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09/04/2008

Sho says hi to bi show

by Jeremy Hooper

200809041013We've already brought you details of the planned "L Word" spinoff. Now comes even more LGBT-centric programming news from the Showtime network. The inclusive cabler has just announced plans for an hourlong drama called "BiCoastal," which will tell the story of a man "who struggles to balance family life with his wife and kids in Los Angeles as he falls in love with a man in New York."

Reuters has more:

"Swingtown" creator goes "BiCoastal" in new drama [Reuters via Yahoo!]

No word on when the show will air. Though keeping with the theme of the the series, we hear Showtime is considering putting the meaty piece into two different holes in their schedule.

**NOTE: Bisexuality does not equal polyamory. Please, show producers, make it clear that your lead character's dual life is a characteristic of his particular televised situation (as it is with many TV dramas characters), and not bisexuality in general.

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Your thoughts

Let me preface, I do not know any bisxeuals. In general I think it would be both empowering and confusing. But I would think most of them have no trouble settling down with one person in a life long relationship, if that is what they truly want. No more so than a unisexual person would in choosing between a swinger life style and committment.
Yet it could make an interesting TV show.

Posted by: LOrion | Sep 4, 2008 11:09:25 AM

There's nothing wrong with polyamory -- honest, open, multiple loves, taking everyone's needs and feelings into account, where different people have different relationship styles, and where both women and men are free and empowered -- if it suits YOU and your partners.

Polyamory/monogamy is orthogonal to sexual orientation. I know quite a few straight, gay, and bi people in healthy poly relationships.

As someone who happens to be bisexual and polyamorous, I don't find it confusing. I do find dealing with the confusion common in our society a challenge; but I wouldn't take a "monogamy pill" any more than I'd take a "straight pill".

Posted by: GC | Sep 4, 2008 3:31:50 PM

I know at least two guys who are married to women, and also have boyfriends. One of them has two adopted children, and a live-in boyfriend (talk about convoluted). Both of them married because it was expected of them, but I don't believe that either of them is truly bisexual. Had social mores been more conducive, I suspect that they neither one would have married their opposite sex spouses.

And, I think this may be fairly common. If that is what SHO is portraying, then it is somewhat reality based, and would serve to point out the real social need for same-sex marriage. But if they are attempting another "Big Love" then I can just hear Dobson, et al., pointing to it with their vociferous, "I told you so!" rant. While never once mentioning that sometimes fiction is just fiction.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Sep 4, 2008 3:43:47 PM

GC: Nobody's casting judgment. The line at the end of the post is just to say that bisexuality does not equal polyamory. The far right ALWAYS tries to make that claim, and we wanted to go ahead and address it before they do again.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Sep 4, 2008 3:52:55 PM

GC, I know that it is absolutely none of my business, and you can feel free to completely ignore me. I'm just curious.

But, are you married (or living with someone)?
And, do the other members of your ménage know about each other? And, how does that dynamic play out?

Posted by: Dick Mills | Sep 4, 2008 4:11:56 PM

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