Logo Is Going In More Of A Not-Just-Gay Direction

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Their new shows, apparently, don't emphasize gay leads.

They're the kind of shows that could just as easily be on Bravo or other not-exclusively-gay networks.

I had heard a while ago that the gay channel was trying to mix things up in this direction.

And I recently heard from a guy who pitched a show there that he was told it was "too gay."

The official reason for the changes is that gays are now everywhere in our culture and this new slate of programming is merely reflecting the multitude of interests gays have other than just being gay.

But blacks are everywhere, too. Does this mean BET should show reruns of Too Close for Comfort?

Two other observations:

*This fits in perfectly with the way some gay publications put straights on the cover, with the angle, "Hey, gays like these people."

*At least now when people say, "Why aren't you on Logo?" I'll have a good excuse.



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RGD
RGD

LOGO has NEVER been a "gay" channel! It disguised itself as one, but never owned it, never were brave with any kind of programming and were always afraid of the label. They serve up bad reruns and poorly made shows ( yes I love Ru but c'mon, that is the only successful show they have had and that's already wearing thin) They never had the financial backing a network needed to be successful (yes, that would have come form MTV Nets). Bravo and Andy are gayer than anything this network has ever served. Goodby Logo, unfortunately you won't be missed...IMHO

Keating3232
Keating3232

Bravo already owns the gay-but-not-gay niche, so Logo shouldn't even try. They should just go away and leave VH1 to air Logo's only decent show, RuPaul.   The same holds true in the rest of the media: in magazines, for instance, Out went downhill when it changed from gay to of-interest-to-gays.  What's the point of that, we already have that all throughout the media at large? If gay media are no longer going to focus on stories about LGBT people, then they should just go away for good.  Luckily, the Internet is full of all kinds of gay-focused sites that more than take up the slack for the dumbed-down TV networks and magazines.

latenitebump
latenitebump

the channel is dreadful outside rupaul´s dragrace!

JoeyO'H
JoeyO'H

Logo can go off the air for all I care. It's an MTV network so that says a lot. Logo's programming is silly at best. Yes, I love RuPaul's DragRace, but that's about it. I expect more from a gay channel. More documentaries that mean something, good gay romance movies, community oriented TV, yet we get crap like 5 Gays and 1 Girl, The A List Dallas & New York.All this coming from a network with a No. 1 show called "Teen Moms." God help us all.

Robert
Robert

 Since no one is brown-nosing enough to say it, I'll get the joke in.

Of course you wouldn't be invited to be on Logo, darling, you've got two things they haven't got, plus class and dignity.

Connie Gilchrist
Connie Gilchrist

While I enjoy 5 Guys, 1 Girl (and I think there are plenty of "masculine" guys on the show) just to see what the yearlingays have rattling around their charming but empty heads and I watch the various A-Lists with the amused horror they deserve, I agree that the channel seems mainly to be endless episodes of RuPaul and recycling of either really rotten gay series (Noah's Arc has acting that would get you blackballed from the smallest Thespian troupe in Ord, Nebraska) or recyclings of only tenuously series (like Nip/Tuck otherwise known as the David Gest Story).  Here (a premium gay channel) aspires to more--indie/foreign films, some original, if silly soapy series (The Lair, Dante's Cove), but it too is overly repetitive.  Maybe it should shift to being an eldergay channel--Bette Davis and Agnes Moorehead festivals and the like.  Tributes to Eric Blore.  At least it would be educational.

Lovarimusic
Lovarimusic

 Thanks so much for writing about this. Two years ago, when my first album was released and I started my promo gigs, it befuddled me when I saw Billboard charting gay dance artists opening up for straight headliners whom either had less hits or no hits since the 80s. I spoke up about this and was nearly blacklisted. I've never shut up about it since, despite people telling me it would be wise to keep my mouth shut. As much as I love Eminem, I don't think BET would allow him to headline their awards show. Why are we allowing thus to happen in our community? Furthermore, why are we made to feel ashamed or wrong when we speak up about it? - Lovari

Jessie
Jessie

It's more serious than Mr. Musto knows....The new powers-that-be at LOGO absolutely will not even consider a pitch for a gay-themed show. "But that doesn't make any sense" you say?  Exactly.

Tabuka
Tabuka

Black people aren't everywhere, as in prime time sitcoms! But Logo is making a bad move. Not surprising, though. They want to dilute the gay to get more of the green....

Aliyah-Jasmine!

Monsieurpatric
Monsieurpatric

Hope for a queer channel was all souffle.  The truth about the likes of the Sumner Redstones of our world brings to mind the presciently funny Honore de Balzac's quip on accumulated wealth and control which well applies as to the bastardization of our lives for profit - Behind every great fortune there lies a great crime.

Lovari
Lovari

Thanks so much for writing about this. Two years ago, when my first album was released and I started my promo gigs, it befuddled me when I saw Billboard charting gay dance artists opening up for straight headliners whom either had less hits or no hits since the 80s. I spoke up about this and was nearly blacklisted. I've never shut up about it since, despite people telling me it would be wise to keep my mouth shut. As much as I love Eminem, I don't think BET would allow him to headline their awards show. Why are we allowing thus to happen in our community? Furthermore, why are we made to feel ashamed or wrong when we speak up about it? - Lovari

Larry
Larry

The LGBT market is probably just too small to justify a cable channel. 

Yuri
Yuri

Well, if you're complaining now, wait till all these new shows. They're straight!!!!!

Queer Heaven
Queer Heaven

I really liked LOGO when they first started.  But now... not so much. There seems to be too much  Ru Paul and not much else worth watching. And way too many commercials. 

Kortv
Kortv

At least there is a Gay channel to go to.  It has improved since it's beginnings.  I think that they really should have more series type shows ala Queer As Folk.  My main peeve is that it is impossible to DVR something because the way they program their schedule doesn't line up and either the end or the beginning of the show is always cut off.  There are also way too many commercial breaks.  Really frustrating.

Krl5858
Krl5858

Despite RuPaul - I have a great dislike of Logo.  I find it poorly programmed, movies and shows are Very poorly edited (cut to shreds with commercials just shoved in the middle of scenes).

I find them useless - they neither entertain or enlighten the gay community. And as you mention they just seem to put on old Viacom crappy repeats of shows you can see on other basic cable stations.

May they quickly go away and maybe someone can start a well done gay cable channel.

Troofire
Troofire

I resent the way they cut male nudity from films they show.  And shows like 5 Gays and a Girl have nothing but feminine gays, reinforcing gay stereotypes

Lovarimusic
Lovarimusic

 Thanks so much for writing about this. Two years ago, when my first album was released and I started my promo gigs, it befuddled me when I saw Billboard charting gay dance artists opening up for straight headliners whom either had less hits or no hits since the 80s. I spoke up about this and was nearly blacklisted. I've never shut up about it since, despite people telling me it would be wise to keep my mouth shut. As much as I love Eminem, I don't think BET would allow him to headline their awards show. Why are we allowing thus to happen in our community? Furthermore, why are we made to feel ashamed or wrong when we speak up about it? - Lovari

Sanders
Sanders

It's too small to justify a BAD cable channel. But there are plenty of gays out there and they would love to have a good one.

VonD
VonD

I agree about more series. They once had both "Queer as Volk" and "Noah's Minstrel Arc," but now they don't have anything but a few reality shows like the "A-List Messes" and "Girls Who Like Boys Who Need Help," and it's pathetic. Also, what about the LESBIANS and, beyond Queen Ru, TRANS folks?

VonD
VonD

Nothing wrong with effeminate gay men, lose the homophobia, thing!

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