Gimme Sugar

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Gimme Sugar
Genre Reality television
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 12
Production
Executive producer(s)

Scott A. Stone
Michaline Babich

Michelle Agnew
Release
Original network Logo
Original release June 9th 2008 – August 3rd 2009
External links
Website

Gimme Sugar is a lesbian reality show that follows five lesbian and bisexual women as they attempt to launch and promote a ladies club night in Los Angeles.[1] Six 30-minute episodes aired in the summer of 2008 on digital cable channel Logo. The show went on to air for a second season in the summer of 2009 with a focus on a Miami and while references to a third season can be found but it never aired.[2] Alongside the series, Logo published 72 bonus clips which covered a variety of lifestyle topics including: fashion, cooking, dancing, and exercise.

One of the show's writers, Michaline Babich, was named one of 10 Amazing Gay Women in Showbiz by the advocacy group POWER UP in 2008.[3] In creating the show, Babich wa

ed to have a diverse cast although she viewed the show as entertainment and not a groundbreaking exploration of lesbian and gay culture. Babich hoped that through watching the show for entertainment purposes it would allow people to be more accepting of LGBTQ+ individuals.[4]

The main cast members are Charlene Borja, Bathilda Hsu, Davonee Sou, and Alex Thomopoulos. Alex is the only bisexual woman of the five.

Publicity[edit]

In 2009 Logo launched a small tour wherein the cast visited different clubs in California and Florida in an attempt to promote the second season. These events featured the stars of the show and sneak-peeks of the second season.

Reception[edit]

The show currently has an 8.7/10 review score on TV.com[5] and a 6.6/10 review on IMDB.[6] The show was applauded for its featuring of lesbian and bisexual women and was the only show on network television with a cast of gay women after the finale of The L Word.[7]

Bi-phobia Controversy[edit]

Throughout the show, the one bisexual character, Alex, is often ridiculed by the other women about being bisexual rather than a lesbian. Michaline Babich, executive producer, commented that Alex was okay with the comments and that Alex, Babich, and other executive producers decided to keep the bi-phobic comments in the show to bring awareness to bisexuality and bisexual discrimination. Babich also commented, "Girls give each other a hard time if they smoke or wear the wrong lipstick. At end of day, it has more to do with being 20 and drunk".[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Logo Green-lights Dating Series Featuring Transgender". The Advocate. Here Media. November 30, 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-12-05. Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  2. ^ "Gimmie Sugar - Show News, Reviews, Recaps, and Photos". Tv.com. Retrieved 07/01/2017.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ Robinson, Heather (2008). "Powering-up Women in Showbiz". Curve. 
  4. ^ "Michaline Babich Gives Us Some Sugar - AfterEllen". AfterEllen.com. July 14, 2008. Retrieved July 1, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Gimmie Sugar - Show News, Reviews, Recaps, and Photos". TV.com. Retrieved 07/01/2017.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  6. ^ "Gimmie Sugar (TV Series 2008--- ) IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 07/01/2017.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. ^ Renzi, Dan (June 10, 2009). "Gimmie Sugar 2 | GO MAg". GO Magazine. Retrieved July 1st, 2017.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  8. ^ "Michaline Babich Gives Us Some Sugar - After Ellen". Afterellen.com. July 14, 2008. Retrieved July 1, 2016. 

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