New Normal, Modern Family, Smash, Honey Boo Boo and Grey's Among 2013 GLAAD Nominees

smash gay kiss tom samGrey’s Anatomy and Modern Family will each face new competitors when they attempt to defend their respective titles as Best Drama and Best Comedy Series at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards.

Smash, The L.A. Complex, Go On and The New Normal were among the first-time nominees when the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender media advocacy and anti-defamation organization announced its list of nods — which honor fair and inclusive representations of the LGBT community — Wednesday morning.

“Images and stories from the LGBT community continue to push support for equality to historic levels,” said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick, in a release. “This year’s nominees enlighten and entertain, but also reflect a new American landscape where a growing majority accept and value their LGBT family, colleagues and friends. Now more than ever, viewers not only accept gay and transgender characters and plot lines, they expect them — just as they both accept and expect LGBT people to be a valuable part of their everyday lives.”

The full list of English-language TV nominees is below. In those races, cable networks earned 21 nods, while broadcast networks garnered 17. NBC led all networks with six nominations, followed by four for ABC, and three apiece for CBS, Fox and MSNBC. American Idol alum Adam Lambert also scored a spot in the Outstanding Music Artist category.

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Degrassi (TeenNick)
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
The L.A. Complex (The CW)
Smash (NBC)
True Blood (HBO)

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
Glee (Fox)
Go On (NBC)
Happy Endings (ABC)
Modern Family (ABC)
The New Normal (NBC)

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL EPISODE
(in a series without a regular LGBT character)
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Me What to Do,” Raising Hope (Fox)
“Family Matters,” Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime)
“L’Affaire Du Coeur,” Franklin & Bash (TNT)
“Lost and Found,” Touch (Fox)
“Ruby Slippers,” The Mentalist (CBS)

OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
American Horror Story: Asylum (FX)
Hit and Miss (DirecTV)
Political Animals (USA)

OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM
The Amazing Race (CBS)
“It Is What It Is,” Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (TLC)
The Real L Word (Showtime)
Small Town Security (AMC)
“Welcome to Hollywood,” Pregnant in Heels (Bravo)

OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW EPISODE
“At Home with Neil Patrick Harris, His Fiancé David Burtka, & Their Twins,” Oprah’s Next Chapter (OWN)
“Autoshop Restores Bullied Gay Student’s Car for Free,” The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated)
“Bishop Gene Robinson,” The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
“The Husband Who is Now a Woman and the Daughter Who is Now a Son,” The Jeff Probst Show (syndicated)
“Marriage Equality,” The Suze Orman Show (CNBC)

OUTSTANDING DAILY DRAMA
The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)
Days of Our Lives (NBC)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM – NEWSMAGAZINE
“Almost Equal,” Chronicle (WCVB TV-5 [Boston, Mass.])
“Being Transgender in America,” Melissa Harris-Perry (MSNBC)
“End of an Error,” The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC)
“Golden Star,” Rock Center with Brian Williams (NBC)
“The Last Closet,” Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (HBO)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM SEGMENT
“Civil Rights Icon Supports Gay Marriage,” CNN Newsroom (CNN)
“Controversial Pastor Preaches Against Gays,” Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)
“Matthew Mitcham Olympics Profile,” NBC Olympics (NBC)
“Obama Endorses Marriage Equality,” Good Morning America (ABC)
“Scout Mom Dismissed,” MSNBC Live (MSNBC)

The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in New York on March 16, 2013 at the New York Marriott Marquis; in Los Angeles on April 20 at the JW Marriott; and in San Francisco on May 11 at the Hilton San Francisco – Union Square.

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32 Comments
  1. shump says:

    No “Read More” link. I clicked on comments as a fluke to read the article.

  2. shump says:

    The Jeff Probst show has been very progressive so far. It makes you wonder how born-again co-host Lisa Whelchel will fit into topics about transgender people and plural families.

  3. Dizzle says:

    Kinda wish Scandal had been nominated, given that the Cyrus/James relationship is the only functional one on the show (and proud of it), but then they aren’t really the focus so I suppose it’s no surprise the others were favoured. Would love Happy Endings to win seeing as this is the only awarding body that seems to remember this show exists.

