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Black Donnellys Frontman Dave Rooney Performs “A Toast!” for Dorians!

 

Dave Rooney Answered the Call When Karel Sent Lyrics to His Fellow Las Vegan !

So, Karel sent the lyrics he wrote for the show to two people hoping one would respond; Morgan Mallory, and Dave Rooney. Well, embarrassment of riches, they both did!

The result is a smashing homage to Oscar Wilde bound to get anyone clapping and grabbing a Guinness. The lyrics are:

Copyright 2020

A TOAST – LYRICS BY CHARLES KAREL BOULEY AND DAVE ROONEY

MUSIC BY : DAVE ROONEY (WRITTEN AND PERFORMED FOR THE DORIAN AWARDS.

SEPT 5TH 2020.

Oscar was a man so wilde,

Went to jail for being gay,

And the judgement wasn’t mild,

Writing all along the way

His characters jumped of the page

And today he’s all the rage,

He wasn’t  shy, he’d sometimes boast,

‘tis why we have this toast.`

so raise a glass and toast ,

a star from coast to coast,

you’re shining bright it is your night,

so raise a glass and toast

so raise a glass and cheers 

to the man from westland row,

who’d like a drink, give a subtle wink 

to all the boys and girls he’d know

you’d act, you’d sing, you’d play,

get millions through the day

you’re art inspires, the stars conspire,

and now you get a toast

and the words you wrote resound 

through everyone of us today,

through your charm and wit

a pre-requisite in everything you’d say

so raise a glass and toast ,

a star from coast to coast,

you’re shining bright it is your night,

so raise a glass and toast

so raise a glass and cheers 

to the man from westland row,

who’d like a drink, give a subtle wink 

to all the boys and girls he’d know

though you left us long ago,

your words they still live on,

and we’ll celebrate your life ,

through our music and our song,

and your passing from this world,

 have the people here beguiled,

there’ll never be another one like thee

Oscar O’flaherty wills wilde

so raise a glass and toast ,

a star from coast to coast,

you’re shining bright it is your night,

so raise a glass and toast

so raise a glass and cheers 

to the man from westland row,

who’d like a drink, give a subtle wink 

to all the boys and girls he’d know

SONG LENGTH 2M 40 SEC.

SONG KEY: G MAJOR.

INSTRUMENTATIION: VOCALS, ACOUSTIC GUITAR, ELECTRIC BASS ,DRUMS, PENNY WHISTLE, LOW D WHISTLE, TAMBOURINE.

PRO- IMRO-(IRISH MUSIC RIGHTS ORGANISATION)

MEMBER: DAVID ANTHONY ROONEY

CAE: 00546908323

The Black Donnellys is a highly-regarded and Guinness World Record-breaking band from Dublin. Currently based in Las Vegas, The Black Donnellys are resident musicians at Rí Rá Irish Pub at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, located on the infamous Las Vegas Strip. The band consists of award-winning singer/songwriter Dave Rooney, and Guinness World Record-breaking guitarist Dave Browne.

Since arriving in America just under five years ago, The Black Donnellys have established a great fan base throughout the United States with their energetic live performances. They have written/recorded and shared a stage with many great Irish artists including:

  • Terry Woods (The Pogues)
  • Ronnie Drew (The Dubliners)
  • Derek Warfield (Young Wolfe Tones)
  • George Murphy (The High Kings)
  • Liam Reilly (Bagatelle)
  • THE DUBLINERS
  • Christy Dignam (ASLAN)

Members of renowned bands such as Santana, Heart and a host of TV stars and celebrities have been known to join The Black Donnellys on stage at their residency gig in Las Vegas.

AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Dave Browne currently holds the Guinness World Record for marathon guitar playing, knocking out songs and tunes for over 114 hours straight at Dublin’s famous Temple Bar.

In 2012, Dave Rooney was voted best Irish Singer/Songwriter of the year by NYCS Radio Irish. Dave was co-writer of the the critically acclaimed theatre production Cobblestone Sam and author of the original 17-song soundtrack.

