Logo steps into 'Sordid' realm


Logo, the MTV Networks channel that targets lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender viewers, said Tuesday that it is moving forward on "Sordid Lives: The Series," a scripted show based on Del Shores' 1996 play and 2000 film.

Logo has ordered 12 half-hour episodes of "Sordid Lives," about a dysfunctional Southern family, which is created, written and directed by Shores ("Queer as Folk," "Dharma & Greg"). The series, which has gone into production in Louisiana for a fall premiere, has been in development for two years, with the scripts completed last year before the writers strike started, Logo said.

Most of the film and stage cast are reprising their roles in the series, including Olivia Newton-John — who will perform five new original songs for the show — Bonnie Bedelia and Beth Grant. Leslie Jordan is set to guest star in several episodes, reprising his role as Brother Boy.

Rue McClanahan and Caroline Rhea, who did not appear in the film, also star.

"These TV and film icons populate Del Shores' amplified Southern family brilliantly," said Brian Graden, president of MTV Networks Music Group Entertainment and president of Logo.

Also on board are such guest stars as Margaret Cho, Candis Cayne, Carson Kressley and Georgette Jones, daughter of Tammy Wynette, who will play her mother in a dream sequence.

The series is produced by Stanley M. Brooks, Shores and Damian Ganczewski for Once Upon a Time Films ("Broken Trail"). Scout Prods. ("Queer Eye for the Straight Guy") also is producing. IMG World Media is distributing internationally.