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Superheroes with super voices: Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Melissa Benoist as Kara

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By Nate Millado

Audra McDonald and Christine Baranski have wowed us with their acting chops—but did you know The Good Fight stars have vocal chops too? And they're far from the only double threats on television. Watch rounds up a few of our favorite stars who can act and sing.

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1. Audra McDonald and Christine Baranski fromThe Good Fight

With six Tony awards, Audra McDonald holds the record for most performance wins and just might add a seventh this September—she's nominated for Best Actress in a Play for Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. Here she is, feting Broadway icon Stephen Sondheim with an uproarious rendition of "Ladies Who Lunch" with The Good Fight star Christine Baranski and none other than Meryl Streep.

Stream The Good Fight on Paramount+. Watch the Tony Awards LIVE on Sunday, Sept. 26, only on Paramount+.


2. Lana Parrilla from Why Women Kill

Lana Parrilla is absolutely killing it as Rita on the new season of Why Women Kill! It's her first juicy role since the pandemic—but Parrilla stayed plenty busy during lockdown. Not only did she start her own clothing line, but she released a new single, too!

Stream Why Women Kill on Paramount+.


3. Christopher Jackson from Bull

Bull viewers know him as Chunk Palmer, but Hamilton fans remember Christopher Jackson in a more presidential role: As George Washington in the mega-hit musical. Here he is performing one of his show-stoppers in front of two other presidents: Obama and Biden.

Bull moves to Thursday nights this fall at 10/9c on CBS. Stream episodes on Paramount+.


4. Queen Latifah from The Equalizer

Queen Latifah first burst onto the scene as a rapper in 1989; her debut album (All Hail the Queen) featured the hit single "Ladies First." She's gone on to release seven genre-defying albums that have dabbled in jazz, hip-hop, reggae, and pop—and earned a Grammy for the 1993 anthem "U.N.I.T.Y." In the movie musical Chicago, Latifah showcased her singing and acting chops as no-nonsense prison matron Mama Morton. She earned an Oscar nom for Best Supporting Actress! Watch her stirring rendition of "I Know Where I've Been" from another movie musical she starred in, Hairspray.

Season 2 of The Equalizer airs Sunday nights this fall at 8/7c on CBS.


5. LL Cool J from NCIS: Los Angeles

Like Queen Latifah, LL COOL J is one of the OGs of rap! And while the NCIS: Los Angeles star has flexed his lyrical muscle on such hardcore anthems as "Mama Said Knock You Out," LL has also shown a softer side with ballads like "I Need Love."

NCIS: Los Angeles returns for its 13th season this fall, airing Sunday nights at 9/8c on CBS.


6. Annaleigh Ashford from B Positive

Annaleigh Ashford made a splash on the Great White Way as ditzy sorority sister Margot in Legally Blonde, her Broadway debut. Ever since, the Tony-winning actress has had standout performances in Hair, Rent, Legally Blonde, and Kinky Boots. But one of her best-known roles was as Glinda in the musical juggernaut Wicked. Here she is singing a bewitching rendition of "Wonderful."

B Positive airs Thursday nights this fall at 9:30/8:30c on CBS.


7. Beth Behrs from The Neighborhood

Beth Behrs can sing just about anything! Case in point: When she hosted the 2014 People's Choice Awards with her former 2 Broke Girls co-star. Kat Dennings lobbed random song requests at Behrs, and The Neighborhood star didn't flinch, singing everything from The Sound of Music to Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball"!

The Neighborhood returns Monday nights this fall at 8/7c on CBS.


8. Rita Moreno from One Day at a Time

Living legend Rita Moreno is a rare EGOT. She earned her Oscar as singing-and-dancing Anita in the classic movie musical West Side Story.

Stream episodes of One Day at a Time on Paramount+.


9. Sutton Foster from Younger

Sutton Foster has such a buttery voice, it's hard to believe she wasn't a trained vocalist until her Tony-winning role in Thoroughly Modern Millie!

Stream the final season of Younger on Paramount+.


10. Donnie Wahlberg from Blue Bloods

When it comes to music, Donnie Wahlberg is no new kid on the block! The Blue Bloods star still performs with his fellow "boy banders" NKOTB.

Blue Bloods returns Friday nights this fall at 10/9c on CBS.


11. Melissa Benoist from Supergirl

She's not just a superhero—she's a super singer! Melissa Benoist got her first big break in Glee and has showcased her vocals on musical episodes of The Flash and Supergirl. In 2018, she made her Broadway debut in the Carole King musical, Beautiful.