Dave has just finished writing the screenplay for the much anticipated feature film ‘THE MILLIONAIRE’, and has also written all music for the soundtrack, due for release in 2020.

The band also penned the theme song for UFC 202 return fight between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz (Notorious).

Morgan Mallory Co-authors and Sings “Raise A Glass!”

Morgan Mallory

Powerhouse Singer-Songwriter Morgan Mallory Co-Authors and Sings Toast! For the Dorians TV Toast 2020

One of the most exciting singer-songwriters working today, Morgan Mallory has been releasing a series of singles and albums to establish himself as one of the most creative new voices in music. He came to Hollywood for The Voice, and stayed! Now, he’s toured in “Jesus Christ Superstar” (an award-winning performance) and maintains a busy teaching a performance schedule even during the pandemic!

When doing a show you need music, which means, you need Morgan Mallory. I called, he responded, and here’s what he and I came up with!

A Toast!

Lyrics By Karel Music by Morgan Mallory

Performed by Morgan Mallory

Oscar was a man so wilde

And their judgment wasn’t mild

Went to jail for being gay

Writing all along the way

His characters jumped off the page

And to this day, he’s all the rage

He wasn’t shy, he’d sometimes boast

And that is why we have this toast.

So Raise A glass and 

Toast

Today you are the

 most

A star from coast

To coast

You’re shining bright

It is your night

So Raise a Glass and

Toast

You act, you sing, you play

Get millions through the day

Your art inspires

The stars conspire

And now, you get a toast!

Who knows, one day, a roast!

So Raise A glass and 

Toast

Today you are the

 most

A star from coast

To coast

You’re shining bright

It is your night

So Raise a Glass and

Toast

Karel Hosts Inaugural “Dorians TV Toast 2020 on Revry” Free VOD Now

Hugh Jackman, Janelle Monáe, John Oliver, Regina King,

Laverne Cox
Among Stars to Lend Cheer to the LGBTQ+ Entertainment Critics TV Awards

The Dorians TV Toast 2020 on Revry, Hosted by Talk Radio Icon Karel, Streams Globally September 13th 5pm PST | 8pm EST

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Karel to Host the Dorians TV Toast 2020 On Revry

September 8, 2020 (Hollywood, CA) – Hugh Jackman, Janelle Monáe, Regina King, Pose sensation and fashion trailblazer Billy Porter, groundbreaking trans actress Laverne Cox, Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy and vaunted political satirist John Oliver are among the slew of actors, comics and performers lending cheer to GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics’ inaugural Dorians TV Toast 2020 on Revry, airing Sunday, September 13th on the first LGBTQ+ global streaming network Revry.

In the two-hour star-studded virtual event, hosted by famously opinionated entertainer and talk show host Karel (in photo above), fans will find out which stars and TV shows the LGBTQ+ organization’s 270 members deemed the best, most visually stunning and even campiest of the past TV season. In addition to raising a glass to the honorees—many of whom delight in virtual acceptance videos—GALECA members discuss the nominees’ merits and even controversies (Randy Rainbow and Tiger King don’t get off lightly).

Going into Revry’s September 13th special, star and co-creator Dan Levy’s riches-to-rags comedy Schitt’s Creek leads the pack with seven nominations, while Hollywood whiz Ryan Murphy’s ambitious, star-studded reimagining of Tinseltown’s early days sashays down the red carpet with six nods. The fact-based TV movie Bad Education and daring miniseries Watchmen each have four Dorian nominations, with the HBO titles’ respective stars, Jackman and King, earning best performance nominations. Singer and actress Monáe, now seen in the centuries-spanning horror film Antebellum, and Porter share a nomination for TV Musical Performance of the Year for their vibrant opening number in this year’s Academy Awards telecast. The full list of contenders, across 14 categories, can be found at DoriansToast.com. 

