Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Pride Month Television Programming Highlights

Pride Month Television Programming Highlights:
Kathy Griffin, k.d. lang, Neil Patrick Harris and More

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June is designated lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Pride Month in honor of the historic Stonewall uprising on June 28, 1969. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of this critical date in LGBT history, GLAAD presents this special Pride Month Programming Guide highlighting the best in LGBT television.

Be sure to also check out and link to TV Gayed, our weekly guide to what’s LGBT on TV.

And for the latest and greatest LGBT entertainment news, visit glaadBLOG's Entertainment Section.

Happy Pride!

Monday, June 1
In the Life (Syndicated)
The GLAAD Media Award-winning LGBT newsmagazine will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of Stonewall with its three-part series Summer of Stonewall. The series examines the evolution and future of the movement, traces the history of the pride flag, and interviews longtime activist Larry Kramer. Multiple airings; check listings

Tuesday, June 2
Different for Girls(Showtime, 11:30 PM ET/PT)
Karl and Paul were best friends in boarding school in the seventies. When they meet again after 16 years, Karl is now Kim and the two begin exploring the possibility of a new kind of relationship. Different for Girls stars Rupert Graves and was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award in 1998. Multiple airings; check listings

Party Monster(IFC, 11:30 PM ET/PT)
Written and directed by GLAAD Media Award winning filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, Party Monster is the controversial story of glam NY club kids Michael Alig and James St. James.

Wednesday, June 3
Bad Girls(Logo, 8:30 ET/PT) SEASON PREMIERE
Logo begins airing the seventh season of the hit British series that examines the drama, love and betrayal that unfolds between the inmates, correctional officers, and prison administrators of the Larkhall women’s prison facility.

The Walker(Showtime, 6 PM ET/PT)
Woody Harrelson plays Carter Page III, a high society escort to some of Washington, D.C.’s most powerful men. When a lobbyist linked to Carter and one of his clients is found murdered, Carter tries to uncover the truth. Multiple airings; check listings

Thursday, June 4
Hollow Reed (Showtime, 6:15 PM ET/PT)
After coming out and divorcing his wife, Martin Wyatt loses custody of his son. However, when his son shows up bruised on his doorstep, Martin suspects that the boy’s new stepfather has been beating him and begins a long courtroom battle for custody. Multiple airings; check listings

Friday, June 5
Fabulous: The Story of Queer Cinema(IFC, 7 PM ET/PT)
This IFC original documentary offers a chronological exploration of LGBT cinema, from the experimental films of 1940s to the Academy Award winning films of today.

Nowhere (IFC, 8:30 PM ET/PT)
The final installment in out filmmaker Gregg Araki’s self described “teen apocalypse trilogy,” Nowhere follows the crazy lives of a group of young Los Angelenos with fluid sexualities. Multiple airings; check listings

I Just Want to Be Somebody(IFC, 9:55 PM ET/PT)
Filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt explores the connection between the religious right and the LGBT movement in this short film comprised of television news clips, commercials, and the home movies of Anita Bryant.

Sugar(IFC, 10:05 PM ET/PT)
From cult writer Bruce LaBruce comes this story about Cliff, a gay teenager in 1980s Toronto who ventures into the city to discover himself and falls in love with a gorgeous hustler along the way. Multiple airings; check listings

Saturday, June 6
Save Me (Showtime, 12 AM ET/PT)
GLAAD Media Award honoree Chad Allen stars in this moving tale of a drug-addicted man who joins a ministry in an attempt to “cure” his attraction to men. Instead he meets Robert Gant. Multiple airings; check listings

Sunday, June 7
The 63rd Annual Tony Awards (CBS, 8pm ET/PT)
Broadway’s most fabulous night promises to be even better this year with Neil Patrick Harris emceeing the night’s festivities. Tune in to see if Elton John’s Billy Elliot sweeps the musical categories and if any of the out nominated actors take home a Tony!

