AfterElton Briefs: Christopher Meloni Bares For Us, “GCB” Ends On A Flat Note, and We Have Another Pro-Athlete Ally

  • Birthday shoutouts go to Alexander Ludwig (above), who is 20, Robin Strasser is 67, Thelma Houston is 66, and Traci Lords is 44.
  • In great news, NBC has given a series order to the Ryan Murphy pilot The New Normal, about a gay couple and their surrogate. The network hopes to launch the series early, after the Olympics.
  • The ever entertaining PTC has launched a preemptive strike on Howard Stern on America’s Got Talent, assuming there will be “a sharp increase in explicit content.”
  • Hot on the heels of My Big Redneck vacation comes the new reality competition Redneck Island, about a “cast of characters who attempt to survive hilarious and unpredictable challenges in unique redneck fashion.” The only way I’d watch is if they do a crossover with the video game Dead Island.
  • I really hate to post this, but Meow, the cat featured with Anderson Cooper in Friday’s caption pic, died over the weekend of respiratory failure.
  • Below you can see another peek at True Blood, as we get our first glimpse of Christopher Meloni and his well-endowed choppers.

  • In ratings news, last night’s season finale of GCB … didn’t help its renewal chances.
  • Speaking of Tomorrow’s NC vote on Amendment One, WWE wrestler CM Punk has been tweeting up a storm today, telling his 871,974 followers (well, actually, with me, it’s now 871, 975) his feelings on marriage-equality, and we now have another pro-athlete ally. (h/t Johnny Thunderstorm)

  • Oh, and here he is in the flesh.

  • Congrats to tiki-tiki-tomtom, who was the first to correctly guess that the film from Friday’s Pixuzzle™ © ® was Star Wars: The First One Made.

  • Here’s today’s Pixuzzle™ © ®. Below you can see a character from a famous movie. Can you name it?

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