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'Ab Fab' is Back! Logo, BBC Partner for New 'Absolutely Fabulous' Specials

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 29th 2011 12:00PM
Absolutely FabulousBrace yourselves: Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone are returning to your TV. Yes, the dynamic duo of Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley -will star in three new 'Absolutely Fabulous' specials.

BBC Worldwide is partnering with Logo and BBC America for the series of specials.

"We are thrilled to be able to celebrate our 20th birthday with all of the original cast," Saunders said in a statement. "We hope that, like a good bottle of champagne, we have grown better with age but lost none of our sparkle."

Saunders, who wrote and created the series, plays Edina, a public relations professional who is always up on the current trends and fashions. Lumley plays Patsy, a hard-partying magazine exec.

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Logo Taps Lisa Lampanelli, Carol Leifer, Ballet Dancers & Dogs for New Programming Slate

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 11th 2011 5:30PM
Lisa Lampanelli, Carol LeiferLisa Lampanelli and Carol Leifer are getting in bed with Logo. According to Deadline, the two comediennes have projects in the works at the network.

Lampanelli and her husband will star in 'Big Loud Lisa,' a new reality series about the newlywed couple adjusting to life. Chelsea Handler's Borderline Amazing Productions is behind the project.

Other reality projects include 'Design my Dog' and 'Ballet Beach.' 'Dog' is a a competition series that tasks dog owners and fashion designers to create "canine couture." The prize? Cash and a dog calendar contract. Seriously.

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'Glee's' Gay Kiss: What It Means for TV

by PopEater Staff, posted Mar 17th 2011 3:00PM

Although Tuesday's 'Glee' saw the New Directions winning regionals after hitting the stage with a pair of original songs -- a first for the series -- that isn't what anyone was talking about yesterday. After months of hints and winks, fans of Fox's hit musical finally got what they've been waiting for: The characters of Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Blaine (Darren Criss) kissed for the first time. And it wasn't a peck. It also wasn't overtly sexual or desperate, it wasn't rushed or clouded with turmoil, and it certainly wasn't played for laughs, the way many kisses between men are on TV. It was perfect.

"It's hard to overstate the significance of the kiss between Kurt and Blaine on 'Glee' last night," Michael Jensen, editor of Logo's AfterElton.com told the editors of TV Squad sister site PopEater. "Even better, it wasn't the sort of kiss we saw back in the 1990s where the guys pecked each other on the lips -- or worse, the camera cutaway -- but this was a real kiss that hinted there is much more to come in this relationship. If we still needed proof how far gay characters have come on network TV, 'Glee' just gave it to us."

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'A-List: New York' Trailer: The Gay List

by Andrew Scott, posted Aug 31st 2010 1:00PM
Reichen LehmkuhlWho says women get to have all the fun?

In what looks to be the gay version of Bravo's popular 'Real Housewives' franchise, today Logo released the first trailer for its new reality series 'A-List: New York,' in which a bunch of Manhattan power gays (among them 'Amazing Race' winner Reichen Lehmkuhl) do push-ups in the Hamptons, have their personal stylists on speed dial and get whatever they want, whenever they want. (Floatable pool swans? Check!)

Will Reichen and the gang create as much drama as Jill and Bethenny did on this past season of 'Real Housewives of New York City'?

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Introducing the New 'Tonight Show' Logo

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 17th 2010 10:02AM

Jay LenoFor those of you hoping for a last-minute reprieve of Conan O'Brien, you are way too late. To prove it, NBC has developed a brand-spanking-new logo for 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.' What's old is new again.

The show has posted the new logo on the website of the now-defunct 'Jay Leno Show,' ironically. You can also see construction of the new stage and some of the workers holding a coffee cup in the background. The new logo is after the jump.

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MTV Finally Drops 'Music Television' From Its Logo

by Annie Wu, posted Feb 9th 2010 2:28PM
mtv logoAt one point in history, MTV was known for being on the cutting edge of young programming and was quick to pick up on change. However, the network seemed unusually reluctant to stray from its original Music Television name, despite the fact the rest of the world was well-aware that their "music" programming was virtually non-existent. This reluctance was even more weird when MTV's final bastion of music videos, 'Total Request Live,' had the afternoon spot wrenched from its weakened hands.

Well, MTV has finally caught up, making a visually minor but symbolically huge change to its logo: No more "music television."

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Sarah Silverman Talks Season Three and More

by Nick Zaino, posted Feb 4th 2010 11:04AM
Sarah Silverman on The Sarah Silverman ProgramIt may not have seemed that Sarah Silverman was busy in 2009, especially since the last time we saw 'The Sarah Silverman Program' on Comedy Central was December of 2008. But she was busy behind the scenes.

Silverman filmed 'Saint John of Las Vegas' with Steve Buscemi, which played the festival circuit last year and gets a wider release this year, 'Peep World' with Michael C. Hall and Rainn Wilson, and wrote her memoir, 'The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee,' which is due in April.

Silverman was also negotiating with Comedy Central for 'The Sarah Silverman Program.' Comedy Central wanted to cut her budget from $1.1 million per episode to $850,000, which was a non-starter for Silverman and her partners.