The final season of Supergirl returns Tuesday, August 24, on The CW. Watch free next day on CWTV.com and The CW app.


12. Grant Gustin from The Flash

Benoist's former Glee co-star Grant Gustin made fans of The Flash swoon when he serenaded Iris with "Running Home to You"...before popping the question.

The Flash returns this fall with a five-episode special event on The CW.

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William Petersen returns as Grissom in CSI: Vegas, while Vanessa Lachey headlines new series, NCIS: Hawaii.

Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS; Courtesy Vanessa Lachey.

By Nate Millado

We haven't even hit summer yet and we're already looking forward to fall. That's because CBS just announced its fall TV lineup, and the exciting new schedule features a "spirited" new comedy along with some welcome returns, from CSI to Survivor. The fall lineup also includes the return of #1 series NCIS, #1 comedy Young Sheldon, #1 new comedy United States of Al, #1 new series The Equalizer, and #1 news program 60 Minutes. Watch previews all the new and returning shows coming to a screen near you.

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CSI: Vegas: Grissom and Sara Are Back

CSI: Vegas, the sequel to CBS' global hit CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, opens a brand-new chapter in Las Vegas, the city where it all began. Facing an existential threat that could bring down the entire Crime Lab and release thousands of convicted killers back onto the neon-lit streets of Vegas, a brilliant new team of investigators led by Maxine Roby (Paula Newsome) must enlist the help of old friends, Gil Grissom (William Petersen), Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox), David Hodges (Wallace Langham), and Jim Brass (Paul Guilfoyle). This combined force will deploy the latest forensic techniques to do what they do best—follow the evidence—in order to preserve and serve justice in Sin City.

CSI: Vegas airs Wednesdays this fall at 10/9c on CBS.

Say "Aloha" to the Newest NCIS Spinoff

The world's most successful television series continues on the seductive shores of the Aloha State with NCIS: Hawai'i, where the first female Special Agent in Charge of NCIS Pearl Harbor, Jane Tennant (Vanessa Lachey) and her unwavering team of specialists balance duty to family and country while investigating high-stakes crimes involving military personnel, national security, and the mysteries of the sun-drenched island paradise itself.

NCIS: Hawai'i airs this fall on Mondays at 10/9c on CBS.

Tuesdays Belong to FBI

Two established hits bookend an exciting new series on a night of three Dick Wolf dramas. FBI takes the 8/7c spot, while FBI: Most Wanted at 10/9c anchors a formidable lineup that'll launch with a three-hour crossover premiere event in the fall.

The fast-paced drama FBI: International is the third iteration of the successful FBI brand, which follows the elite operatives of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's International Fly Team. Headquartered in Prague, they travel the world with the mission of tracking and neutralizing threats against American citizens wherever they may be. Not allowed to carry guns, the Fly Team relies on intelligence, quick thinking, and pure brawn as they put their lives on the line to protect the U.S. and its people.

FBI: International airs Tuesdays this fall at 9/8c on CBS.

Ghosts Haunts the Thursday Night Lineup

New comedy Ghosts stars Rose McIver as sunny journalist Samantha and Utkarsh Ambudkar as up-and-coming chef Jay, city-slickers who throw both caution and money to the wind when they decide to convert a huge rundown country estate they inherited into a B&B. Only it's already inhabited by a few guests—the many spirits of deceased residents who now call it home.

New series Ghosts airs Thursdays this fall at 9/8c on CBS.

CBS Relights Survivor's Torch

The Tribe has spoken: Survivor is back! Due to the pandemic, the long-running reality comp sat on the sidelines for a year. But Season 41—and dimpled host Jeff Probst—is set to return to its familiar digs on Wednesday nights.

Survivor airs Wednesday nights this fall at 8/7c on CBS.

SEAL Team Heads to Paramount+

Bravo One himself is pretty pumped about SEAL Team moving to Paramount+. "I've been in network TV for over 20 years and now I can drop the F-bomb?" David Boreanaz (Jason Hayes) quipped to Entertainment Weekly. Kidding aside, Boreanaz thinks the move to the game-changing streamer "puts us into the game" and allows the action-packed drama "to go darker."

SEAL Team will air its first few episodes of Season 5 on CBS this fall before relocating to Paramount+.

And So Does Evil

It's been an agonizing year and a half since we found out Kristen Bouchard (Katja Herbers) might be possessed. And when Season 2 of Evil returns, it'll pick up a mere two seconds after that whopper of a cliffhanger! Robert and Michelle King's scary-good supernatural series makes the leap to Paramount+, joining the Kings' critically acclaimed The Good Fight.

