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GLAAD Media Awards Honor Chaz Bono, Josh Hutcherson, ‘Modern Family’, ‘Drop Dead Diva’, ‘Hot In Cleveland’, ‘Beginners’

GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation organization awarded its honors in Los Angeles tonight for most outstanding images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in the media. AP is reporting that the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards went to ABC’s Modern Family for TV comedy series, the indie Beginners for wide-release film, and Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva and TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland in a tie for individual TV episode. The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson won the Vanguard Award. But it was Chaz Bono who picked up a pair of trophies: the 43-year-old transgender activist won the outstanding documentary prize for Becoming Chaz as well as the Stephen F. Kolzak Award.

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Just When You Thought ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Couldn’t Get Any More Lame: It Does

This ABC show now in its 13th season is the bane of my existence (because I hate it so much) and returns on Monday, September 19th, with a fall season lineup of spandex-sporting contestants that’s as bewildering as ever. The full roster is:

– Nancy “J’accuse” Grace, TV blonde who rants about white trash murders.

– David Arquette, better known as a Howard Stern guest than an actor.

– LA Laker Ron Artest changing his name to “Metta World Peace”.

– Chaz Bono, who’s obviously there for random curiosity.

– George Clooney’s dumped girlfriend Elizabetta Canalis.

– Kristin “Drama Drama Drama” Cavallari, the unlikeable Reality TV bimbo.

– The least interesting Kardashian (which is saying a lot): Rob.

– Carson “Queer Eye For The Straight Guy” Kressley, who needs a new agent.

– Ricki Lake coming out of the Witness Protection Program.

– J.R. Martinez, a soap opera actor who helps fulfill ABC’s diversity quota.

– Singer Chynna Phillips married to the least interesting Baldwin brother.

– Soccer player Hope Solo promoting her nude spread in ESPN The Magazine.

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Rosie O’Donnell To Do Specials For OWN Documentaries While Net’s Rating Slip

Nellie Andreeva

Rosie O’Donnell, whose new daily talk show, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, will premiere on OWN in the fall, has been tapped to do specials for selected documentaries from the OWN Documentary Film Club, starting with Becoming Chaz, which will premiere in May. (It features Sonny and Cher’s offspring Chaz Bono). Meanwhile, according to the basic cable ratings released earlier this week, in its second full week on the air, OWN slipped to 310,000 viewers in primetime, down 20% from 387,000 the week before. (The network launched on Jan. 1, with an average of 1.1 viewers in primetime for its debut weekend.)  As OWN is yet to bottom out, the network has fallen behind all of its female-oriented cable competition, including Lifetime (793,000), Oxygen (565,000) and WE (331,000).

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SUNDANCE: Oprah’s OWN Acquires Docu ‘Becoming Chaz’ About Ex-Chastity Bono

By | Thursday January 13, 2011 @ 7:47pm PST

(Deadline freelancer Sharon Swart is helping cover the Sundance Film Festival)

EXCLUSIVE: Deadline has learned that Oprah Winfrey’s upstart cable network OWN has acquired Becoming Chaz, the Fenton Bailey/Randy Barbato-directed feature documentary that will make its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and follows the gender reassignment journey that transformed Cher’s and the late Sonny Bono’s daughter Chastity into their son, Chaz Bono. The network is prepping a soiree up at the festival, where OWN will likely make a formal announcement of this deal. The network has already acquired more than half a dozen documentaries. Oprah’s chief content officer Lisa Erspamer will be at the fest looking for more. More importantly for the film, Chaz Bono will be on hand for a film that makes its first festival premiere on Sunday, January 23. Bailey and Barbato are Sundance vets whose credits include The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Party Monster, and Inside Deep Throat. World of Wonder, the production shingle of Bailey and Barbato, previously set the Sarah Ferguson series Finding Sarah with OWN, and they are the executive producers of another doc at the fest this year, the Billy Luther-directed Grab.

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