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CALENDAR:

April 10 to May 17, 2009 - Randy Harrison stars in "The Singing Forest" at the Public Theater in New York City.

April 15, May 20, June 24, 2009 - Depending on his availability, Randy Harrison may perform with James Barry in "Our Hit Parade" at Joe's Pub in New York City.

April 16 to 25, 2009 - "thinking..." screens at the Atlanta Film Festival 365 in Atlanta, Georgia.

April 18, 2009 - Robert Gant, Peter Paige, Thea Gill, and Michelle Clunie appear at the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards' Los Angeles ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in L.A.

May 3, 2009 - Randy Harrison's film "thinking..." screens at the NYC Downtown Short Film Festival at 3pm.

May 11, 2009 - Thea Gill and Michelle Clunie participate in the Celebrity Sonnets Gala, which will showcase celebrities reading Shakespearean sonnets of their choosing.

May 17, 2009 - Robert Gant appears in episode 206 of "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union" on Showtime.

August 11 to 29, 2009 - Randy Harrison plays Oswald Alving in Henrik Ibsen's' "Ghosts" at the Berkshire Theater Festival in Stockbridge, Massachussetts


ADDICTION QUOTE:

"There is a genuine human impulse to want to know more about people you're interested in, for whatever reason. But that impulse has been manipulated as an industry--a bad industry--to sustain itself. It can be tweaked by publicists and studios. It didn't develop as a benevolent machine to provide more pleasure to people. It developed as a tool to sustain itself."
- Gale Harold to The Advocate, February 2002

NEWS:

April 16, 2009

Gale is back, and he's been talking to the press! ;) Looks like he did a series of interviews on the set of Desperate Housewives for print and television. The AP article you will see popping up in various outlets says, "Six months after a serious motorcycle accident, the Desperate Housewives actor has returned to work. His character, Jackson, is primed to propose to Susan, played by Teri Hatcher. The 39-year-old Harold landed in intensive care as a result of the crash last October 14. On the set of the show Wednesday, he said the accident taught him that 'you can play hard, but you may have to pay a price.' But it's a price he says he's paid back in full. Harold's return episode is set to air May 3 on ABC. The actor is signed to the series through the end of this season but says he has yet to be asked to return for 2009-10."

Here's a photo of Gale from the Baltimore Sun.

Gale also talked to TV Guide Magazine about his accident, and Jackson's return to Wisteria Lane. "He's back to try to rekindle their connection--whatever is left of it. He has a very important question for Susan," Gale says. And despite his injuries, he apparently plans to get back in the saddle again very soon. "I'm going to be back on board. I'm dying to ride again and am feeling very impatient. I'm giving myself a certain amount of time to know I feel good and safe."

Gale was shown in a brief interview segment on Entertainment Tonight. He tells ET, "I had an unfortunate dance with my motorcycle. I was very fortunate to make it through, but I've made it through very well and I'm blessed with good friends." As for the storyline, and his return to DH, Gale says, "Jackson has an important question for [Susan] that concerns whether he can add any depth to the relationship."

From Teri Hatcher: "Here's a scoop for you: I just shot my first scene with Gale Harold, who just came back to the show, and he is sexier than ever!" [read the full article at msnbc.com].

The official press release for the May 3rd episode is available at ABC Medianet, along with some episode stills.

The Arts Bureau (tAB) informs us that "thinking..." (featuring Randy Harrison, and directed by Marci Adilman) will be screening on May 3, 2009 at 3pm as part of the NYC Downtown Short Film Festival, showing at DMAC (Duo Multicultural Arts Center), 62 East 4th Street (East Village), New York City. Tickets are $10, available at Smart Tix.

April 5, 2009

Happy Birthday to Thea Gill ("Lindsay" on QAF)! Best wishes to you.

