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    Trailer: Eight episodes airing over seven weeks beginning February; primarily the life story of real-life gay-rights activist Cleve Jones. Written by show runner Dustin Lance Black and directed by him and fellow executive producer Gus Van Sant, as well as Dee Rees and Thomas Schlamme.

    Starring Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Park, Rachel Griffiths, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Kenneth Williams, Rosie O’Donnell. All of them will be probably be supporting, as Guy Pearce is not even in the first half of the miniseries. Austin P. McKenzie plays the younger version of his character, so they will probably sacrifice him in lead. I was an extra for scenes with both, heh.

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    Wow. I am absolutely desperate for quality LGBT content but this…looks like an SNL parody of a “gay rights movie.” Let’s hope it was just a poorly edited trailer.

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    I had no idea what this was because I missed the commercial but my parents are very excited to watch this one….because of the cast

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    Just googled the cast and apart from the names listed above, I’m excited to see Carrie Preston, Kevin McHale (hooray for something after Glee), Dylan Walsh (he needed something more after Nip/Tuck), Denis O’Hare, David Hyde Pierce, TR Knight (he should have won an Emmy for Grey’s Anatomy S3 in my opinion), Phylicia Rashad, Pauley Perrette and Balthazar Getty.

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    All of the reviews on Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes say that the first half with the young unknown actors is better than the second half withe the name actors.  I did not expect that.

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    Fun Fact: my cousin has a brief role in this. He is playing a “homeless teen in the 90s” if that helps.

    May the best of your todays be the worst of your tomorrows.

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    The first episode felt like an after-school kids special about gay rights. The acting wasn’t outright bad, but the writing and plot progression left a lot to be lacking.

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    I watched the first episode last night, and I couldn’t stop thinking the show suffers from the same problems that Milk did as well as a sense of deja vu (not surprising since the first episode was helmed by Gus Van Zant and the series is written by Dustin Lance Black). Marginal performances by the majority of the players so far (the young Roma and Ken are exceptions), textbook dialogue (especially stretching credibility by the giving each character lines in the women’s group scenes), cameos-just-for-cameo-sake, and feeling that everyone’s just playing dress-up in period clothes and hairstyles. I love the idea of the series and hope for improvement with subsequent episodes.

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    This um….? I felt like they did too much with the plot, especially with this being the first episode. Very jumbled. At some points the stories were fine but at other times, they felt too….safe? I guess? Conventional might be the word. At no point did I feel like it was compelling or enthralling like I did watching American Crime.

    The characters are very interesting on paper but I think its the actors that play it too safe. They’re not bad per say, but they don’t flesh out their roles.

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    DLB just isn’t much of a storyteller. He’s a preacher. Much like Milk this is banal, dated, conventional sermonizing and dot-connecting. And yes, I still feel some type of way about Penn stealing Rourke’s Oscar.

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    The ratings are horrible, the reviews are not much to write home about. This will be this year’s Madoff, again coming from ABC.

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    Waste of time. Thought this would be something but nope.

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    Here is a pic of my cousin in “When We Rise”

    https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-0/s480x480/17155818_10154214462242056_5832591586039378181_n.jpg?oh=836acb612d2d7fd94a201edb2b1d4955&oe=596CCA76

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