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GLAAD Urges TV Industry to Increase Lgbtq Representation to 20% by 2025

  • Variety
With the percentage of Lgbtq series regulars reaching a record high in the current television season, GLAAD is now urging the TV industry to increase its Lgbtq representation to 20% by 2025. And according to the panelists discussing the result of the media advocacy group’s annual TV report at United Talent Agency on Thursday, increasing the amount of on-screen inclusion is a matter of creating more off-screen inclusion as well.

“I’ve been seeing a lot more nuance in storytelling,” said “9-1-1: Lone Star” actor Brian Michael Smith, who is trans, “especially around the trans and trans-masculine characters I’ve been able to see on TV. We’ve come a way since the tipping point… and I feel like a lot of that has to do with not having people write for queer characters, but having queer people write in the room.”

The panel, moderated by Deadline reporter Dino-Ray Ramos,
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GLAAD Report Reveals Lgbtq TV Representation At All-Time High

  • Deadline
GLAAD has released its “Where We Are On TV” report which breaks down the overall diversity of primetime scripted series regulars on broadcast networks and assesses the number of Lgbtq characters on cable networks and streaming platforms. This year, there is more good news than bad.

“Where We Are On TV” showed that the needle has moved to an all-time high when it comes to Lgbtq series regulars. There was also a significant increase in racial diversity of Lgbtq characters on broadcast and cable — but there was a decrease in streaming. On top of that, for the first time in the report’s 24-year history, Lgbtq regular and recurring women on broadcast outnumber Lgbtq men 53% to 47% — almost reaching gender parity.

The report was presented during a panel discussion at UTA Thursday morning with GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, UTA television agent Jacob Fenton, Sabrina Jalees (Carol’s Second Act
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Rob Lowe and Liv Tyler star in first trailer for 9-1-1: Lone Star

Fox has released the first trailer for the 9-1-1 spinoff drama series 9-1-1: Lone Star which stars Rob Lowe as a New York cop who is relocated to Austin, alongside a cast that includes Liv Tyler, Ronen Rubinstein, Sierra McClain, Jim Parrack, Natacha Karam, Brian Michael Smith, Julian Works, and Rafael Silva; watch it here… […]

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9-1-1 Lone Star Trailer: Rob Lowe and Liv Tyler Star in New Spinoff

It's almost time for the world of 9-1-1 to expand. 

Fox on Monday dropped the first trailer for 9-1-1: Lone Star, a spinoff of the popular drama series starring Rob and Liv Tyler

Premiering Sunday, January 19, out of the Nfc Championship Game, Lowe stars as Owen Strand, a Manhattan firefighter who moves to Austin with the aim of fixing a fractured firehouse. 

Owen knows all about fixing a fractured firehouse. He was the sole survivor of his own station following the September 11 terror attacks. 

Related: Liv Tyler Joins 9-1-1 Spinoff

Despite moving to Austin with "big-city style and swagger," he "struggles with a secret he hides from the world - on that could very well end his life," according to the official description. 

It's certainly an intriguing hook and one that should get audiences tuning in. The 9-1-1 former is tried and tested, and viewers love it.
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Watch Rob Lowe and Liv Tyler Go Line Dancing in First ‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Trailer (Video)

  • The Wrap
Fox’s forthcoming “9-1-1” spinoff got its first trailer on Monday, teasing the same dramatic emergencies as the original but with a lot more Texas, more line dancing and 100 percent more Rob Lowe.

The “Parks and Rec” alum stars in the spinoff as Owen Strand, a fire fighter and 9/11 first responder who “takes his progressive philosophies of life and firefighting down to Texas” after a tragedy occurs at an Austin firehouse and “helps them start anew.”

The series is set to debut on Sunday, Jan. 19 following the Nfc championship game on Fox before debuting in its regular Monday-night time period premiere on Jan. 20.

