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Dan Levy & ‘Schitt’s Creek’—Our Big Winners!

‘Schitt’s Creek’: Best TV Comedy, Best LGBTQ TV Show (Pop)
Levy: Best Supporting TV Performance—Actor, Special ‘Wilde Wit’ Accolade
See also: 
Catherine O’Hara: Best TV Performance—Actress
Annie Murphy: Best Supporting TV Performance—Actress

THE SHOW
 
Premise: Money was never a problem for filthy rich video store magnate, Johnny Rose, his soap star wife Moira, über-hipster (gay) son David and socialite daughter Alexis. That is, until the government came looking for years of unpaid taxes thanks to Johnny’s Madoff-like business manager. Left with almost nothing, the Roses are forced to move to a property even the government refused to repossess – Johnny’s last remaining asset, Schitt’s Creek, a small town he once bought as a joke. Now stuck in a rundown motel, the family must come to terms with their newly found poverty (and each other). Note: David grows up and finds love in the final season. 
 
DAN LEVY & SCHITT’S CREEK
 
Dan Levy—actor, writer, actor, director, and producer—co-created Schitt’s Creek with his famed father, actor-comedian Eugene Levy. Before its big Dorian Awards haul this year for its sixth and final season, the series scored Best TV Comedy and Best LGBTQ TV Show from GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics for its 2019 season.
 
Schitt’s Creek has garnered nearly three dozen awards and more than 100 nominations, including many Emmy nominations, the 2019 Canadian Screen Award for Best Comedy, a 2019 TCA Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy, a 2020 Costume Design Guild Award for Excellence in Contemporary Television, a 2020 SAG Award Nomination for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series, and a 2020 Critics’ Choice Award nomination for Best Comedy Series. In 2019, Levy won Best Comedic Performance at the MTV Movie & TV Awards for his role on the show, and was honored by GLAAD with the 2019 Davidson/Valentini Award.
 
In 2013, the younger Levy formed Not A Real Company Productions with his father and principals Andrew Barnsley and Fred Levy to create Schitt’s Creek, a half-hour single camera comedy for CBC/ITV/Pop. In addition to being the co-creator, showrunner, executive producer, and writer of Schitt’s Creek, Levy also starred alongside his dad, Catherine O’Hara, Annie Murphy, and Chris Elliott. 
 
Levy began his television career co-hosting MTV Canada’s flagship show MTV Live and later co-wrote, co-hosted, and co-produced the critically-acclaimed ratings hit The After Show and its various incarnations, including The HillsThe After Show and The City: Live After Show. Levy also wrote, produced, and starred in his own Christmas special for MTV, Daniel Levy’s Holi-Do’s & Don’ts and co-hosted the MTV Movie Awards Red Carpet, the X-Factor pre-show, and national coverage of the Vancouver Olympic Games for CTV. 
 
Levy also co-hosted The Great Canadian Baking Show, and has also made a guest appearance on Modern Family. He made his film debut opposite Tina Fey in Admission and more recently costarred with Bette Midler and Issa Rae in the HBO TV movie Coastal Elites (a comedy written by Paul Rudnick and filmed during the pandemic). Coming soon: The romantic comedy Happiest Season with Kristen Stewart and Aubrey Plaza.
 
Twitter: @danjlevy
Instagram: @instadajlevy
 
Sources: The CW press site; Gabrielle Free for Schitt’s Creek; GALECA.org

Hugh Jackman—’Bad’ Star, Winning Actor

Hugh Jackman: Best TV Performance—Actor
For the HBO TV movie Bad Education, in which he played Frank Tassone, a true-life school superintendent who wound up imprisoned for embezzling millions of dollars from his district in 2004. 

Jackman is an Academy Award® nominated, Golden Globe and Tony Award winning actor. From his turn on Broadway as the 1970’s singer/songwriter Peter Allen, to his metal claw-wielding Wolverine in the X-MEN franchise, Jackman has proven to be one of the most versatile actors of our time. In addition to his acting work, Hugh serves as an ambassador for World Vision Australia. 

