News Nuggets: Gay characters hit hard by network cancellations

Broadcast network cancellations hit gay characters and showrunners especially hard, with shows like “Smash” and “The New Normal” among the victims. Hollywood Reporter

Playbill looks back at some of the most notorious Tony snubs in the award’s history, including Chita Rivera, who won two Tonys in her career but wasn’t even nominated for her performance in the stage version of “West Side Story,” which would later win her an Oscar on film.

Coldplay will be awarded with a Silver Clef Award for Best British Act: “The annual Silver Clef awards honour artists from across the music industry, while raising money for the music therapy charity.” BBC

Tony-winning musical “South Pacific” could be on its way to the big screen starring Michelle Williams. Playbill

Who might be among this year’s crop of Best Actress Oscar contenders? What Culture lists 10 potential performance to watch, including Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts (“August: Osage County“), Sandra Bullock (“Gravity“), and Rooney Mara (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints“).

ABC entertainment chief Paul Lee explains the reasoning for cancelling fan favorite “Happy Endings“: “‘I do think “Happy Endings” is absolutely on brand,’ Lee said after the network unveiled its new fall schedule Tuesday. ‘What we found was it was just too narrow. It was a very hard decisions  because, as you know, I love that show and I found it very hard to make that decision … ‘Too narrow’ is, of course, network-speak for ‘low ratings.'” Entertainment Weekly

3 thoughts on “News Nuggets: Gay characters hit hard by network cancellations

  1. How many people have already pointed out that it was RITA MORENO who won the Oscar for the movie version of WEST SIDE STORY? Congratulations: You have succeeded in perpetuating the confusion between the two actresses, who have been dubbed “Rita Rivera” or “Chita Moreno” as a result. But make no mistake: Chita Rivera was robbed of a Tony for creating the role of Anita in the original Broadway production of WEST SIDE STORY; but it was RITA MORENO who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for the 1961 movie version.

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