Sandra Bernhard will regularly strike a Pose
Nurse Judy is back from her break and she’s still not having any of your nonsense. Oh, wait, sorry, have you caught up on the first season of Pose yet? Not yet? Then drop what you’re doing and watch, because not only is it history-making, featuring the largest transgender series regular cast, as well as the largest LGBTQ cast ever for a scripted series, and not only is it coming back for a second season, but season one guest star Sandra Bernhard – as the tough nurse whose lonely job is caring for a hospital wing’s worth of young gay men with AIDS – is coming back as a series regular. The amplification of this storyline on the show was inevitable, of course, as the series is set in the late 1980s when HIV/AIDS had already devastated a generation of queer people. And the casting is nearly perfect, since Bernhard has been a fixture – now legendary in her own right – of LGBTQ culture since that time. But as long as we’re being given the gift of Miss Bernhard, we’d also love to see Nurse Judy moonlighting as a cabaret singer in her off hours. Listen, honey, you don’t get if you don’t ask.
Stay home, eat candy, watch Wicked Halloween
Choices: dress up like a Sexy Witch at a loud party and navigate a sea of drunk people, or sit on your couch, horde Reese’s Cups for your own use, and watch NBC’s A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 Years on Broadway.
The more comfortable option seems clear – we’ll be enjoying network television, complete with commercials, and hanging with Elphaba and Glinda, sister witches whose pre-Dorothy drama is the story of the smash hit Broadway musical. Hosted by original cast members Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, this new concert special will feature songs from Wicked performed by them, as well as by the show’s current Broadway cast, Ariana Grande, Pentatonix, and others still to be announced. Now, if this were an old school TV special, those “others” would wind up being some sort of professional sports figure who can’t sing, a comedian who can’t sing, and a puppet. Aren’t you glad you live in 2018 where it’ll most likely be a synergistic appearance by Kelly Clarkson or a cast member from This is Us? You are.
Romeo San Vicente loves Sandra Bernhard as Nurse Judy.