Fall is my favorite season!
With the changing of the leaves comes an array of great new fashion, where even in Los Angeles we can appreciate the (ever so slight) cooler temperature to embrace a trendy jacket or must-have scarf
But, Fall isnâ€™t only a time for new fashion! Notoriously, this is the time that the most new television pilots are unleashed to the viewing masses to decide if they are worthy of our precious TiVo memory space.
This year both cable stations and major networks are throwing open the door to gay roles and themes without the blink of an eye.
Executive Producer Darren Star has finally thrown a bone for those of you chomping at the bit for a â€œSex and the Cityâ€ replacement, complete with a mysteriously vague lesbian storyline!
â€œCashmere Mafiaâ€, starring none other than one time â€œSexâ€¦â€ guest Lucy Liu as a magazine publisher, isnâ€™t trying to be â€œSexâ€¦â€, but embraces itâ€™s similarities (four wealthy, professional, couture soaked, beautiful Upper East Side women and theirâ€¦you know the drillâ€¦) and hopes to focus more on a â€œwell-roundedâ€ New York working woman, as opposed to the sex/ relationship hungry girls we grew to love on HBO. This cast is also set to be styled by â€œSexâ€¦â€ alum Patricia Field, so be ready for some outrageous and trendsetting ensembles. Letâ€™s just hope the lesbian storyline actually goes somewhere with this showâ€¦
BBC America is bringing a few gay friendly programs to its lineup this year:
â€œTorchwoodâ€, the spin-off of cult favorite â€œDr. Whoâ€ boosts openly gay actor John Barrowman as itâ€™s leading man. With Russell T. Davies, creator of â€œQueer as Folkâ€ behind the wheel as both writer and producer, the U.S. version is sure to be full of hot (yet tasteful) man-on-man sex. TorchWOOD indeed!
â€œJekyllâ€ is a popular re-working of the classic tale of â€œJekyll and Hydeâ€, with several modern twists. Perhaps the most modern being the subplot involving a lesbian couple as private investigators working to solve the mystery of â€œJekyllâ€, who is played this time around by the surprisingly sexy James Nesbitt.
Plenty of other shows are returning this fall with gay or lesbian characters and story lines. Bravo, once notorious for showcasing gay men front and center in reality television like â€œBoy meets Boyâ€, â€œManhuntâ€, and â€œQueer Eye for the Straight Guyâ€, they have since turned down the flame, so to speak.
With the market effectively saturated with â€œin your faceâ€ gayness, networks like Bravo have moved to more subtle ways to incorporate homosexuals into their programming. Shows like â€œWork Outâ€, â€œProject Runwayâ€ and â€œBlow Outâ€ all star openly gay characters without flaunting their sexuality at the front and center of each and every episode. Also, a new reality program, â€œFlipping Outâ€ stars an openly gay man struggling to break into the world of house flipping in Los Angeles. Real Estate is the new black, didnâ€™t you know?
It's up in the air as to which these shows will sink and which will swim. Of course, some of them will become water cooler chatter and some will be forgotten before you can blink an eye. Either way, its exciting to see more "out" characters on television. Now if we could only get Anderson Cooper out of the closet....
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Copyright © 2010 C. Reagan
Another Gay Sunshine... Fall Lineup?
Copyright © 2010 C. Reagan
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