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The Logo network announced Monday that it has green-lit four new scripted series for development. "For too long gay and lesbian stories were largely untold, and these new projects, as diverse as the community itself, make themselves heard," said Logo president Brian Graden in a statement. The four series are:
* The Rules: A Lesbian Survival Guide: Based on Girl Play creators Michelle Paradise and Lee Friedlander's short film, this sitcom follows irreverent lesbian Jennifer Baker and her friends, who offer the rules for surviving lesbian life.
* Heartland: Created by gay filmmaker Mark Christopher (54; Alkali, Iowa), this drama tells the story of a gay Columbia University student torn between his life and romance in the big city and his family crisis back home on the farm in Iowa, only to discover that Iowa may have its own special appeal.
* Rick and Steve: Based on the popular Internet animated shorts, this stop-motion animated series includes happy gay couple Rick and Steve and what happens when Rick's lesbian friend Kirsten asks him to be the father of their child. Complicating matters is the fact that Steve and Kirsten's partner, Dana, are mortal enemies. The show will be co-executive-produced by creator Q. Allan Brocka (Eating Out) and W. Lance Reynolds.
* Slink: What happens when five lesbian felines inherit a Malibu mansion? They're forced to become cat burglars among the Hollywood elite to maintain their posh lifestyle. Executive producers are Larry Kasanoff and Michael Apostolina for Threshold Animation Studios. (Advocate.com)