Helping present the TV Dorians: Drag icon Shangela (star of HBO’s We’re Here), What We Do in the Shadows’ vampire-slayer Harvey Guillén; DailyMailTV and Gay Good News host and groundbreaking cable news anchor Thomas Roberts; actor and music artist Alex Newell (Glee and NBC’s Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist); RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars champion Chad Michaels; multi-hyphenate Josh Thomas of the hit Freeform sitcom, Everything’s Gonna Be Okay; actress-comedian Margaret Cho; veteran talk radio host and Sexy Liberal podcast network founder Stephanie Miller; legendary saxophonist Dave Koz; acclaimed actress and jazz singer Lea DeLaria (Orange is the New Black); rising stars Rafael Casal and Kate Rose Wilburn; and iconic comic Bruce Vilanch. Revry personalities Shira Lazar and Andy Lalwani, of the news and pop culture series What’s Trending, will also be on deck offering insightful commentary.

“It’s really incredible how the industry has so positively responded to our show,” said outspoken host and producer, Karel (otherwise known as Charles Karel Bouley). “While COVID has definitely created challenges, it’s also strangely brought us together in a global way: We’ve got Alex Newell in Canada, Laverne Cox in New York, Lea DeLaria in LA, Margaret Cho in her back yard and even a surprise from Ireland! A pub is a place that brings people together, and we think Oscar Wilde would approve of our virtual Plan B.”

“Revry is honored to host the exclusive premiere of the star-studded Dorians TV Toast 2020 on Revry and to stream the show worldwide on our queer network,” said Christopher J. Rodriguez, Esq., Revry co-founder and CBO. “We believe that representation saves lives and while our network focuses on uplifting LGBTQ+ entertainment within queer culture, GALECA has been essential in pushing the broader entertainment industry towards increased representation of LGBTQ+ people in mainstream media. This partnership creates the perfect bridge between these two worlds and allows GALECA and Revry to honor our allies in the industry on a platform made by and for our community.”

The Society’s Dorian Awards, which in the past have gone to both film and television titles combined, announced the nominees for its first separate Dorian TV Awards on June 30. The Dorians are awarded to both general and LGBTQ content, reminding bigots, bullies and at-risk youth that the world looks to the Q eye for leads on great entertainment.

“With September being Suicide Prevention Month and next month being LGBTQ History Month, this is a lovely and loving time to celebrate not just great television, but also how “rainbow” journalists’ have boosted Hollywood from day one,” said John Griffiths, GALECA.org’s Executive Director and Founder. “Be they black, Latinx, indigenous, white, bi, trans, nonbinary or several of the above, queer entertainment critics and reporters have a distinct perspective born of their culture and oppression that has shaped all of the arts for the better. People should know that—and they will thanks to Revry.”

GALECA members offering their opinions in what host Karel calls his “virtual pub” include Tre’vell Anderson (Cohost, Maximum Fun’s FANTI podcast), Kevin Fallon (Senior Writer, The Daily Beast), Eric Andersson (Senior Writer, TV Guide Magazine), Tracy E. Gilchrist (Co-Editor in Chief, The Advocate), Liz Shannon Miller (Senior TV Editor, Collider), Dino-Ray Ramos (Associate Editor, Deadline), Erik Anderson (Editor in Chief of Awards Watch), Jose Bastidas (Assistant Entertainment Editor, The San Francisco Chronicle), Tariq Raouf (Entertainment Queerly podcast), as well as freelance journalists Ren Jender, Manuel Betancourt, Topher Gauk-Roger and Griffiths (former longtime TV critic for Us Weekly).

Chiming in as well with lively comments are former CNN Headline News show host Jane Velez-Mitchell, legendary showbiz columnist Michael Musto and Revry co-founder Wadooah Wali, all GALECA Advisory Board members. The Emmy-winning Velez-Mitchell, now a crusader for animal rights, veganism and the environment via her #JaneUnchained initiative, is one of five new media experts to recently join the Society’s list of advisors. The others are Shane Michael Singh, former executive editor of Playboy turned brand partnerships and development manager at the LGBTQ youth charity The Trevor Project; groundbreaking black film critic and former VH1 talk show host Bobby Rivers; Nick McCarthy, director of programming for the NewFest LGBTQ film festival; and Gil Robertson, co-founder and president of the African American Film Critics Association.

The show is produced and created by Karel.Media, whose creative team includes Brandon Riley Miiller (High the Series, Life In Segments), talent liaison Makiko Ushiyama and graphics and awards design by Jason Young of Pearl Image. The special includes an original song: The cozy and festive “Toast” by Morgan Mallory and Karel. Viewers will also be able to hear an expanded version of the tune performed by Las Vegas-based Irish band The Black Donnellys featuring added orchestration and lyrics by Donnellys frontperson Dave Rooney.

And the Dorians special will include a special message from siblings Rosanna and David Arquette in support of the Alexis Arquette Family Foundation and its missions to offer care and support of the LGBTQ+ community and reflect its namesake’s belief that the arts can transform lives.

The show will air Sunday, Sept. 13 at 8pm EST, 5pm PST on Revry, the LGBTQ+ streaming platform, available globally at revry.tv. The network offers a 7-day free trial period for new viewers. For more information about the Society and its Dorians Toast, visit GALECA.org and DoriansToast.com.

Celebrities set to appear:

Hugh Jackman

Regina King

Rafael Casal

Margaret Cho

Laverne Cox

Lea DeLaria

Harvey Guillén

Dave Koz

Dan Levy

Damon Lindelof

Chad Michaels

Stephanie Miller

Annie Murphy

Michael Musto

Alex Newell

John Oliver

Janell Monáe

Billy Porter

Shangela

Thomas Roberts

Fiona Shaw

Josh Thomas

Jane Velez-Mitchell

Bruce Vilanch

Kate Rose Wilburn

About GALECA

GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics’ Dorian Awards, a nonprofit professional organization, was founded in 2009. Today, GALECA consists of 270 active critics and journalists who write on entertainment for major and distinctly unique media outlets in the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K. Visit GALECA.org for more info, and support us @DorianAwards on Twitter and Facebook and @Dorian_Awards on Instagram.

GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics is a member of CGEM: Critics Groups for Equality in Media, an alliance of underrepresented entertainment journalists and Time’s Up’s CRITICAL database. For more information, visit CGEMCritics.org.

About Revry

Watch Queer TV 24/7 with the first LGBTQ+ virtual cable TV network. Revry offers free live TV channels and on-demand viewing of its global library featuring LGBTQ+ movies, shows, music, podcasts, news, and exclusive originals all in one place! Revry is currently available globally in over 250+ million households and devices and on seven OTT, mobile, and Desktop platforms. Revry can also be viewed on nine live and on-demand channels and Connected TVs including: The Roku Channel, Samsung TV Plus, Comcast Xfinity X1, Dell, XUMO TV, Zapping TV, STIRR, TiVo+, and as the first LGBTQ+ virtual reality channel on Littlstar (available on PlayStation devices). The company–an inaugural member of the Goldman Sachs Black and LatinX Cohort–is headquartered in Los Angeles and led by a diverse founding team who bring decades of experience in the fields of tech, digital media, and LGBTQ+ advocacy. Follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @revrytv. Revry.tv

Contact:

John Griffiths

Executive Director

GALECA.org

Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics

info@galeca.org

 

For Revry:

Jonah Blechman

Jonah@PotentPR.com

c.917–776-4660

Meet The Redesigned Dorian Prize at the “Dorians TV Toast 2020 on Revry”

Las Vegas, NV Aug. 23, 2020—There’s a new (old) honor in Hollywood, and soon, everybody is going to want one!

The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics is happy to introduce the new and improved Dorian Award as part of the Dorians TV Toast 2020 on Revry. The prize was designed by Karel (Charles Karel Bouley) and artist Jason Young for Pearl Image in Palm Springs, Ca.

