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GSN is ready to go boldly

Takei (The Spokesman-Review)
Takei (The Spokesman-Review)

Even as states and jurisdictions made gay and lesbian marriages legal, “The Newlywed Game” has played it straight – until now.

The long-running game show, now on the GSN cable network, will feature its first gay couple this season on a celebrity edition.

George Takei, who played Mr. Sulu on “Star Trek,” will appear with his partner, Brad Altman.

They just celebrated their first anniversary, but they’re nothing like the giggly young couples the game is known for. They’ve been together for 22 years.

“What we want is to display the normality and the joy of having a happy union,” Takei said.

The show is sprinkling in a handful of celebrity players and their new spouses this season, including Davy Jones of The Monkees, Christopher Knight of “The Brady Bunch” and Jonny Fairplay of “Survivor.”

Raising a stink

Abercrombie & Fitch has sued singer Beyonce Knowles, saying her plan for a fragrance named after her musical alter ego Sasha Fierce violates the teen clothing retailer’s trademark.

The chain has sold a men’s fragrance called Fierce since 2002. Knowles released “I am … Sasha Fierce” last year.

The time of his life

Residents of the small North Carolina town where “Dirty Dancing” was filmed in 1987 will remember Patrick Swayze with a memorial service today.

The service in Lake Lure will be at the Firefly Cove housing development, which was a summer camp at the time.

The birthday bunch

“Inside the Actor’s Studio” host James Lipton is 83. Actor Adam West (“Batman”) is 79. Actor David McCallum is 76. Singer Freda Payne is 64. Actor Jeremy Irons is 61. Actress-model Twiggy Lawson is 60. TV personality Joan Lunden is 59. Singer-actor Rex Smith is 54. Country singer Trisha Yearwood is 45. Comedian Cheri Oteri is 44. News anchor Soledad O’Brien is 43. Talk host Jimmy Fallon is 35.