Category Archives: TV

TV. Logo Gets Hot This Summer With ‘Fire Island’.

By brandin lakee tolliver

This is the true story of seven, hmm, six strangers picked to live in a house, blah blah blah, we know the format by now. Yet, occasionally, I’m susceptible to trashy reality TV. But after Logo’s ‘The A-List’, and the Lance Bass hosted Gay Bachelor series ‘Finding Prince Charming’, we’ve kinda been there and done it, literally, and with more swag in our own lives. But, I’ll bite. As soon as I saw the promo art, with the six guys looking like a gay Danity Kane, I said CUTE! A multicultural cast. And with show titled ‘Fire Island’, the trailer didn’t disappoint either. Hot guys, beaches, and the house is dope. I’m not even made at actor Patrick MacDonald (DTLA) for doing a reality show stint. The trailer seems to be trying to deliver the Fire Island experience, as it follows Khasan Brailsford, Cheyenne Parker, Justin Russo, Jorge Bustillos, Brandon Osorio, and Patrick MacDonald for the summer in gay Disneyland.

But with the release of the Fire Island trailer, came critics angry over the stereotypical depictions of guy men. I can’t judge, and even if I’m judging, I can’t hate. When I was a kid, I looked to TV for anything and everything gay to get a glimpse of how gay men lived. But the straight world rarely showed gay characters. If show had a gay character, they were celibate singles. If he does have a boyfriend, the most affection you saw was a hug. So for that 14 year old kid in Ohio, this show is for you! Honestly, after the bullshit that was 2016, everyone needs to relax and have some fun, so I’ll be watching. Fire Island airs April 27 on Logo TV. See the trailer below, as well as what the guys have to say to their haters. Will you be watching?

TV. Korean-American Drama ‘According To My Mother’ And Trans Series ‘Her Story’ Win At New York Television Fest.

Independently produced pilots from a trio of writers from Queens and a comedy writer from Los Angeles have taken top prizes at the 12th annual New York Television Festival.

according-to-my-motherAccording to My Mother,” created by Daniel K. Isaac, Cathy Y. Yan, and Devin Landin of Queens, won for Best Drama Pilot. The series revolves around a gay Korean-American man in New York whose life changes when his devout Christian mother moves in with him. Isaac also took the fest’s award for Best Actor, drama.

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The Emmy Award nominated web series “Her Story” created by Jen Richards and Laura Zak, a modern relationship drama follows Violet and Paige, two transgender women in Los Angeles, who have given up on love when chance encounters suddenly give them hope, also won for Best Short-Form Drama Series. Check out episode one below. Enjoy!

 

TV. Nominations Open For 1st Annual Arthouse Awards.

Arthouse by Lamont Pierré brings you the 1st Annual Arthouse Viewers Choice Awards, also known as the #artys.

Nominate your favorites in 10 categories.  Official nominees — pulled from YOUR nominations — will be announced on NOV. 15 at The Arthouse @YouTube channel! The awards will take place in December 2016 and will stream LIVE! Join us in honoring your faves who have worked so hard all year and as we start traditions here at The Arthouse!

VOTE HERE: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PV25ZFZ

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TV. Naomi Campbell Lands Role On Lee Daniels New Fox Series ‘Star’.

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Variety reports, “Supermodel Naomi Campbell has been cast in Lee Daniels’ newest Fox’s musical series, ‘Star.’ Campbell will play Rose Spencer, a beautiful and wealthy Londoner. Campbell has appeared in several other television series, her most recent being Lee Daniels’ other Fox drama, “Empire.”

‘Star,’ which debuts midseason, centers around three young women who form a girl group with hopes of making it big in the music industry. The project has been described in the vein of ‘Dreamgirls,’ while incorporating the manufacturing of modern-day girl groups, showcasing the allure and heartache of the cut-throat music scene, and exploring cultural themes from a new perspective.

Other cast members include Queen LatifahBenjamin Bratt, and newcomers Jude DemorestRyan DestinyBrittany O’Grady, and Amiyah ScottLenny Kravitz will also make a guest appearance on the show.”

TV. Laverne Cox And Wanda Sykes To Appear In ‘Lip Sync Battle’ Season 3.

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” ‘Lip Sync Battle’ is back with brand new talent and tunes.The reality competition show released a promo for the upcoming third season, paying homage to Michael Jackson and his song ‘Beat It.’ The clip features host LL Cool J and series commentator Chrissy Teigen reenacting Jackson’s iconic music video, while facing off with the “Lip Sync Battle” dancers.

The promo also features a sneak peek of the Season 3 competitors, including Lupita Nyong’o, Laverne Coxand Sir Ben Kingsley. This season looks to also include appearances from Wanda Sykes.”

TV. Tyson Anthony Is Looking For Actors For A New Series.

Think you have what it takes to be a leading man? Author/Filmmaker Tyson Anthony is looking for you. After the success of web series First High and About Him, Anthony is wasting no time getting his next project in the works. A post on his website says…

“Tyson Anthony and his team are  searching for African-American males to possibly be featured in Tyson’s next series or film.  The series and films will feature LGBT content and aired online. All males 18+ are welcomed to submit their info to –authortyson@gmail – and can download an app posted below – please include the completed app along with some photos, social media links, and a video of you…being you or acting.”

For more details go to click here. Good Luck!