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Dante's Expands Its Audience

The creators of the Here! TV series Dante's Cove told SCI FI Wire that they love the fact that the predominantly gay and lesbian witches and ghosts in this ongoing campy supernatural soap opera have reached more of a mainstream audience as the show kicks off its third season. The cast and crew joined a star-studded crowd on Oct. 16 in West Hollywood, Calif., for a third-season-premiere party.

"It's amazing how many straight science fiction and fantasy fans have come up to me to tell me how much they love the show and watch it," said director and show creator Sam Irvin. "There are gay, lesbian, bisexual and straight people on this show, and certainly maybe more gay and lesbian characters than most shows, but it seems to appeal to a mainstream heterosexual audience, too."

Described by critics as a gay, campy Dark Shadows with both male and female nudity, Dante's Cove has a cast that includes Tracy Scoggins (Babylon 5), Gabriel Romero, William Gregory Lee, Thea Gill and Michelle Wolff. They are joined in the upcoming season by Reichen Lehmkuhl, Jill Bennett and Jenny Shimizu.

"I love being part of it," said Scoggins, who plays an evil witch. "It's a lot of fun and very sexy."

Irvin said that the show winks at other horror and SF films, as well as Aaron Spelling TV series. He added that it's a delicate balance. "People like the campy aspect of the show and the scare, and they like the sensuality, too," said Irvin, who pointed to Fred Olen Ray's gay vampire series The Lair as part of a trend. The third season of Dante's Cove debuts Oct. 19. —Mike Szymanski
 


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Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 9/24/07 - 9/30/07. Fewer than 10 listings appear because fewer than 10 regular original SF&F shows appeared on broadcast networks during the time period.