Speaking of Thea... as reported back in November, Ms. Gill is a member of the Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre in Victoria, B.C. According to the Times Colonist, tickets for the professional troupe's 2009 summer festival are now on sale, and those who purchase a pass (with admission to all three shows) before the deadline will receive free admission to the Celebrity Sonnets Gala on May 11, which will showcase celebrities reading Shakespearean sonnets of their choosing. Along with Thea Gill and Sally Kirkland, participants include Janet Wright from Corner Gas, Michelle Clunie (Thea's co-star "Melanie" on QAF), artist and actor Duncan Regehr, and Belfry Theatre artistic director Michael Shamata. Audience members will be able to mingle with the celebrities following the show. The Blue Ridge's 2009 summer festival opens June 9, 2009 with As You Like It, followed by Death of a Salesman running July 7 to 26 and The Fantasticks running August 4 to 23. Tickets are available at the Royal and McPherson box offices or by phoning 250-386-6121.

If you missed Harris Allan ("Hunter" in QAF) in Nickelodeon's original movie "Spectacular," you can catch it again this afternoon, April 5, at 2:00 PM. The story is about a high school whose choir is fading in popularity and losing its members. A wannabe rock singer is convinced to join the choir, in hopes of winning the upcoming competition and cash prize.

The DVD for Scott Walker: 30 Century Man will be released June 16, 2009. Lakeshore Records is turning the film's soundtrack into a Walker tribute album, and one primarily made up of female artists. The soundtrack is due out digitally April 21 and in stores on April 28. For more information, and to see the tracklist, visit exclaim.ca

The trailer for Hannah Free (starring Sharon Gless) is now online. The film's world premiere will take place Sunday, June 28, at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, on the closing night of the Frameline Film Festival, June 18 to 28.

April 2, 2009

Big news! Gale Harold will be returning to Desperate Housewives on May 3, 2009. Michael Ausiello shares the scoop in this article from EW. "Quite frankly, I think he looks even better [than before the crash]," says series creator Marc Cherry with a laugh, adding that Jackson reappears with a "very important question for Susan -- one that she's kind of stunned by." (could this be the kind of question that is "popped" perhaps?) "We were planning to end his storyline [around midseason]. But because of the accident, we get to bring him back for the end of the season, which will be a nice kind of full circle journey for Susan in season 5. I think Gale may have changed his priorities [since the accident]. But those decisions won't be made until May."

Fallan Soldier's new album, "Above the Call of Duty" is now available at CD Baby. You can listen to the tracks and even log in and leave a review. Harris Allan ("Hunter" on QAF) writes, arranges and produces all of his material. On the site he writes, "Most of the people of my generation constantly face obstacles and disappointments. We fight through daily struggles and have to support ourselves in a demanding world wishing we could do it pursuing what we love and what inspires us. So my music reflects that. Fallan Soldier is all about falling away from what doesn't work in your life and battling through to a better existence." Show Harris some love, and go check out the CD!

If you're in the Vancouver area, Harris will be playing live tonight at The Media Club, 695 Cambie Street.

Thea Gill ("Lindsay" on QAF) has been cast as a lead in the SCI FI Channel four-hour mini-series Riverworld, based upon the books of author Philip José Farmer. The series, which will air as a backdoor pilot (under consideration for a series order, contingent on drawing a large enough audience), begins shooting in Vancouver, B.C. today. Located millennia in the future, the 'Riverworld' is an Earth-like planet whose surface has been terraformed to consist of one long river-valley. The story begins when the whole of humanity, from the first homo sapiens to people of the 21st century are simultaneously 'resurrected' along the banks of the river. Everyone awakens in a body equivalent to that of their twenty-five year old selves, except in perfect health and free of any previous genetic or acquired defects. Thea plays the female caretaker, and the fabulous Alan Cumming is the male caretaker. [read more]]

March 23, 2009

E! Online is reporting that Gale Harold WILL return to Desperate Housewives before the end of the season. In the "Watch with Kristin" blog, a viewer asks for an update, and the answer comes in the form of a quote from showrunner Marc Cherry, who says, "We are planning to write him in before the end. We had to wait while he did his recovery, but he will be back." The next episode airs April 19, 2009, and the 2-hour finale airs May 17.

Some photos of Gale have surfaced from the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF)'s 17th Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles on February 22, 2009. These are the first official photos we've seen of Gale since his accident last October:
Gale 1
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Visit the EJAF site for more photos from the Elton John event.

