The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, now comprised of 385 professional critics and journalists covering film and television, has announced its 14th Dorian TV Awards nominations for the best in all of TV, mainstream to LGBTQIA+ content. Leading GALECA members’ short list of TV’s best, with five nominations each, are HBO’s freshman comedy Somebody Somewhere and HBO Max’s Hacks.
Full disclosure: I am a member of GALECA. HBO’s wildly provocative teen drama, Euphoria, follows with four nominations, including nods for star Zendaya, Most Visually Striking TV Show and the group’s dubious Campiest TV Show honor (alongside Apple+’s intentionally amusing musical Schmigadoon! and Netflix’s oh-so-awkward Lady Di stage tribute Diana: The Musical).
In network nomination counts, HBO tops with 24, Netflix is next with 15 and HBO Max has 13 (that’s 37 in all for HBO networks). GALECA members were drawn to a variety of new shows this past seasons, with ABC’s welcome public school comedy Abbott Elementary, the lovely British teen dramedy Heartstopper (Netflix) and surprising dramas Yellowjackets (Showtime) and Severance (Apple TV+) all receiving multiple nods. Helping christen GALECA’s inaugural “You Deserve An Award!” Award to a beloved TV icon are nominees Gillian Anderson, Christine Baranski, Lynda Carter, Kim Cattrall and Cassandra Peterson.
In the running for Wilde Wit: Abbott Elementary star and creator Quinta Brunson, rising comedian Joel Kim Booster (Fire Island), standup comic and TV wunderkind Jerrod Carmichael (Rothaniel), distinctly amusing actress Jennifer Coolidge and Bowen Yang, last year’s Dorian winner in the category.
And GALECA LGBTQIA+ TV Trailblazer nominees Carmichael, Margaret Cho, Russell T Davies, Kate McKinnon and Yang are all celebrated "for creating art that inspires empathy, truth and equity.”
Full list of nominees are listed below. Winners of the 14th Dorian TV Awards will be revealed Wednesday, August 17.
Televised editions of past Dorian Awards, featuring such winners or presenters as Janelle Monáe, Regina King, Antonio Banderas, Bowen Yang, Olivia Wilde, Hugh Jackman, Dan Levy, Jean Smart, Josh Thomas, Andrew Ahn, Laverne Cox, Billy Porter, Carey Mulligan, Rachel McAdams, Cynthia Nixon, Margaret Cho, Daniel Kaluuya, John Oliver, Olivia Newton-John, Michaela JaéRodriguez, Cheyenne Jackson and Charo, can be streamed on Tubi, Planet Out and Revry TV and GALECA’s YouTube channel.
COMPLETE LIST OF DORIAN TV AWARD NOMINEES*
BEST TV DRAMA
Better Call Saul (FX) Heartstopper (Netflix) Yellowjackets (Showtime) Severance (Apple TV+) Succession (HBO) BEST TV COMEDY Abbott Elementary (ABC) Barry (HBO) Hacks (HBO Max) The Other Two (HBO Max) Our Flag Means Death (HBO Max) BEST LGBTQ SHOW Hacks (HBO Max) Heartstopper (Netflix) The Other Two (HBO Max) Our Flag Means Death (HBO Max) Somebody Somewhere (HBO) RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1) BEST TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES Dopesick (Hulu) The Dropout (Hulu) Midnight Mass (Netflix) Station Eleven (HBO Max) The White Lotus (HBO) BEST NON-ENGLISH LANGUAGE TV SHOW Elite (Netflix) Lupin (Netflix) My Brilliant Friend (HBO) Pachinko (Apple TV+) Squid Game (Netflix) BEST UNSUNG SHOW Better Things (FX) The Other Two (HBO Max) Our Flag Means Death (HBO Max) Russian Doll (Netflix) Somebody Somewhere (HBO) We Are Lady Parts (Peacock) BEST TV PERFORMANCE Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary (ABC) Kit Connor, Heartstopper (Netflix) Bridget Everett, Somebody Somewhere (HBO) Bill Hader, Barry (HBO) Lily James, Pam & Tommy (Hulu) Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll (Netflix) Melanie Lynskey, Yellowjackets (Showtime) Amanda Seyfried, Dropout (HBO) Jean Smart, Hacks (HBO Max) Zendaya, Euphoria (HBO) BEST SUPPORTING TV PERFORMANCE Murray Bartlett, The White Lotus (HBO) Anthony Carrigan, Barry (HBO) Jennifer Coolidge, The White Lotus (HBO) Hannah Einbinder, Hacks (HBO Max) Jeff Hiller, Somebody Somewhere (HBO) Janelle James, Abbott Elementary (ABC) Matthew Macfadyen Succession (HBO) Christina Ricci, Yellowjackets (Showtime) Rhea Seehorn, Better Call Saul (FX) Sydney Sweeney, Euphoria (HBO) BEST TV MUSICAL PERFORMANCE Beyonce’ “Be Alive,” 94th Academy Awards (ABC) Kristin Chenoweth and cast, “Tribulation,” Schmigadoon! (Apple TV+) Bridget Everett and Jeff Hiller, “Don’t Give Up,” Somebody Somewhere (HBO) Jean Smart, “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman,” Hacks (HBO Max) Cecily Strong and cast, “Corn Puddin’,” Schmigadoon! (Apple TV+) Hannah Waddingham and cast, “Never Gonna Give You Up,” Ted Lasso (Apple TV+) BEST TV DOCUMENTARY OR DOCUMENTARY SERIES The Andy Warhol Diaries (Netflix) The Beatles: Get Back (Disney+) How to with John Wilson (HBO) Spring Awakening: Those You’ve Known (HBO) We Need to Talk About Cosby (Showtime) BEST CURRENT AFFAIRS PROGRAM The Amber Ruffin Show (Peacock) The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central) Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS) Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS) The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC) ZIWE (Showtime) BEST ANIMATED SHOW Arcane (Netflix) Big Mouth (Netflix) Bob’s Burgers (Fox) Q Force (Netflix) Tuca & Bertie (Adult Swim) What If…? (Disney+) BEST REALITY SHOW Legendary (HBO Max) The Real World Homecoming: New Orleans (Paramount+) RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1) Survivor (CBS) Top Chef: Houston (Bravo) We’re Here (HBO) MOST VISUALLY STRIKING SHOW Euphoria (HBO) The Gilded Age (HBO) Loki (Disney+) Severance (Apple TV+) Squid Game (Netflix) CAMPIEST TV SHOW Diana: The Musical (Netflix) Euphoria (HBO) Girls5Eva (Peacock) Nine Perfect Strangers (Hulu) Schmigadoon! (Apple TV+) WILDE WIT AWARD To a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse Joel Kim Booster Quinta Brunson Jerrod Carmichael Jennifer Coolidge Bowen Yang THE INAUGURAL “YOU DESERVE AN AWARD!” AWARD To a uniquely talented TV icon we adore Gillian Anderson Christine Baranski Lynda Carter Kim Cattrall Cassandra Peterson GALECA LGBTQIA+ TV TRAILBLAZER for creating art that inspires empathy, truth and equity Jerrod Carmichael Margaret Cho Russell T Davies Kate McKinnon Bowen Yang