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What's Next for Chaz Bono? A Follow-Up to 'Becoming Chaz' on OWN

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 27th 2011 7:45AM
Chaz BonoChaz Bono's got time on his hands now that he's been eliminated from 'Dancing With the Stars,' but he won't be off TV screens for long. OWN has announced that it will air a follow-up special to 'Becoming Chaz' on November 27.

'Being Chaz' follows Bono and his fiancée Jennifer Elia as they navigate life after his gender reassignment surgery. We'll see her getting used to living with a man and him preparing to compete on 'Dancing With the Stars.' The documentary is executive produced by the veteran reality team of Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato ('Million Dollar Listing,' 'The Strange History of Don't Ask Don't Tell'), with Elise Duran ('Millionaire Matchmaker') as director and co-executive producer.

OWN will air a second special focusing on issues affecting the transgender community after 'Being Chaz.' 'I Am Jazz: A Family in Transition' follows 11-year-old transgender Jazz and her family wrestling with life-altering decisions as Jazz approaches puberty.

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Chaz Bono Surprises and Impresses Judges on the 'DWTS' Premiere (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 20th 2011 12:08AM
Lacey Schwimmer & Chaz Bono, 'Dancing With the Stars''Dancing With the Stars' (Mon., 8PM ET on ABC) producers knew that a lot of people were going to be curious to see how their first transgender contestant fared on the season premiere, so they cleverly saved Chaz Bono and professional partner Lacey Schwimmer for last.

When they finally came out, Bono proved he was a competitor with sheer likability and a spark of potential. While he's nowhere near the best dancer out there, he was graceful on his feet, he was there for his partner, and he showed that he has the drive and passion to improve.

People love to root for someone who shows growth throughout the season, and Bono definitely has room for that. According to Carrie Ann Inaba, though, one area Bono already impressed in was footwork. "It was sharp. It was precise," she said. "You've got so much joy. You light up this room!"

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'Degrassi' Breaks Down Walls -- Again -- With Transgendered Character

by Stephanie Earp, posted Aug 11th 2010 3:00PM


I remember when 'The Kids of Degrassi' first aired back in the early '80s -- I'm pretty sure I saw it in the classroom, the last refuge of an exhausted teacher in my downtown Toronto public school. I recognized the streets and even some of the kids, since my father lived in the area, and my mom was always sending me to artsy after-school programs. Even at that tender age, I recognized that 'Degrassi' was different from other television shows. Mostly I noticed that the kids weren't rich, good-looking or well-dressed.

Hey, in television that's already pretty out there.

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Should The Real World be renewed?

by Michael Pascua, posted Apr 2nd 2009 7:06PM
Recently, MTV has announced that The Real World (and the Challenges) will be going on for at least four more seasons. With the 21st season coming to a close, it brought up the big question: Should The Real World be renewed? After watching The Real World: Brooklyn, I have to say yes.

I started watching during The Real World: Miami. There was grit, passion, and I learned life lessons from the cast. After Philadelphia's season, the show felt like there was nothing left to cover. Everyone was too attractive, and they all wanted to become famous.

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GLAAD Media Award nominees announced

by Julia Ward, posted Jan 23rd 2007 11:03AM
Justin and Ignacio Ugly BettyThe GLAAD Media Award nominations were announced over the weekend. The Awards honor films, movies, music, news outlets, advertisements, plays and even comic books that offer "fair, accurate and inclusive" representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. There are no real surprises among the nominees, which include The L Word, Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty ("jazz hands") and The Office. The individual episode nominations are reserved for those shows without regular gay characters and include Grey's Anatomy, a show making headlines right now not for its storylines but for actor Isaiah Washington's reported homophobic remarks. Amazingly, South Park was not nominated for its brave portrayal of a post-op Mrs. Garrison.

The Awards will be broadcast on Logo on April 21st. A list of the television nominees follows the jump. A full list of nominees in all categories can be seen on the GLAAD website.

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All My Children adds transgender character

by Brett Love, posted Nov 27th 2006 10:04AM
jeffrey carlsonWhen you do a new show five days a week, all year long, it's got to be tough to keep coming up with original stories. That's just the problem they were facing over at ABC's All My Children. In an effort to keep things original they are adding their first transgender character. According to Executive Producer Julie Hanan Carruthers, "After 36 years, you start rehashing. It's inevitable. We didn't want to fall back on the baby-switch story again." The character, Zarf, will be played by Jeffrey Carlson (pictured).

I'm not familiar enough with the demographics of the daytime soap audience to have any idea how this is going to play out. Given the subject matter, it's reasonable to expect that there could be some backlash from fans who are turned off by the idea. On the other hand, there has been some absolutely bizarre stuff on soap operas over the last few years (vampires, witches, a superhero), so who knows? It could be just the rating boost All My Children is looking for. Whichever way it goes, I applaud them for taking a chance and doing something different.

[ via Yahoo! News ]

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Rosie O'Donnell to launch sketch show

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 10th 2006 12:38PM
Rosie O'Donnell is returning to television, but this time she'll be behind the camera. She partnered up with MTV to launch a sketch comedy show on MTV's new network, Logo. The channel targets gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender viewers. O'Donnell's sketch show is going to be a lot like Saturday Night Live, featuring up-and-coming comedians, political and pop culture satire, and even some musical numbers. The show will also include celebrity guests who are "friends of the LGBT community." Rosie is serving as the show's executive producer, and she will pair with writers from The Rosie O'Donnell Show, which aired from 1996-2002. When Logo launches launched on June 30, it was in an estimated 19 million homes.

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