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‘Reno 911!’ breaks new episodes beginning April 1. Plus Ian McKellen on Sundance. And The Big Gay Sketch Show.

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911 This!: Out on the streets with the Reno squad.

Corporate sponsorship: It’s the way of the future. Imagine how much more secure our troops would feel as they cattle-prod freedom on its march through the Middle East if they had the proper gear to protect life and limb. Kevlar vests not available within the constraints of the Department of Defense’s budget, they say?

Not a problem! Get a corporate sponsor!

Not unlike NASCAR vehicles that are splattered with commercial logos, protective gear emblazoned with retailers’ insignia would not only protect our brave soldiers, but would also tout the advantages of good ol’ American capitalism! Imagine a heavily armored tank with the Coca-Cola logo! A JCPenney evac copter! Helmets by Target!

OK, maybe not Target. But you get the idea. So did the brave cops and cop-ettes of Reno 911!, this month returning with its sheriff department’s new, Hooters-like sponsor, Hotty’s Restaurant.

New episodes likely to produce buffalo-wings-through-the-nose-spewing gales of laughter include Officer Johnson’s (Niecy Nash) foray into a Christian karaoke singles mixer, and bi not-so-curious Lt. Dangle (Thomas Lennon) accepting a wedding proposal from his ex-wife’s husband. (Photo: (l-r) Kerri Kenney-Silver, Cedric Yarbrough, Niecy Nash, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon, Carlos Alazraqui, and Mary Birdsong.)

Need more? Log on to Comedy Central’s “Reno Casino” where you can play craps, video poker, blackjack, slots, and a Reno-flavored paintball game with your favorite characters. And don’t forget to download a mobile ringtone while you’re there.

Returns Sunday, April 1, 9:30 p.m. with encore presentations at midnight. Details: www.comedycentral.com.

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Bein’ with Ian
Sundance Channel offers a double shot of Ian McKellen

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Ian McKellen

This month celebrates both the comedic and straight (the word “straight” in this case meaning not-so-comedic) sides of out Brit actor Ian McKellen. Catch two sides of the oft-lauded Sir starring in out director John Schlesinger’s family farce, Cold Comfort Farm, airing Tuesday, April 10, 7:30 p.m. Farm is immediately followed by the U.S. television premiere of the darker family drama, Emile, at 9 p.m. details: www.sundancechannel.com.

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(Not) Live from LOGO, It’s Tuesday Night!
Sketch show pokes fun at gay issues in a good way

Think of them as The Not Ready For Hetero Players. Beginning this month, out director/actor Amanda Bearse directs eight funny guys

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The Not Ready For Hetero Players.

and gals in The Big Gay Sketch Show, delivering six episodes with sketches, pop culture parodies, and recurring characters, all with a GLBT twist. And — surprise! — Rosie O’D is one of the producers. Debuts Tuesday, April 24, 9 p.m. Details: www.logoonline.com.

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