  4. Mike says:

    Happy Endings seem to be the only great show nominated, I hope it wins, because it definitely deserves it.

  5. mia says:

    Woot for 2 Canadian shows (Degrassi + LA Complex)…wish they’d widen the net to include Lost Girl – that show couldn’t be more lgbtq friendly if it had Jack Harkness on it

  6. mia says:

    Pleased to see Honey Boo Boo getting recognized. Goes a long way that people in the south, who are traditionally homophobic, can actually be progressive and open minded.

    • Lily says:

      Agreed. “Uncle Poodle” has some amazing things to say, if you ever read his interviews. Brave soul, progressive family.

  7. Eric says:

    Happy Endings deserves the win, as they present Max in a realistic manner; he isn’t a gay stereotype. I have a gay friend who is almost identical to Max. Not all gay men are effeminate and obsessed with their looks and their clothes. Some are slobs, and I congratulate Happy Endings for being one of the first shows on television to display this. I also love New Normal and Modern Family though, and Go On isnt that bad. So as long as Glee doesn’t win for best comedy, I’m happy.

  8. Tanja says:

    Go Grey’s Anatomy :)

  9. what says:

    What I get from this is that it’s okay to be an offensive jerk towards minorities as long as you get one or two gay couples in your show. Otherwise I don’t see how Glee is still getting nominated and why would The New Normal get also a nod. GLAAD is a joke.

    • Dizzle says:

      GLAAD only represent the LGBT audience. In a perfect world we wouldn’t need any group or body like this. I don’t think they’re overlooking any racial insensitivity, but their focus is on LGBT inclusion.

    • Alan says:

      GLAAD only covers gay characters and storylines so no matter how a show treats minorities it doesnt matter for these awards. but yeah i dont want clee or the new normal to win because they are just poor shows

  10. A says:

    Why didn’t Pretty Little Liars get nominated?

  11. Martin says:

    As long as Raising Hope wins I don’t care, that episode was just hilarious!!

  12. SJ says:

    Go On was nominated for best comedy? Am I missing something? That show doesn’t have an LGBT character as far as I remember…

  13. Ally Oop says:

    LA Complex definitely deserves its nom. Its storyline was very provocative and emotional.

  14. paul says:

    The Bold and the Beautiful? This show about the fashion industry has been criticized for 25 years for ignoring GLB individuals. So they rewrite history and make a token character from the past suddenly show up as bring a lesbian! This hardly warrants a nomination for Outstanding Drama Series

    • Alex says:

      The show is nominated for “Daily Drama,” not “Drama Series.” There’s a huge difference between those categories. While there are many dozens of eligible drama series available for nominating in the later category, there are just four daily dramas (soap operas) on the air for the former category. Unless they want only one nominee in the category, they don’t have too much choice. And sure, it took B&B a long time, but they’re making progress by adding a lesbian character. Instead of complaining about it, how about encouraging them to keep improving?

  15. Courtney says:

    But…. Lost Girl.

    • Alan says:

      from the looks of it this is only covering the mainstream channels and syfy isnt mainstream

      • Courtney says:

        Oh. Didn’t know they only didn’t mainstream. I’m Canadian (as is the show) and it plays on Showcase (which I’m guessing also wouldn’t be mainstream then..) before SyFy soooo; yeah I just didn’t know = P. Thanks.

        • Loki says:

          GLAAD should broaden their net to include Lost Girl… I agree with you Courtney.

          • Courtney says:

            = ). Yeah, definitely. If any show is worthy of a nomination, let alone a win for their awards, it’s Lost Girl. Not only do they treat a relationship between two girls the same as one between a girl and a guy, but they also make sure their are others (Nadia, other partners of Bo, &the Morrigan a little? = P) so that it’s not like Glee where Santana seems to be the only Lesbian in the world- and it’s never really even made a big deal of. Infact, is it even talked about? In their world, a girl being with another girl is just as normal as anything else, and noone has a problem with it. It’s great… yet GLAAD can’t or isn’t recognizing them? Shame.

          • Courtney says:

            there*** are others

  16. Mandy says:

    So bitter sweet for The LA Complex…

  17. carrie says:

    Good for stephen stohn and linda schuyler! they have two series nominated for outstanding drama program!

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