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Poppy is one lucky hamster. While sheltering in place, Young Sheldon star Iain Armitage revealed on Instagram that he was fostering his new furry pal, noting , "She makes life in quarantine much more fun!"

Indeed, CBS stars have always enjoyed the companionship of their four-legged friends, whether it's on a hike or during a much-needed cuddle on the couch.

Scroll to see more sweet photos of TV stars spending time with their furry friends!

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Darin Brooks sits with his family and their pet dog.

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Darin Brooks (The Bold and the Beautiful) poses for a family portrait with wife Kelly Kruger, baby Everleigh, and Chance.

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Stephen Colbert sits on a couch while petting a dark brown dog.

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Stephen Colbert (The Late Show) "You're just in time for dinner, Mr. Bond. And Benny is...hungry," he jokes about his dog.

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert airs Weeknights at 11:35/10:35c on CBS. Stream full episodes on CBS All Access.

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Ashley Madekwe (Tell Me a Story) purrfects her red-carpet look.

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Emily Wickersham snuggles in very close to her sleeping dog.

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Emily Wickersham: (NCIS) watches over a snoozing Miguel.

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Norah O'Donnell hugs Ollie her light brown dog.

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Norah O'Donnell (CBS Evening News) and Ollie are ready for their close-up.

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Allison Janney laughs as one of her three dogs approaches the camera during a walk in nature.

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Allison Janney (Mom) "Weekends were made for hikes with the kids," she says.

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Michela Watkins smiles against a backdrop of a western desert.

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Michaela Watkins (The Unicorn) shares a selfie with Jeff.

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Bryton James and his dog

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Bryton James (The Young and the Restless) gives his pup a lift.

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Sharon Osbourne (The Talk) and husband Ozzy make room for their pack of dogs.

The new season of The Talk premieres Monday, Sept. 21 on CBS and CBS All Access.

Carrie Ann Inaba and her cat Mimi Vader

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Carrie Ann Inaba (The Talk) "Who rescues who?" she says of her late feline friend Mimi Vader.

The new season of The Talk premieres Monday, Sept. 21 on CBS and CBS All Access.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, July-August 2020.

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While LGBTQIA+ representation in TV shows and on the big screen is still limited, The CW is showering fans with diversity and inclusivity. According to GLAAD, The CW recorded the highest percentage of LGBTQIA+ series regulars in 2019, a breakthrough for the community. From inspiring fans to come out to shedding light on taboo topics, queer characters are making a big impact on their audiences.

To celebrate Pride today and every day, we're highlighting some of our favorite LGBTQIA+ characters across The CW.

Lucy Hale as Katy Keene Jonny Beauchamp as Ginger and Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy from Katy Keene

(L-R): Lucy Hale as Katy Keene, Jonny Beauchamp as Ginger and Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy

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Cheryl Blossom, Riverdale

Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom from The CW show Riverdale

Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom

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As the first openly lesbian character in Riverdale, Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch) made a huge impact on the show's viewers. Though Cheryl had shown interest in male characters, she was never in a relationship until her current girlfriend, Toni Topaz (Vanessa Morgan), made her debut on the show. Before they dated, Cheryl shared her struggles with Toni, revealing that she had loved a girl named Heather, but her mother called their friendship "deviant" when the two children were caught sleeping (just sleeping) in the same bed. Cheryl has suffered prejudice from her family members and was even sent to conversion therapy in Season 2. Toni, a proud bisexual woman of color, helps Cheryl come to terms with her sexuality as they become Riverdale's first lesbian couple.

Both Petsch and Morgan identify as straight but have done their part to make the characters' relationship as genuine as possible for the fans. "We have a responsibility to our fans to stay true to the authenticity of being in a female-female relationship," Petsch explained in a YouTube video. "We're very aware of that and try our best to stay true to that." Petsch also proudly shares that characters like Cheryl and Toni inspired some LGBTQ+ fans to come out to loved ones after seeing what "Choni" goes through. "I never thought in my wildest dreams that my art could help someone embrace who they truly are. For the show's demographic, it's really important to showcase these diverse relationships," Petsch has said.

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Anissa Pierce, Black Lightning

Nafessa Williams as Thunder from The CW show Black Lightning

Nafessa Williams as Thunder in Black Lightning.

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Being a Black woman in the media comes with challenges, but being a Black lesbian woman in the media presents a different set of challenges. So when Nafessa Williams saw the script for The CW's Black Lightning, she said, "Sign me up." Black Lightning's main heroine, Anissa Pierce (a.k.a. Thunder), is television's first Black lesbian superhero, and she is already out and proud with a long-term partner—a huge win for LGBTQIA+ viewers. Anissa's character has been called "refreshing," and the show wins applause for broadening her story beyond her sexuality.