On the Move: NCIS, Bull, and S.W.A.T.

A triptych of Mark Harmon next to Michael Weatherly and Shemar Moore

NCIS, Bull, and S.W.A.T. relocate to new nights this fall.

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NCIS has aired Tuesdays at 8/7c for 18 seasons—but will migrate to Mondays at 9/8c, leading into spinoff NCIS: Hawai'i. Bull moves from Mondays to Thursdays at 10/9c, while S.W.A.T. will start the season at 8/7c on Friday nights.

The CW All Week!

For the first time ever, The CW will air a slew of shows seven nights a week—kicking off on Sundays with a reboot of Nickelodeon's Legends of the Hidden Temple and a U.S. version of Killer Camp (think Survivor meets retro slasher flicks). The CW's signature hit and most-streamed series, All American, gears up for its fourth season, returning to Mondays (8/7 c), paired with the reimagined sci-fi drama 4400 (9/8c). The Flash and Riverdale both return with special five-episode events to begin their new seasons on Tuesdays.

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Anthony Rapp as Lt. Commander Paul Stamets and Wilson Cruz as Dr. Hugh Culber of the Paramount+ series Star Trek: Discovery

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By Nate Millado

If you can see it, you can be it. They're out and proud, and an inspiration simply by living their authentic selves every day! So in honor of Pride Month, Watch celebrates these talented individuals who continue to break new ground for the LGBTQ+ community on CBS, The CW, Showtime, and Paramount+.

Check out the May/June 2021 issue of Watch to read about even more LGBTQ+ TV trailblazers!

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Anthony Rapp

Anthony Rapp in costume as Lieutenant Commander Paul Stamets

Anthony Rapp as Lt. Commander Paul Stamets of the Paramount+ series Star Trek: Discovery

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RENT fans know Anthony Rapp as the OG Mark Cohen in the quintessential queer musical, but to Trekkies he's Lt. Commander Paul Stamets on Discovery, one half of the first openly gay couple in franchise history. "I'm really excited and happy when a gay character is a part of a story—especially when a gay character is created in a complex and human and non-stereotypical, interesting way, and that has certainly been the case with Stamets," Rapp told Entertainment Weekly in 2017. "And you get to see his relationship ... we actually get to see me with my partner in conversation, in our living quarters, you get to see our relationship over time, treated as any other relationship would be treated."

Stream all episodes of Star Trek: Discovery on Paramount+.

Asia Kate Dillon

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Asia Kate Dillon as Taylor in Showtime's Billions

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Billions' Asia Kate Dillon plays fan favorite Taylor, the first non‑binary main character to appear on American TV. Dillon revealed to W Magazine: "I've heard from people from all over the world, of all different ages, who say, 'I'm nonbinary and I never knew that there was anyone else like me'; some say, 'I'm a parent of someone who's just come out as nonbinary and/or trans, and I now know what that means;' and I've even had people reach out to me and say, 'I'm a right-wing conservative who was homophobic and transphobic, but I love your character and it helped change my heart and my mind and create understanding within me.' I don't think any of us anticipated that Billions would be a teaching tool, but it's a silver lining that's been really, really cool."

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Nicole Maines

Nicole Maines in mask and costume as Dreamer

Nicole Maines as Dreamer on Supergirl

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The CW introduced TV's first transgender superhero, Dreamer, on Supergirl. For trans actor and activist Nicole Maines, progress means getting to play a villain. "I think it's that more and more trans characters [can] be less than perfect and be a–holes," Maines told Variety. "They're just people."

Supergirl returns on Tuesday, August 24, at 9/8c on The CW.

Dan Levy

Dan Levy smiling

Dan Levy chats virtually with James Corden on The Late Late Show

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Dan Levy won an Emmy for playing pansexual David on the now-cult classic Schitt's Creek. Recalling son Dan's "coming out" on Watch What Happens Live, dad Eugene says: "I believe it was mom who just actually said, 'OK, are you gay?' "She did," recalled Dan Levy. "My mom asked me over for lunch one day and I said, 'Yes.' She almost knew. My mom and I have a very close relationship in that sense and it almost felt like she knew that I was ready." Eugene confesses that he and wife Deborah "knew for the longest time. We were waiting and then mom couldn't wait any longer."

Schitt's Creek streams on the Pop Now app, plus Netflix and CW Seed.