Four of the QAF alumni will soon be reuniting in Los Angeles: Robert Gant ("Ben"), Peter Paige ("Emmett"), Thea Gill ("Lindsay"), and Michelle Clunie ("Melanie") are all scheduled to appear at the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards' Los Angeles ceremony, which will be held at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. on Saturday, April 18, 2009. Theatre tickets for the Los Angeles event are $50. General tickets for the Los Angeles event are $100 and VIP tickets begin at $450. Tickets are available at www.glaad.org/mediaawards.

Randy Harrison is performing in "Our Hit Parade at Joe's Pub in New York City on April 15, May 20 and June 24 (ETA: depending on his availability). He and fellow Berkshire Theatre Festival actor James Barry performed a comical version of Kelly Clarkson's "My Life Would Suck Without You" at their first performance last Friday night.

Speaking of Randy, the NY Times is reporting that the opening night of The Singing Forest has been postponed to April 10 due to the need for additional technical rehearsals. Opening night is now April 28.

Correction to previous update: The Fallan Soldier CD "Above The Call Of Duty" has NOT sold out. The CD that has sold out is Square9, but MP3s and digital downloads of that CD can still be purchased through CD Baby. Fallan Soldier's new release will be delivered to CD Baby on March 31 and can then be purchased online at cdbaby.com/fallansoldier. Digital downloads will be available for the new release as well.

Frameline33 is this year's San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, the legendary showcase for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender cinema. It takes place June 18 to 28, 2009. The producers for Hannah Free, featuring Sharon Gless, have been invited to have the film close the festival, which happens to be on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, and during San Francisco Pride! Keep an eye on the film's website for a trailer which will be posted soon.

March 19, 2009

Harris Allan (Hunter on QAF) has had, in his own words, "an awesome year writing songs and recording." Fallan Soldier's debut album “Above The Call Of Duty” will be released on March 31, 2009. Harris tells fans, "The CD features 12 hip hop/ rap songs with strong rock and pop elements and addresses some of today's challenges, joys and desires head on."

Many Gale Harold fans have been wondering if he will return to Desperate Housewives this season. There are still several episodes left to air before the series goes on hiatus (the finale is on May 17), and according to TV Guide Magazine, there are still a few twists and turns to be revealed with respect to the Dave Williams storyline. Warning:Don't read the next paragraph if you'd rather not hear speculation about the upcoming episodes.

Series creator Marc Cherry says, "Something will happen in the episode before the last one." Apparently, there’s a secret involving Mike and Susan and the night of the car accident that killed Dave’s wife, Lila, and their daughter Paige (who was born the same day as Mike and Susan’s son, MJ.) Teri Hatcher (Susan) says certain details of that night, including who was driving the car, remain "top secret." James Denton (Mike) believes, "It’s a fun twist that makes sense that nobody knows about yet. It’s actually quite nice." TV Guide's guess? It was Susan – not Mike driving the car, which means Dave needs to rethink his revenge plans. The question is, might this have devastating consequences for Susan’s returning love interest, Jackson (Gale Harold)?

The latest report on Passenger Side is that they are completing post-production, and they have just finished clearing the last music license. The film had a tiny budget, and a 15-member crew, but Toronto producer Corey Marr said he wouldn't have it any other way. He and writer/director Matt Bissonnette have worked together before. "We have a very open relationship, and share a vision in the kinds of films we want to make," says Marr. The feature stars Adam Scott and the director's brother Joel Bissonnette in a story about two estranged Canadian brothers who go on a road trip in L.A., which leads them to unexpected destinations. Marr raised money privately, and was able to pre-license Passenger Side to The Movie Network and Movie Central. "They've been amazing, because this is a much smaller project than what they're used to doing, but at the same time they wanted to be a part of it," he says. Marr notes the strong Canadian dollar made it possible to shoot Passenger Side in L.A., which he says would not have been an option up until recently.

