Emmy nominee Morgan Fairchild, 68, will headline Mélange, a new television drama about gay New York nightlife.
Created and executive-produced by theatrical producer Tom D’Angora, the half-hour series “will center on the fight over the ownership of an historic New York City gay bar, Mélange, after its proprietor has suddenly and mysteriously died,” Variety reports. “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., 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, 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.
Mélange begins filming this weekend in Manhattan. No network is currently attached to the project.