Jason Young working on the new Dorians

 

“We were sending out Cue Cards that were printed with the award on it as an homage to Hollywood of old,” GALECA Founder/President John Griffiths stated. “But when Karel came to me with this new idea, I knew we had to run with it.”

“Well, I love that the awards are named after the only novel written by Oscar Wilde, ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray,’” Karel began. “So I thought we should play on that theme. I immediately called Jason (Young) and asked if he would do computer portraits on canvas of each winner. He and I talked about using computer imagery versus traditional painting. We felt Dorian would move in to the computer age full steam (punk) ahead.”
The result is an 8” x 8” portrait of the winner printed on Canvas, placed on a black wooden easel and covered in a velvet cloak with the Dorian Logo in gold metallic on the front.
“We tell the recipients to make sure nothing happens to their award, lest Dorian’s fate befall them should the image get damaged,” he laughed. “In all realness, however, I am so proud of the work Jason did, the great inspiration with had from Oscar Wilde and the work John has put in to the awards to have something to take to the next level,” he concluded.
“The response has already been overwhelming positive,” Griffiths added. “A few people have already gotten them as of this writing, and they truly are finding them unique and a keepsake, which is what we wanted,” he added.
To see who won the new prizes tune in to The Dorians TV Toast 2020 on Revry at Revry.tv or @revry

Dorians TV Toast 2020 On Revry Superstar Virtual Pub Hosted By Karel Sept 13 8pm EST/5pm PST

Dorians TV Toast 2020 Superstar Event Coming!

The Inaugural Dorians TV Toast 2020 from Karel.Media and GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Critics is coming !  The Toast to TV will feature a don’t-miss all star lineup!

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Karel to Host the Dorians TV Toast 2020 On Revry

The show will be a “virtual pub” experience, according to producer and Host Karel.

“The theme of the Dorians, an homage to Oscar Wilde and Dorian Gray, has always been a toast, in a pub, a celebration, a gay Golden Globes in a happening watering hole, one Oscar would have been proud to attend,” Karel stated. “Even when they weren’t held in actual pubs, the free-wheeling spirit and camaraderie a pub conjures has always been the goal.”
So, how to capture that virtually?
“That’s the challenge all shows are facing in this day, isn’t it,” he continue. “We have yet to see how Emmy handles it, although I’ve heard they’ve asked all nominees to film an acceptance speech, can you imagine! The DNC was watched by 122 plus million people, and I wonder if many tuned in to see how they were going to do it as much as the what they were going to do. It’s a creative challenge, and it feels good to be challenged in a positive way.”
Karel.Media’s team will again include head of production, cinematography and editing, Brandon Riley Miller. Miller, who completed 60 episodes of “Karel’s Life In Segments” for Karel.Media and Free Speech TV, will handle all the video assembly. “He’s really like an air-traffic controller right about now,” Karel laughed.
It’s a family affair this year, because of the situation according to Karel. So that means calling upon friends of his own and GALECA’s to get the job done in time.
RuPaul Drag Race Superstar Chad Michaels is presenting, comedy and TV icon Margaret Cho, award-show legend Bruce Vilanche and more videos come in every day. Winners will be announced during the telecast, but for obvious reasons, have been made aware before hand and, according to Karel, “the response from the TV community to the Dorians, to GALECA, has been overwhelming. Our talent booker, Makiko Ushiyama, has been met with such cooperation and spirit of participation for the Toast and the Dorians by the nominees and winners, their studios and PR people. It’s truly amazing, we have A-list superstars any Toast would blush to get,” he added.
Karel is hosting, or as he puts it, “I’m the person that’s there with the live feed in case something goes wrong, throwing the show from video to video like a MTV VJ in the 1980s. The stars of the show will truly be the winners, the nominees, presenters and the incredible panel of GALECA members that will be talking about each award as well. This isn’t a typical Toast, or award. It’s more fun, like a party that you learn a lot at, meet fun people, see a few stars. “
A list of nominees can be found here. 

