By Chrys Hudson
Article Date: 11/29/2007
The MTV-owned channel announced today that it has given the green light to a new competition dating series, Transamerican Love Story, centered on transgender activist, artist, actress and author Calpernia Addams. Execs at the LGBT-focused Logo also announced Gimme Sugar, which will follow five women on the search for love in the L.A. lesbian nightlife and club scene, and the tentatively titledRockdogs, which will chronicle San Francisco’s star gay basketball team as its new generation of players struggles to survive on and off the court.
The eight-episode Transamerican Love Story follows Addams as she whittles down a group of eight bachelors, living together in a Los Angeles-area home, with the help of her best friend and fellow transgender activist Andrea James. Calpernia is openly transgender to all the show’s suitors from the start of the series.
“Calpernia Addams proves that steely optimism and a genuine spirit are the universal keys to finding love,” Brian Graden, president of MTV Networks Music Group Entertainment and president of Logo, said in a release.
The show is hosted by comedian and actor Alec Mapa (Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives) and will also feature online voting at LOGOonline.com, allowing viewers to express who they think Calpernia should eliminate. Live voting results will air during the show, but the selections are Addams’ alone.
The hour-long show, which will premiere in February, is executive produced by Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey and Tom Campbell of World of Wonder Productions (Transgeneration, The Eyes Of Tammy Faye), Joe Del Hierro of Oh Really! Productions (The Big Gay Sketch Show) and co-executive produced by Julio Kollerbohm.
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