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- British TV was well-represented in this morning’s GLAAD Media Award nominations, and two BBC AMERICA programs got some love. Skins was nominated for Outstanding Drama, and Torchwood: Children of Earth is up for Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series. Congrats to both series.
- Former Skins star Nicholas Hoult talks to BBC NEWS about his rising star BAFTA nomination:. “It was a big surprise. I remember I managed to blag a ticket to the Baftas last year and watched [former Skins co-star] Dev [Patel] up there with Slumdog. I remember watching the rising star award with Toby Kebbell and everyone that was nominated last year. Those people are doing really well and I don’t really feel as though I’m in a position to be nominated for it particularly.”
- The BBC is cancelling “several of their long-running dramas” for financial and scheduling reasons. The Stage‘s Scott Matthewman suggests some series that could face the chopping block. He mentions Torchwood, but he adds that a cancellation is “unlikely,” given Children of Earth‘s tremendous success.
The Daily Telegraph‘s Neil McCormick does one of the best write-ups on the Susan Boyle phenomenon I’ve seen thus far: “Boyle is a thoroughly modern star, the beneficiary of a confluence of powerful factors – the internet democratization of media, the collapse of the economic base of the music business, the demeaning of the concept of celebrity, the rise of the amateur as star and television’s colonization of mainstream pop with reality-based entertainment. Above all, SuBo (as she is often referred to on the internet, in an affectionately mocking parody of urban pop alter egos) is a social-networking sensation who could never have made it at any time but now.”
- Victoria Beckham‘s first American Idol appearance was not well-received.(The Sun)
- Billie Piper says she’s “in love with Simon Cowell” and “wants him to be her mentor.”(The Sun)
- X Factor twins Jedward and washed-up rapper Vanilla Ice are collaborating on an updated version of “Ice Ice Baby.” (Watch their X Factor performance of it here.) A source tells The Sun: “Ice couldn’t wait to work with the boys after seeing their performance. He thought it was genius and now sees the chance to bring his record to a much younger audience. The boys even look like he did back in the early days.”
- X Factor judge Dannii Minogue tweets her new pregnancy. (Telegraph)
- Guy Ritchie, the former Mr. Madonna, is getting into the record business.(Guardian)
- Franz Ferdinand and Cure frontman Robert Smith have contributed tracks to the soundtrack for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.(NME)
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Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.