Weekend Meme: Ryan Murphy’s “The New Normal” Gets a Pilot, Red Hot Chili Peppers Still Haven’t Bought Shirts, and What Are They Drinking On “Fear Factor?”

NBC has given a pilot order to Ryan Murphy’s The New Normal, about a gay couple and the woman they turn to as a surrogate. The show is expected to Andrew Rannellsstar The Book of Mormon’s Andrew Rannells, who also just extended his Broadway contract until 2013.

My boss’ boss’ boss’ boss took a huge pay cut this year. Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman only made $43.1 million this past year, down 49%. I wonder if the company will use that savings to add heat to the AfterElton.com newsroom?

That Ferris Bueller Super Bowl commercial is reportedly for Honda, and will feature an Accord crashing out of a plate glass window and a CR-V making that iconic jump with the parking attendants. Color me disappointed.

Bishop Gene Robinson will officiate at Cynthia Nixon’s wedding.

I could hug Rea Carey of The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force for stating “We are not a single-issue movement” at the Creating Change conference in Baltimore this weekend. Honestly, you wouldn’t know it from the media, so I’m glad somebody remembers it.

If you want to buy Girl Scout Cookies from the transgender scout that has ignited a firestorm in conservative circles, you can do so here. I already ordered a half dozen boxes elsewhere, but I may buy more here depending on how fat I feel after the Atlantis cruise.

GOP Rep. Tim Huelskamp has introduced a bill that explicitly permits military chaplains to refuse to perform same-sex marriages, which they already can. It would also prohibit use of base facilities for same-sex marriage ceremonies, adding another layer of discrimination for gay soldiers.

Peter Marc Jacobson and Fran DrescherFran Drescher believes that she was abducted by aliens as a child and has a chip implanted in her hand.  She also says her gay ex, Peter Marc Jacobson was also abducted, and that’s what brought them together. He’s not convinced.

Amy Winehouse’s family is not amused by Jean Paul Gaultier’s homage collection to Winehouse.  “To see her image lifted wholesale to sell clothes was a wrench we were not expecting or consulted on. We’re proud of her influence on fashion but find black veils on models, smoking cigarettes with a barbershop quartet singing her music in bad taste.”

Australia may not be ready to provide for marriage equality themselves, but will starting allowing same-sex couples to apply for a Certificate of No Impediment this week, which will allow them to marry abroad in many countries.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt took the stage at Sundance not to promote a movie, but to put on a show for his HitRECord web community. He was greeted like a rock star, and acted like one, strapping on a guitar and performing “Hey Jude” for the crowd.

The Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins is upset that Star Wars: The Old Republic will begin allowing same-sex relationships within the game. Honestly, this man thinks about gay sex more in an average day than I will all this next week.

Activists are upset that Twitter is going to start selectively censoring tweets by country as required by local law. Honestly, it appears Twitter has taken the least destructive path here, not deleting the tweets or censoring globally, but marking them as censored and linking to Chilling Effects, where the tweets will be posted.Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus

The conservative Culture and Media Institute is upset with Miley Cyrus for behaving badly, like posing provocatively with her boyfriend Liam Hemsworth’s penis birthday cake. Remember when Miley was the darling of conservative circles?

Is the war really between the 99% and the 1%, or is it more between the .98% and the .02%? Some evidence shows that change is most likely to come as the millionaires rebel against the billionaires.

One DirectionBritish boy band One Direction is set to make an appearance on iCarly. Evidently Harry gets sick and Carly starts doting on him, so he milks it for so long a scheme has to be hatched to get him back in the band.

CBS has give several new pilot orders, including the third go around for Will & Grace’s David Kohan and Matt Mutchnick’s buddy comedy that mirrors their own lives. “Architects Charlie and Louis’ friendship has lasted longer than either of their romantic relationships and almost seems like a weird marriage. When Charlie decides to propose to his girlfriend, Louis’ neurotic attempts to be supportive nearly result in the breakup of his own relationship. Described as a show about ’4 people in 3 relationships’, the comedy reflects the real-life longtime friendship between Kohan, who is straight, and Mutchnick, who is gay.”

A bridge in Kentucky had two spans taken out by the ship Delta Mariner as it was taking Atlas rocket parts to NASA. You really just have to go look at the pictures of the bridge sitting on the bow of the ship.

HUD has announced major rule changes to housing policies this weekend, at Creating Change in Baltimore. Lenders offering federally insured mortgages Chris Evansno longer get to take sexual orientation into account for loans, HUD housing can no longer discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and the definition of “family” is clarified for all other rules at HUD, so that people are not excluded on the basis of sexual orientation, marital status or gender identity.

Neal McDonough let drop that Marvel intends to start shooting Captain America 2 later this year, after Thor 2 wraps.  I wonder how long it will be before Chris Evans can eat French fries again?

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