- - Sunday, March 20, 2011

HBO drama honored

Russell Simmons, Ricky Martin and the HBO drama series “True Blood” are among this year’s recipients of media awards from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

Other winners of the 22nd annual GLAAD Media Awards, presented Saturday in New York, include the NBC comedy “30 Rock” and CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” for its series on gay teen suicides.

Music mogul Mr. Simmons received the Excellence in Media Award.

Mr. Martin was cited for an appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in which the pop singer discussed raising twin boys and his decision to come out as gay.

Spanish-language networks Univision and Telemundo also were recognized.

Scissor Sisters were named outstanding music artists for the album “Night Work.” The website Essence.com was saluted for outstanding digital journalism.

Nonelectronic media winners include New York Times columnist Frank Rich and Peter David for his Marvel comic book X-Factor.

The GLAAD Media Awards recognize fair, accurate and inclusive representation of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives in the media.

Winners were announced in 25 of this year’s total of 32 media categories. The remaining awards will be presented at ceremonies to be held in Los Angeles and San Francisco in April and May, respectively.

Carter gives thumbs up

Lynda Carter, star of the ‘70s television series “The New Adventures of Wonder Woman,” thinks the latest incarnation of the D.C. Comics superheroine’s outfit hits the bullseye, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

She tells THR, “What’s not to like! Adrianne [Palicki] looks gorgeous and I’m really looking forward to seeing David E. Kelley’s new series.”

Miss Carter’s opinion of the new outfit, unveiled Friday, runs contrary to some of the reactions to the skin-tight red-and-blue suit, which shows plenty of actress Adrianne Palicki’s bosom and appears to be made of latex. Fox News claimed in July 2010 that artist Jim Lee’s update of the outfit, which inspired the look for the pilot, lacked patriotism, while the Los Angeles Times ran a poll asking readers whether the new version was a good representation of the Amazon princess character or more akin to a Halloween costume.

NBC’s “Wonder Woman” pilot has lined up a number of actors, such as Cary Elwes and guest star Elizabeth Hurley, but Miss Carter will not be among those immediately taking part in the project.

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