Linda Hunt

Linda Hunt wearing glasses and a black suit

Linda Hunt as Operations Manager Henrietta "Hetty" Lange

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Oscar winner Linda Hunt—who plays fan favorite Hetty Lange on NCIS: Los Angeles—is largely private about her private life. But Hunt's wife, Karen, did make a cameo in her 2013 interview with CBS Sunday Morning. Together since 1987, Hunt married her "lady" in 2008; Karen says the first thing that caught her eye wasn't Linda's stature (she's 4 feet 9 inches tall), but her "corduroys." They live in a Los Angeles bungalow with their three canine kids.

NCIS: Los Angeles airs Sundays at 9/8c on CBS.

Wilson Cruz

Wilson Cruz in uniform on the set of Discovery

Wilson Cruz as Dr. Hugh Culber of the Paramount+ series Star Trek: Discovery

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"I literally blazed my own trail," says Wilson Cruz, who memorably played Ricky Vazquez on the gone-too-soon series My So-Called Life. "I had to knock my own doors down. I make no apologies for that ... You have to demand to be seen, no matter gay, straight, whatever. But you have to believe in yourself enough to demand to be seen." Cruz was the first openly gay actor to play an openly queer character in a leading role on network TV—and he's continuing to blaze trails as Dr. Hugh Culber on Discovery, one of the first openly gay characters in Star Trek history.

Stream all episodes of Star Trek: Discovery on Paramount+.

RuPaul

RuPaul in a pink wig and yellow dress

The world's most famous drag queen, RuPaul, made herstory with a fifth consecutive Emmy in 2020.

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Ever since RuPaul's Drag Race first sashayed onto screens in 2009, the lip syncs have been legendary and the tea served piping hot! In 2020, RuPaul made herstory by winning a fifth consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program. "I've always said, every time I bat my false eyelashes, I'm making a political statement," he said in his acceptance speech. "Well tonight, the only political statement I wanna make is this ... love. Love for our LGBT brothers and sisters, love for our Black queens and Brown queens, and love for the United States of America, where a little gay boy with nothing more than a pussycat wig and a dream can build an international platform that celebrates sweet sensitive souls everywhere."

Stream RuPaul's Drag Race on Paramount+.

Javicia Leslie

Javicia Leslie in jean jacket crossing her arms

Javicia Leslie as Ryan Wilder

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Batwoman's Javicia Leslie, who identifies as bisexual, took the reins of the lesbian crimefighter from Season 1 star Ruby Rose. Shortly after her casting announcement, she issued a press release saying how "extremely proud" she was to be the first Black actress to play the iconic role on TV, adding: "And as a bisexual woman, I am honored to join this groundbreaking show which has been such a trailblazer for the LGBTQ+ community." She even got her predecessor's seal of approval. "I am so glad Batwoman will be played by an amazing Black woman," Ruby Rose posted on Instagram. "I want to congratulate Javicia Leslie on taking over the bat cape. You are walking into an amazing cast and crew. I can't wait to watch Season 2; you are going to be amazing!!"

Batwoman airs Sundays at 8/7c on The CW. Stream next day free on The CW.

Blu del Barrio

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Blu del Barrio of the Paramount+ series Star Trek: Discovery

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Star Trek: Discovery's Blu del Barrio—who uses pronouns they/them/theirs—plays Adira, the franchise's first non-binary character. And their real-life journey actually mirrored their on-screen personas. "I didn't want Adira to use 'they'/'them' pronouns until I was out," del Barrio told Forbes. So they waited until they felt "super comfortable" to come out to their Argentinian parents, family, friends, and castmates. "It was very challenging and difficult and stressful, and not the way that I expected to come out," del Barrio said. "But I think that it was special and very unique. And I had a lot of really good people around me," they added, referring to gay actors Rapp and Cruz, as well as trans actor Ian Alexander, who also debuted in Season 3 as a trans character.

Stream all episodes of Star Trek: Discovery on Paramount+.

Lili Reinhart

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Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper in Riverdale

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Being bisexual was never something Riverdale's Lili Reinhart intentionally kept hidden. "My friends and family knew. My cast members knew," she told Nylon. "I didn't want to come out and talk about it because I felt that bisexuality was becoming a trend [among celebrities], but I've supported the LGBTQ community since I was a little tween, and it just felt organic." So in June 2020, Reinhart said "F— it. Now's the time. It's not something I'm ashamed of." So she posted on her Instagram story: "Although I've never announced it publicly before, I am a proud bisexual woman," the actress wrote about an LGBTQ protest for #BlackLivesMatter she was attending.

Riverdale returns Wednesday, August 11 at 8/7c on The CW. Stream the next day free only on The CW.

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