In 2009, he traveled to Ethiopia to visit a community development project and met a young coffee farmer named Dukale, working to lift his family out of poverty. Inspired by Dukale’s story, Jackman launched Laughing Man Coffee in 2011 to provide a marketplace for farmers in developing countries to sell their goods to consumers in the U.S. As part of his ongoing commitment, Hugh contributes 100% of his profits to the Laughing Man Foundation, which he created to support educational programs, community development and social entrepreneurs around the world

Hugh Jackman has made an impression on audiences of all ages with his multi-hyphenate career persona, as successful on stage in front of live crowds as he is on film. From his award-winning turn on Broadway as the 1970s singer/songwriter Peter Allen, to his metal claw-wielding Wolverine in the blockbuster X-Men franchise, Jackman has proven to be one of the most versatile actors of our time.

Jackman garnered his first Academy Award® nomination, for Best Actor, for his performance in Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables, based on the popular stage show created from Victor Hugo’s famous novel of the same name (essaying Jean Valjean in the musical drama also landed him a Dorian nomination in 2010). Jackman’s standout performance as protagonist Jean Valjean also earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical, as well as Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® nominations, for both Best Ensemble and Best Male Actor in a Leading Role, and a BAFTA Award nomination. 

Most recently, he was nominated for his role as P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman. Sales for the soundtrack to the film have broken records the world over and reached multi-platinum status in many countries including the UK and America.

Other eye-filling movie credits: Director Baz Lurhmann’s rip-roaring WWII-era adventure Australia with Nicole Kidman and 2017’s award-winning period blockbuster The Greatest Showman (in which he sold it as P.T. Barnum).

A former high school rugby and swim team star, Jackman today lets off his steam playing the piano and practicing yoga and Transcendental Mediation. He’s also an advisor to the Global Poverty Project, a huge supporter of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and helps the environment with proceeds from his Laughing Man coffee brand. 
 
Next up: A Broadway revival of The Music Man (if all goes as planned) and the futuristic sci-fi tale Reminiscence with Thandie Newton and rising star Rebecca Ferguson (The Girl on the Train). 
Twitter: @RealHughJackman
Instagram: @thehughjackman
 
Sources: AEG publicity, Laughing Man coffee publicity, GALECA.org. 

Funnyface Catherine O’Hara—Our Best TV Actress Pick

CATHERINE O’HARA: Best TV Performance—Actress 
“Moira Rose” on Schitt’s Creek
Canadian acting legend O’Hara, also a recipient of GALECA’s Timeless Star career-achievement honor, started her comedy career in 1974 as a cast member of the famed comedy troupe The Second City in her native Toronto. She was an understudy for Gilda Radner until Radner left for Saturday Night Live. Two years later, the Second City group created the sketch comedy show SCTV, for which O’Hara—along with her future Creek onscreen husband, Eugene Levy—became a regular performer. Her memorable characterizations on the show included Las Vegas scorcher Lola Heatherton, buzzer-happy game show contestant Margaret Meehan, raunchy nightclub comedian Dusty Towne, soap opera seductress Sue Ellen and stage actress Sue Bopper Simpson.

In the late 1970s, she provided voice-overs for a number of cartoons, work which would continue throughout her career. During a short time in the early 1980s when SCTV was in between network deals, she was hired to replace Ann Risley when Saturday Night Live was being retooled in 1981. However, she quit the show without ever appearing on air, choosing to go back to SCTV when the show signed on with NBC. Her SNL position was then given to fellow Canadian Robin Duke, who had also replaced O’Hara for a season on SCTV.

O’Hara began her career on television, apart from SCTV, in the mid-1970s. She appeared in the 1976 television film The Rimshots, the children’s television series Coming Up Rosie for a year, and television specials, such as Witch’s Night Out and Intergalactic Thanksgiving. But it was her performances on SCTV that earned her fame in Canada, which is why she returned to the show, not only as an actress but as a writer for both SCTVand SCTV Network 90, which earned her an Emmy Award for outstanding writing and two Emmy Award nominations. She also has written for SCTV Channel.

