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@roxipowellTelevision just met the other end of the rainbow! Here TV is a premium channel that targets the LGBT audiences of the world, and is set to premier its first original show, From Here On OUT, soon. The show's creator, Terry Ray, also stars in the new sitcom. "To me, it's like a gay '30 Rock' with sort of a 'Tootsie' twist." The show very obviously makes fun of itself, described as "equal parts campy, cheesy and sexy." It jokingly details how a fictional gay television network would go about creating a show about a good looking gay spy. In their attempts to make Guy Dubai a serious television character, the sitcom brings loads of slapstick comedy, jabs at corporate culture, and many well-muscled chests and...ahem...other parts of male anatomy to our screens. They've even got Juliet Mills, the 72-year-old who starred in Nanny and the Professor (1970), to join the team as a saucy receptionist. She also happens to be the nanny of the teenage executive in charge of the fake studio network. This is not the first time television has seen gay characters on popular channels and programs. GLAAD, an advocate of the LGBT community, reported nearly 50 regular and recurring LGBT characters on broadcast and cable networks, respectively, in 2013 alone. But this is the first time in its 11-year life that Here TV has made an original show targeting the LGBT community specifically. Ray expressed his surprise that Logo, an American LGBT network owned by Viacom, did not think to make its own original comedies after it was created in 2005. "I never quite got it. When I found out there were going to be gay networks, I was thrilled. I thought, 'I want to do a gay sitcom--this is my world!'" Despite initial reservations about breaking away from its previously successful dramas, From Here On OUT has done very well and shattered all expectations. It's broken more ground than anyone would have thought possible, and Ray is pleased with the results. "I give them credit for that evolution. Here TV was the first to do that, especially since they let me spoof their world. I think that's super brave." The show, which can be viewed through Time Warner Cable, Comcast, and the HERE TV YouTube premium service, mainly targets gay males. Ray and his team admit that the show may not be for everyone, but they make no apologies for their art. "It's going to scare off certain people for sure--it's scaring off my aunt!" Ray said. "But those are people that are really probably not comfortable with the gay thing anyway." While the show consciously satirizes the gay community, Ray hopes this will bring in a wider viewership. He claims that, although the show is obviously made for a gay audience, the show's characters are "classic sitcom" and should in no way deter those who are openly supportive of the community. Are you excited for From Here On OUT? Let us know in the comments below!
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