According to Ian McShane, the British actor who played Al Swearengen in the HBO television series Deadwood, which also featured Gale Harold as Wyatt Earp, a series wrap-up is very unlikely. Back in 2006, when it was leaked that HBO would not be renewing the series for a fourth season, fans launched a campaign to keep it on the air. Although the fans weren't successful in resurrecting the series, Deadwood creator David Milch and HBO apparently worked out a deal for a pair of two-hour movies that would resolve the series’ storylines. At the time, it was said that Milch was excited about his script ideas, and it was expected that the movies would start shooting in the summer of 2007. Unfortunately, the production never got off the ground. McShane has been promoting his new TV series Kings and told the Toronto Sun, rather bluntly, "...I think the Deadwood movies were a myth to begin with and I don't think that myth is about to be revisited. I think that was a panacea to real fans and it hasn't worked out."

Just a reminder that Randy Harrison and Marci Adilman's 11-minute film "thinking..." is screening at the Female Eye Film Festival this Saturday, March 28th, at the Rainbow Cinemas (Market Square) in Toronto. The film is in the International & Canadian Shorts Program, from 11:30am to 1:30pm, followed by a Q&A with the directors.

March 17, 2009

Robert Gant appears in episode 206 of "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union", which (according to IMDb) is scheduled to air May 17th on Showtime at 10:00 PM ET. Robert plays the role of Buzz.

The Scott Walker docu news keeps coming! SW30 has booked a limited run at the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, TN, from April 3 to 5. The run may be extended, depending on the turnout. Other upcoming screening dates: March 20 in Grand Rapids, MI at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art; March 25 (one night only) in Huntington, NY at the Cinema Arts Centre; April 2 and 4 in Cleveland at the Cleveland Cinematheque. No news on whether Gale will attend these screenings. ;)

Keep an eye on the Passenger Side website for updates on the film from Montreal-born filmmaker Matt Bissonnette, featuring Gale Harold. As reported last year, the movie was shot on location in Los Angeles in May 2008, and the story follows two brothers who spend the day driving around the City of Angels looking for the meaning of their lives and cheap street drugs. Gale plays Karl (not one of the two brothers). The producer, Corey Marr, was hoping to secure a theatrical distribution deal for the comedy, which he plans to take to the festival circuit.

Chicago Tonight takes a behind-the-scenes look at Hannah Free, a lesbian love story starring Sharon Gless (Debbie on QAF) which will be released this summer. In the clip, Sharon talks about working with award-winning playwright Claudia Allen, who is the screenwriter/executive producer for Hannah Free. In the film, Sharon stars as a woman fighting prejudice to be reunited with her comatose lover. Allen adapted the script from her own play, which premiered at Bailiwick Arts Center in 1992.

I've updated Gale's biography page with recent credits in TV, film and theatre.

March 5, 2009

The Arts Bureau (tAB), co-founded by Randy Harrison ("Justin" on QAF), is in the process of revamping its website. Their short film, "thinking..." is currently screening at the Durango Independant Film Festival in Durango, Colorado, until March 9. "thinking..." will also screen at the Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto, Ontario, March 25 to March 29, 2009 and at the Atlanta Film Festival 365, April 16 to 25, 2009. These dates are all listed on the calendar (left-hand side of this page).

According to Playbill.com, Randy will join Tony nominee Jonathan Groff, Louis Cancelmi, and Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis for the New York premiere of Craig Lucas' "The Singing Forest" at the Public Theater in New York City. Mark Wing-Davey directs the production, which begins performances on April 7 and officially runs April 27 through May 17.

Kate Clinton will host the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards ceremony to be held in New York City at the Marriott Marquis, on March 28 (there are also ceremonies being held in Los Angeles and San Francisco). The event will begin at 5:30 pm with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by dinner and show at 7 pm, and a VIP Celebrity After Party at 10:30 pm. The ceremony will include presentations to special honorees Tyra Banks, Phil Donahue, and Suze Orman, as well as appearances by Michelle Clunie ("Melanie" on QAF), Van Hansis and Jake Silbermann ("Luke and Noah" on As The World Turns), Cherry Jones, T.R. Knight, Jay Manuel, S. Epatha Merkerson, Chris Noth, Keith Olbermann, Ana Ortiz, Patrick Ian Polk, Hannah Storm, and Jane Velez-Mitchell. [more info].

