Closeted, no more. Gay characters began to appear on TV in the 1970s, but it's only since 'Will & Grace' that networks have begun to embrace gay characters in leading roles. Here's a snapshot of go the TV landscape for the LBGT community over the last four decades. CHRIS HASTON, NBC Fullscreen In 1971, CBS' 'All in the Family' is the first TV sitcom to depict a gay character when Archie Bunker finds out his friend Steve is gay. The next year, ABC's 'The Corner Bar' introduces Peter Panama (Vincent Schiavelli), a flamboyant set designer, and prime time's first recurring gay character. CBS 1977: Billy Crystal plays the first openly gay character, Jodie Dallas, on ABC's 'Soap.' COMEDY CENTRAL 1989: On ABC's 'thirtysomething,' recurring gay characters Russell (David Marshall Grant) and Peter (Peter Frechette) were shown in bed together. ABC 1992: Supporting gay characters start to become more common in prime time, from Matt Fielding (Doug Savant) on Fox's 'Melrose Place' to restaurant critic Gil Chesterton (Edward Hibbert) on NBC's 'Frasier' in 1994. TIMOTHY WHITE, FOX BROADCASTING 1996: On 'Friends,' Ross' ex-wife Carol (Jane Sibbett) married her lover Susan (Jessica Hecht) in a wedding officiated by guest star Candace Gingrich (Newt's sister and gay rights activist). Associated Press 1996: On 'Mad About You,' Paul Reiser's sister Debbie (Robin Bartlett) announces she is gay and dating obstetrician Joan (Suzie Plakson). NBC 1997: Ellen DeGeneres comes out as a lesbian both on her ABC sitcom 'Ellen' and on the cover of 'Time' magazine. The next year, her show is canceled. Associated Press Fullscreen 1998: 'Will & Grace' debuts on NBC with Eric McCormack as Will, Debra Messing as Grace and Sean Hayes as the duo's sidekick, Jack. The comedy soon becomes a staple of NBC's 'Must-See TV' line-up, and eventually wins 16 Emmys, including awards for McCormack, Messing, Hayes and Megan Mullally. George Lange, NBC 2002: HBO's 'The Wire' prominently features a lesbian police officer (Sonja Sohn) and gay street criminal Omar Little (Michael Kenneth Williams). NIcole Rivelli, HBO 2004: 'The L Word,' about a group of lesbian friends, premieres on Showtime. SHOWTIME 2006: The third-season premiere of 'The Office' confirms that accountant Oscar Martinez (played by Oscar Nunez) is gay. Mitchell Haaseth 2006: Luke Macfarlane and Matthew Rhys play gay couple Kevin Walker and Scotty Wandell on ABC's 'Brothers & Sisters.' MIchael Desmond, ABC 2008: 'Grey's Anatomy's' bisexual Dr. Callie Torres (Sarah Ramirez) is the only regular character on network TV in a lesbian relationship, according to GLAAD. ABC 2008: GLAAD counts six regular or recurring lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender characters on HBO's 'True Blood,' including Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis). John P. <br>Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2013/10/11/glaad-tv-report/2965797/
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The brand name Google TV won't be around for much longer, according to one report. (Credit: Google) Google TV will soon give up on separate branding and going all-in with its operating system by renaming itself Android TV. Related stories: LA Times cuts off climate-change deniers The television-specific, media-focused version of Android has lay more or less fallow since it received its Honeycomb upgrade in 2011 . There's no word if or when Google is planning on upgrading Google TV from its current Android 3.2, but Google developers and hardware partners have begun to drop use of the "Google TV" moniker in favor of "Android TV," reports GigaOm . The rebranding isn't surprising, considering that Google told CNET after the Chromecast launch in July that Google TV was not about to go the way of the Nexus Q . <br>Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57607016-93/goodbye-google-tv-hello-android-tv/
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Out of frustration on that point, Broadcasters have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their arguments and, they hope, stop Aereo before its expansion secures a nationwide footprint. Of course, there is no guarantee that either the TV Broadcasters or Aereo will prevail. If the Supreme Court decides to hear the case, it will pit the right of TV Broadcasters to control the distribution and access to over-the-air TV broadcasts via their claim of copyright ownership, verses the right of consumers to receive that content via Aereo's service. The Aereo TV service is now available New York City, Boston, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Miami, and slated to be available soon in at least twenty more U.S. Cities in 2013-2014 ( Refer to Coverage Map ). <br>Source: http://hometheater.about.com/b/2013/10/12/tv-broadcasters-want-supreme-court-to-stop-aereo.htm
Cablevision watch kim kardashian says that broadcasters have gone too far. Jonathan Fickies/Bloomberg/Getty Images Barry Diller Television broadcasters are asking the highest court in the United States for answers on Aereo's legality. our editor recommends Judge Allows Broadcasters to Examine Aereo's Patents The digital company captures over-the-air TV signals and relays them to subscribers' digital devices. The broadcasters have contended this is an infringement on their copyrights and specifically, a violation of their performance rights. A New York federal judge, however, refused to grant an injunction on the grounds that each Aereo subscriber was receiving a private, individualized transmission stream. <br>Source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/tv-broadcasters-ask-supreme-court-647849
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At the heart of the Comcast deal is a new system called See It that will let Comcast subscribers watch and record shows from that company's slew of networks, including NBC, NBC Sports Network, CNBC, kim kardashian reggie Bravo, and more. Among the first shows to be part of the arrangement are "The Voice" and "Sunday Night Football." There's no doubt that Twitter is already home to much of the so-called "second screen" conversation about TV shows. The platform is ideal for people to share their thoughts about what they're watching, and to interact with others, even sometimes the stars of the shows themselves. And thanks to searchable hashtags and promoted tweets, TV networks can already place ads directly into the middle of those conversations. But Twitter's TV partnerships raise two essential and related questions that no one outside Twitter and its partners yet know the answer to. First, do Twitter users really want to use the service to watch TV? And second, what do Twitter's TV partners hope to get out of these deals? <br>Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57606825-93/can-tv-deals-be-winners-for-twitter-networks-watchers/?Media