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Wanda Sykes and Portia de Rossi to Voice Lesbian Moms on Disney’s ‘Doc McStuffins’

Wanda Sykes and Portia de Rossi to Voice Lesbian Moms on Disney’s ‘Doc McStuffins’
Out lesbian entertainers Wanda Sykes and Portia de Rossi will lend their voices to a very special episode of Disney Junior’s “Doc McStuffins,” playing two lesbian moms.

GLAAD confirmed the news at a panel titled “Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Trends on TV Today” at the Television Critics Association press tour. Sykes is no stranger to children’s television, having signed on to play a recurring role on “Vampirina,” the newest show from “Doc McStuffins” creator Chris Nee. De Rossi recently voiced a character on the less family-friendly “Family Guy.”

The series follows Dottie “Doc” McStuffins, who wants to be a doctor, just like her mother. Using her magic stethoscope, she is able to bring her toys and stuffed animals to life, and practice her healing skills on their ailments. She gives them check-ups and diagnoses them from her “Big Book of Boo Boos.” Each episode includes original music, and
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Wanda Sykes and Portia de Rossi to Voice Lesbian Moms on Disney’s ‘Doc McStuffins’

Wanda Sykes and Portia de Rossi to Voice Lesbian Moms on Disney’s ‘Doc McStuffins’
Out lesbian entertainers Wanda Sykes and Portia de Rossi will lend their voices to a very special episode of Disney Junior’s “Doc McStuffins,” playing two lesbian moms.

GLAAD confirmed the news at a panel titled “Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Trends on TV Today” at the Television Critics Association press tour. Sykes is no stranger to children’s television, having signed on to play a recurring role on “Vampirina,” the newest show from “Doc McStuffins” creator Chris Nee. De Rossi recently voiced a character on the less family-friendly “Family Guy.”

The series follows Dottie “Doc” McStuffins, who wants to be a doctor, just like her mother. Using her magic stethoscope, she is able to bring her toys and stuffed animals to life, and practice her healing skills on their ailments. She gives them check-ups and diagnoses them from her “Big Book of Boo Boos.” Each episode includes original music, and
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Cancer Survivor Robin Roberts Voices the Mom of a Chemotherapy Patient for Doc McStuffins

Cancer Survivor Robin Roberts Voices the Mom of a Chemotherapy Patient for Doc McStuffins
Robin Roberts is using her voice — quite literally — to help spread the message of compassion in times of more serious illness.

The Good Morning America anchor and cancer survivor has recorded dialogue for a new character on the Disney Junior animated series Doc McStuffins. In the special episode, Roberts plays the mom of a 4-year-old chemotherapy patient named Audrey, whose doll Hannah sees the Doc for a health issue that also leads to losing her hair.

“As someone who’s gone through cancer a couple of times, I know firsthand what it’s like,” shares Roberts, 56, in a People-exclusive clip from the episode,
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Animated Series Tackles Diversity Issues Impacting Young Audiences

Animated Series Tackles Diversity Issues Impacting Young Audiences
When it comes to presenting diverse characters in children’s programming, the latest buzz surrounds “Sesame Street,” which for the first time in its 47-year history features a character with autism. But a closer look reveals that children’s animated shows have been leaders in addressing issues related to race, gender and disabilities. The GLAAD Media Awards this year even recognized two animated programs with nominations: Nickelodeon’s “The Loud House” and Cartoon Networks’ “Steven Universe.”

“To honor kids’ programming was a big deal,” says “The Loud House” creator Chris Savino, whose show includes an African-American boy with two dads. “We’re making headway. Hopefully in the future this will be something that doesn’t need an award.”

Nickelodeon Group president Cyma Zarghami points to the channel’s history, which long ago featured Mexican-American adventuress Dora the Explorer.

“Inclusivity and diversity have been our DNA since day one. The best way to be relevant is to mirror
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Disney Says ‘Doc McStuffins’ Will Return for Fifth Season

Disney Says ‘Doc McStuffins’ Will Return for Fifth Season
Fans of Doc McStuffins, the extremely popular animated African-American girl who fixes broken toys on the Disney Junior cable network, can breathe a sigh of relief. Her series has been renewed for a fifth season.

The renewal is likely to assuage fans who took to social media this past summer wondering why a fifth season for the program had not been announced, even though the series at the time was in the middle of its fourth cycle. W. Kamau Bell, the comedian, activist and CNN host, helped intensify speculation about the fate of the program when he took to Twitter and asked similar questions, sparking a grateful reaction from Chris Nee, the program’s creator.

