TVLine Items: Jim Parsons Honored by GLSEN, Jenna Elfman to Dominate Mindy and More!

JimParsonsFresh off his third Emmy win, Jim Parsons is adding another trophy to his mantle.

GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) is honoring the Big Bang Theory actor and his longtime boyfriend Todd Spiewak with its Inspiration Award at the 2013 Respect Awards, held Oct. 18 in Beverly Hills.

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The ceremony — which shines a spotlight on organizations and individuals who have made a significant difference in the areas of diversity, inclusion and the safe schools movement — also will recognize Designing Women creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and Mad Men/Orange is the New Black producer Lionsgate.

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 Jenna Elfman (Dharma & Greg) will guest-star in an upcoming episode of The Mindy Project, Vulture reports, playing a crisis-management publicist who “sexually dominates” Danny.

• Parks and Rec fave/TV superfan Retta will drop by this Tuesday’s second installment of Anarchy Afterword,Sons of Anarchy‘s web-based after show. She’ll be joined by Sons creator Kurt Sutter and stars Theo Rossi and Tommy Flanagan.

ABC has given a put pilot commitment to a comedy from funnyman Kevin Hart and former Community EPs Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan. Per Deadline, the project, based on Hart’s stand-up routines, centers on a couple attempting to forge a friendship following its divorce.

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• Everybody Loves Raymond vet Brad Garrett will star in, co-pen and direct a pilot for ABC, Deadline reports. Inspired by the actor’s forthcoming autobiography When The Balls Drop, the project examines the life of a divorced, middle-aged man juggling his home life and work.

Laura Wiggins (Shameless) has joined CBS’ midseason drama Intelligence as the daughter of Marg Helgenberger’s leading lady, per TV Guide Magazine.

• Arrested Development dad Jeffrey Tambor is making his way to Raising reports. He’ll play Virginia’s estranged father in the Fox comedy’s Season 4 premiere.

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  1. Jellymoff says:

    Ya know, I had no idea whatsoever that Jim Parsons is gay. My opinion of him has really not changed as a result. I actually really like that it has become more of a “non-issue” than in the past. It would have been such a big deal to have the star of one of the biggest shows on TV come out that there’s no way I could have avoided that fact. Now it’s almost an afterthought (at least to a lot of people).

  2. Erin says:

    Will people please stop trying to make Kevin Hart happen. The man is just not funny.

  3. Debbie Cook says:

    Gay or straight who cares, I love Sheldon ( Jim Parsons). The the whole cast, great laughs. Keep up the great work, again who cares. 2013 and people are acting like it’s something new.