Alex Newell to Present Best Musical Moment on Televison at “Dorians TV Toast 2020”

Newell to Present Best Musical Moment on Televison at “Dorians TV Toast 2020”

Like A Rush Of Energy Or A Jolt Of Adrenaline, Certain Voices Sweep Us Off Our Feet. Alex Newell Wields Such A Voice. With Traffic-Stopping Delivery, Sweeping Range, And Wild Charisma, The GRAMMY® Award-Nominated Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Activist, And Performer Evokes A Physical Reaction Every Time He Steps Up To A Microphone. Whether Recording In The Studio, Performing On Broadway, Or Appearing On Television, He Instantly Connects. The Connection Grows Stronger On A Series Of New Singles For Big Beat Records And 2020 Project—His First In Four Years.

“I Always Think My Vocals Have To Be Bigger,” He Smiles. “I Pride Myself On Being The Loudest Singer I Know. It’s Important To Bring The Fullness Of The Actual Voice To The Forefront. It’s Like The Vocals Punch You In The Face Or Wake You Up. When You Hear My Music, You Should Want To Shutdown Somebody’s Runway, Strut Down Your Hall, Dance Around, Feel Good, Or Scream For No Reason.”

Alex Consistently Inspired This Level Of Elation. After Taking The Stage For The First Time At A State Fair At Two-Years-Old, The Lynn, MA Native Devoted A Lifetime To Singing And Performing. Millions Fell In Love With Newell’s Voice As He Brought Wade “Unique” Adams To Life On Glee Over The Course Of Four Seasons, Offering A Groundbreaking And Influential Depiction Of One Of Network Television’s Very First Transgender Characters (Newell Himself Identifies As A Gender Non-Conforming Male). Generating Over 200 Million Career Streams Thus Far, He Introduced A Simmering And Slick Style On His POWER EP In 2016—Which Hit #4 On The Billboard Top Dance/Electronic Albums Chart And Yielded The Fan Favorites “This Ain’t Over,” “Basically Over You (B.O.Y.) & “Nobody To Love.”

In Addition To Collaborations With Clean Bandit And The Knocks, He Lent His Vocal Prowess To Blonde’s “All Cried Out” And DJ Cassidy’s “Kill The Lights” With Jess Glynne And Nile Rodgers, The Latter Of Which Clinched #1 On The Billboard Dance/Club Chart. Between Headlining And Supporting Adam Lambert On Tour, He Ignited Stages At Coachella, The Governor’s Ball Music Festival, And Beyond. Simultaneously, He Used His Platform To Uplift LGBTQ Youth Through Advocacy And Aligning With The Trevor Project And GLAAD, Among Other Organizations.

2018 Saw Him Switch Gears And Succeed Yet Again. Fulfilling A Formative Dream To Be On Broadway, He Joined The Tony Award-Winning Revival Of Once On This Island In The Role Of Asaka. After A Stellar Run, He Received A GRAMMY® Award Nomination In The Category Of Best Musical Theater Album To Cap It Off, In Addition To Giving Stunning Performances Of “Mama Will Provide” On Late Night With Seth Meyers, The TODAY Show And The 2018 Tony Awards.

“I Took A Break From My Solo Music To Focus On Other Passions,” He Admits. “Going Away From Something You Love Really Makes You Love It Even More. For My Entire Life, My Goal Was To Be On Broadway. I Did That, And I Got So Much From It. You’re Literally Doing The Same Exact Routine Everyday Though. I Needed To Get Out For A Little Bit. When The Show Closed, It Was Time To Go Back To The Expression I Get From Music, Which Is Truly My Own.”

In 2019, He Retreated To Los Angeles In Order To Dive Headfirst Into Another Chapter. Working In The Studio, He Embraced A Newfound Confidence.

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!


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.



Better Call Saul (AMC)

Killing Eve (BBC America/AMC)

Ozark (Netflix)

The Crown (Netflix)

The Good Fight (CBS All Access)


Better Things (FX)

Dead to Me (Netflix)

Insecure (HBO)

Schitt’s Creek (Pop)

The Good Place (NBC)

What We Do in the Shadows (FX)


Bad Education (HBO)

Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)

Mrs. America (FX/Hulu)

Normal People (Hulu)

Watchmen (HBO)



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)


Hugh Jackman, Bad Education (HBO)

Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek (Pop)

Paul Mescal, Normal People (Hulu)

Jeremy Pope, Hollywood (Netflix)

Ramy Youssef, Ramy (Hulu)


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)


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)


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)


Bad Education (HBO)

Hollywood (Netflix)

RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

Schitt’s Creek (Pop)

Vida (Starz)

We’re Here (HBO)

Work in Progress (Showtime)


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+)


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)


Hollywood (Netflix)

The Crown (Netflix)

The Mandalorian (Disney+)

Watchmen (HBO)

Westworld (HBO)


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)


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

Dan Levy

Randy Rainbow

Hannah Gadsby

Cate Blanchett

Trevor Noah


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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