USPS. Not for nothing, he owns stock in a USPS competitor, and remains a Trumper. DeJoy is going — Biden has nominated new people whose job, once they're in place, would allow them to shit-can him — but it's galling how smug and fearless the rich can be.
EXTRATV: Previous Kennedys would be ashamed of the more current brood. Maria and Tim Shriver are expressing dismay that anyone can be an ardent Democrat or an ardent Republican — as if the parties in 2021 are in any way comparable — and Maria says she is a registered Independent. Also, hinting at a very trendy revulsion for so-called cancel culture, Tim says he no longer believes in “outrage.” Seriously, some people are angry 24/7, and about nothing, but how rich and how white does one have to be to think outrage is never called for?
TPM: Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) is no longer the Senate majority leader, so he continues on his campaign of terror, suggesting eliminating the filibuster would lead to a “nuclear winter.”
KENNETH IN THE (212): From the time-honored straights-in-bikini-briefs series.
NBC NEWS: Sens. Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) and Maisie Hirono (D-Hawaii) have relented after threatening to vote against any non-diversity Biden nominees after expressing displeasure that not enough AAPI candidates were being considered for top positions.
INSTAGRAM: The day's celebrity birthdays include everyone from Donna Pescow to the late Norman Fell: