OUTtv, Canada’s only gay and lesbian TV network recently announced its Fall TV line-up. With a blend of new original inhouse productions to foreign acquisitions, OUTtv dramatically energizes its fall schedule with dozens of new series, movies and documentaries.
“Several of our exclusive Canadian shows are back for a new season including Cover Guy: Montreal, the documentary series Hot Pink Shorts and Bump! the world’s most watched gay & lesbian travel show,” says Wendy Donnan, VP, Original Programming & Acquisitions. “New OUTtv original series include the Vancouver show The Afterlife featuring renowned Medium Suzane Northrop conducting séances, sex topics and more on Lets Talk Sex as well as Canadian premieres for Curl Girls about sexy lesbian surfers from California, and the BBC’s
Seinfeld-esque sitcom Rhona about a Scottish lesbian comic living in London.”
Fall Schedule Highlights
7th September – Lets Talk Sex -Mondays 11 pm est/8 pm pst (World broadcast premiere, OUTtv original series)
9th September – Out and About (formerly Round Trip Ticket) Tuesdays, 9 pm est/6 pm pst. Canadian broadcast premiere.
9th September – Bump -Tuesdays 10 pm est/7 pm pst (OUTtv original series)
10th September – Curl Girls – Wednesdays, 8 pm est/5 pm pst. Canadian broadcast premiere.
12th September – Dantes Cove Season 2- Fridays, 10 pm est/7 pm pst.
14th September – The Afterlife -Sundays, 7 pm est/4 pm pst. (OUTtv original series)
17th September – Rhona- Wednesdays, 8:30 pm est/5:30 pm pst
21st September – Mens Fashion Insider- Fall/Winter 2008-09 collection- Sundays, 8:30 pm est/5:30 pm pst. Canadian Broadcast premiere.
5th October – Cover Guy: Montreal -Sundays 8:30 pm est/5:30 pm pst. (an OUTtv original series)
21st November – Bad Girls, new season (acclaimed British prison drama) – Wednesdays and Thursdays 9 pm est/6 pm pst (repeats 12 midnight est)
Hit the waves with the Curl Girls: six hot, young women navigate the ups and downs of their love lives and careers while spending every free moment in the waves of the Pacific. By entering a competition against each other to win a trip to Hawaii and new surfboards, the ladies find connections that go above and beyond their unified love of surfing and the water. Through tensions and reconciliations, bonds form and each unique personality shines. Which surfer has what it takes to come out on top?
Debuts 10th September – Wednesdays, 8 pm est/5 pm pst
World famous Medium Suzane Northrop stars in this OUTtv original series shot in Vancouver. The series is an intimate séance focusing on members of the GLBT community and their deceased loved ones. Of course, channeling isn’t an exact science; we never know who will come through so ‘expect the unexpected!’ Each audience is made up of 15 to 20 people creating the feel of an authentic séance experience. Together with her co-host David Millbern, Suzane comforts audiences
as she spiritually reunites them with those who have passed away.
This show is a journey about healing, and about learning that our loved ones truly do stay with us even when they’ve moved on, to ‘The Afterlife.’ Suzane Northrop is an internationally recognized trance medium, author, teacher, and expert in psychic phenomena. For over the past 30 years, she has worked to bridge the gap between the world of the living and the spirit world. Suzane was part of team of renowned mediums in a study conducted by Dr. Gary Schwartz for an HBO documentary entitled Life After Life, which was documented in the book, The After Life Experiments. Suzane acts as a consultant to the NYC, Hartford CT., Washington DC and LA Police Departments.
Debuts 14th September -Sundays, 7 pm est/4 pm pst. (World broadcast premiere, OUTtv original series).
As the first British sitcom to star a lesbian in its lead role, the show’s premise provoked obvious comparisons to Ellen. However, the lead character’s sexuality was not the focus of the show, which was more concerned with universal themes of friendship, relationships and everyday life. This BBC seems modeled on Seinfeld with its observational humour and Rhona’s character in particular being loosely
based on that of neurotic manipulator George Costanza.
Debuts 17th September – Wednesdays, 8:30 pm est/5:30 pm pst
TRAVEL TUESDAYS RETURNS!
One of OUTtv’s highest rated nights of the week returns with all new episodes. “Our audience has really shown an interest in having all of our travel shows on one night,” says Chief Operating Officer Brad Danks, “We have responded by putting all of our travel shows on Tuesdays and branded the entire evening Travel Tuesdays which is anchored by our premium series Bump! but also includes great shows like “OUT and ABOUT”, “Let’s Shop”, Canadian broadcast premiere episodes of the international hit “Karma Trekkers” and coming later this fall “Favorite Places.”
Hosted by the charming and elegant, Let’s Shop is a whirlwind tour of the most exclusive, exciting and famous shopping destinations the world has to offer. For host Cheryll Gillespie, shopping is a passion and an art form. From sourcing the latest electronics in Tokyo’s Ginza District to crafting bespoke fashions in London’s Saville Row; from sampling the Napa Valley’s most exclusive wines to haggling in Turkey’s Grand Bazaar, Let’s Shop takes the viewer across the globe on a shopping trip to remember!!
Airs Tuesdays at 6:30 PM EST, 3:30 PM PT
OUTtv has several Canadian broadcast premiere episodes of the world’s most watched travel program that delivers life changing, life affirming experiences. Karma Trekkers travels the world in search of the most stirring places of historical, cultural and spiritual significance. OUTtv Canadian broadcast premiere episodes this fall include two episodes on China as well as Taiwan, Sedona, Malaysia, Greenland and Nepal. Airs Tuesdays at 8 PM, 5PM PT
Out and About
Out and About is a travel magazine series designed for the GLBT audience that seeks out the entertaining and little-known alternatives in one international location each week. Featured destinations include Bangkok, Dublin, Tokyo, Rome, Manchester, and Buenos Aires. Energetic hosts include Dance culture guru Kate Monroe, and model and Actor Marc Savoia. Airs Tuesdays at 9 PM, 6PM PT
Hosts Shannon McDonough and Charlie David are back for Season Three of Bump with episodes shot in Denver, Portland, Calgary, Vancouver, Chicago, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stockholm, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Sydney, Madrid, Prague and Budapest among others. Airs Tuesdays at 10 PM EST, 7PM PT
The show’s website www.bumptv.com includes streaming video clips from selected episodes, and practical travel information. The site is a gay travelers’ companion to the Bump television series, and includes tips on unique things to see, places to eat, shop and have fun, as well as links to gay and gay–friendly attractions, events and accommodations. Bump! is now available on DVD and is in stores worldwide through Alluvial Filmworks (bumpdvd.com for more info) and will soon launch a ground-breaking mobile application this fall. Bump! has become the gay community’s authority for information on travel and entertainment.
OUTtv FALL DOCUMENTARIES & SHORTS
OUTtv announced its Fall documentaries and short film line-up. “I’m very excited about the caliber of Canadian and world exclusive documentaries premiering this fall on our OUTstanding Docs strand every Sunday at 6PM EST, 3PM PT,” says Wendy Donnan, OUTtv VP, Original Programming & Acquisitions.
This fall, Straight Acting, Camp Out and Gay Muslims will have Canadian premieres as well OUTtv will have the world premiere of Occupied! an original OUTtv production premiering November 2nd about the experiences of Palestinian GLBT Arab community members.
Hot Pink Shorts, a film festival featuring the best of GLBT award winning shorts from around the world returns this fall hosted by Vancouver’s Luvia Petersen (L Word) and Rob Trinh (CBC script writer). Debuts 12th October, Sundays at 5:30 PM EST, 2:30 PT.
HOT PINK SHORTS HIGHLIGHTS
Meu Namordo e Miche (My Boyfriend is a Hustler), (Brazil), Director Luffe Steffen
She Wears Cufflinks (U.S.), Directed by Diana J Brodie (provides a guide to proper butch attire)
Hubbey/Wifey – (U.S.) Directed by Todd Hughes (An experimental ode to the relationship of Gertude Stein and Alice B. Toklas.)
FALL OUTstanding DOCS (Sundays, 6PM EST, 3PM PT)
7 September Gay Cops: Pride Behind the Badge
28 September Straight Acting
5 October 18th Century Gay Underworld
12 October Gay Muslims
19 October Camp Out
2nd November Occupied! World Broadcast premiere.
