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Another Gay Sunshine... Fall Lineup?

by C. Reagan (writer), WEST HOLLYWOOD, August 23, 2007


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 isn’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 “Sex and the City” replacement, complete with a mysteriously vague lesbian storyline!

“Cashmere Mafia”, starring none other than one time “Sex…” guest Lucy Liu as a magazine publisher, isn’t trying to be “Sex…”, but embraces it’s similarities (four wealthy, professional, couture soaked, beautiful Upper East Side women and their…you know the drill…) and hopes to focus more on a “well-rounded” 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 “Sex…” alum Patricia Field, so be ready for some outrageous and trendsetting ensembles. Let’s just hope the lesbian storyline actually goes somewhere with this show…

BBC America is bringing a few gay friendly programs to its lineup this year:

“Torchwood”, the spin-off of cult favorite “Dr. Who” boosts openly gay actor John Barrowman as it’s leading man. With Russell T. Davies, creator of “Queer as Folk” 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!

“Jekyll” is a popular re-working of the classic tale of “Jekyll and Hyde”, with several modern twists. Perhaps the most modern being the subplot involving a lesbian couple as private investigators working to solve the mystery of “Jekyll”, 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 “Boy meets Boy”, “Manhunt”, and “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”, they have since turned down the flame, so to speak.

With the market effectively saturated with “in your face” gayness, networks like Bravo have moved to more subtle ways to incorporate homosexuals into their programming. Shows like “Work Out”, “Project Runway” and “Blow Out” all star openly gay characters without flaunting their sexuality at the front and center of each and every episode. Also, a new reality program, “Flipping Out” stars an openly gay man struggling to break into the world of house flipping in Los Angeles. Real Estate is the new black, didn’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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C. Reagan is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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By Jen on August 23, 2007 at 01:52 pm
To SITC's credit...they did address "squirting" as part of Samantha's lesbian explorations... I doubt I'll tune in, but in would be nice to see gay men portrayed as something other than flaming drama queens. Guess we'll just have to wait and see... Nice Article
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By Denise M on September 04, 2007 at 09:30 am
Wonderful job C. Good to see you are doing your research. But you know, this is torture to read since I just disabled the much-hated cable from my house. Now it's old VHS tapes from 95. :(
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By Lady D on January 28, 2008 at 01:19 pm

Just read your article, better late than never. I no longer have cable and the only reason I had it was for "LOGO" channel.

We are coming out slowly, but at least we are moving.

Thanks for writing.

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