Karel.Media And Revry to Release ‘Dorians Film Toast 2020’

Las Vegas, NV — Karel.Media and GALECA are happy to announce that the eight minute short film shot by Karel.Media/Brandon Riley Miller of the February 2020 Dorians Film Toast in Hollywood, CA will debut on the streaming service Revry (@revrytv) in September 2020. The short film will highlight the standout events of the annual toast detailed in the press release from GALECA below.
 
“It was the last thing we shot before the pandemic, the last gathering we had,” Karel stated. Karel is not only in charge of Karel.Media but a member of GALECA since the group’s inception. “I’ve always wanted to get something on tape for the Toast, and what a year to start! The celebrities that just happened to drop by were, well, incredible,” he added.
 
Jonah Bleckman, Director of Communications and Events for Revry, was ecstatic as well. “I’ve been to the toasts and wanted to do something for some time,” he stated. “We are so glad to have this chance to begin to share the work of GALECA through the Toasts and other productions from Karel.Medai on Revry,” he added. “This can only grow.” 
 
The eight minute short with John Griffiths, head of GALECA, as well as Antonio Banderas, Olivia Wilde and many more begins airing in September of 2020. To to Revry.tv for more info on air times.

 

Dorians TV Toast 2020: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics TV Honorees Are….

The Good Fight, Schitt’s Creek, Mrs. America, 

Watchmen, Normal People Stand Out in ‘Best TV’ Categories

Cate Blanchett, Regina King, Trevor Noah, Ramy Youssef Also Earn Nods

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 – Hollywood, CA – Capping Pride Month with a nod to the power of the “small” screen, GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics today announced the nominees for its first separate Dorian TV Awards. The Pop network comedy Schitt’s Creek leads the pack with 7 nominations, while Hollywood — Netflix’s ambitious, star-studded reimagining of Tinseltown’s early days — says hooray to six nods. HBO’s fact-based TV movie Bad Education and daring miniseries Watchmen have four Dorian nominations each.

“With a global pandemic, severe economic strife, the gut-punches of racism and police brutality proverbially hitting us all—this might not seem like the right time for fluffy showbiz awards,” said GALECA President Diane Anderson-Minshall, CEO and Editorial Director of Pride Media (The Advocate, Out, Pride, Plus). “But it may be more important than ever now to embrace and champion quality stories and push the real Hollywood’s entitled writers, producers, executives and PR reps out of their bubble and into truly reflecting America’s diversity for a change. They have so much power, and entertainment journalism groups like GALECA can make them accountable.”

Added GALECA Executive Director John Griffiths, “Stereotypical, or worse, depictions of LGBTQs and People of Color have greatly contributed to the pain America is in right now. GALECA and its partner organization CGEM: Critics Groups for Equality in Media are determined to press media companies to take more responsibility and hire more underrepresented voices, voices that might say, ‘Hey, why, in 2020, is every single character on this show white, rich and straight except for the token Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian and/or Queer baddie or comic foil?’”

One series that definitely breaks the mold is CBS All Access’ The Good Fight, the tense, socially relevant and increasingly inventive drama set at a Black-run law firm in Chicago. Fight is up for Best TV Drama (as well as Best Unsung TV Show) alongside Netflix’s ever-polished Brit royals opus The Crown and tricky-couple crime drama Ozark, and two other twisty morality tales, AMC networks’ Killing Eve and Better Call Saul.

In addition to Creek — a previous Dorian Award winner when GALECA combined its film and TV kudos in one package — the Best TV Comedy contenders include three past Dorian Award nominees: Insecure (HBO), Better Things (FX) and The Good Place (NBC). Competing against them are Netflix’s gallows-humored, female-powered mystery-comedy Dead to Me (stars Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini vie for Best TV Performance — Actress) and FX’s bloody-fun vampire comedy, What We Do in the Shadows (which counts two additional nods).