O’Hara has appeared in a number of television series and television films and continues to work in television. During the ’90s, she made guest appearances on Tales from the CryptOh BabyMorton & Hayes and The Larry Sanders Show. She served as actress and director on Dream On and The Outer Limits, the revival of the ’60s series of the same name. In the past decade, O’Hara has guest-starred on top-rated television series including Six Feet Under and Curb Your Enthusiasm. In May 2008, it was announced that she had signed on to star in the upcoming ABC dramedy Good Behavior. Her role in the 2010 television film Temple Grandin earned her three award nominations: a Primetime Emmy Award, a Satellite Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

O’Hara has also had a successful career in film. She made her feature debut in the 1980 film Double Negative, which also starred her SCTV co-stars John Candy, Eugene Levy, and Joe Flaherty. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, O’Hara appeared in many supporting roles, including Martin Scorsese’s After Hours and Heartburn, with Meryl Streep. She had more notable roles in Beetlejuice, the blockbuster hit Home Alone and its sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. In 1992, O’Hara worked alongside Jeff Daniels in the comedy There Goes the Neighborhood. O’Hara continued to appear in many films during the 1990s and the beginning of the 21st century. She received roles in four of Christopher Guest’s mockumentary films, three of which earned her awards and nominations: Waiting for GuffmanBest in ShowA Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration. Her role in 1999’s The Life Before This won her a Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. She also appeared in episodes 6, 10 and 11 on the tenth and final series of the UK Whose Line Is It Anyway? In 2006, she starred with Christina Ricci in the fantasy feature Penelope. O’Hara has served as a voice artist in a number of animated movies, including The Nightmare Before ChristmasChicken LittleOver the HedgeMonster HouseBrother Bear 2 and Frankenweenie.

On June 9, 2007, O’Hara was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame. On February 28, 2010, she spoke at the Closing Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. In 2015 Canada Post placed her image on a postage stamp.

For her funny-faced and funny-voiced turn on Schitt’s Creek—as former soap opera actress Moira Rose  Her role has earned her two Canadian Screen Awards for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, at the 4th Canadian Screen Awards in 2016 and the 5th Canadian Screen Awards in 2017.

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Janelle Monáe & Billy Porter—Winning Duo!

Janelle Monáe & Billy Porter: Dual Winners, Best TV Musical Performance
For the Opening Number, 92nd Academy Awards ®

JANELLE MONÁE
@janellemonae

A singer, songwriter, producer, and performer from Kansas City, Kansas, Monáe’s innovative style melds a redefined pop sensibility with an extraordinary mash-up of soul, funk, and rock n’ roll. Her debut album The ArchAndroid was released to widespread acclaim, earning her multiple Grammy nominations, and was deemed the top album of 2010 by The Associated Press, The Guardian, The Chicago Tribune and The Los Angeles Times. Monáe was also a recipient of the 2011 ASCAP Vanguard Award, and was included in the first-ever “Women Who Rock” exhibit at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame earlier that year. 

A dynamic performer and artistic entrepreneur, Monáe her own record label, The Wondaland Arts Society, and has performed worldwide with artistic legends such as Stevie Wonder and Prince. In 2013, she launched her second studio album, The Electric Lady. The first official single off the album, Q.U.E.E.N., quickly racked-up 10,000,000 views on YouTube. “Yoga,” the second single from Monae’s Wondaland Records collective EP, The Eephus, accumulated nearly 5,000,000 views on YouTube in its first month. Her third solo album, Dirty Computer, received a 2019 Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. 

As an actress, she has costarred in the Oscar ©-winning drama Moonlight, the also-acclaimed period drama Hidden Figures and the second season of the Amazon thriller Homecoming. She can currently be seen on the screen in the horror film Antebellum 

Visit her fan page here.

Source: WME Speakers.

BILLY PORTER
@thebillyporter

Before landing his Dorian Award-winning role on the multi-Dorian Award-winning FX drama Pose, Billy Porter was best known for starring as “Lola” in the smash hit Broadway musical Kinky Boots, for which he won the 2013 Drama Desk and Tony® Awards for Best Actor in a Musical. Other Broadway acting credits include the Tony-nominated Broadway musical Shuffle Along, directed by George C. Wolfe, Miss Saigon, Five Guys Named Moe, Grease (all original cast), Smokey Joe’s Café and Dreamgirls (20th anniversary revival). His one-man show, Ghetto Superstar: The Man That I Am, was nominated for a 2005 GLAAD Media Award.

Porter’s original song “Time” has been featured twice on the television dancing contest So You Think You Can Dance. His concert credits include performing as the opening act for Rosie O’Donnell and Aretha Franklin at Carnegie Hall, singing with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Philly Pops, and as soloist for a political fundraiser for President Bill Clinton.

