We've been following the trail of Tinseltown, a comedy from The Jim Henson Company featuring a gay male couple. A clip of the project made a splash at the Comic Con in San Diego this year and, at that point, was poised to make its debut on the web.
The series focuses on a pig named Bobby Vegan and his partner, Samson Knight, a bull. Bobby is a popular entertainer past his peak with anxieties that have him "self-medicating". Samson is not just Bobby's partner but also his manager, and keeping Bobby calm through the various crises is key to his personal and financial well-being. Bobby and Samson have a 13-year-old foster child named … Foster. (So. We can expect some wordplay jokes on Tinseltown.) Foster is played by a human, as is the rest of Tinseltown's cast, which includes an ex-wife, a limo driver and a masseuse.
The anxiety, insecurity and drug use in Tinseltown makes me think of Absolutely Fabulous and The Comeback, which makes it a show worth anticipating. (Is this the first time a show like that has focused on gay male characters?) Anybody catch the preview at San Diego? What did you think?
The pilot episode will premiere on Logo November 2, though there's no word on when more episodes will air. After November 5, you'll also be able to watch Tinseltown on AlienBootCamp.com. (Alien Boot Camp is an animated anthology series debuting this Friday on Logo … as a former Liquid Television fan, I can't wait!)
Thanks to our own Suddenly Seymour for the tip!