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Patricia Arquette, Tituss Burgess, Olivia Newton-John, Big Freedia,
Fran Drescher, Gottmik, Jennifer Beals and SNL’s Punkie Johnson
To Present LGBTQ Critics’ Dorian TV Awards in August 29 TV Special
Dorians TV Toast 2021
Hollywood – Patricia Arquette, Jennifer Beals, Olivia Newton-John, Tituss Burgess, Fran Drescher, Big Freedia, Saturday Night Live cast member Punkie Johnson, Michael Cimino (Love, Victor), Hannah Einbinder (Hacks), Leyna Bloom (Pose), Jesse James Keitel (Big Sky), Josie Totah (Saved by the Bell), Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman (Doogie Kameāloha, M.D.), ABC 7 entertainment reporter Karl Schmid, RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Gottmik (a.k.a. Kade Gottlieb), sitcom icon Jim J. Bullock and more help GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics celebrate the past TV season’s best performances and shows, mainstream to queer+. Famed LA broadcasting veteran and LGBTQ rights activist Karel is the pre-recorded show’s lively host.
Jean Smart, Bowen Yang, Michaela Coel, Showtime’s Ziwe and the Marvel fantasy WandaVision are among the stars and programs vying for the group’s 12th annual Dorian honors. A full list of nominees can be seen here.
Highlights in this two-hour special, a meaningful and informative mix of award and magazine shows: Pose star Michaela Jaé (Mj) Rodriguez discusses her life as a Hollywood trailblazer, actor-comic John Lehr (Hulu’s Quick Draw) hilariously impersonates MSNBC personality Steve Kornacki, and The Voice season five contestant Morgan Mallory sings a catchy original pop song about the power of television. Plus, several members of GALECA share thoughts on their all-time favorite shows, from Buffy The Vampire Slayer to Soap to ¿Que Pasa, USA?. During the show, viewers will be encouraged to note TV programs and stars that impacted their own lives somehow via social media at #TV&Me.
The Dorians TV Toast 2021 is produced by Karel Media and Brandon Riley Miller Productions with GALECA, with Karel and John Griffiths serving as Executive Producers.
ABOUT GALECA GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics sponsors the Dorian Awards, honoring the best in film and TV, mainstream to queer+. We’re here to remind bullies, bigots and our own at-risk youth that the world loves the Q eye on great and unique entertainment. A nonprofit professional organization, GALECA consists of over 300 critics and journalists who write for a variety of influential media outlets in the United States, Canada, Australia and the U.K. Follow us @DorianAwards on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Find more information at GALECA.org, and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT KAREL AND KAREL MEDIA Karel, a groundbreaking personality in mainstream radio and TV, first made his mark hosting popular programs on two of the top talk radio outlets in the country, LA’s KFI AM 640 and San Francisco’s KGO AM 810. A noted journalist and LGBTQ rights activist, he later worked for CBS radio and ABC radio before founding Karel Media. In addition to producing and hosting GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics’ Dorian Awards specials (first aired on Revry and then Here.TV/Planet Out), he stars in and produces the docuseries Life In Segments on Free Speech TV, which returns for a fifth season in 2022, and his thrice-weekly podcast, The Karel Cast podcast.
ABOUT HERE MEDIA Here Media is a leading LGBTQ+ media and entertainment company that produces and distributes premium content from a rainbow-wide array of filmmakers and storytellers through its consumer brands Here TV and PlanetOut. Here TV launched in 2004, making it the world’s first SVOD LGBTQ+ video service, and is available on all major US cable operators including Xfinity, Spectrum, Cablevision, FiOS, U-Verse, Cox, as well as Amazon, Roku, Sling and the Here TV app where it can be viewed on all iOS and Android mobile devices. Here TV reaches millions of viewers each month and has produced Academy Award®-winning films in addition to receiving a Daytime Emmy® award and four Daytime Emmy® award nominations.