Lena Waithe will be honored with the Trailblazer Award at the MTV Movie & TV Awards, Deadline reports. The award “recognizes game-changing creators with fresh and fearless voices in entertainment.”
In 2017, Waithe became the first woman of color to receive the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. The episode, titled “Thanksgiving” from the Netflix comedy series “Master of None,” told the story of her character Denise’s coming out over a series of Thanksgivings. Waithe is also the creator and executive producer of the Showtime drama “The Chi,” which follows the lives of people in the South Side of Chicago.
ABC correspondent Karl Schmid has come out as HIV positive after keeping his status secret for a decade.
The Australian-born, Los Angeles-based journalist is known for covering red carpet and gala events, such as the Academy Awards, for ABC7. He also was co-host of Logo’s “Operation: Vacation” from 2013 to 2014.
St. Petersburg’s LGBTQ community loves arguing about its local logos, particularly online.
Many in the community will recall the great St. Pete Pride “logo-gate” of 2014 and 2015, in which the organization unveiled its new (and current) logo to both fanfare and criticism. And on Jan. 25, those looking to re-litigate the “scandal” got their chance when GayStPete.com publicly unveiled its new logo.
Season nine of RuPaul’s Drag Race was the first to make the move to VH1 after eight seasons on Logo, and that move proved to be a smart one. The already popular reality competition series saw an increase in viewership (up 122 percent in the coveted 18-49 demographic over last season), pushed drag even more into the mainstream (Saturday Night Live devoted a sketch to the show) and scored a total of eight Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Reality Competition and Reality Competition Host for RuPaul.
Now the Season Nine queens have taken their new found fame on the road in the show “War on the Catwalk,” coming to the Straz Center in Tampa Sept. 17 and The Plaza Live in Orlando Sept. 18. Catwalk’s host and hometown queen, Trinity Taylor, took a few minutes to speak with Watermark about fame after Drag Race, getting a shout out from Chris Pine and how she got the nickname “The Tuck.”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” wrapped up season nine with a record-breaking finale that made the season the most watched in the show’s history.
Deadline reports 859,000 total viewers tuned in to watch Sasha Velour be crowned America’s Next Drag Superstar. It was the second most-watched episode of the season behind the premiere episode, which brought in 987,000 viewers. Overall, the season finale was up 218% from last year’s finale for viewers between the ages of 18 and 49. The entirety of season nine was up 122% in viewership from season eight.
In the age of reality TV, the formula for a reality show has been fine tuned to a science. Logo’s “Fire Island,” executive produced by Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa, has the messy drama, alcohol and drunken hookups wrapped up into a cast of six gay men sharing a rental house for the summer on Fire Island Pines.
Khasan is a dancer living in New York City who is in a long-distance relationship with his Los Angeles-based boyfriend, Jason. Khasan isn’t too upset about the situation since he has his Venezuelan best friend, Jorge, to keep his mind occupied. He and Jorge sleep in the same bed, cuddle and do other PDA-couple activities together, but insist they don’t have sex.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” has been renewed for season 10, Deadline reports.
The reality drag competition has been breaking records since its 2009 debut on Logo. The show had a record-breaking debut with its move to VH1, bringing in the most viewers in the show’s history for its season nine premiere.
RuPaul’s Drag Race is moving to VH1 starting with its season nine premiere on Friday, March 24 at 8 p.m, Entertainment Weekly reports. Encore episodes will air on LOGO on Thursdays the week after.
The reality show has aired on LOGO since 2009 but following RuPaul’s Emmy win, LOGO has decided to switch the show to a different network. Last season’s All Stars aired on both LOGO and VH1 on Thursdays.
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