Television

Based on his sharp memoir-manifesto “I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves,” out comedian Ryan O’Connell has fashioned a new Netflix series based on his life as a gay man with cerebral palsy.

In “Special,” O’Connell stars as Ryan Keyes, a shy and withdrawn man who has a codependent relationship with his mother. Deft and poignant, the series depicts cerebral palsy truthfully and without exploitation.

O’Connell, along with That’s Wonderful Productions, has created a show worth crowing about. With eight 15-minute episodes, “Special” is relatable to nearly any viewer as, above all, it tackles the characters’ challenges as they seek emotional and physical independence.

NBC announced it is renewing “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” for a record-setting 21st season. Mariska Hargitay will return as lead detective, Lt. Olivia Benson — and will become the longest-running female character in a live-action primetime series.

Hargitay has earned eight Emmy nominations for her role, winning the award for lead actress in a drama in 2006. In addition to starring on the series, Hargitay is also executive producer and a director.

It’s no surprise the announcement was made as March ended and April approached: March was Women’s History Month and April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. “SVU” has been addressing issues of sexual assault every week for 20 years and its star is making women’s history.

 It’s been a tough week for the millions of fans of Michael Jackson, an iconic figure in American music, often referred to as “The King of Pop.” A month after the six-hour Lifetime documentary “Surviving R Kelly” resulted in R&B singer R Kelly being arrest on sexual assault charges and held on $1 million bail, HBO has aired a 236-minute documentary, “Leaving Neverland.”

 It has been a decade — International Women’s Day 2009, to be exact — since the final episode of “The L Word” aired on Showtime. Throughout six seasons, the groundbreaking series was the first to ever center lesbian and bisexual women.

And after 10 long, lesbian-less years, “The L Word” is coming back. 

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