As a director, Porter has helmed revivals of George C. Wolfe’s plays The Colored Museum and Top Dog/Underdog, as well as a critically acclaimed recreation of The Wiz. He also conceived the musical revue Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Music of Stevie Wonder, which starred Chaka Khan in the spring of 2002. In addition, Porter conceived and directed Being Alive, a musical celebration that aligns the cannons of Stephen Sondheim and William Shakespeare and combines them with the soulful musical styles of the African-American experience. He is also an NAACP Theatre Award winner for Best Direction of a Musical for his production of Once On This Island at Reprise Theatre Company.

And as a recording artist, Porter’s solo albums include his first CD, Untitled, on A&M records and his sophomore album, At the Corner of Broadway + Soul – LIVE. Another album, Billy’s Back on Broadway, was released in 2014. Porter’s most recent album, The Soul of Richard Rodgers, was released on Sony Masterworks. Porter’s voice can also be heard on the albums A Very Rosie ChristmasJim
Brickman’s Destiny (a top ten AC hit), Grease (revival cast album) and more.

Porter is a graduate of The Professional Program in Screenwriting at UCLA and is an adjunct professor at his alma mater Carnegie Mellon University’s School Of Drama, where he has directed productions of Company and Letters From ‘Nam. He carries an honorary doctorate from Washington & Jefferson College.

Source: FX Networks

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Eddie McGuinness “Queen of Matchmaking” Ireland visits “The Dorians TV Toast 2020 on Revry”

We wanted to go to Ireland to see where Oscar Wilde was born and that required the Queen of Matchmaking, Eddie McGuinness!

Eddie McGuinness “Queen of Matchmaking” & Activist in Ireland draw’s on considerable experience in promotion and event management for over 30 plus years. Eddie is Founder and Co-Chair of The Outing Festival “World’s Only LGBT+ Matchmaking, Music & Queer Arts Festival” and Dublin LGBTQ + Pride Festival & Parade Manager; a multi-faceted celebration attracting the participation of 100,000+ people and now Ireland’s largest LGBT + Pride Festival. Eddie has also designed and hosted highly publicised LGBT events, including “Club Tease” award-winning gay club to Award-winning Magazine ‘free! Magazine’, Ireland’s second-longest-running Gay Magazine which similarly fused gay culture and traditional Ireland garnering national media coverage.

“The Celtic Ride” on Amazon Creator Louise Rawlins Chimes in from Ireland at The Dorians!

‘From Bedroom to Amazon’

Louise Rawlins Traynor thought exploring Ireland on a motorbike and turning that into an adventure-documentary for the World to see would make for an exciting project. Over Winter ’18, Louise planned three episodes for ‘The Celtic Ride’ from her bedroom in the evenings, jotting down ideas while sitting in bed. Louise never worked in TV or film before and set out to learn the ropes.

Louise decided there is no better time to delve into the World of motorcycling and decided to get her own bike licence. Her training and first ride out around Dublin were filmed as part of the show. She then decided on the riders to take part, as each episode shadows a set of riders who also take part in adventures along their trip.

Fast forward to June 2019 and filming began. Louise arranged a wedding for a couple on the viewing point of the highest sea-cliffs in Ireland. Four lady riders from Boston to tour south east Ireland and sail on the Atlantic Ocean. And a group of men from Florida to go through a gruelling 3 day off-road training course.

“Creating the Celtic Ride documentary was a thrilling project. I never studied or worked in film production, I researched tv production morning, noon and night. I’m naturally a creative person and envision how I wanted this show to turn out. I wanted to learn to ride just to make this show.

I look at the great World around me and I see things that if shared, will fill the hearts of others. Life is full of experiences and enjoyment which some of us are lucky to live through. It’s up to us to bring that to others, and I hope this show brings that to everyone”, Louise Rawlins Traynor, Creator & Executive Producer of The Celtic Ride.

At the moment, The Celtic Ride is available on the Celtic Ride website (www.thecelticride.com) along with Amazon Prime in the USA and UK and, other territories are expected to be made available soon along with national broadcast stations.

You can take part in the adventures as seen in The Celtic Ride through Celtic Rider Ireland. Contact Celtic Rider Ireland at www.celticrider.com.

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

karel

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

Getting Ready for the Virtual Pub

Virtual Pub.

Karel’s Home of Maison Bouley in Las Vegas, NV is getting reading to become the Dorians TV Toast 2020 on Revry Virtual Pub. Tune in Sept. 13 at 8pm EST/5pm PST.

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