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All My Children hires two new head writers

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 21st 2010 6:02PM
all_my_children_logo_bookIt's been weeks since All My Children dropped head writer Charles Pratt Jr. Today, the ABC soap which has just celebrated its 40th anniversary on the air, made a decision about the future story lines for the show. David Kreizman and Donna Swajeski are the new co-head writers of All My Children. The duo have worked together in the past; in 2007 they were winners of the Writers Guild Award for heading up the Guiding Light writing staff.

ABC Daytime prez Brian Frons, was effusive in praising the writers, saying, "David and Donna are the perfect team to bring new ideas to All My Children while remaining true to its core by telling stories with a focus on the integrity of the show's history, its characters and families on the canvas." It helps that Donna actually began her soap writing career at AMC, working directly with the show's creator, Agnes Nixon.

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New Doctor Who logo revealed

by Brad Trechak, posted Oct 7th 2009 11:41AM
New Doctor Who logo
Every once in a while, the British television show Doctor Who is revamped. This is usually done by replacing the lead actor and his supporting crew. However, it is also done by changing the logo of the series. As a result, certain logos are associated with certain eras. Yesterday, the BBC has revealed on their website the logo to be associated with the Matt Smith era of the show. They also have a video of the historical logos of the show.

I don't have a particular favorite logo, although I liked both the "diamond" logo of the 70's, most closely associated with Tom Baker's era, and the "neon" logo of the 80's, which spanned three Doctors (Tom Baker, Peter Davison and Colin Baker). The current one isn't bad either with the cylinder thing with pointy ends (what is that shape called?).

A video preview of thenew logo is available on certain sites such as Topless Robot. What do you think of it? Which logo has been your favorite?

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Here's the new Tonight Show logo

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 29th 2009 9:05AM
Tonight Show logoSo what do you think of it? I like it. Conan says that he "wanted a logo that acknowledged the long, rich tradition of The Tonight Show while still looking good on hats, t-shirts, mugs, lawn furniture, notebooks, stemware, urns, defibrillators, water bottles, cell phones, sports equipment, pens, vacuums, chimes and our new line of unisex cologne."

Now we just have to see what the theme song and opening will look like. Conan takes over the show on June 1.

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Why Drag Race is better than Top Model

by Michael Pascua, posted Mar 26th 2009 1:00PM
RuPaul's Drag RaceAmerica's Next Top Model could learn a few things from LOGO's reality show Rupaul's Drag Race. Although the two shows are different beasts (one is about models that accidentally look drag, the other intentionally looks drag), the competitive qualities of the show remain the same. There is still runway walking, working in different fashion themes, and looking fierce.

RuPaul has said that the two shows aren't interchangeable and it's true: Drag Race is colorful, fun, and intriguing; qualities that Top Model has lost after all these years. Here are several good reasons why Top Model isn't on top anymore.

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Sarah Silverman gets saved by 'gay TV channel'

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 4th 2009 9:03AM
Once again, people, I'm forced to asked the question, what the hell is going on here? Has black become white? Has up replaced down? Has Rush Limbaugh been saying he wishes Barack Obama all the best, while Janeane Garofalo is caught trying to start a fire in the White House rose garden?

The makers of The Sarah Silverman Program have been in a standoff with Comedy Central over their latest budget negotiations. Thankfully, a deal was reached and the show will return for another season, but the deal was even bigger than the budget they called into question.

Well, no one ever said you had to be good at math to run a major network, or any of the other basic requirements for passing standardized testing, for that matter. Fred Silverman's parents, for instance, had to hire their boy a special tutor so he could pass finger painting.

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Things I learned from my cable TV

by Brett Love, posted Jun 26th 2008 6:02PM
Kristy SwansonI'm going to hazard the guess that if you are a regular visitor to TV Squad that you, like me, probably watch more television than the average bear. Partly out of good old fashioned curiosity, and partly because I'm paying for all of those channels so I might as well use them, I make it a point to cover as much of my cable TV package as I can when time allows. Doing so, you end up finding some odd and interesting things. After the jump, five things I've learned from my cable TV over the last week or so.


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RuPaul's Drag Race heads to Logo

by Jane Boursaw, posted May 15th 2008 12:23PM
RuPaulWhat must it be like to be RuPaul? Hmmm ... I can't really even fathom it, so let's just continue on with this news item as if it's important.

RuPaul's Drag Race, a new reality competition series helmed by the drag queen him/herself, has been greenlighted by MTV Networks' Logo, which targets lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender viewers, notes The Hollywood Reporter.

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Rick and Steve hit Logo in July

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 14th 2007 4:02PM

rick and steveRick and Steve are a gay couple, and they're animated. I don't mean they're lively, I mean they're the stars of a new animated series for Logo called Rick and Steve. The series, which begins July 10 at 10:00 p.m., features voice work by Alan Cumming, Margaret Cho, Wilson Cruz and Peter Paige. The music for the series is composed by the same folks who wrote the music for Avenue Q.

The characters in Rick and Steve resemble tiny posable toys, which makes the show look like something created for the Nick Jr. set. Of course, the themes are just a tad more adult than that, or so I gathered by watching the trailer.

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