TV brfs: The Flash, Emily in Paris, Drag Race and more

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Amell returning to The Flash

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Robbie Amell is returning to The Flash, Entertainment Weekly reports. The actor debuted as Ronnie Raymond in season 1 of The CW’s superhero series, and he was last seen in season 3. Amell will now appear in two episodes of the current season — the show’s eighth — beginning with the 11th installment. Details about the storyline and how Amell’s character will return haven’t yet been released. The Flash will go on hiatus after its five-part event Armageddon ends in mid-December. New episodes will resume in March.

Collins addresses Emily in Paris flap

Lily Collins has spoken out about the backlash against her Netflix dramedy Emily in Paris. The show was criticized for its lack of diversity and stereotypical depictions of French culture after season 1 debuted last year. Season 2 is set for Dec. 22. “I was really passionate about including (more) women, people of color, and also sexual orientation, to really show more of what the world is, and be a part of the Emily family,” Collins told Glamour. “If there’s ever an opportunity to be better, do better, and have more representation and inclusion, you should run with it.”

Streaming service lauds Obomsawin

Indigenous-focused streaming service APTN lumi is adding 11 of Alanis Obomsawin’s films to its lineup — particularly those released between 1984 and 2019. The Canadian director and producer is a member of the Abenaki Nation, and has made 53 films for the National Film Board of Canada. She’s also an Officer of the Order of Canada and a two-time Governor General Award recipient. “I am very honored and happy that APTN will be screening a collection of my work,” she said. “It’s really wonderful for us to have APTN, which can reach so many of our people all over the country, allowing them to hear our stories.”

Drag Race names straight contestant

Season 14 of RuPaul’s Drag Race will feature the show’s first heterosexual, cisgender male contestant. Maddy Morphosis is from Fayetteville, Ark., and performs as a camp and comedy queen, Variety reports. The Drag Race franchise has expanded its definition of a drag queen in recent years. For example, season 3 of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK included the first cisgender woman, Victoria Scone, who identifies as a lesbian. RuPaul’s Drag Race — as well as other shows in the franchise, including Canada’s Drag Race — are streaming on Crave.

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