Logo’s Exclusive Partnership with GLAAD Will Include Broadcast of 2016 GLAAD Media Awards
Fresh off the heels of the highest rated year in the network’s 10-year history, Logo is continuing to break records as the only cable network to post 10 consecutive quarters of year-over-year growth. The network has no plans to slow down as it heads into 2016 with the eighth season of mega-hit RuPaul’s Drag Race, along with a diverse slate of programs and high profile tentpole events. Logo recently announced the greenlight of two brand new series – Gay For Play Game Show Starring RuPaul and Gay Skit Happens – plus a third season of Cocktails & Classics, Michael Urie’s love letter to classic films.
Sketch comedy series Gay Skit Happens premieres Monday, February 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Daniel Franzese (Mean Girls, Looking, Recovery Road) hosts the premiere and joins the cast of comics to take on Valentine’s Day and tackle all things funny in love, dating, relationships, and sex in the age of social media. Actress Vivica A. Fox will join as the host of a Summer Special.
Gay For Play Game Show Starring RuPaul, a celebrity-filled pop culture trivia show, will premiere later this year along with the eighth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Fans don’t have to wait for the premiere to meet the new queens, though. The next set of contestants battling it out to become America’s next drag superstar will be ru-vealed during the New Now Next Honors, Logo’s annual celebration of the hottest new TV, film and music, on February 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. A second season of RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race will premiere later in the year.
Logo will also continue to deliver groundbreaking LGBT events, including the television premiere of the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards this spring.
“After reaching 10 consecutive quarters of year-over-year ratings growth, Logo is continuing on its track as one of the fastest growing cable networks,” said Pamela Post, SVP of Original Programming for Logo. “From fresh comedic voices, to the phenomenal RuPaul and a new partnership with GLAAD, Logo will build on its momentum with a diverse slate of quality series and specials that keep audiences enthralled.”
Over the last 10 quarters, Logo has posted a 43 percent ratings gain and is the only network in the P18-49 demo to report ten consecutive quarters of year-over-year growth. In that same time period, the network also posted a 227 percent increase in reach across its digital properties and is currently the second most visited LGBT site on the web.
2016 Programming Highlights
Gay Skit Happens
Premieres Monday, February 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
In the first episode of this new half hour, quarterly sketch comedy series directed by Rusty Cundieff (Chapelle’s Show, Human Giant) and Executive Produced by Tom Gianis (Saturday Night Live, Drunk History), Logo takes on the theme of Valentine’s Day and tackles all things funny in love, dating, relationships, and sex in the age of social media. Guest Host Daniel Franzese (Looking, Mean Girls, Recovery “Road) joins a cast of familiar and up-and-coming sketch comedy players for a blend of pop culture parodies, recurring characters, and comic critiques about modern romance, including Franzese’s take on Cupid that we won’t soon forget! Vivica A. Fox will join as a Host for a Summer edition.
Gay Skit Happens stars Brian Jordan Alvarez, Tara DiFrancisco, Julie Goldman, Stephen Guarino, Ken Kirby, Lyric Lewis, Courtney Pauroso, Bill Posley, and features a guest appearance by SUPERFRUIT, aka Grammy Award-winners Scott Hoying and Mitch Grassi, who also teamed with Greg O’Connor (In Living Color) on the show’s theme song.
Gay Skit Happens is produced by Brian Graden Media. Brian Graden, Gaurav Misra and Lois Curren serve as Executive Producers. LB Horschler serves as Executive in Charge of Production. Joe Del Hierro & Liesel Reinhart also serve as Executive Producers. Chris McCarthy, Pamela Post and Dave Mace serve as Executive Producers for Logo.
Gay For Play Game Show Starring RuPaul
Premieres Spring 2016
Hosted by RuPaul, Gay For Play is a 30-minute, comedic, trivia game show where a panel of six celebrities help two contestants answer pop culture questions to win cash and prizes.
Gay For Play Game Show Starring RuPaul is produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Kate Fisher, and RuPaul Charles serving as Executive Producers. Chris McCarthy, Pamela Post and Tim Palazzola are Executive Producers for Logo.
RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8
Premieres Spring 2016
RuPaul’s Drag Race returns with a court of queens so ingenious, a competition so unpredictable and a judges’ panel so packed with talent, you’ll be seeing stars. It’s all the artistry, all the humanity and all the head-turning twists you love but if you think you know this Race, honey, you have no idea.
RuPaul’s Drag Race is produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Steven Corfe, Kate Fisher, and RuPaul Charles serving as Executive Producers. Chris McCarthy, Pamela Post and Tim Palazzola are Executive Producers for Logo.
Cocktails & Classics – Season 3
Premiere Date TBA 2016
The third season of Cocktails & Classics features host Michael Urie and a group of his industry insider friends serving up new twists on classic films. Urie and guests will dish as they screen classic films and shed light on behind-the-scenes gossip.
Cocktails & Cocktails is Executive Produced by Michael Urie and Ryan Kroft for Logo. Joe Buoye is Executive in Charge of Production, and Vaughn Schoonmaker serves as Series Producer.
27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards
Premieres April 2016
One of the most moving and visible annual LGBT events returns to television to honor fair, accurate and inclusive media representations of LGBT people and the issues that affect their lives. Viewers can see which TV, film and news programs win big and catch all of the action as Hollywood A-listers speak out in support of LGBT acceptance.
RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race
Premiere Date TBA 2016
They are the most celebrated, re-tweeted, and dynamic queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race, and they’re back with their fiercest drag to compete for the one thing that’s eluded them all, to be crowned America’s Next Drag Superstar. Join RuPaul for a special All Stars edition of RuPaul’s Drag Race for a competition with more twists, more surprises, and more extravaganza than ever before.
RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race is produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Steven Corfe, Kate Fisher, and RuPaul Charles serving as Executive Producers. Chris McCarthy, Pamela Post and Tim Palazzola are Executive Producers for Logo.