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07/29/2009

From '[::sigh::], Fy' to 'High Five': Cabler pledges LGBT commitment

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 1-292SyFy scored poorly on GLAAD's annual ranking of LGBT visibility. But in a new interview with TV Guide, the cable net formerly known as Sci Fi pledges to do better in the coming season:

Looking ahead...Syfy's Stern touts two new series and the diversity depicted within.

"On Stargate Universe, one of the main female characters, we discover, is a lesbian and has a wife at home. It's a pretty important facet of who that character is," he says. ER alum Ming-Na plays intergalactic diplomat Camille Wray, while 24's Reiko Aylesworth recurs as her wife.

Similarly the Galactica prequel spin-off Caprica has at least two main characters depicted as being in gay relationships.
Syfy's Message to GLAAD: A More Diverse Future Is Coming [Seattle PI]

One doubts GLAAD's power at their own peril.

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Since they changed their name to the Syphilis Network I refuse to watch them. BBC America has better Sci Fi shows anyhow and I don't have to put up with the fake Wrestling.

Posted by: Vast | Jul 29, 2009 10:35:39 AM

I think appearing in cheesy made for sci-fi movies would set gay rights back decades.

Posted by: penguinsaur | Jul 29, 2009 12:50:25 PM

I just doubt whether GLAAD is good for anything.

Posted by: Frank | Jul 29, 2009 1:36:27 PM

I've got another one. Last night I was watching sci-fi's new show, "Warehouse 13" (it's...ok). The plot involved some long dead mathematician who's secret device was being used by some characters in modern day. There was some hidden feature of the device locked behind a combination, which they discovered at the end of the episode to be "THOMAS," "his long lost love."

The line about "his long lost love" came and went, with no more extra focus placed on the homosexual relationship than had it been a heterosexual one. I thought that was really cool :-)

Now if they can just figure out that a male-female FBI duo a lá Mulder and Schully doesn't excuse them from better writing.

Posted by: zortnac | Jul 29, 2009 2:17:04 PM

Speaking of Battlestar Galactica, it also had a handful of gay characters. Including the Pegasus Commander and Rear Admiral Helena Cain who carried on an affair with one of the Sevens. And, then there were Lt. Felix Gaeta and his love interest Lt. louis Hoshi, though that storyline only made it into webisodes that were only broadcast a couple of times as something of an intermission.

Cain and Gaeta, as it turns out, ended up with somewhat tarnished reputations, though. Cain, the evil, maniacally scornful cylon-lover turned torturer. And Gaeta being the military leader of the mutiny on Galactica. Not exactly the upstanding citizenry that we might like, but nonetheless strong and leading characters.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Jul 29, 2009 2:38:29 PM

Warehouse 13 is basically a remake of the old Friday the 13th TV series, instead of a Pawn Shop you have a government warehouse.

Posted by: Vast | Jul 29, 2009 5:36:43 PM

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