Stage Door: Highlighting the Arts for March 14, 2012

The Realities of Gay TV

Let’s talk television for a moment: Logo, the so-called gay network, continues to fill its schedule with pabulum of reruns of RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag U, and yet another broadcast of Latter Days. Programming execs there still haven’t realized we want more than drag queens and bittersweet coming out stories.

Meanwhile, TLC hoped to tempt gay audiences this winter with Undercover Princes, a sorry British import about three lonely “princes” who go undercover in the seaside resort of Brighton while looking for love. Even if the ladies knew, I doubt they’d be knocking down the door of Prince Africa Zulu’s mud hut in the Serengeti. And, the gay gold diggers who might have considered going after India’s Crown Prince Manvendra, would be disappointed to learn his parents disinherited him after he came out.

Fortunately for us, Bravo and Senior Vice President Andy Cohen have made his NBC Universal cable network the standard bearer for the community. While we’re mourning the end of the debut season of celebrity stylist Brad Goreski’s It’s a Brad, Brad World, and tart-tongued lesbian Tabatha Coffey continues to take on just about every kind of dysfunctional business, this week, Bravo debuts two more gay-sensible shows:

Shahs of Sunset, a group of hip Persians living in Hollywood, including openly gay real estate mogul Reza Farahan, premiered on Sunday, March 11. Expect a fatwah to be issued by the mullahs in Tehran soon.

On Thursday, everybody’s favorite gay, OCD house flipper returns to the Bravo airways with Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis. Crazy assistant Jenni is back, along with Zoila and the gang, as this new series focuses on the designer’s high-end projects in Los Angeles.

Later this spring, Bravo is rolling out more gay chefs among the contestants of Around the World in 80 Plates, a sort of culinary Amazing Race. Stay tuned for more details.

And a Really Funny Lady

Comedian Kate Clinton returns to Fort Lauderdale’s Parker Playhouse, Saturday, March 17 at 8 p.m. for one performance. Presented by the Stonewall Museum & Archives as part of the “Our Stars” series, Clinton is a faith-based, tax-paying, America-loving political humorist and family entertainer whose career has spanned 30 years. She still believes that humor gets us through peacetime, wartime, and economic down times. Tickets for “An Evening with Kate Clinton” are $26.50-46.50 at ParkerPlayhouse.com.


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