9th November Queer as Old Folk
Sport, like war and religion, is one of the sanctioned places where men are allowed to show love and concern for each other. Produced by Oscar nominated documentary filmmaker Amy Sommer (Waco: The Rules of Engagement), Straight Acting shows one gay man’s journey “out of the closet” and onto the rugby pitch, the rodeo circuit and the hockey rink.
Debuts 28th September at 6 PM EST, 3PM PT (Canadian broadcast premiere)
18th Century Gay Underworld (Channel 4, UK)
Life in Georgian England, particularly London, has been described as an erotic “Golden Age”, comparable to pre-AIDS San Francisco. After the dreary, repressed years that preceded, there was an explosion of frank and hedonistic sexual encounters before the shutters came down with the turn of the century and the advent of “Victorian” values. This film explores one of the most intriguing secret strata of the 18th century world- the remarkable gay scene that flourished through all levels of society, from the “Molly-Houses” or gay brothels where sex
was readily available, to the public figures with long-term hidden partners. The film also reveals the less well-known existence of Lesbian activity in the 18th century and explores a number of well – documented cases of “tommies”- female transvestites, women who attempted to live, work and even marry as a man.
Debuts 5 October at 6 PM EST, 3PM PT (Canadian broadcast premiere)
Follows ten midwestern teenagers as they attend the first overnight Bible Camp for gay Christian youths. For these six boys and four girls, it’s just as hard to come out as Christian as it is to come out as gay. They’re caught in the battle between religion, politics and sexuality that’s raging in the United States today. These kids are outsiders – their straight classmates ostracize them and their churches reject them. But like all teens, they yearn to feel at home, somewhere.
Struggling to find a way to be true to both their spirituality and their sexual identity, these teens come to camp hoping to finally find a place of acceptance.
Debuts 19th October at 6 PM EST, 3PM PT (Canadian broadcast premiere)
Conduct Unbecoming (Channel 4, UK)
A revealing, provocative intimate story of how a generation of Gay young men and women fought to keep their sexuality hidden from the military. This doc tells the story of homosexual love caught in the middle of the Second World War and in the line of fire of the military. A generation of young British and American gays were becoming aware of their sexuality when the outbreak of WW2 threw them into the strict rules of the military. In the midst of war, like straight soldiers, gays learned to find lovers and new sexual awakenings began.
Debuts 2nd December at 6 PM EST, 3PM PT
Love in Rimini (Channel 4, UK)
Love in Rimini explores the fascinating relationships between straight men and transsexuals who live in the Italian resort of Rimini. How do men justify their attraction to a transsexual and how does this fit into straight sexual identity? How does the strong Italian macho tradition deal with this phenomenon? In this cultural context, could these relationships be an outlet or cover for gay desire and sexual contact?
Debuts 16th November at 6 PM EST, 3PM PT (Canadian premiere)
Filmaker Igal Hecht’s OUTtv original documentary looks at the experiences of Palestinian GLBT Arab community members living in Canada, Israel and Palestine . The film will explore the hardships of being gay in a society where such a life style is punishable by death. In the Palestinian Authority, where Hamas now governs, strict rules about sexuality are enforced. The film is edited in a vérité approach,
utilizing interviews in Canada, Israel and Palestine. Haifa has a festival of love each year, which will serve as a back drop to the film.
Debuts 2nd November at 6 PM EST, 3PM PT (World Broadcast premiere. OUTtv original production)
Queer as Old Folk (Channel 4, UK)
This film explores the present day lives and relationships of several gay men who came of age when homosexuality was still illegal, and who are now growing old disgracefully. 58 year old Clive entered a marriage to subdue his urges. He’s still married, although he came out 18 months ago. He’s now a sexual teenager; using Gaydar, cruising saunas and having sex with numerous young men a week. 73 year old Alan came out in his teens, long before homoxsexuality was legal. But
his Mom said it was okay as long as he was in love, and didn’t kiss them. All the men featured made choices about their sex lives and sexual identities pre legalization, and 40 years later, they are still living with the consequences of their choices.
Debuts on 9th November at 6 PM EST, 3PM PT (OUTtv broadcast premiere)