Also Read: '9-1-1': Ronda Rousey's Lena Takes Eddie to a Fight Club - and Beats Someone Up Herself (Exclusive Video)

In addition to Lowe, “9-1-1: Lone Star” also stars Ronen Rubinstein, Liv Tyler, Sierra McClain, Jim Parrack, Natacha Karam, Brian Michael Smith,
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9-1-1: Lone Star Trailer Offers First Look at Rob Lowe and Liv Tyler in Fox Spinoff

Just when you thought 9-1-1 couldn’t get any bigger, Fox is taking the action down to Texas, where everything is… you know.

The network has released the first trailer for its Rob Lowe-led spinoff, 9-1-1: Lone Star, which premieres after the Nfc Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 19 (10/9c), then continues with a new episode in its regular time slot on Monday, Jan. 20 (8/7c).

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TV News Roundup: Jacob Tobia Joins ‘She-Ra and the Princess of Power’

  • Variety
TV News Roundup: Jacob Tobia Joins ‘She-Ra and the Princess of Power’
In today’s TV news roundup, “She-Ra and the Princess of Power” Season 4 adds Jacob Tobia, and The Weather Channel announces the premiere date for its climate change special with the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

Casting

Jacob Tobia has joined Netflix‘s “She-Ra and the Princess of Power.” Voicing Double Trouble, Tobia joins Aimee Carrero, Karen Fukuhara, Aj Michalka, Marcus Scribner and Lauren Ash in the ensemble cast. Tobia is repped by Paradigm and Peikoff Mahan. The Emmy-nominated series, produced by DreamWorks Animation, returns Nov. 5.

Netflix has announced Harrison Osterfield (“Catch-22”) has been cast in its upcoming series “The Irregulars.” Written by Tom Bidwell (“My Mad Fat Diary”), the series follows a group of troubled teens defending London from emerging supernatural forces.

Dates

The Weather Channel will air the one-hour special “2020: Race To Save The Planet” on Nov. 7. Viewers will hear from 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders,
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‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Rounds Out Main Cast With Four Series Regulars

  • Variety
Fox’s upcoming drama “9-1-1: Lone Star” has filled out the remainder of its series regular roles.

Natacha Karam, Brian Michael Smith, Rafael Silva and Julian Works have all joined the series alongside previously announced cast members Rob Lowe, Liv Tyler, Jim Parrack, Sierra McClain and Ronen Rubinstein.

Karam will play Marjan Marwani, described as an adrenaline junkie firefigher and a devout Muslim. Karam previously starred in the NBC military drama “The Brave.” She is repped by Gersh and Luber Rolkin in the U.S. and Tom Norcliffe in the U.K.

Smith will play Paul Strickland, a transgender male firefighter who has a gift for observation worthy of Sherlock Holmes. Smith will be seen in the upcoming Showtime series “The L Word: Generation Q” and has previously appeared on shows like “Queen Sugar.” He is repped by Take 3 Talent and Jago & Associates.

Silva will play Austin police chief Carlos Reyes.
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‘9-1-1: Lone Star’: Natacha Karam & Brian Michael Smith Among 4 Cast In Fox Spinoff Series

  • Deadline
Fox’s upcoming 9-1-1: Lone Star has rounded out its cast of series regulars, adding Natacha Karam (The Brave), Brian Michael Smith (Queen Sugar), newcomer Rafael Silva (Showtime’s Fluidity) and Julian Works. Production for the 9-1-1 spinoff begins today in Los Angeles.

Set in Austin, the new series will follow Owen (Rob Lowe), a sophisticated New York firefighter who, along with his son, relocates to the Texas capital and must try to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable with solving the problems in his own life.

Karam is set for a lead role opposite Lowe. She will play Marjan Marwani, an adrenaline junkie and badass firefighter. She will be the first Muslim leading character of a Ryan Murphy series to wear a hijab. Karam recently wrapped Netflix film The Old Guard opposite Charlize Theron.

Smith will play Paul Strickland,
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Fox’s ‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Adds Muslim and Transgender Characters as Series Regulars

  • The Wrap
Fox has added four more characters to its upcoming “9-1-1” spinoff starring Rob Lowe. Natacha Karam, Brian Michael Smith, Julian Works and newcomer Rafael Silva are joining “9-1-1: Lone Star” as series regulars.

