*Wanda Sykes has been recruited to host two one-hour specials for gay-themed cable channel LOGO that will focus on hot topics for the gay and lesbian voter and where the Presidential candidates stand on those issues.
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“NewNowNext Vote with Wanda Sykes” will feature a roundtable format with panelists from both sides of the political aisle addressing issues including gay marriage, Supreme Court appointments, the economy and healthcare along with commentary sparked by trending news from the campaign trail, reports Deadline.com.
“These specials will be thought provoking, exciting and the perfect forum to discuss important issues facing our community,” the openly gay comedian said. “Plus, it is LOGO so maybe I’ll get to dress in drag!”
The first of the two specials taped in front of a live studio audience, will air four days after the Democratic Convention, Monday, Sept. 10 at 10 p.m. The second will air on election-eve, Monday, Nov. 5.
Glee's Amber Riley
*Logo’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race” has recruited Loretta Devine and “Glee’s” Amber Riley to join the carousel of celebrity judges for season 4, which is set to premiere in January.
Jennifer Love Hewitt, Rose McGowan, Kelly Osbourne and “Modern Family’s” Jesse Tyler Ferguson are also on board as guest judges to help determine America’s next top drag queen.
“I was so excited to do this I started screaming,” Amber told TVGuide.com. “I am a very big RuPaul fan. She’s absolutely gorge. I just had to make sure my hair and makeup were done right if I was in front of drag queens!”
RuPaul as host of RuPaul's Drag Race on Logo
Amber also hopes her “Glee” character, Mercedes, will be given a gender-bending kid brother when the series brings on cross-dressing “Glee Project” runner-up, Alex Newell, later this season for his two-episode arc.
“Alex seems so liberated when he’s in drag,” Amber says. “It would be great for younger “Glee” fans to see a character like that.”
*What is the democratic party a department store or restaurant? Why are they trying to rebrand themselves? This is so ludicrous that Bill Maher had to weigh in on the situation to point it out.
The craziest part is the logo that they are trying to attribute to the democratic party. It’s nothing more than a big basic D in blue…not impressive at all. (more…)
Niecy Nash in a custom-designed dress by Oliver Tolentino
*Tuesday night, Niecy Nash hosted LOGO’s 3rd Annual New Now Next Awards with Broadway star and “30 Rock” actor Cheyenne Jackson.
The sequin-filled extravaganza was taped in front of a live audience at the historic Edison in downtown Los Angeles.
The New now Next Awards is set to premiere on the Logo network on Thursday, June 17th at 10 PM ET/PT.
Co-Hosts Niecy Nash and Cheyenne Jackson flank Award Honoree Paula Abdul
Tune-in to watch Niecy Wednesday nights on “Clean House: Search for the Messiest Home in the Country,” airing at 10 pm PT/ET on The Style Network
You can also catch Niecy dishing her opinions on the latest celebrity news
weeknights on CBS’s “The Insider”