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GLAAD Report Gives Good Marks to HBO, Showtime and ABC; CBS and NBC Eye Failing Grades

Entourage's Lloyd, Brothers & Sisters' Kevin

HBO offers the most and best depictions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, according to a report by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

In GLAAD's third annual Network Responsibility Index, which evaluated the five major networks and 10 cable outlets, HBO — the home to True Blood, Entourage and No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency — scored the highest rating and a grade of "Good," with 42 percent of its programming featuring LGBT content. Showtime placed second.

"This year programming was not only inclusive of LGBT people, but networks like HBO are beginning to reflect the broad diversity within our community," Rashad Robinson, GLAAD's senior director of media programs, said in a statement.

In all, GLAAD evaluated 4,901 hours of prime-time broadcast programming and 1,213 hours from cable, from June 2008 through May 2009.

Also ranking "Good" was ABC ... read more

Smallville at Comic-Con: Look, Up on the Screen, It's... !

Tom Welling

Smallville's Tom Welling didn't make his Comic-Con debut donning his super new wardrobe as some had expected, but fans did get a glimpse of a certain superhero's costume during the show's Season 9 trailer.

Clark Kent will suit up and take a huge step toward his destiny on the CW series, as evidenced by a fleeting, shadowy image capping the video sneak peek.

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Another familiar aspect of the Superman myth this season? The dynamic between Lois Lane and ... read more

How the Chuck Cast Literally Rocked Comic-Con

While Jeffster rocked the Con, Zachary Levi rocked a beard.

The Chuck panel at the San Diego Comic-Con was literally music to fans' ears.

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Following a video clip in which show bosses Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak and star Zachary Levi pretended to be blindsided by Chuck's renewal, Jeffster — aka the micro-band formed by Buy More buds Jeff and Lester — ignited the event with a most unexpected and thoroughly rousing live performance of ... read more

Lost Bosses Tease Comic-Con Crowd with Series' Final Scene

Lost

Lost executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof teased fans at the San Diego Comic-Con with what they said was the script from the series' very final scene. But as with much about Lost, all was not as it seemed.

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More on that later.

If there is a theme to Lost's sixth and final season, it might be "things coming full circle."

"[In the first season, the characters] were running around the jungle, things felt intense and surprising," the Hollywood Reporter quotes Cuse as saying. "We have a way that we're going to be able to do that in the final season, too."

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Octo-Mom OKs Deal for Kids to Appear on Reality Show

Nadya Suleman

Octo-Mom Nadya Suleman has inked deals for each of her 14 children to appear on a reality TV series.

Contracts signed and filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday net the collective brood about $250,000 over three years — or $250-a-day per kid, says The Associated Press.

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The contracts, which now require a judge's approval, call for the kids to collect $125,000 for 36 days of shooting in the first year, $75,000 for 21 days in the second year, and $50,000 for 14 days in the third year.

If the workload seems a bit "light"... read more

Dollhouse Opens Its Doors to More Whedonverse Alumni

Dollhouse star Eliza Dushku

Joss Whedon said a lot of things his fans wanted to hear at Dollhouse's San Diego Comic-Con panel — and at least one thing that had many of the show's faithful viewers biting their nails.

Whedon kicked off the panel by raving that the staff he assembled for the Fox series' freshman run was "the best" first-season staff he has ever worked with. So expect no major changes there.

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As far as on-camera talent, the auteur announced that at least two Whedonverse alumni could show up ... read more

Lost Star Joins New ABC Drama, Yet Questions Remain

Dominic Monaghan

Dominic Monaghan's foosball-playing cameo in that ABC fall promo now seems a lot less mysterious: The Lost alum has officially joined the cast of FlashForward, the network's new action-drama premiering Sept. 25.

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But with one riddle solved, another arrives: Who is Monaghan playing on FlashForward? ABC's press release ... read more

Will Smallville's Tom Welling "Suit Up" for His Comic-Con Debut?

Tom Welling, Smallville

There is super news, and then there is the truly super. You can file this under the latter: For the first time in Smallville's nine-year history, series star Tom Welling will appear at the San Diego Comic-Con.

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Just how big of an entrance does Welling plan to make? Ain't It Cool News reports that Welling might arrive in a blue, red and cape-less Superman costume to be donned ... read more

Legend of the Seeker Adds a Little Charisma, and More

Charisma Carpenter, Tabrett Bethell

The syndicated action-adventure series Legend of the Seeker has announced its Season 2 premiere date as well as the addition of two familiar faces.

Executive producers Ken Biller and Ned Nalle revealed at the San Diego Comic-Con on Friday that the new, 22-episode season of Seeker will arrive the weekend of Nov. 7. Production is already underway in New Zealand.

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Producers also said ... read more

NFL Draft Is Deemed Ready for Prime Time

Roger Goodell with Michael Crabtree, 2009 NFL Draft

The National Football League draft may tackle the biggest audience in its 75-year history thanks to a move to prime time.

The first round of the 2010 NFL Draft — to be held at Radio City Music Hall — will start on Thursday, April 22, at 7:30/6:30 CT, and be carried by ESPN and the NFL Network.

The second and third rounds will take place Friday, April 23, at 6:30/5:30 CT, while Rounds 4 through 7 will play out the morning of Saturday, April 24.

"We continue to look for ways to make the draft more accessible to more fans," said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. "Moving the first round to prime time on Thursday night will ... read more

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