I Want My Gay TV (Part II)

Television has been a little bleak here recently, what with some time being given up to the political party conventions (I couldn’t bear to watch old McDrooly get any more boring than he already had been). Some of the new shows are starting soon. I’ll be ready to see the new episodes of “Brothers and Sisters” and “Desperate Housewives”.

Caroline Rhea, Beth Grant, and Ann Walker on "Sordid Lives"

Caroline Rhea, Beth Grant, and Ann Walker on Logo TV's Hit Series "Sordid Lives"

In the meantime, I’ve been turning over to see what’s on Logo and Bravo quite a lot. Would you suppose I wouldn’t? I’m really waiting for the next episode of “Sordid Lives”. I really like that show and do watch the reruns, but I’m not sure how many times I can watch them hit the already dead billy goat with the car.

This week on Bravo, I caught “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover”. On this show, Former “Sheer Genius” contestant–she didn’t win, but ends up with her own show anyway–Tabatha Coffey does for hair salons what Chef Gordon Ramsay does for restaurants in Fox’s “Kitchen Nightmares”–rips them a new hole. However, Tabatha does it in such a more acceptable manner than Ramsay. The Aussies do generally come off better than the Brits, who on these kinds of shows always have an attitude like they have just jammed their fingers in a car door. Another one like that is Nanny Jo on “Super Nanny”. Despite arriving in that cute little British cab, once inside the home, she acts as if she is about to pull a pencil out of her bag and poke somebody’s (usually the dad’s) eyes out. You’d think with all that coddled cream and scones, the British could just be a bit less brutal.

Tabatha Coffey of Tabatha's Salon Takeover"

Tabatha Coffey of "Tabatha's Salon TakeoverLest

Before I digress more, the first show I watched of “Salon Takeover” actually was the 3rd episode; I’ll have to catch the earlier ones on re-run. It was an “all’s well, that ends well” show. The shop is in New Jersey, and the owner, Martino, is out of control in “living the life”. He’s cute enough, to be sure, but just too stereotypically Jersey boy for my taste. Anyway, Tabatha whips him and the shop into shape, and everybody lives happily ever after.

Johnathan Murray and Stephen Tyrone Williams star in the short film "Float"

Johnathan Murray and Stephen Tyrone Williams star in the short film "Float"

Now back to Logo. The other day I ran across a program that I hadn’t seen before; it’s the “Click List: Best in Short Film”. The short film that i saw was “Float”. Just a little over 30 minutes, “Float” is one of those little gems that I like in gay films, but don’t often find. The story is simple; two very different guys meeting, and the changes they go through because of it. The acting and film-making are well-done, and despite it probably being a low-budget film, it has none of the below-par acting and near-porn style cinematography of a lot of American gay-themed movies. Actually, the filmmaker is Bahamian, and the setting is the Bahamas. After I watched this short film on TV, I discovered that you can see it here on Logo’s website. In finding “Float” online, I also found out that Logo has a whole slough of their “Click List: Best in Short Film” available for viewing right here on the computer. Thanks Logo! Even though they may only be a few minutes, many of the shorter gay-themed flicks are much better than their full-length counterparts.

Now I’m off to watch the Texans’ game. Yeah, I do have a variety of tastes when it comes to TV.

You can read “I Want MY Gay TV (Part I) here , (Part III) here, (Part V) here.

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One Response

  1. So I was sent your blog by one of our producers. I played Romeo in FLOAT and I want to say thanks for the beautiful words.

    And if you liked Float, you’ll love the feature length version DAYBREAK that’s in post production now due out Spring 2009. I am proud of the work we’ve done and excited to share it.

    Again thank you.

    STW

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