The character’s clinic, in which she helps fix broken toys (and, more recently, toy pets) will remain open. “‘Doc McStuffins’ is an unmistakable example of our commitment to powerful storytelling that enriches and enlightens kids. I
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Mark Burnett, MGM, NBC Face Mounting Pressure to Address Donald Trump’s ‘Apprentice’ Behavior

Mark Burnett, MGM, NBC Face Mounting Pressure to Address Donald Trump’s ‘Apprentice’ Behavior
Mark Burnett, MGM, and NBC are facing mounting pressure to address questions about Donald Trump’s behavior during his years on “The Apprentice” in the wake of Friday’s release of the explosive hot-mic recording from 2005 featuring Trump making lewd remarks about forcing himself on women.

Many media and political circles are calling on Burnett and MGM to release any “Apprentice” archival footage that would shed light on the character of Trump, the Republican candidate for president.

The scrutiny of Trump’s “Apprentice” tenure comes amid a whirlwind of events since the audio recording tied to a 2005 segment on NBC’s “Access Hollywood” was revealed by the Washington Post on Friday evening. The outrage generated by the recording has sparked an exodus of Gop leaders from supporting the Trump campaign during the past 48 hours, gravely threatening the viability of his candidacy just four weeks before Election Day.

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Nickelodeon’s ‘Loud House’ to Feature Married Gay Couple

Nickelodeon’s ‘Loud House’ to Feature Married Gay Couple
Nickelodeon is about to bring down the house — the “Loud House,” that is.

The children’s TV network will introduce a bi-racial gay couple on the animated show “The Loud House.” The series, which centers around the life of Lincoln Loud and his ten sisters, will be the first Nickelodeon show in history to feature a married same-sex couple.

The couple in question, voiced by Wayne Brady and Michael McDonald, will make their debut on the July 20 episode “Overnight Success.”

Nickelodeon confirmed to Variety that the couple is Clyde McBride’s parents, Harold (Brady) and Howard (McDonald) McBride. An expert from Wednesday’s upcoming episode was posted to Twitter.

Time to make history indeed! First married gay couple on a Nickelodeon cartoon!https://t.co/CI5NPmd7JU

— ㅤ (@Ieodavinci) July 16, 2016

As evident in the clip, the series makes no hoopla over the appearance of the married gay couple. Instead, it
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Disney Junior Renews ‘Lion Guard,’ Orders ‘Vampirina,’ ‘Puppy Dog Tails’

The “circle of life” continues at Walt Disney’s kids’ networks, as “The Lion Guard,” the animated extension of the company’s 1994 “Lion King” franchise, has gotten a nod for a second season, along with “Goldie & Bear,”a modern, animated take on old fairy tales.

Disney Junior, the cable network aimed at pre-schoolers, has ordered two new original series. “Vampirina,” and “Puppy Dog Tails.”

The programming decisions come as most kids’ networks gear up for the TV-industry’s annual “upfront” market, when they try to sell the bulk of their ad inventory for the coming season. Disney will vie with everyone from Viacom’s Nickelodeon and Time Warner’s Cartoon Network to NBCUniversal’s Sprout and Discovery Communications’ Discovery Family Channel for appoximately $800 million in advance ad commitments from toy-makers, movie studios and other Madison Avenue residents seeking to entice kids and their parents to part with hard-earned income.

“Vampirina
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Michelle Obama Gets Animated for 'Doc McStuffins' Episode - Watch a Clip

Parents will probably be familiar with "Doc McStuffins,' the hit animated children's television series that's been airing since 2012 on the Disney Channel and Disney Junior. The series. which is about a girl who can "fix" toys, with help from her stuffed animal friends, has been a solid performer for Disney since its debut, averaging 1.5 to 2 million viewers per episode, and has received generally positive reviews for its concept and the main character, as well as its portrayal of African Americans in a Disney series. Executive producer Chris Nee describes the series as "Cheers for Preschoolers."   Kiara Muhammad voices the lead character, Doc McStuffins,...
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Michelle Obama Gets Animated for 'Doc McStuffins' Episode - Watch a Clip

