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BBC AMERICA has two chances at picking up GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday, April 18th in Los Angeles. (GLAAD stands for “Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.”) Torchwood is up for Outstanding Drama Series, and personally, I like our chances against Brothers & Sisters, The L Word, South of Nowhere, and True Blood. Skins is competing, interestingly, in the Outstanding Comedy Series category, facing off against Desperate Housewives, Greek, Reaper, and Ugly Betty. The big ABC dramedies are heavyweights, but neither has an LGBT character as self-possessed and original as Maxxie from Skins.

Aren’t DH and Betty so 2006 anyway?

Guess who’s going to be at the awards to pick up the trophy in case Torchwood wins?

Oh yes, Ms. Naoko Mori, who played the late Toshiko on Torchwood, will don her freakum dress and wow the crowd at the Nokia Theatre next week. Toshiko = love. I miss her.

In other news:

  • The original BBC State of Play miniseries was a very British affair, but director Kevin Macdonald had the challenge of bringing it to an American setting for the new film. He tells The Daily Telegraph: “So many Hollywood movies have been set in Washington with journalists and politicians. We’ve all seen those thrillers before…Part of the plan was to make the familiar feel unfamiliar. Setting the film in this sort of terrain, and doing this kind of thriller, the chance for me was to show people something they haven’t seen before.”

  • Paul McCartney‘s website has fallen victim to cyberterrorists. “The official website of former Beatle was infected with the LuckySploit tool kit, say security experts. Webmasters had to purge the site of the malicious software, which could have allowed hackers to access the personal details of visitors to the site by logging their keystrokes.”(Telegraph)
  • Changing Rooms host Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen‘s wife has lost 80 pounds on a liquid diet.(Daily Mail)
  • Franz Ferdinand puts their spin on Britney Spears‘ “Womanizer” in BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. “It’s been the best song out in the last few months,” says lead singer Alex Kapranos.
  • Craig David‘s Born To Do It is the second greatest album evah!(BBC)
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Filed Under: GLAAD Awards, Skins, Torchwood
By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.