June 2008 Archives
Thanks to Videogum for hepping me to details of amazing forthcoming soap Sordid Lives, set to premiere in July on Logo. The gaystastic campfest, which is based on a cult play, will star Rue McClanahan, Beth "Sparkle Motion" Grant, Caroline Rhea, Olivia Newton-John (I know, right?!) and fag-hag par excellence Margaret Cho as a gaggle of trash-talkin', pill-,poppin', Tammy Wynette-lovin' Southern gals coming to terms with gayness all sorts. Based on the clip, I think VG has pegged the show perfectly as "Desperate Housewives meets Steel Magnolias meets a John Waters movie." In other words, pure perfection. Unlike the VG folk though, I am utterly confident that this show will completely and totally rule, despite the presence of Carson Kressly. Sordid Lives airs July 23rd on your Homo-Dial.
It's not often that the entire TWoP editorial staff gets invited to go out of the office together (probably for good reason) but someone at Bravo was crazy enough to invite us all to the taping of the upcoming A-List Awards. So we got all gussied up, and I do mean gussied, and headed down to the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City for a swanky night of gawking at Project Runway and Top Chef stars, hovering around the open bar and waiting for a fight to break out between the Real Housewives of New York and Orange County.
Over the course of the last few years, Showtime has been working hard to shed its image as HBO's nerdy younger sibling. Like a pubescent high school girl who's evolved from tentative nerd (Angela Chase) to popular ho (Kelly Taylor) to reckless bad-ass who just don't give a fuck (Marissa Cooper), we've seen the channel blossom before our very eyes. They brought us The L Word and Queer As Folk -- because it's natural to experiment. Then came Weeds --- because everyone knows that drugs make you cooler. Then came the much-anticipated Secret Diary of a Call Girl. Because everyone loves a slut. And just yesterday it was announced that the premium channel has picked up United States of Tara, a new comedy series penned by tattooed It-screenwriter Diablo Cody about a woman with dissociative identity disorder. Because if we learned anything from Britney, it's that mental disorder is the new black.
So you were thinking that you were going to have to wait until September 22 to see the next season of Heroes and wash the taste of Season 2 out of your mouth? Well, NBC is rolling out some new Heroes shit this summer. That's right, it's a karate chop.
Here are some thoughts/predictions, in no particular order:
On June 16, Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block will air the first episode of their newest show, Fat Guy Stuck in Internet. Well, technically it's not that new of a show. In a previous, lower-budget life, it was a Web series on Channel 102 called Gemberling (after the main character, as well as the actor who played him, John Gemberling). However, when they went to re-film the show for CN, and they were actually given money to make it look good, everyone decided that a newer, more descriptive name was required to grab the viewer. (Hey, it worked for Two Guys a Girl and a Pizza Place.) Which got us to thinking: What other shows could use more explanatory names?
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