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Q Celebrates Birthday with New Fare

7/25/2005 4:40 AM Eastern

Q Television Network has a new slate of fall shows that will debut Sept. 5, the gay-targeted premium service’s first anniversary, officials said Monday.

The roster of new programming will include what is being billed as the nation’s first gay morning news-and-entertainment show, Brunch. It will be a live interactive talk show that will include celebrities dropping by for a little morning chatter.

The new fall lineup also includes Queer on Edge,a nightly talk show that will be hosted by Jack E. Jett, featuring guests, video features and celebrity co-hosts.

Gay Courtis a new daily show that will examine legal issues facing the gay, lesbian and transgender community.

Flesh and Threads is a weekly live dance show that will focus on “queer” music and fashions.

It’s a Drag will travel to cities and small towns across the country to explore the drag-queen scene.

Finally, Q on Broadway is a weekly series that will feature interviews with Broadway stars and sneak peeks at plays, while On the Road to the Gay Games will profile competitors and teams as they prepare for Gay Games VII in Chicago.

“As we enter our second year of production, Q Television has more than doubled the amount of original programming for its viewers,” president and founder Frank Olsen said in a prepared statement.

“What viewers will find on Q is like nothing else on television,” he added. “It’s entertaining, educational and evocative. Our flagship shows -- including the three-hour live, interactive On Q Live,our travelogue Q on the Move and our women’s talk show, Women on Women --will be joined by new shows that are both fun and informative.”