The Academy Celebrates LGBT History, Freddie Prinze Jr. Guests on ‘Witches of East End’

Do you have an ex-boyfriend who's a member of theTelevision Academy of Arts & Scienceswith whom you did not remain on good terms? You might want to rekindle that connection to attendMondaynight's event, '10 Years After The Prime Time Closet - A History of Gays and Lesbians on TV.' The evening is open to Academy members and their guests, so for non-members, the only way to attend is to pick up the phone and start schmoozing—now! The event will center on the huge steps that gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer-Identified people have made since the release of Stephen Tropiano's 2002 bookThe Prime Time Closet: A History of Gays and Lesbians on TV. Panelists will include recent Emmy winner and costar of the hit ABC seriesScandal,Dan Bucatinsky, CEO ofHere MediaPaul Colichman,Orange is the New Blackstar Laverne Cox, formerNoah's Arccostar and GLAAD national spokesperson Wilson Cruz, Vice President of Development for Bravo Networks Christy Dees,The Fostersstar Sherri Saum,Two and a Half Men's Amber Tamblyn, Author Stephen Tropiano andGirlscast member and former lead on the gone-too-soon seriesThe New Normal, Andrew Rannells.

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Do you have an ex-boyfriend who’s a member of theTelevision Academy of Arts & Scienceswith whom you did not remain on good terms? You might want to rekindle that connection to attendMondaynight’s event, ’10 Years After The Prime Time Closet – A History of Gays and Lesbians on TV.’

The evening is open to Academy members and their guests, so for non-members, the only way to attend is to pick up the phone and start schmoozing—now! The event will center on the huge steps that gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer-Identified people have made since the release of Stephen Tropiano’s 2002 bookThe Prime Time Closet: A History of Gays and Lesbians on TV.

Panelists will include recent Emmy winner and costar of the hit ABC seriesScandal,Dan Bucatinsky, CEO ofHere MediaPaul Colichman,Orange is the New Blackstar Laverne Cox, formerNoah’s Arccostar and GLAAD national spokesperson Wilson Cruz, Vice President of Development for Bravo Networks Christy Dees,The Fostersstar Sherri Saum,Two and a Half Men‘s Amber Tamblyn, Author Stephen Tropiano andGirlscast member and former lead on the gone-too-soon seriesThe New Normal, Andrew Rannells.

The evening beginsMonday, Oct. 28,with arrivals at6 p.m.and the program starting at7:30 p.m.at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, home of the Emmys, at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre, 5220 Lankershim Blvd. in the NoHo Arts district. Don’t even think about showing up without a member on your arm.

Hollywood’s Arclight Cinerama Dome will host today’s 50th Anniversary screening ofIt’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Worldat3 p.m. This was the site of the film’s original premiere in 1963. Original stars like Mickey Rooney, Barrie Chase and Stan Freberg are expected to attend.

If you still haven’t caught the supernatural Lifetime seriesThe Witches of East End, today would be a good night to tune in. You won’t want to miss a very buff, hunky and shirtless Freddie Prinze Jr. making a guest appearance on the evening’s episode. If you are lucky, you’ll also get to see regular cast member and formerBrothers & Sisterscostar Eric Winter’s finely chiseled pecs.

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