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Boy Erased promotes responsible podcasting

The upcoming fall film Boy Erased, which stars Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe, is the true story of a Baptist pastor’s son forced into discredited conversion therapy run by conservative Evangelical Christians. And the filmmakers have hit upon a unique and truly valuable bit of promotional content. They’ll be launching a four-part podcast, UnErased to coincide with Boy Erased’s release. Author Garrard Conley, whose memoir forms the basis of the film, will participate in the podcast, which will focus on real stories of young people forced into the abusive programs, which have affected an estimated 800,000 people since their inception.

UnErased will be made available exclusively to Stitcher Premium subscribers in the weeks before the film’s Nov. 2 release, and available everywhere podcasts are hosted coinciding with that release. There are already laws on the books in some states banning these programs for minors. Let’s hope projects like this help turn the tide and protect queer youth in even more places.

Mrs. Fletcher goes to series at HBO

We write about pilots sometimes, and then that piece of TV hope vanishes into the ether without a trace, abandoned by the network suits, leaving you thinking thoughts like, “Wasn’t The Corrections supposed to be a show at some point? Did it happen? Is it on Starz and nobody told me?” So it’s a pleasure to see one we were hoping would go the distance actually get a series order. The latest project from the amazing Nicole Holofcener, Mrs. Fletcher, starring Kathryn Hahn, has an HBO pickup with no set air date.

The show co-stars Happy Endings alum Casey Wilson and transgender actress Jen Richards (Her Story) in currently unknown roles, and the series will follow the lives of an empty-nester Mom (Hahn) and her college freshman son (Jackson White) as their lives are impacted by internet porn. Holofcener alone makes this appointment television, because if anyone can deal with adult sexual entertainment thoughtfully, it’s her, and we love this cast, as well. One question: will there be promotional tie-in events with Pornhub?

Romeo San Vicente is happy to give your podcasts Patreon at least one dollar.