LA.com has a great article on SW30, and while it doesn't refer to Gale Harold by name, it does mention the painstaking process of making the film, and how difficult it was to find investors for the entirely privately funded film. We know that Gale met director Stephen Kijak at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York several years ago, and they discovered they shared an appreciation of Scott Walker's music. Gale told AfterElton.com, "I was working at the time, so I had money. I told Stephen that if he got to the point where he was serious about making the film, I was there." Reports indicate that Gale was in attendance at two recent California screenings of the documentary (San Francisco and Los Angeles). It is still unknown weather he'll be returning to Desperate Housewives this season. The film starts a week-long engagement at the Starz Filmcenter in Denver, Colorado on Friday March 6th, and will be screening at a MusicDoc Festival in Moscow.

February 22, 2009

Robert Gant now has a Facebook fan page, started with his permission. If you're on Facebook, you can connect with other fans and get the latest on Robert's career, including photos and other information.

February 21, 2009

Lots of news on the Scott Walker documentary front, from the SW30 blog. A pre-release event is being held this Wednesday, February 25th at 7:30pm to celebrate the LA premiere of the film. There will be another Scott Walker lounge on Friday the 27th at 9pm. Stephen Kijak will be on hand to do Q&A's following the 7:30 shows on Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th and he will be joined both nights by a very special guest, Mr. Chris Walter - renowned rock photographer responsible for the lion's share of the great 60s stills in the film. Finally, the film has been acquired for distribution in North America by Oscilloscope Laboratories, an NYC-based recording studio, film production and distribution company. The film will be screened in a few more US cities before going to DVD this summer.

Scott Lowell ("Ted" on QAF) has updated his website with new recommendations, a new demo reel (definitely worth checking out!) and a new Q&A, where he valiantly tries to answer many of the same QAF questions that are asked each month, LOL. He encourages fans to RISE UP and write to Showtime if they REALLY want to see more of their faves from QAF return to the screen (although he cautions that it's unlikely there will be any sequels to the original series). Scott says (tongue-in-cheek, of course) that he is not opposed to attending a QAF reunion if he is invited (as long as we include air fare and a cushy hotel room, LOL). As for staying connected to those he worked with North of the border, Scott adds, "I do stay in touch with as many of our wonderful Canadian crew as is possible and make a point of seeing them whenever I get back to Toronto. I truly could not have survived those five years without ALL of them. Distance makes it tough but we all do our best." Sunday, February 22nd is Scott birthday -- I think he's turning 29 ;) -- and he jokes that Hollywood is throwing him a BIG party and calling it the "Oscars" after the first name of Scott's favorite wiener maker.

February 18, 2009

Robert Gant's movie "Save Me" will be available On Demand on Showtime from February 13 to March 12, 2009.

Robert appears in the new Volkswagen CC commercial airing right now (view it on YouTube). The ad was directed by Roman Coppola. Robert will also play the role of Felix Redman in an upcoming episode of "CSI: NY" titled, "Green Piece," set to air March 11, 2009.

Several weeks ago, a new Desperate Housewives promo surfaced, aimed at the German audience, with the tagline "Looking for..." featuring clips of Gale Harold on a day of shooting for the second episode of season 5 (see the January 5th update). An interview from that same day is now available at cinakjb's YouTube channel.

Thea Gill was interviewed by Mike Ryan for "Who's Who Speaks". Look for her picture on the right-hand side of the main page, and click on it to watch her interview. Thea also called in to "Out in the Open" on WMNF 88.5 fm community radio in Tampa to talk about some of her acting roles, including Lindsay Peterson on QAF. She was joined by Charlie David, her co-star from "Mulligans" and "Dante’s Cove." You can listen online at wmnf.org. Out on the Open will be celebrating sixteen years on the air this June. Host John Chambone, who also writes for the Sun Coast Gazette, has interviewed such celebrities as Lily Tomlin, Judy Tenuta, Margaret Cho, RuPaul, Pat Benatar, Sharon Gless and Kate Clinton.

Speaking of Sharon Gless, USA Network recently announced that its digital team will continue its aggressive push into the online gaming world with the launch of COVERT OPS 2.0, an alternate reality game (www.burnnoticeops.com) themed to the cable series featuring Ms. Gless, Burn Notice. Developed in conjunction with the show's creator Matt Nix, USA Network is once again partnering with GM's Saab USA around the second installment of the most successful online game in the channel's history. The game enables the show's fans to get more involved with the franchise by turning users into spies and challenging them to conduct surveillance, clone a phone and plant evidence, all while behind the wheel of a Saab 9-3 Convertible.

