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Romeo San Vicente | January 30, 2006

Sandra Bernhard in The L Word The Next Sandra Bernhard Experience

Sandra Bernhard's take-no-prisoners approach to performing has always deserved a regular prime-time television outlet. In 2001, A&E; gave her a talk show, The Sandra Bernhard Experience, that was just too brilliant to live for very long – so it didn't. But now another chance has come along on the gay cable channel Q Television Network. The progressive, witty, sharp-tongued Bernhard has already begun co-hosting duties on the Queer Edge with Jack E. Jett talk show, a "temp job" that will last for 40 episodes. In the meantime, the network is negotiating with the entertainer to develop her own series, though what that might entail is still under discussion. But with Bernhard at the wheel, expect bold opinions, fascinating guests, and a healthy dose of the unexpected.

Scott Thompson Thompson's Animated Buddy

Former Kids in the Hall star Scott Thompson is finding that mining the past can open doors in the present. His Kids character, Buddy Cole, the old-school flamboyant gay bar owner, will soon be made even more cartoonish than he was before. Here TV has announced a half-hour adult animated series called Buddy's, created by Thompson and centered on the adventures of Cole. The show will take Buddy off his Kids barstool and out into the world, where he'll have to deal with local "family values" officials and the complications of becoming an unwilling parent to his orphaned niece. The show is currently in development and should see the light of day sometime later this year. And if it's half as funny as Thompson's Kids sketches were, Buddy's might just end up being the coolest program on Here.

David Fincher Fincher Grabs Hold of Torso

Director David Fincher (Fight Club) is working on his Torso for Paramount Pictures. The stylish filmmaker has taken on the thriller based on a graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis – one of the top writers in comics – and openly gay comics writer Marc Andreyko, whose gay-inclusive Manhunter has received wide acclaim. Torso tells the true story of Treasury Department agent Eliot Ness' move to Cleveland, after his days of hunting Al Capone, to be the city's public-safety officer. When human torsos begin appearing in the river and Ness receives taunting notes from the killer, he puts together a team of ex-officers to nab the murderer. The project has just been announced, so look for the finished product sometime in 2007, not long after Zodiac, another true-life serial killer project that Fincher's working on, with Brokeback Mountain star Jake Gyllenhaal.

Billy Bean Gays with a Secret

Who better to suss out who's keeping a big secret than a group of gay panelists? That's the logic behind the Game Show Network's recent announcement that it will begin airing a revival of the classic show I've Got a Secret. On Secret, a contestant appears before a panel, the audience is told the contestant's secret, and the panelists have to guess what it is. In this updated version, though, the twist is that the show's panel will be composed solely of openly gay media personalities. The lineup consists of radio host/humorist Frank DeCaro, comedian Susanne Westenhoefer, retired major-league baseball player Billy Bean, and Broadway actor Jermaine Taylor. Bil Dwyer (Extreme Dodgeball) will host. Look for the queer-centric Secret later this year.

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