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Is Network TV Avoiding Gay Issues?

ABC LogoA new report shows that seven stories on the five broadcast networks currently feature lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters this fall season. Last season, there were nine. According to a study by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, the number has been steadily dropping for the past three years. Caitlin Down (played by Bonnie Somerville) on ABC’s Cashmere Mafia, which won’t even premiere until December, is the only non-heterosexual regular character to appear on a new show this year. According to the study, ABC features more non-heterosexual characters than any other broadcast network. Shows like Brothers & Sisters, Ugly Betty,  Desperate Housewives, and the new Cashmere Mafia all feature non-heterosexual characters. NBC’s The Office features one character to fit the gay and lesbian mold. The report shows that, currently, CBS and the CW have no non-heterosexual characters on any of their shows, but CBS does include gay and lesbian contestants on their reality shows. In sharp contrast, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender representation on cable is going through the roof, with 57 characters this year alone.

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Surprise New Host for ‘Dancing With The Stars’

Description is going to be a busy man tonight.  In addition to introducing a whole new round of competitors, he’ll be welcoming a new co-host.  Those who watched last season saw a very pregnant Samantha Harris do the backstage post-dance analysis.  One has to wonder if she scheduled her delivery in time to watch the DWTS premiere today.  Harris and her husband, Michael Hess, welcomed their own new addition yesterday morning.  The baby girl, Josselyn Sydney Hess, is the couple’s first child. 

As for who will be joining Tom on stage tonight—ABC will not say.  They are doing their best to keep one casting selection a secret.  (Please don’t let it be .  I’m all Lisa Rinnaed-out right now).  But for now, I will go ahead and predict Harris’ return next season—as a competitor.  How else will she lose the baby weight?

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TV on DVD:  September 25, 2007

Here are some of the TV-on-DVD options you can find on the shelves this Tuesday:

King of Queens

  • What About Brian (Complete series)
  • The Streets of San Francisco (Season 1, Vol. 2)
  • My Name is Earl (Season 2)
  • The Unit (Season 2)
  • Drawn Together (Season 2)
  • Grounded for Life (Season 5)
  • The King of Queens (Season 9)

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This Week on TV (9/24-9/30)

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MONDAY (9/24)
  • Chuck (NBC, 8pm):  Series premiere
  • Dancing With the Stars (ABC, 8pm):  Special 1.5 hour season premiere.  Let’s start placing bets now!
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 8pm):  Mandy Moore guest-stars in the season premiere.  Also,  what will happen to Ted and Robin?
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 8:30pm):  Welcome the reunion of Roseanne’s Darlene and David.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS, 9pm):  Season premiere
  • Heroes (NBC, 9pm):  Season premiere.  Rumor has it someone could be leaving the show very soon.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS, 9:30pm):  Season premiere
  • The Bachelor (ABC, 9:30pm):  Special 1.5 hour premiere.  Apparently Brad Womack has a twin brother.  Am I the only one wondering if they traded places during the show?
  • Journeyman (NBC, 10pm):  Series premiere
  • CSI: Miami (CBS, 10pm):  Season premiere

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UPDATE:  No Charisma Carpenter for ‘The Apprentice’

Charisma CarpenterOkay, Buffy fans—I have some good news and bad news to report.

Bad news first.  Despite their earlier report, TV Guide now says Charisma Carpenter will not be participating in the upcoming season of .

The good news?  Carpenter actually has better jobs lined up for herself.  In addition to a one-episode stint on Fox’s , she’ll have a recurring role on the new ABC drama, .

Assuming Big Shots even lasts that long—you can expect Charisma’s run to start November 1.


TV on DVD:  September 18, 2007

Jennifer Love HewittHere are some of the TV-on-DVD options you can find on the shelves this Tuesday:

  • Brothers & Sisters (Season 1)
  • Ghost Whisperer (Season 2)
  • Boston Legal (Season 3)
  • Stargate Atlantis (Season 3)
  • Family Guy (Volume 5)
  • Smallville (Season 6)
  • Married With Children (Season 7)
  • Everybody Loves Raymond (Season 9)

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Lost’s Dominic Monaghan back on the Big Screen

Posted by Shannon Bennett Categories: ABC, Lost, Talent,

Dominic Monaghan I Sell the Dead

For those of us still reeling from the (ambiguous?) departure of Charlie from ABC’s , there’s news of hitting the big screen again in the near future. Dom will be starring in I Sell the Dead, a new horror/comedy from director Glen McQuaid about lowlife Victorian Graverobbers who hock stolen bodies to “men of science.” Principle photography has recently wrapped, so hopefully something more exciting than the admittedly cheesy trailer will be hitting the net soon. Expect great things from Dom in his first leading role.  Check out the website for updates and photos. The tagline may amuse Lost fans in reference to the late Charlie’s new role - it reads, “Never Trust a Corpse.”

 

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck Forces Barry Manilow to Cancel

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Daytime, Talk Shows, ABC, Syndication,

Barry ManilowI’m not sure whether to consider this silly or hilarious…but I’m going with the latter.

Crooner Barry Manilow has apparently canceled a scheduled appearance on tomorrow’s episode of .  The reason?  A disagreement in politics.  The Copacabana singer told TMZ that he considers conservative to be ‘dangerous and offensive’.  Although he’s currently on a promotional tour, he is refusing to ‘share the same stage as her’ because of their differences in opinions.  It’s not clear why the gig was ever scheduled to begin with.

Any guess how long it will take to write a haiku about this?

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The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Coverage

Emmy AwardsThe 59th Annual Emmy Awards has not even started, yet I’m already sensing sensing a weird vibe about tonight’s telecast.  Will the show be a celebration of those young and new (e.g. Heroes)?  Will it be a tribute to those bowing out (James Gandolfini and crew)?  Or will performer Kanye West somehow manage to cast a controversial shadow over the rest of the ceremony?

What a difference a year makes.  Twelve months ago, we were still handing out trophies to stars from Will & Grace and The West Wing (those shows feel so five-years ago now).  Today, we welcome a new crop of nominees including Ugly Betty and 30 Rock for Best ComedyLast year, we were entertained by an always-hilarious Conan O’Brien.  This year, we are threatened by a song and dance number from this year’s host, Ryan Seacrest.  Last August, 24 snagged the award for Best Drama.  This September, it’s not even nominated (yet somehow Boston Legal is).

I think it would be safe to assume the voters would predictably (and respectfully) shower The Sopranos with honors, but I’ll still be crossing my fingers for an upset sometime tonight.  We’ll need something to talk about tomorrow…

Here’s the play-by-play of tonight’s events coming to you from the neglected West Coast!

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Jon Stewart Repeats as ‘Oscar’ Host

Jon StewartAfter cranking out a bloated and boring Oscars ceremony last February (Sorry, Ellen!)—the producers have gone back to square one.  ‘s , who helmed an extremely witty telecast two years ago, has been asked to host The 80th Annual Academy Awards.  This will be Stewart’s second time at bat.

Anyone who read our coverage of his stint knows how giddy I was about Jon Stewart’s performance.  All this time has passed, yet I can still remember him telling the audience ‘Good Night and Good Luck’ was how ended most of his dates.  (Okay—I actually read that in the previous post…but I swear it was etched in my brain).

It’s obviously too soon to say which movies will be nominated at this point—but I’m already imagining the movies Stewart could parody in his opener.  Maybe he could be deserted with Captain Jack Sparrow?  Or he could party with the boys of ?  Better yet—maybe he could do a musical number from ?

The ballots will be read Sunday, Feb. 24th on ABC.

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