People’s Choice Awards 2015: What’s Gay About The Nominations?

There’s something special about the “People’s Choice Awards” mostly because they’re reflect exactly what the viewers out there are watching and loving. This is very clear from this year’s nominees, which were announced last week. There’s something great about seeing actors and shows that rarely get attention from Emmy or Golden Globe voters, right?

So, while all the nominees can be found at the People’s Choice website, here are the highlights in terms of the LGBT characters, shows and actors that all received noms.

Mayim Bialik and Jim Parsons bring it every week on 'The Big Bang Theory' (CBS)

The Big Bang Theory“: Besides being the number one comedy on television, the show also boasts out actor Jim Parsons, who continues to marvel with his portrayal of Sheldon Cooper. While Parsons did pick up a nom for Favorite Comedic TV Actor, the show also is nominated for Favorite TV Show and Favorite Network TV Comedy.

The Walking Dead“: Sure, Alanna Masterson’s Tara is a minor character, you can see from last week’s episode that she’s gotten a little more airtime coming. Nevertheless, the show is definitely one of my favorites and grabbed noms for Favorite TV Show and Favorite Cable Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show. Bring it, Zombies!

Modern Family“: The series has been on long enough that viewers probably don’t think about the fact that Cam and Mitchell are a gay couple raising a child; they’re just part of the fabric of the show. But good to know the quality of the series is still recognized with nominations for Favorite Network TV Comedy and acting nod for Jesse Tyler Ferguson. 

Glee“: The popularity of the Fox show may have peaked and we’ll get the final episodes in early 2015, but star Chris Colfer has some diehard fans and rightly so. He brings it no matter what lame storyline (or outfit) they give to Kurt and there’s no doubt Colfer has a long career ahead beyond the series.

Favorite Network TV Drama: Don’t think I didn’t notice that every show in this category boasts gay character as regulars. While Chicago Firejust killed off their sole lesbian character (though glad to see Lauren German is nominated in the Favorite TV Character We Miss Most category), the other nominees, “Downton Abbey,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Revengeand Scandalall feature gay characters. If that’s not progress, I don’t know what is!

Favorite Cable TV Comedy: I was so happy to see MTV’s fabulous “Faking Itget a nod in this category because outside of representing gay characters, (possibly) bi characters and now an intersex character, the show is not only showing all different kinds of people but it’s also funny and touching with a standout cast. It’s also worth nothing that ABCFamily’s “Young & Hungry” also picked up a nomination and features a gay character played by out actor Rex Lee.

Pretty Little Liars“: Cast members Lucy Hale and Ashley Benson grabbed noms in the Cable TV Actress category (boo for not including Shay Mitchell, who plays lesbian Emily) but the show also picked up a Favorite Cable TV Drama nomination.

Matt Bomer in 'The Normal Heart' (HBO)

Matt Bomer: After seeing his work in “The Normal Heart” earlier this year, Bomer deserves every award out there and since Emmy voters failed in giving him the statue, let’s hope People’s Choice voters do the right thing. Also, Bomer is currently on air wrapping up the final episodes of the show that made him a star, “White Collar.” Fingers and toes are crossed!

Favorite Dramedy: Dramas sure like their LGBT characters, don’t they?  All the nominees except one (“Suits“) has a gay presence with “Awkward,” “Orange Is The New Black” and (thanks to Bomer) “White Collar.” Which show would you choose as the favorite? (Personally, I love “Suits” so much but “OITNB” will take the trophy)

The ratings aren't huge (yet) but could 'The McCarthys' win for Fave New TV Comedy? (CBS)

….more! Of course Ellen DeGeneres is nominated for Favorite Daytime TV host (will she beat newbie Queen Latifah?), Scott Bakula picked up a nom for “NCIS: New Orleans” though I’d vote for him for his role as Lynn on HBO’s “Looking” and new comedies and dramas like “Jane The Virgin,” “Marry Me,” “The McCarthys,” “How To Get Away With Murder” and “Red Band Society” also picked up nominations.

Who do you think will win? You can vote at the link below so have at it because, unlike the Emmys, if your favorite doesn't win, it could be because you didn't vote for them! Just do it!!

The “People’s Choice Awards” will air live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 7th on CBS. 

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