Man Oh Manouse

Frequent ‘Best TV Guy’ returns for a sixth season with ‘InnerVIEWS.’

By Nancy Ford

RuPaul recently appeared as a judge on Project Runway.

Perennial “Best TV Guy” in OutSmart ‘s annual Gayest & Greatest awards, Ernie Manouse, returns to Houston PBS this month with the sixth season of his award-winning television program, InnerVIEWS.  

The subjects Manouse chats with this season are an eclectic, diverse bunch: RuPaul, Jerry Herman, and Dixie Carter lead the roster in the “gay/gay-friendly” category of guests.

Manouse, who also produces the show, shares a bit of history with one of this season’s guests, actor/drag queen RuPaul.

“Ru held the record (with Eartha Kitt) for the most visits to my Chicago radio show Crosstalk before I came to Houston in the mid-’90s,” Manouse recalls. “It was fun to catch up and to share the story of the Super Model of the World with our viewers one more time.”

Manouse also converses with multiple Emmy Award-winning documentarian Ken Burns; politician and one-time Presidential hopeful Michael Dukakis; Mark Twain-immortalizing actor (and husband to Dixie Carter), Hal Holbrook; Tony Award-winning actress and singer Leslie Uggams; best-selling author and spiritual leader Deepak Chopra; master pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet; actor/activist Mike Farrell; and comedian/activist/author/ex-con Tommy Chong.

“Tommy Chong asked me if I wanted to get high!” Manouse also shares. “Yep, that too is in this new season. And that offer did not end up on the cutting-room floor!”

Thursdays, beginning October 9, 10 p.m. and repeating Sundays, 5:30 p.m. Houston PBS, Channel 8. Details:


‘In the Life’
The noted PBS series begins its 16th season this month with a tribute to equal rights matriarch Del Martin. Martin died August 27, shortly before she and her beloved life mate, Phyllis Lyon, became the first same-sex couple to wed in California after the state Supreme Court mandated equal marriage rights for gay men and lesbians. The episode, entitled “Civil Rites & Civil Rights,” also features Jonathan Capehart,Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writer for the Washington Post, interviewing NAACP chairman Julian Bond about the intersections of gay rights, civil rights, and marriage equality. Oct. 5, 11 p.m. Houston PBS, Channel 8. Details:

 The L Word
Sarah Logue and Josh Rosenzweig

Podcasters Josh Rosenzweig and Sara Logue are the appropriately named hosts of Josh and Sara, “the first televised talk show with an openly gay co-host focusing on interviews, guests, and topics that are primarily of interest to the gay and lesbian community.” That tells us about Josh; we’ll just have to tune in to find out if Sarah is a lesbian. John Waters, Martina Navratilova, Tate Donovan, and other gay notables have signed to be among the show’s first guests. October 3. Here! TV. Details:

‘Sex Change Hospital’
This new reality series follows noted Trinidad, Colorado, surgeon Dr. Marci Bowers (formerly Mark Bowers) on her roundsas she shepherds sex-change candidates through the ultimate life-changing operation. We wonder what happened the first time the director yelled “Cut!” October 14, 9 p.m. WE TV. Details:

‘The L Word: Next Generation?’
Fans lamenting next year’s closing season of The L Word may have reason to cheer up. Showtime execs have announced that the L will live on with Leisha Hailey agreeing to star in a spin-off. Well, at least she’s agreed to star in a pilot for the proposed spin-off, with TLW creator/producer Ilene Chaiken in the driver’s seat. Meanwhile, The L Word’s farewell season premieres in January 2009. Details:



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