Logo, a division of Viacom Inc.’s MTV Networks, announced it has greenlit a new competition dating series – Transamerican Love Story – centered on transgender activist, actress, author and former Nashville-based entertainer Calpernia Addams.

Logo also announced the greenlight of Gimme Sugar, which follows five women on the search for love in the L.A. lesbian nightlife and club scene as well as Rockdogs (working title), which chronicles San Francisco’s star gay basketball team as its new generation of players struggles to survive on and off the court.  

“These shows advance Logo's continuing mission to not only explore the diversity of people in our community, but also the diverse lives they lead,” said Brian Graden, president, MTV Networks Music Group Entertainment and president, Logo.

Logo’s new eight-episode dating reality series Transamerican Love Story follows Calpernia Addams as she whittles down a group of eight bachelors, living together in a Los Angeles-area home, with the help of her best friend and fellow transgender activist Andrea James. Calpernia is openly transgender to all the show’s suitors from the start of the series.

“Calpernia Addams proves that steely optimism and a genuine spirit are the universal keys to finding love,” added Graden.

The show is hosted by comedian and actor Alec Mapa (Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives) and will also feature online voting at www.logoonline.com, allowing viewers to express who they think Calpernia should eliminate. Live voting results will air during the show, but the selections are Calpernia’s alone.

The hour-long show, which will premiere in February, is executive produced by Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey and Tom Campbell of World of Wonder Productions (Transgeneration, The Eyes Of Tammy Faye), Joe Del Hierro of Oh Really! Productions (The Big Gay Sketch Show) and co-executive produced by Julio Kollerbohm.

In Gimme Sugar’s six half-hour episodes, five hot young friends on the L.A. lesbian club scene bite off more than they can chew when they try to launch and promote their own club night.  If they succeed, they’ll be the youngest female promoters in LA. The girls will fight, fall in love, break apart, and come back together as they struggle to make their dream come true.  

The show, which will premiere this summer, is executive produced by Scott A. Stone of Stone & Company (Tim Gunn's Guide To Style, The Ride, Curl Girls), Michaline Babich (Million Dollar Listing, Welcome To The Parker) and Michelle Agnew.

A star gay basketball team in San Francisco lives together under one roof as they prepare to defend their national title in Rockdogs (working title).  During six half-hour episodes, the team will try to bring back the glory of San Francisco’s three-generation, gold-medal winning legacy of the Rockdogs. While the competition on the court is fierce, the action will be found on the high drama off the court. 

Executive produced by Eddie October Productions (Bands Reunited, Tommy Lee Goes To College) and William Kendall, the show will premiere in summer.

This article has been republished from Out & About Nashville, and was part of a series of first-person pieces written by the late Bobbi Williams.

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