Bars might not be open right now, but there’s a new gay watering hole you can visit from the comfort of your living room: Mélange.
The fictional New York City gay bar is the setting for a forthcoming campy soap pilot of the same name, starring Emmy nominee Morgan Fairchild. Logo has the honors of debuting the series’ first episode on our YouTube and Facebook this Wednesday, May 20.
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"And you thought quarantine was a bitch." Get ready for the ️Dynasty. The fiercely campy soap #Melange is coming to Logo's Facebook & YouTube. Wednesday May 20th at 4pm ET (: @melangetheseries) With @morganfairchild1, @omarsharifjr, @scottevansgram, @thealexnewell, @perezhilton, and more!
Created and executive-produced by theatrical producer Tom D’Angora, the half hour-long series “will center on the fight over the ownership of an historic NYC gay bar, Mélange, after its proprietor has suddenly and mysteriously died,” NewNowNext previously reported when the production was announced. “It will explore themes of sexuality, immigration, addiction, power, and inclusion.”
Out actor Scott Evans stars as Ryann Parker, a young man trying to keep Mélange away from the deceased owner’s wife, Vivian Winchester (Fairchild).
Mélange will also mark the American television acting debut of gay Human Rights Foundation ambassador Omar Sharif Jr. (pictured below), grandson of legendary actor Omar Sharif.
The cast also includes Kristen Alderson, Laith Ashley, Maya Days, Diana DeGarmo, David A. Gregory, Perez Hilton, Mark Indelicato, Ilene Kristen, Jessica Leccia, Alex Newell, Robert Newman, Anne Ramsay, Darnell Williams, and Pamela Winslow Kashani.
Fairchild, who came to fame in the ’70s and ’80s, is best known for her work on soaps such as Dallas, Falcon Crest, and Flamingo Road. A longtime HIV/AIDS activist, she memorably played Marla, a girlfriend of Sandra Bernhard’s character, on Roseanne. Her other previous LGBTQ-themed projects include Shock to the System, A Perfect Ending, and eCupid.
With this week’s ABC primetime special, The Story of Soaps, and daytime dramas running out of new episodes, Logo is supplying soap fans with some new content by premiering the highly anticipated pilot for Mélange while everyone is stuck at home in quarantine. Here’s hoping that more episodes could be filmed once productions resume post-COVID.
Check out the campy pilot for Mélange below.