Monday, June 8
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List (Bravo, 10pm ET/PT) SEASON PREMIERE
GLAAD Media Award honoree Kathy Griffin returns with the fifth season of her two-time Emmy Award-winning show. Her first episode has Kathy visiting Bette Midler in Las Vegas! Frequent repeats; new episodes air every Monday at 10 PM

Weeds (Showtime, 10 PM ET/PT) SEASON PREMIERE
Weeds is back for its fifth season! What distress will sharp-tongued teenage lesbian, Isabella, cause for her mother, Celia? And here’s hoping we get to see more of Sanjay now that he’s out and proud! Frequent repeats; new episodes air every Monday at 10 PM

Raising the Bar (TNT, 10 PM ET/PT) SEASON PREMIERE
The second season premiere of TNT’s new hit legal drama finds law clerk Charlie Sagansky facing a new life as an openly gay man, having come out to his colleagues at the end of season one.

Nurse Jackie (Showtime, 10:30 PM ET/PT) SERIES PREMIERE
This brand new series brings the welcome introduction of the only openly gay Middle Eastern character currently on TV. Haaz Sleiman plays Mo-Mo Nurse Jackie’s co-worker and confidant in this darkly comic new show. Frequent repeats; new episodes air every Monday at 10:30PM

Wednesday, June 10
Top Chef Masters (Bravo, 10 PM ET/PT) SERIES PREMIERE
This new unscripted series takes the Top Chef format and flips it by using masters of the culinary world as contestants. 24 chefs, including out chefs Anita Lo and Elizabeth Falkner, will compete to win one hundred thousand dollars to be donated to the charity of their choice. The show will also feature fun and exciting guest judges such as Neil Patrick Harris, Morgan Spurlock and Zooey Deschanel. Frequent repeats; new episodes air every Wednesday at 10 PM

Saturday, June 13
Kings returns to primetime after a brief hiatus. Will King Silas’ son Jack finally prove worthy of the throne? Or will his secret life and clingy ex-boyfriend continue to prove problematic in his fight for his birthright?

2009 NewNowNext Awards(Logo, 9 PM ET/PT)
The award show that celebrates the best in gay and lesbian pop culture returns. The show, which is hosted by RuPaul, features plenty of special guests and performers, so it promises to be great, unpredictable fun! Multiple airings; check listings

Ellen Degeneres: Here and Now (HBO, 10 PM ET/PT)
HBO re-airs Ellen’s second comedy special, filmed at Broadway’s Beacon Theater in 2003, before she became the reigning queen of daytime talk shows.

John Waters: This Filthy World (Showtime Showcase, 11:45 PM ET/PT)
Comedian and John Waters fan Jeff Garlin directed the cult filmmaker in his one-man stage show, in which Waters delves into the dirty details of his eclectic life.

Sunday, June 14
One Night Stand 09: Paula Poundstone (HBO Comedy, 8:30 PM ET/PT)
Openly gay comic Paula Poundstone returns to stand-up in this all new live concert film.

Season one of Alan Ball’s bloody new vampire series ended with gay chef Lafayette’s fate up in the air. Let’s hope he survives to keep serving up hot plates of sass all season long.  Frequent repeats; new episodes air every Sunday at 9PM

Friday, June 19
Jeffrey and Cole Casserole (Logo, 11 PM ET/PT) SERIES PREMIERE
YouTube sensations Jeffrey Self and Cole Escola make their television debut in this new comedy show. Frequent repeats; new episodes air every Friday at 11 PM.

Sunday, June 21
QuinceaƱera (Logo, 10 PM ET/PT)
This touching film by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland won the 2007 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film – Limited Release. Jesse Garcia stars as a young Mexican-American in Los Angeles dealing with his sexuality amidst conservative Catholic culture.

Friday, June 26 – Sunday, June 28
Pride Party Weekend (Logo)
Logo celebrates Pride Weekend with a host of great party programming, such as the films Psycho Beach Party, The Gymnast, and A Four Letter Wordas well as marathons of some of your favorite Logo shows, like Shirts & Skins, Gimme Sugar, and Rick & Steve.

Saturday, June 27
k.d. lang Live in London (Logo, 9 PM ET/PT)
k.d. lang’s 2008 concert at St. Luke’s Church in London chronicles her successful career as a sing/songwriter. Backed by the BBC Orchestra this concert solidifies lang’s place among the great performers of her time.

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1 comment:

Jason Cianciotto said...

Tucson's own Courter Simmons will be performing in the Tony Awards this year, representing the first national tour of he Broadway smash hit, Jersey Boys!