Michelle Obama Gets Animated for 'Doc McStuffins' Episode - Watch a Clip
Parents will probably be familiar with "Doc McStuffins,' the hit animated children's television series that's been airing since 2012 on the Disney Channel and Disney Junior. The series. which is about a girl who can "fix" toys, with help from her stuffed animal friends, has been a solid performer for Disney since its debut, averaging 1.5 to 2 million viewers per episode, and has received generally positive reviews for its concept and the main character, as well as its portrayal of African Americans in a Disney series. Executive producer Chris Nee describes the series as "Cheers for Preschoolers."   Kiara Muhammad voices the lead character, Doc McStuffins, and she's joined by Lara Jill Miller as Lambie, Robbie Rist as Stuffy, Loretta Devine as Hallie, Jess Harnell as Chilly, Kimberly Brooks as Dr. Myiesha McStuffins (mother to Doc McStuffins) and Gary Anthony Williams as Marcus McStuffins (Doc McStuffins' father). The series also counts several.
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Bessie Coleman Takes Flight via Audra McDonald in Tomorrow's 'Doc McStuffins' Episode

Bessie Coleman Takes Flight via Audra McDonald in Tomorrow's 'Doc McStuffins' Episode
Parents will probably be familiar with "Doc McStuffins,' the hit animated children's television series that's been airing since 2012 on the Disney Channel and Disney Junior. The series. which is about a girl who can "fix" toys, with help from her stuffed animal friends, has been a solid performer for Disney since its debut, averaging 1.5 to 2 million viewers per episode, and has received generally positive reviews for its concept and the main character, as well as its portrayal of African Americans in a Disney series. Executive producer Chris Nee describes the series as "Cheers for Preschoolers."   Kiara Muhammad voices the lead character, Doc McStuffins, and she's joined by Lara Jill Miller as Lambie, Robbie Rist as Stuffy, Loretta Devine as Hallie, Jess Harnell as Chilly, Kimberly Brooks as Dr. Myiesha McStuffins (mother to Doc McStuffins) and Gary Anthony Williams as Marcus McStuffins (Doc McStuffins' father). Worth noting, the series also counts.
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Bessie Coleman Takes Flight via Audra McDonald in Tomorrow's 'Doc McStuffins' Episode

Parents will probably be familiar with "Doc McStuffins,' the hit animated children's television series that's been airing since 2012 on the Disney Channel and Disney Junior. The series. which is about a girl who can "fix" toys, with help from her stuffed animal friends, has been a solid performer for Disney since its debut, averaging 1.5 to 2 million viewers per episode, and has received generally positive reviews for its concept and the main character, as well as its portrayal of African Americans in a Disney series. Executive producer Chris Nee describes the series as "Cheers for Preschoolers."   Kiara Muhammad voices the lead character, Doc McStuffins,...
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Want to Know the Latest on Disney’s Top Children’s Shows? Ask the Creative’s Kids

Want to Know the Latest on Disney’s Top Children’s Shows? Ask the Creative’s Kids
When you’re the creator of a hit Disney animated TV series, it helps to have kids of your own in your target demo to offer feedback and inspiration. It certainly hasn’t hurt Disney Xd’s Emmy-winning “Phineas and Ferb,” whose endless summer finally reaches its conclusion tonight, June 12, after 126 episodes.

“When he asks for my opinion, I try to be as honest as I can,” says Jeff “Swampy” Marsh’s 14-year-old son Django, who was 6 when Marsh and co-creator Dan Povenmire sold the show to Disney. Marsh has woven some stories from Django’s life into the series. “He does seem to steal bits,” Django says. “Like the episode where the characters went to rock ’n’ roll camp. And I’m pretty sure the whole hockey episode happened because I was playing hockey at the time.”

Marsh laughs. “I’m just waiting for my son to realize that
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Warner Bros.’ ‘Lego Movie’ Takes BAFTA Kids’ Award

London — Warner Bros.’ “The Lego Movie” won the kids’ feature film prize at the BAFTA Children’s Awards Sunday, fighting off competition from “Maleficent,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2” and “Frozen.”

Cartoon Network won the kids’ channel of the year prize, while its show “Adventure Time” took the award for international program.

Kindle Entertainment was named independent production company of the year, and was part of the team behind online mystery-drama “Dixi,” which nabbed the BAFTA for original interactive show. Disney Animated won for adapted interactive show. The vidgames category was won by Nintendo’s racing title “Mario Kart 8.”

Katie Morag,” which is produced by Move on Up, won the BAFTA for drama, and the show’s 9 year-old lead Cherry Campbell took home the performer prize. Debbie Moon won the writer’s prize for “Wolfblood.”

