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'Skins' Loses Sixth Sponsor, MTV Orders Dan Savage Show and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 24th 2011 6:00PM
SkinsSurprise, surprise: 'Skins' lost another sponsor.

Schick Hydro announced today that it would pull its ads from the controversial series "because some of this show's content is not aligned with Schick corporate guidelines," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Subway announced earlier today that it would yank its ads, following GM and Wrigley over the weekend and Taco Bell on Friday.

British executive Steve Morrison of All3Media, the company behind 'Skins,' said he stands behind the show. "On 'Skins,' I really have no idea specifically why advertisers are pulling out. But we stand behind what MTV has said and done about the hoopla," Morrison told THR. "The show in our view explores real world issues in a frank, responsible and legal way."

In other TV news ...

MTV has ordered a new series starring sex advice columnist Dan Savage. The show will follow the writer as he speaks at college campuses. We can hear the Parents Television Council complaints already. [EW]

The former MTV execs responsible for 'Skins' officially announced their new production company today. DiGa, from Tony DiSanto and Liz Gately, is developing projects with Nick Cannon, Jimmy Kimmel and Jill Martin. [THR]

Aussie actress Rachael Taylor has been cast on 'Grey's Anatomy.' The 'Transformers' star will play a major character's obstetrician. [TV Guide]

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Stephen Colbert Joins Dan Savage's 'It Gets Better Project' to Help Gay Teens (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 30th 2010 2:40AM
Stephen Colbert Joins Dan Savage's 'It Gets Better Project' to Help Gay TeensDan Savage is a syndicated advice columnist who writes about sex and relationships. This past year, when an Indiana teenager committed suicide, Mr. Savage decided to take action. Fifteen-year-old Billy Lucas killed himself after classmates taunted him for being gay. At around this same time, many other gay teens committed suicide due to bullying.

Following these deaths, Dan realized that most gay teens in America had no one to talk to. He felt that if he had met Billy Lucas "for just five minutes," he could have helped him.

Savage wished he could have told Billy that things would "get better." This thought inspired Savage to start the "It Gets Better Project." On 'The Colbert Report' (weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central), Dan explained the project -- and asked Stephen if he would join it.

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Dan Savage is hoping to bring his sex advice column to HBO

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 25th 2009 4:23PM
Dan SavageReaders of those alternative weekly papers in various cities across the USA may be familiar with "Savage Love," a sex advice column written by Dan Savage. This week, Savage will start taping a televised version of the column. HBO is looking over the project for possible air.

Savage's intention is to create a show that "will focus on current events and cultural trends with sex as the filter," which makes me think of a roundtable discussion format similar to what Bill Maher does with Real Time. Hell, maybe HBO could pair the two shows up to tackle current events from different angles.

Or perhaps have them share a time slot on a rotating schedule. That way, HBO can air a similarly formatted topical show more often throughout the year. Of course, that would mean it would have to be good. As Savage has been podcasting his column, including call-in segments, for a few years now, he's clearly familiar with transitioning to a live format. Think of it as Lovelines with even more of an edge.

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Rick Santorum weighing a future with Fox

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 12th 2006 12:28PM
Rick SantorumYou just suffered the largest defeat by a Senate incumbent in a quarter of a century. What are you going to do now? Disneyland? Heck no. You're gonna do television. U.S. Senator Rick Santorum is in negotiations with Fox News Channel to appear as one of the network's political analysts or, as an undisclosed source told Patriot News, to be a "screamer."

Defeated by Democrat Bob Casey Jr. in last month's election, Santorum has been weighing his post-Congressional career. He'll be making the rounds on the conservative lecture circuit, and deals with CNN, MSNBC and Fox have all been mentioned. Fox, not unexpectedly, is leading the rumor pack. The Pennsylvania Republican is an extremely divisive and vocal figure - having made public statements comparing homosexuality to bestiality and pedophilia and suggesting that Hurricane Katrina victims be penalized for trying to ride out the storm rather than vacating New Orleans earlier. On the less easily reviled side, the last bill he authored dedicates $945 million to autism research.

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