As usual, the gays are everywhere on TV right now.
Ted Haggard keeps popping up. Just when you think you’ve shaken him off your trail, this time he’s helping his wife promote her new memoir about why she didn’t just go ahead and divorce him after his drugs-and-gay-sex scandal broke in the media. He grins too much these days and is really eager to share oblique details of how much he bangs Mrs. Haggard, even when talking to Oprah again, and you know how much she hates it when people talk about sex. Anyway, it’s weird and yet still compelling to me for some reason.
RuPaul’s Drag Race is back for a second round; The Millionaire Matchmaker is going to try to fix up a millionaire bear in the next few weeks and; Carnie Wilson: Unstapled features her best gay friends, a hairdressing couple of blond guys who are ... what’s the word ... that’s right, twins.
For my money, the best gays on TV right now are still the fictional ones on The Sarah Silverman Program, which just started its third season on Comedy Central thanks to an infusion of budget dollars by Logo. “Brian” and “Steve,” as played by comedians Brian Posehn and Steve Agee, are twin-like in their own way — both are unusually tall, lumpy, disheveled, bearded, and red-haired.
But more important, they’re the only gay couple I’ve seen recently on a scripted TV series who seem to actually enjoy each other’s company. And last week they battled the ghost of a guy they accidentally murdered with a TV remote. So they’re courageous too. The actors are even starring as their characters in ad spots for video games now, meaning that gaming companies now have your number, fat gay nerds.
Watching these guys is a nice break from all the gays-in-the-news stuff going on. You don’t need a program to know what’s up: "Don’t ask, don’t tell" is giving right-wingers a chance to talk about how we won’t stop touching other guys’ butts in the barracks; the Prop. 8 trial keeps uncomfortably reminding people who’d rather think of us as drug-addled partyers that some of us have kids who actually suffer because their parents can’t get married; and the ongoing saga of the Ugandan proposal to imprison and kill all the homosexuals there, even the ones who fled the country, is enough to make you want to pick up a gun in self-defense. In fact, any one of these things could bring you down and leave you feeling hopeless if you’re the type of homosexual who’s prone to wallowing in comfortable victimhood.
Which brings me to CBS Reports: The Homosexuals. It’s a show about actual victims. And no, it’s not new. It’s old. Like 1967 old.