Black queer women had high expectations for the character, and Anissa Pierce did not disappoint. Though Williams does not identify as queer, she leaned on friends and family for research to bring her character to life. She has said that she had very few Black characters to idolize growing up, which inspired her to work in television. She knew there was still work to be done getting representation. "Black Lightning is a part of change. It transcends race and sexuality," she told Out Magazine. We're rooting for you, Anissa Pierce!

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Jorge Lopez, Katy Keene

Jonny Beauchamp as Jorge Lopez on The CW show Katy Keene

Jonny Beauchamp as Jorge Lopez in Katy Keene.

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When the cast list for Katy Keene—a show based on the Archie Comics—went public, some noticed one major casting change involving Ginger Lopez. The new character, Jorge Lopez, is a genderbent take on the Latina-American Archie Comics character Ginger Lopez. Jonny Beauchamp plays Jorge, an aspiring drag performer who works at a local club (Molly's Crisis) with the drag persona "Ginger Lopez," the original character's name. Jorge's character finds relationships in and out of drag.

On one hand, neither his parents nor his love interest Buzz Brown (Eric Freeman) quite understand his art. On the other hand, there's Bernardo (Ryan Faucett), a firefighter who is happy to be with Jorge as well as with Ginger. While his parents aren't comfortable with their son wearing heels and women's clothing, they eventually come around. Through these challenges—including meeting with violence when a group of thugs attack him and Bernardo—Jorge is proud to show the world who he is and refuses to hide to please others.

Beauchamp described Ginger as Jorge's armor, a persona that allows him to be exactly who he wants to be, in an interview with TV Insider. When asked about the hype surrounding drag in the media today, Beauchamp said, "People are a lot more into drag queens now as rock stars, icons, and social media stars. It's no longer super-niche. There's lots of fun, but there's seriousness and aggressiveness as well. It's just like us; we're complicated." With his theatrical background and numerous castings in drag, Beauchamp had no trouble bringing his character to life.

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Nia Nal/Dreamer, Supergirl

Nicole Maines as Nia Nal Dreamer in TV show Supergirl

Nicole Maines as Nia Nal/Dreamer in Supergirl.

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Nia Nal (Nicole Maines) is breaking new ground as Dreamer, the first transgender superhero, on Supergirl. But even superpowers can't protect her from many of the real-world challenges that trans people face. When her own sister, Maeve Nal (Hannah Jones), is overcome with jealousy about their mom's powers passing to Nia, Maeve's go-to insult is "How did you get the powers?...You're not even a real woman!"

Maines, who is trans herself, takes her responsibility as a representative of an underrepresented demographic in TV and film seriously, and often channels her own struggles into her role. For example, when Brainiac 5 (Jesse Rath) breaks up with Nia, her first (unfounded) fear is that it happened because of her trans status. "There is a lot of feeling under the surface that I think trans people experience while dating," Maines told Variety in a YouTube interview. "I was drawing a lot from those experiences of mine. Is it because I'm trans? Of course it isn't. That's not why Brainiac broke up with her."

An activist for trans right since her preteen years, Maines was instrumental in defeating a bill in the state of Maine that would have forced people to use the bathroom of the gender they were assigned at birth and has been candid about enduring childhood bullying and wishing there had been a trans superhero when she was little. "(Dreamer) has this ferocious drive to protect people and to fight against discrimination and hatred," she told an audience at San Diego's Comic-Con. "She's the superhero we need right now."

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Kevin Keller, Riverdale

Casey Cott as Kevin Keller on The CW show Riverdale

Casey Cott as Kevin Keller in Riverdale.

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Kevin Keller (Casey Cott) is one of few out gay teens at Riverdale High. Quickly, he is branded as Betty and Veronica's GBF (gay best friend). Kevin has difficulty finding love throughout the series. His first crush, Moose (Cody Kearsley), denies his sexuality at the outset, but then wants their relationship kept secret. Southside Serpents member Joaquin DeSantos (Rob Raco) initially showed interest in Kevin to get information on Jason Blossom's murder case through Kevin's father, Sheriff Keller (Martin Cummins), making the relationship feel dishonest. In Season 2, Kevin starts looking for love in dangerous places. He frequents Fox Forest at night to find men to hook up with, worrying Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart), who tells Kevin's father about his "cruising."

Costars Madelaine Petsch and Vanessa Morgan have been open about their positive experiences playing LGBTQIA+ characters on Riverdale, and Cott feels no different. In an interview with Teen Vogue, Cott discussed his appreciation for fans of the show: "The amount of positive reactions we've gotten about our characters, especially Kevin, has been amazing." Cott also praised Kevin as a well-rounded, three-dimensional character who will continue to evolve as the show progresses.

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Tamia “Coop” Cooper, All American

Bre-Z as Coop on TV show All American

Bre-Z as Coop in All American.