Love Productions’ “Junior Bake Off” excelled in the entertainment category. Maverick Television’s “Operation Ouch!
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Warner Bros.’ ‘Lego Movie’ Takes BAFTA Kids’ Award

London — Warner Bros.’ “The Lego Movie” won the kids’ feature film prize at the BAFTA Children’s Awards Sunday, fighting off competition from “Maleficent,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2” and “Frozen.”

Cartoon Network won the kids’ channel of the year prize, while its show “Adventure Time” took the award for international program.

Kindle Entertainment was named independent production company of the year, and was part of the team behind online mystery-drama “Dixi,” which nabbed the BAFTA for original interactive show. Disney Animated won for adapted interactive show. The vidgames category was won by Nintendo’s racing title “Mario Kart 8.”

Katie Morag,” which is produced by Move on Up, won the BAFTA for drama, and the show’s 9 year-old lead Cherry Campbell took home the performer prize. Debbie Moon won the writer’s prize for “Wolfblood.”

Love Productions’ “Junior Bake Off” excelled in the entertainment category. Maverick Television’s “Operation Ouch!
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Obamacare Angles For Starring Role On Primetime TV

Will Obamacare become plot fodder for CBS’ Hostages and Under The Dome? A $500,000 grant awarded this week to USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center’s Hollywood Health & Society program certainly suggests it’s a possibility. In the latest push to get Tinseltown to promote President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, the decade-old program has received the money from the private California Endowment to give Hollywood producers, writers and execs details about the newly launched health insurance initiative. “Our experience has shown that the public gets just as much, if not more, information about current events and important issues from their favorite television shows and characters as they do from the news media and online resources,” said Hollywood Health & Society’s Martin Kaplan in a statement today. “This grant will allow us to ensure that industry practitioners have up-to-date, relevant facts on health care reform to integrate into their storylines and projects.
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Daytime Emmy Nominations 2013: Ellen DeGeneres, The View & More

The nominations are in! Ellen DeGeneres, The View and General Hospital lead the pack in the 2013 Daytime Emmy nominations.

Sam Champion read the 2013 Daytime Emmy Nominations on Good Morning America on May 1, and it’s a great list! General Hospital and The Young & The Restless were some of the many shows nominated, while Ellen DeGeneres, Katie Couric and the lovely ladies of The View are some of the hosts nominated. Read on for the full list.

Daytime Emmys 2013 — Full List Of Nominations

Outstanding Drama Series

The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

Bradley P. Bell, Executive Producer

Rhonda Friedman, Edward J. Scott, SupervisingProducers

Ronald W. Weaver, Senior Producer

Mark Pinciotti, Coordinating Producer

Cynthia J. Popp, Colleen Bell, Casey Kasprzyk, Producers

Days of Our Lives, NBC

Ken Corday, Executive Producer

Lisa de Cazotte, Greg Meng, Co-Executive Producers

Janet Drucker, Tim Stevens, Coordinating Producers

Albert Alarr, Producer

General Hospital , ABC

Frank Valentini, Executive Producer

Mary-Kelly Weir,
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Brown Bag Producing Disney's 'Doc McStuffins'

Brown Bag Films have begun production on 'Doc McStuffins', a new animated series for preschoolers that will premiere on the newly branded Disney Junior channels. Emmy Award-winning writer Chris Nee (Little Bill) is creator and executive producer and Emmy Award-winning Norton Virgien (Rugrats) is director. Gillian Higgins (Wobblyland) and Theresa Mayer are producing for Brown Bag Films. The Dublin company, which employs 50 staff, is now looking to expand its team further with 14 positions opening up as a result of 'Doc McStuffins'.
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18 eye spot on WGA West board

18 eye spot on WGA West board
Eighteen writers will vie for eight open seats on the WGA West board, the guild said Wednesday in releasing the full list of candidates for the fall election. Current president Daniel Petrie Jr. and challenger Eric Hughes were confirmed as the two presidential candidates, as was expected, along with vp candidates Dennis Feldman, a board member, and current vp Carl Gottlieb (HR 6/16). The guild's nominating committee selected three incumbent board members to run for the eight open seats. They are Ron Bass, Lisa Seidman and Dan Wilcox. The other board candidates are Aaron Mendelsohn, David Weiss, Alex Sokoloff, Thomas Cook, Chris Nee, Lynn Roth, John Bowman, Valerie Woods, Larry Wilmore, David Garrett, Ted Elliot, Christopher Keyser, Garner Simmons, Bernard Lechowick and Craig Mazin. The election will take place Sept. 20 in conjunction with WGA West's annual membership meeting.

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