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MTV's Logo Network Unveils New Slate

Logo, the MTV Networks channel that targets lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender viewers, on Wednesday announced a series development slate that includes a comedy featuring a gay ghost and a drama about homosexual men and women serving in the military.

Also on the slate are a comedy prequel to the play and 2000 cult film "Sordid Lives" and a reality project that gives LGBT participants an opportunity to confront friends and loved ones who have disowned them because of their sexuality.

"We're excited to be in business with such amazing storytellers and artists and share their enthusiasm for telling gay stories authentically," said Brian Graden, president of MTV Networks Music Group Entertainment.

Logo senior VP original programming Eileen Opatut added that the projects "represent Logo's commitment to investing in high-quality series."

In addition, each production will include content for online, wireless video and portable media players, Logo said.

The series projects in development:

"The Service," a one-hour drama that looks at the lives of enlisted LGBT men and women at an active military base on the Pacific Ocean, where they covertly combat rising persecution under new leadership at the base. "Service" is from executive producers Russell Mulcahy, Armand Speca, Andy Cochran and Daniel Punt and is written by Cochran and Punt.

"Sordid Lives: The Series," a half-hour comedy that follows an eccentric Texan family whose intertwining off-kilter lives ultimately lead to the death of the family matriarch. The project is created, written and directed by Del Shores and produced by Funny Boy Films. Shores and Kirkland Tibbels of Funny Boy are executive producing.

"That Gay Ghost," a half-hour sitcom pilot from Maverick Television that revolves around the lives of a conservative family whose lives are changed when they discover that a gay ghost named Cosmo is living in the closet of their new home. Brandon Panaligan will executive produce along with Maverick's Guy Oseary and Michael Rosenberg. Mark Morgan will produce.

"Reconnection," a half-hour reality project from GRB Entertainment and executive producers Gary Benz, Michael Branton and Brant Pinvidic.

Logo, which launched June 30, reaches about 20 million U.S. subscribers.


Kimberly Nordyke writes for The Hollywood Reporter.

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