June may mean the end of the school year or the time to start thinking about vacations but here on the LGBT page (which has a snazzy new design if you didn’t notice) June is Pride Month where you may come across the occasional gay pride festivities but there’s also much to proud about on our television screens this month. Here is your handy guide for the month of June as to which shows are coming back with new episodes, which old shows are coming back and where to find some very fun – and very gay – movie collections out there. Grab your pride flag and let’s do this!
“True Blood:” Say it ain’t so but season 7 will be the last for the campy vampire HBO series but don’t expect the final adventures of our favorite Bon Temps residents to be dull. In fact, the final season will steer back around to where it all began – the relationship of Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Sookie (Anna Paquin). But you know it won’t all be romance and sexy vampires since there’s a virus spreading through the town that threatens pretty much everyone. And, this being “True Blood,” there is always time for sex and, from what I hear, we will get a very sexy scene between Alexander Skarsgard (Eric) and Ryan Kwanten (Jason). And, my one request, can Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) finally find a love that lasts when the show fades away? (Season premiere, June 22nd, 9pm, HBO)
HereTV Freeview: If you’ve been wanting to give the premium gay channel a gander, the network’s Freeview is the perfect time to do so. Running from June 10-16, viewers will have free access to the channel, which has an extensive library of LGBT films like “Straight and Butch” and “From Hollywood To Dollywood” as well as series like “Dante’s Cove” and their new original series, “From Here On Out.” More details will be right here next week but mark your calendars! (Freeview, June 10-16th, HereTV)
“Mistresses:” Season 2 of the soapy ABC drama is back on Monday and we’ll get answers to all those pesky cliffhangers from the successful first season but also quickly jump ahead (8 months to be exact) and find out where the ladies are. Of course, our eyes will be on lesbian-in-training Joss (jes Macallan), who will focus on a new career as a party planner but none of the ladies (Alyssa Milano, Rochelle Aytes and Yunjin Kim) will stay out of trouble – or the bedroom – for long! (Mondays, 10pm, ABC)
“House Hunters:” Have you noticed that in a very subtle, natural way, the show that follows couples (and a few singles) as they try to find the home of their dreams, always includes gay couples? There are more to come in June, particularly with the June 19th (San Francisco) and 24th (Washington DC) episodes, which both feature gay couples. (New episodes weeknights at 10pm, HGTV)
“Our America With Lisa Ling:” I’ve been a huge fan of the Award-winning journalist’s look at the good, the bad and the ugly sides of our United States Of America since it began back in 2011 and on June 5th she revisits three of the transgender persons she first talked to three years ago. Every subject Ling tackles is not only full of integrity but also dives in and explores every side of the issue at hand. (Thursdays, 10pm, OWN). In this video, Ling looks at the journey she’s been on while making the series and bringing it to an end with the current season.
“Orange Is The New Black:” One of the buzziest new series to come along last year is back for a second season. Netflix will again drop all 13 episodes next Friday and expect more laughs, drama and horrific situations, especially with the addition of Lorraine Toussaint, who joins as new inmate, Vee, who is not going to make things fun for anyone (except maybe the viewers!). (Season Premiere, June 6th, all episodes, Netflix)
“Pretty Little Liars:” When the addictive ABC Family thriller kicks off season 4, the big question might be whether cutie Ezra (Ian Harding) is dead after taking a bullet in the season finale but I’m more curious about whether the breakup between teen lesbians Emily (Shay Mitchell) and Paige (Lindsey Shaw) is going to stick. And, of course, there’s always the question as to what’s up A’s sleeve next to terrorize the girls? (Season Premiere, June 10th, 8pm, ABC Family)
“The Fosters:” The much-lauded family drama is only going into its second season but it created quite a stir (the good kind) with its first season. By having two lesbians (Sherri Saum and Teri Polo) as the parents in this family and several of the kids be from the foster care system, it presents a new kind of family which isn’t about biology but is simply about love. Sure the show goes a tad melodramatic with some of the romances and the trouble the kids get into but the show does so with maturity and always stays grounded in reality. It also will keep your home well-stocked with kleenex! Be sure to check back closer to the season premiere to watch my on-set interviews with the cast and creators Peter Paige and Bradley Bredeweg. (Season Premiere, June 16th, 8pm, ABC Family)
Classic LGBT Series: Showtime has a terrific Pride gift for all of us by bringing us marathons of the entire series of the series, “Queer As Folk“ and “The L Word.” From June 2nd to June 30th, back to back episodes of both series will air Monday through Friday at 8pm. Then, starting July 3rd, back to back episodes will air every Thursday night through November 13th! Both series gave audiences the full LGBT experience on a weekly basis when there wasn’t nearly as much representation on television. Which character on both series are you most excited to revisit? (Tweet me your response @JimHalterman).
“Teen Wolf:” While it’s not the gayest show on TV, you know you have a gay showrunner (creator Jeff Davis) when the guys are sans clothes way more than the ladies! And while we lost a gay character last season in Ethan (though Charlie Carver’ character wasn’t the twin who died on the show so we could see him again), there are more gays coming in the new episodes and Ryan Kelley, who we met last year as Sheriff Stilinski’s hot Deputy, is now a full-timer. But, besides all the eye candy old and new, watch for the new chapter of Scott, Stiles, Derek, Lydia and the rest of the gang to keep our summer hot and heavy. (Season Premiere, June 23rd, 10pm, MTV)
Logo’s Trailblazers Event: The gay network kicks off an annual special event featuring the celebrities, politicians, activists and trendsetters who are the ones working hard to transform the world in which we live. The first special, airing the 45th anniversary week of the Stonewall Riots as well as the first anniversary of DOMA being struck down, will honor Edie Windsor and Roberta Kaplan, who were two of the catalysts behind that momentous achievement last year. Marked as the biggest Pride event on television, the special will also feature the first openly gay athletes in major pro sports and will feature presenter (and longtime Trevor Project supporter), Daniel Racliffe, performance by A Great Big World and appearances by Jared Leto, Kylie Minogue, Ariana Grande, Rita Ora, Iggy Azalea, Tyler Glenn (Neon Trees) and Mary Lambert. (Thursday, June 26th, 9pm, Logo)
Big Season Finales: While we’re getting a plethora of new programming this summer, some of our favorites are wrapping up their seasons. First up over at MTV is the first season ender for one of my personal favorites, “Faking It.” Will Amy (Rita Volk) finally own up to her feelings for her BFF, Karma (Katie Stevens), who is busy figuring out if a relationship with Liam (Gregg Sulkin) is possible. And will Shane (Michael Willett) stay out of trouble? (Season Finale, June 10th, 10:30pm, MTV)
Over at BBC America, season 2 of the phenomenal “Orphan Black” wraps with what will surely be more intrigue and as Sarah (Tatiana Malsany) gets more answers to her past and that of her clones, more questions will surely arise. I have to admit the second season hasn’t had quite the drive of the first but I know I’m still intrigued enough to stick with this unique journey. (Season Finale, June 21st, 9pm, BBC America)
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