AE Exclusivie Interview: Kristen Merlin on Shakira's Sapphic video and singing country while gay

The Boston-based country singer is one of the most talented in this year’s competition, and that’s not my lady-loving bias, that is straight from the mouth of Adam Levine. My bias comes in when I say, HOW IS SHE SO HOT?! If you haven’t tuned in yet this season, or ever before, now is your time. Seems Kristen is positioned to win the entire competition with her pop-country swagger, fast vibrato and have I mentioned how energetic, personable and seriously, the hot thing? Now all she needs is votes, which I think we can handle. I for one am not opposed to breaking out the puffy paint to go to town on some T-shirts. Team Merlin is on the prowl.

And the winner of the Lesbian/Bi Character Hunger Games is...

The final few days of voting were fraught!

Morning Brew - Laura Prepon will definitely be back for Season 3 of "OITNB"

Plus Abby Wambach on not being an LGBT spokesperson and more.

TV Alert: Gearing up for Season 2 of "Orphan Black"

OK, look, I’m just going to be honest with you. I’ve seen the first episode of the second season of Orphan Black, and there is literally no way to prepare you for it.

BUT I love you guys, so I will try. I have been collecting posts and interviews and clips all week, and have enough tidbits to tide you over until tomorrow night. A lot has happened since my last information roundup; BBC America’s social media team does not mess around. If I ever go missing, send THEM the BOLO, they’ll get the message out faster and wider than any police force.

The Huddle: Our Favorite Poets

April is National Poetry Month, and since there is never enough celebration of poetry in the world, this week’s Huddle is dedicated to our favorite poets. Poetry is so personal that it was inevitable we’d all have different picks, and yours will likely differ, too. I, Chloe, am a Yeats girl. What about you?

Feminist Friday: Fighting for Women

This Week: Kirsten Dunst, Emma Thompson and Phyllis Schlafly.

"Parenthood" finally gets a lesbian

You have no idea how long I’ve been waiting for the writers of Parenthood to write a gay character into the show. NO IDEA. In fact, a few years ago, in a New Years entertainment AfterEllen Huddle wish list, I listed “a gay character on Parenthood” as my only wish for 2011. Three years later, my wish has been granted. Cue the acoustic lady jams and move the Tegan and Sara poster from Amber’s room, seems Haddie is coming out of hiding, and with her, she’s bringing a girlfriend.

At first we see Haddie on her flight from the east coast. Thinking she’s alone, she taps an unfamiliar girl next to her, to lean over her and look out the window. Except, we do know that girl! It’s Tavi Gevinson of Rookie fame! I’m with you, she is an odd choice for any acting roll, and I had no idea she was college aged yet, but indeed she is, I checked. As for Haddie, as she walks up to her childhood home to the WELCOME BACK HADDIE sign being hung across the front entrance, it seems she’s looking hotter, collegian, and slightly more Clea Duvall in a pantsuit. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, she introduces Lauren to her parents as her “super awesome best friend.” Seems we have a story arc to uphold.

New documentary brings Kate Bornstein to the silver screen

Sam Feder has created a living portrait of the LGBTQ community leader in the new documentary, “Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger.”

Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich's love affair will be a TV series

Out producer Megan Ellison is bringing the sapphic lives of Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich to the small screen.

The yet-to-be titled TV series will be financed by Ellison’s Annapura Pictures—the production company behind last year’s multiple Oscar nominated American Hustle—and written by Angela Robinson (The L Word, D.E.B.S., True Blood, Girl Trash) and Alex Kondracke (Hung).