A new Kickstarter campaign means Dante’s Cove could be coming back for a fourth season — and for those who missed the show’s original run, The Advocate has secured the entire first season for a limited time.
The series inspired a cult following when it ran on Here TV from 2005 to 2007. It was a supernatural soap opera that unabashedly showed same-sex love on screen. Straight people had hundreds of shows about their romances, but Dante’s Cove was special because it treated LGBT people without the kid gloves of mainstream networks.
Now Dante’s Cove could be coming back, with its director, Sam Irvin, making the pitch for raising $50,000 per episode for a fourth season called "The Next Generation."
“A lot of LGBT projects had a lot of political statements that they were trying to make and this was something that was going to be pure entertainment,” said Irvin, remembering the launch of Dante's Cove in a Kickstarter video released Tuesday. That apolitical viewpoint was a statement of its own at the time. Marriage equality had only just come to Massachusetts, and TV was in short supply of gay relationships. The first gay sex scene on a mainstream American soap opera didn't happen until 2009 on One Life to Live, after Dante's Cove aired what had been its last season.
You had to be a Here TV subscriber to see the series, so for those who missed it (and because Here TV is a sister company of The Advocate), we’ve secured the entire first season for your viewing pleasure. Actor Stephen Amell of Arrow fame was part of that first season, playing the sexy, straight villain in the show.
The show came with nudity and sex scenes that are included in the videos below, making them largely unsafe-for-work. So, bookmark this post and watch at home. Check out Amazon Prime to watch each of the first three seasons.
Watch the first season, which, be forewarned, includes nudity:
Check out the Kickstarter campaign: