Logo Plans 3 Queer Reality Series in 2008

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Monday December 31, 2007

Logo's slate of reality TV programming is set to usher in a series created around transgender activist and artist Calpernia Addams.

The Addams-centric show, Transamerican Love Story, is described in the Logo press release as a "competition dating series" in which Addams, with the help of best friend Andrea James, also a transgender activist, winnows a group of eight bachelors.

Addams is upfront with all eight from the very start about being transgendered, according to the release.

Logo President and MTV Networks Music Group Entertainment President Brian Graden says, "Calpernia Addams proves that steely optimism and a genuine spirit are the universal keys to finding love."

The hour-long show will feature online voting from viewers, though the final decision who stays, and who goes, will be the sole decision of Addams each week.

Transamerican Love Story will premiere of Logo in Feb., 2008, followed in the summer by two new reality shows: Gimme Sugar, a series of six 30-minute episodes in which five women seek to get their own club night up and running in Los Angeles' lesbian night spot scene; and a series tentatively titled Rockdogs, which follows the San Francisco gay basketball team, a group that shares a house and prepares to defend its supremacy on the court during a half-dozen 30-minute episodes.

Says Graden, "These shows advance Logo's continuing mission to not only explore the diversity of people in our community, but also the diverse lives they lead."

This summer, Logo will celebrate three years on the air. The GLBT-themed cable network was launched in 2005 by MTV Networks, and has grown to an audience of 28 million subscribers.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.