Karam will play Marjan Marwani, a devout Muslim firefighter, who is also described as an adrenaline junkie. Smith will portray transgender male firefighter Paul Strickland, who “has a gift for observation worthy of Sherlock Holmes.” Smith, a trans male, is the second notable transgender casting for a broadcast TV series, following Laverne Cox’s starring role in CBS’ “Doubt,” which ran for one season in 2017.

Works will portray rookie firefighter Mateo Chavez, while Silva plays Austin police officer Carlos Reyes.

Also Read: 'True Blood' Alum Jim Parrack Joins Fox's '9-1-1: Lone Star'

Created and executive produced by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear, “9-1-1: Lone Star
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Fox's '911' Spinoff to Feature Transgender Actor as Series Regular

Fox has filled out the cast of its Texas-set 911 spinoff. The series regulars on 911: Lone Star will include a transgender character, played by trans actor Brian Michael Smith.

Natacha Karam (The Brave), Rafael SIlva and Julian Works (American Crime) will also be series regulars. They join a cast that also includes Rob Lowe, Liv Tyler, Jim Parrack, Sierra McClain and Ronen Rubinstein.

Lone Star, from 911 creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear, stars Lowe as a New York City firefighter who moves with his son (Rubinstein) to Austin, where he tries to balance saving people who are at their most ...
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‘Queen Sugar’ Actor Brian Michael Comes Out As Transgender

Queen Sugar“ actor Brian Michael opens up for the first time about being transgender and his latest role on the Own series. Related: Beyonce Slams Trump’s Order to Abolish Protections for Trans Youth: ‘Lgbtq Students Need to Know We Support Them’ The 34-year-old, who portrayed Toine, a transgender character on a recent episode of “Queen Sugar”, […]
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'Queen Sugar' Actor Brian Michael Comes Out as Transgender

'Queen Sugar' Actor Brian Michael Comes Out as Transgender
Queen Sugar actor Brian Michael opens up for the first time about being transgender and his latest role on the Own series.

Related: Beyonce Slams Trump's Order to Abolish Protections for Trans Youth: 'Lgbtq Students Need to Know We Support Them'

The 34-year-old, who portrayed Toine, a transgender character on a recent episode of Queen Sugar, spoke with GLAAD, recalling that he "began to understand that I was transgender" while studying in college. From there, he took some time to "figure myself out" until he decided to commit to acting professionally.

"There aren't many acting roles about trans people, let alone trans men in TV and films," he shared, adding that he felt "so moved and honored" to play Toine.

"I've found that often when things are written by people outside of the trans experience, they tend to focus on these common tropes: the painful disclosure, or the physical aspects of transition itself," Michael continued
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‘Queen Sugar’ Actor Brian Michael on Transgender Scene: ‘It’s Important to Have This Element of Truth’

‘Queen Sugar’ Actor Brian Michael on Transgender Scene: ‘It’s Important to Have This Element of Truth’
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched Wednesday’s episode of “Queen Sugar”) Ava DuVernay’s “Queen Sugar” did not come to play this season — Wednesday evening’s episode included a brief yet powerful scene where trans actor Brian Michael and Kofi Siriboe’s characters engaged in dialogue that widens the audience’s scope of transgender experiences. In the episode, Ralph Angel Bordelon (Siriboe) is digging through a dumpster trying to find his son’s lost doll when approached by two officers. At this point, since Bordelon is still on probation, we’re all anxious
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Exclusive: Charlie Cox would like to see Elektra and Black Widow in Daredevil Season Two; says joining The Avengers would be a “dream come true”

While over in London to promote Daredevil, Flickering Myth’s Deputy Editor Luke Owen caught up with Charlie Cox to talk about the series and look ahead to season two. With the new season being announced for next year, how will this affect the line up of other shows including Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders?

“Yeah, I don’t really know [how it affects The Defenders], that’s being discussed by people who are much more important than I am,” Cox told us. “If you watch the first season, you discover that it’s Matt Murdock’s evolution into Daredevil. So by the time we get to the end, we’ve only just touched on that. So I think it’s valid to have another 13 hours where we see Matt Murdock inhabit Daredevil and live in that persona. So we’ll do that this year and it will presumably be released next year,
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