Randy Harrison will be playing Oswald Alving in Henrik Ibsen's' "Ghosts" this summer at the Berkshire Theater Festival in Stockbridge, Massachussetts, from August 11 to 29, 2009. The play has been adapted by director Anders Cato. Oswald is a young man who is returning home after many years away with plenty of secrets and even more questions. In his blog, Larry Marray writes, "Though the rest of the cast has yet to be announced, Ghosts promises to be the most exciting production in the Berkshires for Summer 2009. One of the things that can be depended on is that Randy will take a totally new approach to his role as Oswald the son in Ghosts, as he does for everything he performs. As he commented in my interview with him last summer, 'There's so much academic stuff, so much to study and think about it, and I just tried to scrape it all away and start fresh.' As an actor, Harrison recognizes that choices have to be made when interpreting a role: 'It is many layers and it is just simply what it is. You follow the script, and the audience will project what is a personal meaning for them, now they will see it. The problem is that while it is all of those things, you can only pick one to play.'

With a Friday the 13th occurring both this month and next, Ben Kaplan of the National Post wrote a timely article entitled, "Why horror films make great dates." Filmmaker Aaron Woodley, who made the frightening Rhinoceros Eyes starring Gale Harold, and has the film Tennessee with Mariah Carey coming out this year, also found love at a creep show. "I took my first date to Jacob's Ladder and don't know what I was more terrified of, the movie or the date," Woodley says. "The experience was terrifying, but there was hand-holding. It's an unspoken rule: You go to these things so you can touch."

January 19, 2009

After last night's Desperate Housewives episode, where we learned that Susan and Jackson have broken up, fans are wondering what this means for Gale's future on the show. It looks like his return to DH may still be up in the air. On the Desperate Housewives site at ABC.com, there are a number of videos, including one of Felicity Huffman and series creator Marc Cherry answering questions from viewers. One person asks, "What do you have planned for Gale Harold? Will he return?" Marc Cherry responds, "Well, here's the thing with Gale. The good news is, that after suffering a serious motorcycle accident back in, I believe it was October, Gale has made a really terrific recovery. We've had him do some voiceover. He came into the writers' room right before Christmas so we could all see him, and of course we were so thrilled. But the good news is that the doctors are all saying that it's going to be 100 percent recovery, but he really went through some stuff." If you have a question for the cast or the creator of the show, you can submit them at Ask Desperate Housewives.

Gale isn't the only one doing voiceover work these days. As reported earlier, Robert Gant is dabbling in animation, playing Mayor Mayer in Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World. He will also be doing the voice of "Another Student" in the same episode. And as if that weren't enough, Robert will be playing the role of Buzz in episode 206 of "Tracey Ullman: State of the Union" on Showtime (airdate yet to be announced).

Harris Allan ("Hunter" on QAF) has added some new photos to his "Fallan Soldier" music page on Myspace. There, you can listen to three songs from his upcoming album, "Above the Call of Duty," which will be released March 31st. Check out Fallan Soldier on MySpace.

Falling for Grace, starring Gale Harold and Fay Ann Lee will open in New York City on April 3, 2009 at the Clearview Cinemas (62nd & Broadway) and in Los Angeles on April 17th at Laemmle's Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills, California.

For those who are following the release of SW30, there will be a premiere party presented by Noise Pop & Aquarius Records from 9:30pm to 2am on Friday, January 23 at Casanova, 527 Valencia in the Mission district (San Francisco, California). The Director, Stephen Kijak, will be DJing Scott Walker music all night, with special giveaways. To win a pair of tickets to see this film January 23 at the Opera Plaza in San Francisco courtesy of Noise Pop, send an email to contest@noisepop.com with "Scott Walker" in the subject and your full name in the body before January 21. You will be notified by email if you are a winner.

Note: There is a venue change for the San Francisco run of SW30. It will now take place at Landmark's Opera Plaza on Van Ness at McAllister.

