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3 items from 2010

When It Comes to Gay Characters, When Will the Teen Channels Grow Up?

23 December 2010 6:59 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

On November 7th, the Disney Channel premiered a new show, Shake It Up!, that tells the story of a group of teens who work as dancers on a local TV show. But they’re often sabotaged in their efforts to get ahead by the flamboyant, stereotypically “gay” German exchange student Gunther (and his twin sister Tinka).

Shake It Up!'s Tinka (Caroline Sunshine) and Gunther (Kenton Duty)

Meanwhile, TeenNick (the channel known as The N until last year, an off-shoot of the children's channel Nickelodeon) is airing new episodes of DeGrassi (formerly DeGrassi: The Next Generation), which includes the character of Riley Stavros, a formerly closeted jock who is slowly working his way out of the closet.

Degrassi's Riley Stavros (Argiris Karras) and boyfriend Zane Park (Shannon Kook-Chun)

What’s this? Are gay characters finally appearing on American television aimed at younger teenagers and tweens – programming that is, in actually, »

- Brent Hartinger

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Battle of the Network Gays: May 21, 2010

21 May 2010 9:34 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

This week's Battle of the Network Gays includes a couple of angry young men finding their softer side, a cornea convalescent, and a gay senior dealing with some bad news. It's anybody's guess who wins. More on the candidates - and a chance to vote below. And before anybody asks why Neil Patrick Harris isn't represented here for his Glee turn – to be included in BnG you have to be a fictional gay character or a gay reality show contestant. Nph playing a straight character doesn't fit in either category.

Emmerdale's Aaron Livesy

Why? Talk about the ultimate coming out scene! To escape jail time Aaron has to come clean before a stern judge and a courtroom packed with people. It was riveting. If you missed it, here's the clip:

Degrassi: The Next Generation's Riley Stavros

Why? This hotheaded closeted football player (played by Argiris Karras) has some anger management issues, »

- dennis

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"Degrassi: The Next Generation": Riley Has a Crush!

18 May 2010 8:09 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Friday night's episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation saw the return of Riley Stavros (Argiris Karras), the closeted gay jock who has had some serious issues not just in coming to terms with being gay, but managing an anger management problem. Think of him as Canada's Aaron from Emmerdale. Both are guys that tend to throw punches that get them in hot water.

Speaking of which, the episode opens with Riley, seemingly not controlling that infamous temper as we see him and his friend Peter go round and round in a circle apparently about to come to blows. Fortunately, Riley gets his temper under control and as the camera pulls back — fake out!

Peter: Way to not punch me out, Riley!

Peter and Riley weren't fighting. This was an exercise in anger control and Riley passed. Yay, Riley.

It's a good thing too, as Riley is going to find his »

- michael

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