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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 the Television Academy of Arts & Sciences with whom you did not remain on good terms?  You might want to rekindle that connection to attend Monday night'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 book The Prime Time Closet: A History of Gays and Lesbians on TV

Panelists will include recent Emmy winner and costar of the hit ABC series Scandal, Dan Bucatinsky, CEO of Here Media Paul Colichman, Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox, former Noah's Arc costar and GLAAD national spokesperson Wilson Cruz, Vice President of Development for Bravo Networks Christy Dees, The Fosters star Sherri Saum, Two and a Half Men's Amber Tamblyn, Author Stephen Tropiano and Girls cast member and former lead on the gone-too-soon series The New Normal, Andrew Rannells. 

The evening begins Monday, Oct. 28, with arrivals at 6 p.m. and the program starting at 7:30 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 of It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World at 3 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 series The 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 former Brothers & Sisters costar Eric Winter's finely chiseled pecs.

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