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Though on the surface All American may seem to be a male-focused drama about football, the women are arguably the driving force behind storylines. Tamia "Coop" Cooper (Bre-Z) is Spencer James' (Daniel Ezra) best friend and moral compass. Spencer is Coop's "protector" until she encourages him to go to Beverly High with Coach Baker (Taye Diggs) to advance his football career, and she is forced to navigate their community on her own. Coop is a masculine-presenting proud lesbian, but is not out to her family. Her mother is completely in denial of Coop's lesbian lifestyle and even kicks Coop out of the house for being "confused." Though Coop explores a flirtatious relationship with Patience (Chelsea Tavares), a young churchgoer with a reputation, tensions between them rise because Patience's parents are very accepting of her sexuality, leaving Coop feeling alienated. Coop struggles with acceptance and gang violence throughout the show, making her story unique yet relatable to some fans.

Bre-Z recently spoke out about the importance of LGBTQIA+ characters on screen, why they sometimes miss the mark, and how she wants to change it. "I finally had a chance to make whoever this lesbian is on TV an actual, real person. I got to make her multidimensional, show her softer side, show the femininity in her, show all of her sides," Bre-Z told Refinery29. "I hate the way lesbians and the LGBTQ+ community in general have been depicted in film forever. It's never a normal life and I just so happen to date girls."

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Samuel Josiah “Sammy Jo” Jones, Dynasty

Rafael De La Fuente as Sammy Jo on The CW Show Dynasty

Rafael De La Fuente as Sammy Jo in Dynasty.

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When the reboot of Dynasty premiered in 2017, the crew decided to make a big change to a signature character: Sammy Jo, a female role originally played by a woman, would be written as Samuel, a male role played by a man (Rafael De La Fuente). Executive producer Stephanie Savage spoke on the gender-bending casting choice in a feature with IndieWire, saying, "With Steven Carrington (James Mackay) out and proud, it makes sense for Sammy Jo to be a man."

De La Fuente is no stranger to gay soap characters; he played Michael Sanchez in Empire. But that doesn't mean that being out was always easy for him. "There was a time where I was terrified of being gay," he told Michael Fairman TV. "I thought if I dared to be honest and open about who I was, I'd never be able to work as an actor or have a healthy love and family life." Looking back on his success as an actor who has played multiple gay characters, he wouldn't trade it for the world. His best advice? "Be bold, be proud, be you."

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By Katey Clifford

It's no secret that superhero moms often come to tragic ends. And those tragic family backstories transform many characters into TV's favorite crime-fighting, world-saving heroes. Moms have a lasting effect on their children that not only makes them the superheroes we love, but also shapes the world around us for the better.

Alura Zor-El

Melissa Benoist as Supergirl and her mother Erica Durance as Alura Zor El standing side by side as people rush around them

Erica Durance as Alura Zor-El and Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl.

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Alura Zor-El (Erica Durance) loved Supergirl enough to let her go. When finding out about Krypton's impending destruction, she sent Kara off to Earth, knowing she may never see her again or even if Kara herself would live through the trip. Kara is devastated by not having her mom in her life, until we find out Alura survived the explosion on Krypton! Nothing is more heartwarming than seeing the super-mother and daughter finally reunite after many long years, and more heartbreaking than—spoiler alert!—than watching the Girl of Steel losing her for good, along with the rest of Argo City.

Supergirl airs Sundays at 9/8c on The CW. Stream free Mondays only on The CW.

Eliza Danvers

Melissa Benoist as Kara sitting on a wicker couch next to her stepmom Helen Slater as Eliza Danvers

Melissa Benoist as Kara and Helen Slater as Eliza Danvers in Supergirl.

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Supergirl's adoptive mom, Eliza Danvers (Helen Slater), is arguably just as important as her real mom, Alura Zor-El. When Supergirl arrives from planet Krypton on to Earth, she needs someone to care for her while her biological mom isn't around. Eliza steps in to raise Kara as one of her own.

Supergirl airs Sundays at 9/8c on The CW. Stream free Mondays only on The CW.

Nora Allen

Barry Allen in a chair and having his face held by his kneeling mother Nora Allen played by actress Michelle Harrison

Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Michelle Harrison as Nora Allen in The Flash.

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The bond between mom and son is truly unbreakable. Barry Allen, also known as The Flash, is the son of Nora Allen (Michelle Harrison). His entire tragic backstory comes from how much he loves his mother. When Nora dies mysteriously, and her death is pinned on Barry's father, Barry dedicates his life to trying to clear his father's name and, in the process, discovers what really happened to his mom.

The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW. Stream free Wednesdays only on The CW.

Lynn Pierce

Christine Adams as Lynn Pierce looking seriously determined while being held back by her daughter

Christine Adams as Lynn and Nafessa Williams as Anissa in Black Lightning.

