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Readers' Choice: The Top 25 Gay TV Characters Revealed!

28 November 2007 9:33 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Television matters. Who and what we see on our screens each week tells us a great deal about who and what is relevant in society, who has power, and who doesn’t. That’s why pays such close attention to the shows that have gay characters and gay storylines, analyzing what each new character and plot twist says about the acceptance of gay and bisexual men in today’s world.

Television programming as we know it today came into existence approximately seventy years ago. However, it took thirty-five years for the first semi-regularly recurring gay character to appear, on The Corner Bar, an 1972 ABC show that lasted for fifteen episodes and featured Vincent Schiavelli as Peter Panama. Over the next several years, gay characters popped up on other short-lived shows including Hot L Baltimore and The Nancy Walker Show, but it wasn’t until 1977 and Soap that gay »

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Creative Arts Emmy presenters set

7 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Kristen Bell, David Boreanaz, Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, Tim Daly, Josh Duhamel, Omar Epps, America Ferrera, Marcia Gay Harden, Tom Green, Seth Green, Greg Grunberg, Rex Lee, Mekhi Phifer, Jennifer Morrison, Rob Morrow, Neil Patrick Harris, Emily Procter, Yeardly Smith, Maura Tierney, Stanley Tucci, Blair Underwood, Michael Urie and Rainn Wilson have been confirmed as presenters for the 2007 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

The ceremony, hosted by Carlos Mencia, is set to take place Saturday at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and will be broadcast as a two-hour special at 8 p.m. Sept. 15 on E! Entertainment Television.

The 2007 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards is set to highlight more than 75 categories of Emmy Awards, including guest actor/actress in a comedy series and guest actor/actress in a drama series. »

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TV Stars Raise Over $200,000 For AIDS Research

21 August 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

TV stars including America Ferrara, Jennifer Morrison and Jesse Spencer helped raise over $200,000 for AIDS research in Los Angeles on Saturday. The Hot In Hollywood event, which was held at the Henry Fonda Theater and was hosted by My Name Is Earl star Jaime Pressly, saw the actors take part in a variety show that included auctions. Ugly Betty star Ferrara bid $35,000 for a Toyota Prius hybrid car. She says, "I already drive a hybrid Highlander, so now I have two hybrids." Elsewhere, House co-stars Spencer and Morrison attended together, despite last week announcing they'd called off their engagement. Spencer bid $6,000 for Elvis Presley and The Rolling Stones memorabilia, while Morrison spent $7,000 on a lithograph of Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol. Other highlights included Ugly Betty stars Michael Urie and Becki Newton singing "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" dressed as Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand. »

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