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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 AfterElton.com 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 »
Under the pact, 20th TV and Fox will develop a project for him targeted for the 2008-09 season.
"Michael is a great-looking leading man who is equally adept at comedy and drama," Fox executive vp casting Marcia Shulman said. "It was a no-brainer."
"He's just a charming, incredibly talented guy who I know is going to be a huge television star," 20th TV senior vp casting Sharon Klein said. "It's just a matter of time and finding him the right project."
AFI is celebrating its 40th anniversary by screening 11 classic American films simultaneously and hosting an iconic star or director from each.
The event, set for 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at the 14-screen ArcLight Hollywood, will include such Hollywood notables as Kirk Douglas introducing Spartacus, George Lucas presenting Star Wars: Episode IV -- A New Hope and Julie Andrews introducing The Sound of Music.
Representing more recent Hollywood fare will be Billy Crystal and Rob Reiner (When Harry Met Sally ...), Angela Lansbury (Beauty and the Beast), Clint Eastwood (Unforgiven) and Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption).
"What better way to celebrate 40 years of AFI than to bring together movie artists and moviegoers in the flickering light of these classic American films," AFI president and CEO Jean Picker Firstenberg said.
Tickets for the event, sponsored by Target, can be purchased beginning Wednesday at AFI.com or the ArcLight boxoffice. »
3 items from 2007
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