The Best TV Movie or Limited Series race is lively, with each nominee offering a bold, controversial approach to an ever-burning topic. HBO’s comic book fantasy Watchmen aggressively tackles themes of white supremacy and police brutality, the same network’s fact-based TV film Bad Education exposes greed and corruption (in public schools, no less), and FX’s ‘70s-set historical drama Mrs. America, produced by and starring double-nominee Cate Blanchett, shows how far we have not come, baby, in regards to advancing women’s rights. Also in the mix: Hulu shows Little Fires Everywhere (dealing with inherent racism) and Normal People (sex—lots of it).

Although the miniseries Hollywood, from bad boy producer Ryan Murphy, didn’t make that short list, it did nab four acting nominations as well as ones for LGBTQ Show of the Year and Visually Striking Show. Other cinematic eye-fillers in the latter race include the likes of Disney+’s The Mandalorian and HBO’s Westworld.

And no Dorian Awards list would be complete without GALECA’s trademark category, Campiest TV Show. Vying for that cheeky honor are Hulu’s royal romp The Great, perennial members favorite RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1), and Netflix hmmm-inducers AJ and the QueenDolly Parton’s Heartstrings and a certain expose of some exotic Oklahomans and Floridians, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.

“We’re again proud of our members’ eclectic choices,” said Executive Director Griffiths. But he noted that GALECA, with 20 percent of its membership female and about 16 percent Indigenous or People of Color, itself needs to bolster its diversity. “America is more than 50-percent women, and BIPOC unite to make up about 40 percent of the country, so we have some work to do,” said Griffiths, adding that the Society does include a “strong” 5 percent of transgender members. “Our Board has been discussing actionable-now steps to bolster representation of People of Color, women, trans, non-binary and genderqueer professional journalists in our ranks — for the vital big picture and to make our Dorian Awards as rich and reflective of the LGBTQ eye as possible.”

Added Griffiths, “GALECA is an all-volunteer group in a very rocky media landscape, exacerbated not just by the COVID fallout but by anti-freelancers legislation like California’s AB-5 bill. So we urge engaged entertainment writers to get in touch with us. Numbers are what raise a voice.”

Via its original banner Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, GALECA’s Dorian Awards have gone to the best of all of film and TV — not only LGBTQ-themed — since 2010. While this year marks the inaugural Dorian TV Awards, this is actually the 11th go-around for members voting on their best-loved TV programs and stars. Come first-quarter 2021, the Society will add to its choices for the finest in theatrical releases for the first separate Dorian Film Awards.

TV winners will be announced August 21, when the Society will also name the recipient of its first “You Deserve an Award!” Award, going to what the group deems “a uniquely talented TV icon (they) adore.”

GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics’ Dorian Awards, started in 2009, go to both mainstream and LGBTQ-centric content, helping remind bullies, bigots and at-risk youth that the world has a history of looking to “the Q eye” for tips on what’s great across all of entertainment. After all, how would the world fare without knowing what’s campy? A nonprofit professional organization, GALECA consists of over 260 active critics and journalists who write for legitimate media outlets in the United States, Canada, Australia and the U.K.  Visit GALECA.org for more info, and support us @DorianAwards on Twitter and Facebook and @Dorian_Awards on Instagram.

2019-20 DORIAN TV AWARDS NOMINEES — FULL LIST*

BEST TV DRAMA

Better Call Saul (AMC)

Killing Eve (BBC America/AMC)

Ozark (Netflix)

The Crown (Netflix)

The Good Fight (CBS All Access)

BEST TV COMEDY

Better Things (FX)

Dead to Me (Netflix)

Insecure (HBO)

Schitt’s Creek (Pop)

The Good Place (NBC)

What We Do in the Shadows (FX)

BEST TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES

Bad Education (HBO)

Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)

Mrs. America (FX/Hulu)

Normal People (Hulu)

Watchmen (HBO)

 

BEST TV PERFORMANCE – ACTRESS

Christina Applegate, Dead to Me (Netflix)

Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America (FX/Hulu)

Linda Cardellini, Dead to Me (Netflix)

Jodie Comer, Killing Eve (BBC America/AMC)

Regina King, Watchmen (HBO)

Laura Linney, Ozark (Netflix)

Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek (Pop)

BEST TV PERFORMANCE – ACTOR

Hugh Jackman, Bad Education (HBO)

Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek (Pop)

Paul Mescal, Normal People (Hulu)

Jeremy Pope, Hollywood (Netflix)

Ramy Youssef, Ramy (Hulu)

BEST SUPPORTING TV PERFORMANCE – ACTRESS

Uzo Aduba, Mrs. America (FX/Hulu)

Julia Garner, Ozark (Netflix)

Allison Janney, Bad Education (HBO)

Patti LuPone, Hollywood (Netflix)

Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek (Pop)

Jean Smart, Watchmen (HBO)

BEST SUPPORTING TV PERFORMANCE – ACTOR

Billy Crudup, The Morning Show (Apple TV+)

Harvey Guillén, What We Do in the Shadows (FX)

Dan Levy, Schitt’s Creek (Pop)

Joe Mantello, Hollywood (Netflix)

Josh O’Connor, The Crown (Netflix)

Jim Parsons, Hollywood (Netflix)

BEST TV MUSICAL PERFORMANCE

Cynthia Erivo, “Stand Up”, 92nd Academy Awards (ABC)

Jake Gyllenhaal, “Music, Music Everywhere!”, John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch (Netflix)

Jennifer Lopez & Shakira, Halftime Show, Super Bowl LIV (Fox)

Janelle Monáe & Billy Porter, Opening Number, 92nd Academy Awards (ABC)

Noah Reid, “Always Be My Baby”, Schitt’s Creek (Pop)

BEST LGBTQ TV SHOW

Bad Education (HBO)

Hollywood (Netflix)

RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

Schitt’s Creek (Pop)

Vida (Starz)

We’re Here (HBO)

Work in Progress (Showtime)

BEST CURRENT AFFAIRS PROGRAM

Cheer (Netflix)

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC)

Visible: Out on Television (Apple TV+)

BEST UNSUNG TV SHOW

Everything’s Gonna Be Okay (Freeform)

Gentified (Netflix)

The Good Fight (CBS All Access)

Mrs. Fletcher (HBO)

One Day at a Time (Pop)

Vida (Starz)

What We Do in the Shadows (FX)

Work in Progress (Showtime)

MOST VISUALLY STRIKING SHOW

Hollywood (Netflix)

The Crown (Netflix)

The Mandalorian (Disney+)

Watchmen (HBO)

Westworld (HBO)

CAMPIEST TV SHOW

AJ and the Queen (Netflix)

Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings (Netflix)

The Great (Hulu)

RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness (Netflix)

WILDE WIT AWARD

(Honoring a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse)

Dan Levy

Randy Rainbow

Hannah Gadsby

Cate Blanchett

Trevor Noah

SERIES AND NETWORK COUNTS

Programs with multiple nominations:

Schitt’s Creek – 7 

Hollywood – 6 

Bad Education – 4 

Watchmen – 4 

The Crown – 3

Dead to Me – 3

Mrs. America – 3 

What We Do in the Shadows – 3

The Good Fight – 2 

Killing Eve – 2 

Normal People – 2 

Ozark – 3

Ramy – 2 

RuPaul’s Drag Race – 2 

Vida – 2 

Work in Progress — 2

Network with multiple nominations:

Netflix – 21

HBO – 13

Hulu, Pop – 8

FX – 7

AMC – 3

ABC, Apple TV+, BBC America, CBS All Access, Showtime, Starz, VH1 – 2

* GALECA members are asked to list their three favorite choices per category in order of preference, with three points going to their first choice, two to the second and one to the third. Programs and performances with the highest tallies earn nominations. More than five nominations in a category is the result of an actual or virtual tie (the latter being a difference of one point).

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