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Berlanti Rewarded as GLAAD Releases LGBT Network Report


Yesterday, GLAAD released its second annual Network Responsibility Index which evaluates the quantity, quality and diversity of images of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people on television.

According to GLAAD, "For the second year in a row, ABC led the broadcast networks in LGBT-inclusive content. Of its 1,150 total hours of primetime programming, 280.5 hours (24%) included LGBT impressions and 11% were transgender-inclusive, making ABC the most fair, accurate and inclusive of the five broadcast networks."

Following in the rankings were The CW (with 139.5 (21%) LGBT-inclusive hours), CBS (with 103.5 hours (9%) of LGBT-inclusive content), NBC (71.5 hours (6%) of LGBT-inclusive content), and finally FOX (with only 33.5 (4%) LGBT-inclusive hours).

FX led the cable networks. More here.

Berlanti_2Coincidentally, ABC announced yesterday that Greg Berlanti (pictured), who produces the uber-gay Brothers and Sisters as well as Dirty Sexy Money featuring trans actress Candis Cayne, and Eli Stone, has signed a new "megadeal" with the network:

"The five-year pact -- said to be top-of-the-market, well into eight figures and featuring a large overhead component -- keeps Berlanti at ABC Studios."

Michael Jensen of AfterElton asked Fox's Entertainment President Kevin Reilly about Fox's poor ranking in the index yesterday at the (Television Critics Association)TCA press tour. Said Reilly: "I haven't had the chance to put any of the product on the air. I can say we've got several shows now moving forward with gay characters in them. I think our score ... I think our ... the scores get affected by what's ... sometimes you've actually got great representation and then for commercial or creative reasons something gets canceled and your numbers go down. That's something we're really committed to. In fact, right now were in production on a pilot called Virtuality that Ron Moore and Michael Taylor created and Peter Berg is directing. It's got a gay relationship that is as dimensional and honest as anything I've ever seen portrayed on television right now. If we move forward on that I think that is something to really note."

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  1. I was amazed that GLAAD didn't take MTV to task for its sleazy, disrespectful portrayals of same-sex sexuality in its bisexual dating show "A Shot At Love". Moreover, you have to wonder why GLAAD didn't address MTV's seeming dishonesty in portraying this as a gay/bi-friendly show when in fact it was excluding gay and bisexual men from appearing as contestants.

    Again, we have an example where a liberal, Democrat-leaning media organization, in this case MTV, is discriminating against the male-male interaction. We're not the "hot bi babes", don't forget.

    Posted by: jason | Jul 15, 2008 10:56:03 AM

  2. Berlanti's a hottie. Great smile.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jul 15, 2008 11:01:03 AM

  3. "Moreover, you have to wonder why GLAAD didn't address MTV's seeming dishonesty in portraying this as a gay/bi-friendly show when in fact it was excluding gay and bisexual men from appearing as contestants."

    Well, I can understand excluding gay men from being contestants on that show, since Tila Tequila is a woman and all. lol But to exclude bi men seems real sleazy and hypocritical since Tila is openly bi (or so she says) herself. Jason, where exactly did you find the info that MTV banned bi men from the show?

    Posted by: Jai | Jul 15, 2008 11:07:14 AM

  4. While the rest of television drowns in a fetid pool of "reality" detritus the smartest dramatic fiction on the tube is the work of two openly gay men: Greg Berlanti and Silvio Horta.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jul 15, 2008 11:22:39 AM

  5. That's right, Jason! Stand up against the Democrats for the vital human right of gay and bisexual men to be portrayed as hot on MTV dating shows!

    John McCain has made it part of his manifesto to promise that when he is in power, 'A Shot at Love' will ALWAYS feature hottt bisexual men!!!

    True, they won't be able to form legal partnerships, adopt children, or serve openly in the military - but they will be Hottt!!!! That's John McCain's personal promise!!!

    Posted by: Sasha | Jul 15, 2008 11:27:53 AM

  6. Seriously, who over the age of 18 watches MTV anymore?

    Posted by: ATLSteve | Jul 15, 2008 12:51:15 PM

  7. "Brothers and Sisters" is hardly "├╝ber gay."

    It's a great show that gives gay men some respect. It's a sad day when treating gay men with respect is something extraordinary.

    Posted by: Marc in Chgo | Jul 15, 2008 1:02:21 PM

  8. Actually, since Jon Robin Baits has left the writing team of Brothers and Sisters, the concept he started, I think the quality has diminished. The writers are not achieving the same emotional pitch, nor are they taking as many risks with the plot.
    I know he remains as a consultant but it's too bad that he felt compelled to leave the show.

    Posted by: TOOBOOTS | Jul 15, 2008 1:12:26 PM

  9. I think I'm goign to take a nap rather than keep readign about glaad and its boring awards crap...and regulations which are so outdated.

    Posted by: Bosie | Jul 15, 2008 1:23:42 PM

  10. And WHAT exactly did SAAD er GLAAD contribute to making even this amount of "impressions" [a RETARDED characterization which says NOTHING about "fair" or "accurate" despite the mentally challenged braying of the GLAADites] happen? And exactly WHAT of any consequence are they doing to raise those numbers?

    Clue: it's the opposite of "something."

    Posted by: Leland Frances | Jul 15, 2008 1:40:50 PM

  11. What Leland said.

    Fuck GLAAD until they can grow a pair and do more than send out press releases.

    Posted by: Chas | Jul 15, 2008 5:41:11 PM

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