January 3, 2009

I've made a couple of screencaps (here and here) of Gale from a German promo for Desperate Housewives that's been uploaded to YouTube. Gale says, "If you watch Desperate Housewives..." and then in the next clip, "(We love) to entertain you!"

The Toronto Star is giving a nod to the gay world with a review of some of the "thrills" of the past year. Included in the list is Desperate Housewives as most subversive show on mainstream TV. "Not only does it have gay characters and a minor plot twist involving a former gay porn star," writes Brent Ledger, "it has actors playing straight who used to play gay – Lynette's husband (Doug Savant) on Melrose Place and Susan's main squeeze (Gale Harold) on Queer as Folk. Playing gay used to be considered a risky career move for an actor. Now, apparently, it's a pass to the pantheon of high camp." [read more]

Stephen Kijak recently spoke with Mia Hanson about the Scott Walker documentary, and one can see why he and Gale Harold connected the way they did over the legendary musician. Hanson points out that Scott Walker is still a bit of a mystery to his fans, and asks, "Why has his mystique continued within the music industry for decades, even among his collaborators?" Kijak replies, "Because he doesn't play the pop star game. He may not be as much of a mystery as people actually think, but we're so programmed to think that musicians naturally do interviews...and have this desire to be public figures, that when someone pulls away from that, especially after having achieved the level of fame he did (in the 1960's) it throws us off. Fans are greedy, we want and sometimes expect too much of an artist - so he recedes, and lets the music speak for itself." [read the full interview]

January 2, 2009

Visit ABC.com and take the latest Desperate Housewives interactive tour. In Susan's house, we see a postcard from Montreal, Quebec (Canada) on the kitchen counter, telling us that "Jackson struggled to stay in touch during his travels away from Fairview. The question was whether Susan would return the effort." Looks like the show has dealt with Gale's absence by putting his character on the road. Perhaps he's on an international painting tour? ;) I think we might hear Jackson calling his girlfriend soon. Susan has a brochure for RV Adventures on her desk, making one wonder if she is thinking about taking an extended trip. There are signs of Susan living the single life: a rented movie titled "An Unmarried Woman", individual pints of ice cream in the freezer, and a wine rack bearing the note, "With the romance on hold in her life, Susan had no reason to open a bottle of wine lately. But she held out hope a reason would return..." Let's hope Jackson's back soon!

The San Francisco/Berkeley run of Scott Walker: 30 Century Man begins Friday, January 23 at the Landmark Lumiere and Shattuck cinemas in California, with a run at the NuArt Theatre in Los Angeles beginning February 27. Producers are looking to get the word out, so pass the news along to those who might be interested in seeing the film or helping to promote it. Check out Gale Harold's Associate Producer credit on the new poster. I've underlined the small print in red; you can almost read it if you squint! LOL

January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

Were you disappointed with the series finale of Vanished? Would you like the studio to produce more of a conclusion? Would you like to see the whole series released on DVD or should Vanished just be forgotten? These are the questions being asked by "TV Series Finale". There is a comment section where you can leave a note about Gale Harold as Kelton.

Don't forget that Desperate Housewives will be back on our screens with brand new episodes starting this Sunday, January 4th, 2009. Gale will be returning as Jackson soon, although as previously reported, we will "hear" him rather than see him at first. For brief summaries of the January episodes, visit the DH Press Releases page of the ABC Medianet site. You can also check out photos of the cast celebrating their 100th episode (airing January 18th) which was filmed in December, and features Beau Bridges as Eli, a neighborhood handyman.

Randy Harrison gets an honorable mention in the "noteworthy performances" section of the Berkshire Eagle Online. "Gold nuggets amid the dross" is the article about the performances on the region's stages this past year.

The Particles of Truth DVD featuring Gale Harold and Jennifer Elster is available for sale from several retailers.

Robert Gant will be playing West Lahunga's boisterous "Mayor Mayer" in an upcoming epsisode of Logo's Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World, Season 2. Robert likens the show to Disneyland's "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride"; he says there's no holding back; it's quite a ride.

Burn Notice, featuring Sharon Gless, returns for its second season in a continuation with seven all new episodes on Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 10/9c.

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