Most people forget that before we had Ellen the talk show, we had Ellen the sitcom on the ABC network. Consisting of 109 episodes, this show ran for nearly four years and also starred Entourage star Jeremy Piven. In season three, “The Puppy Episode,” Ellen DeGeneres came out as a lesbian on TV and in real life at the same time, shocking home audiences in 1997. After two seasons of strong ratings, the show added the parental advisory warning after the “Coming Out” episode, and the number of viewers drastically declined. Ellen once said that she didn’t know her show was cancelled until she opened up the paper and read the news. After noting that she went into a depression following the show’s cancellation, the comedian was able to regain her career and now is one of the most successful talk show hosts, and is considered to be one of the most iconic LGBT leaders in history.
Many people got swept up in HBO’s miniseries, The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, by filmmaker Andrew Jarecki. What most audiences don’t know is that the film All Good Things (2010), starring Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst, is also based on the life and times of the “alleged” murderer Robert Durst. The real estate heir, who witnessed his mother’s suicide as a young child, became entangled in three separate murders and disappearances in his lifetime. First, his first wife Kathy Durst disappeared, and then there was the dismemberment of his neighbor, Morris Black. After that, the December 2000 death of Durst’s friend, Susan Berman, looked like no accident. The real estate tycoon unintentionally confessed to three murders while being recorded during The Jinx’s filming, providing a scandalous, shocking season finale of the six-episode series on HBO. Durst was arrested in March, 2015, with the help of former prosecutor and judge Jeanine Pirro shortly after the finale aired.