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While Lynn Pierce (Christine Adams) isn't a mom to a superhero—she's the wife (and loving mom to her and Black Lightning's two superheroine daughters, Anissa/Thunder and Jennifer/Lightning)—this mom deserves the spotlight because of her absolute strength living with a superhero family.

Although she's separated from Black Lightning because she didn't want him to continue a life of dangerous superheroism, she was strong in her commitment to her daughters and stood firm in what she thought was best for them. A woman who knows what she wants is a powerful force, indeed!

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Gabi Kane

Rachel Skarsten as Beth and Ruby Rose as Kate Kane\u200b in Batwoman.

Rachel Skarsten as Beth and Ruby Rose as Kate Kane in Batwoman.

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Nothing's stronger than a mother's love! Gabi Kane (Michelle Morgan) was mother to Kate and Beth Kane, otherwise known as Batwoman and her nemesis Alice. Despite Gabi passing away all too soon, when her two daughters were just in their early teens, both Kate and her twin sister, Beth (pictured above), knew they were loved dearly. Directly before her death, Gabi gave her daughters garnet necklaces to match her own garnet earrings as a sign of her love for them.

Batwoman airs Sundays at 8/7c on The CW. Stream free Mondays only on The CW.

Moira Queen

Susanna Thompson as Moria Queen holding her son Oliver Queen by the arm

Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen and Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow.

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As one of the most powerful women among superhero moms, Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson), had an interesting parenting style, to say the least. (Kidnapping her son so others wouldn't kidnap him first?!) Everything she did was with love for her family first, no matter the actions she took to get there. She gave the most meaningful sacrifice of all—her life—for her children, Oliver and Thea, and we're sure she'd do it all again.

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Barbara Whitmore

Amy Smart as Barbara Whitmore sitting on a bed with her daughter Courtney

Amy Smart as Barbara Whitmore and Brec Bassinger as Courtney Whitmore.

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A new super-show premieres on The CW on May 19! Stargirl makes her debut to battle it out against the Injustice Society, including villains like Tigress, Wizard, Solomon Grundy, Icicle, Sportsmaster, and Dragon King.

The most important part here? Her mother, Barbara Whitmore (Amy Smart)! Barbara's going to be trying to hop back into the workforce now that her daughter Courtney is old enough. You think wrangling a teenager is hard? Try doing it with a superheroine!

DC's Stargirl premieres on Tuesday, May 19, at 8/7c on The CW. Stream free the next day only on The CW App.

Photography by Derek Blanks.

It's a bird ... It's a plane ... It's some of your favorite crime fighters from The CW and the DC Comics universe like you've never seen them before!

We're celebrating superheroes, comic book characters, and pop culture phenoms with these powerful portraits from the Watch vault. Scroll to see more stunning photos of these super TV stars from Supergirl, Arrow, Black Lightning, and The Flash—showing off their ultra glamorous, not-so-secret identities.

All that glitters

Melissa Benoist in a sparkly red top reclining on a chair.

Supergirl star Melissa Benoist—and her super friends—go glam in these exclusive photos.

Photography by Christopher Ross.

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Right on target

Portrait of Stephen Amell in a red print jacket.

This smoldering shot proves that Arrow star Stephen Amell is making his mark.

Photography by Keiron O'Connor.

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Shock and awe

Cress Williams in a purple suit.

When not protecting the fictional city of Freeland with his superpowers on Black Lightning, actor Cress Williams shows off his sophisticated side.

Photography by Derek Blanks.

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Summer beauty

Candice Patton in a gold sequined dress.

The Flash star Candice Patton knows how to relax.

Photography by Christopher Ross.

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Super suave

Stephen Amell in a suit.

This Star City crime fighter looks good without his disguise.

Photography by Keiron O'Connor.

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Girl power

Melissa Benoist posing in a fashion shoot.

Supergirl star Melissa Benoist is out of this world.

Photography by Christopher Ross.

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Chartreuse crush

Candice Patton in a chartreuse yellow sun dress.

The woman behind Iris West is striking in this vibrant Guess dress.

Photography by Christopher Ross.

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Lightning strikes

Actor Cress Williams leaning against a wall.

Cress Williams takes charge.

Photography by Derek Blanks.

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Force of nature

Candice Patton on a swing above a small lagoon.

Candice Patton gets into the swing of things on location in Port Antonio, Jamaica.

Photography by Christopher Ross.

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Fashionable in Ferragamo

Actor Stephen Amell modeling a designer suit.

Oliver Queen suits up for a different occasion.

Photography by Keiron O'Connor.

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She's got the look

Kara Danvers is the universe's strongest, savviest, and most sophisticated Supergirl.

Photography by Christopher Ross.

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Star power

Cress Williams sitting on the front of a rusted truck.

Cress Williams' Black Lightning just may be the superhero we've all been waiting for.

Photography by Derek Blanks.

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