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Fox, Wed., Oct. 29,

7:30 p.m.

This new Norm MacDonald sitcom features a backwoods hick-like gay couple who run a diner. MacDonald plays Stan Hooper, a popular TV figure who has been closing each episode of America's favorite newsmagazine, 'Newsline,' with his commentary, 'A Minute With Stan Hooper.' Stan's 'minute' presents real stories about real people from middle America ... from a midtown Manhattan studio.

Looking to deliver a more honest 'minute,' Stan and wife Molly (Penelope Ann Miller) move to Waterford Falls, Wisc., a small town they passed through on their honeymoon 15 years ago. The central meeting place in Waterford Falls is Petersen Boys' Diner, owned by Lou (Garret Dillahunt of Showtime's LEAP YEARS) and Pete Peterson (Daniel Roebuck), who Stan initially thinks are bothers—only to later learn that they are married to each other.

A MINUTE WITH STAN HOOPER is one of those series that's most likely to be cancelled after a few episodes. It's not very funny, it has a predictable premise, and the gay couple is not in any way compelling or Must-See.

LEGEND OF LEIGH BOWERY TRIO, Friday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. (Repeats Sat at 10 p.m.)

Rosie O'Donnell hosts the world premiere of the documentary The Legend of Leigh Bowery. Rosie is producing Taboo, Boy George's autobiographical musical, which explores Bowery's life as well. (In Taboo, young Brit Euan Morton plays the young Boy George, while George himself plays Bowery.) The two-hour documentary is a graphic look into the bizarre world of the late revolutionary performance artist/singer/fashion designer.

A famous London club and art-scene fixture, Bowery was a larger than life personality best known for decorating his ample frame with outrageous costumes that often featured mega-platform shoes, outlandish face paint and/or masks. The documentary explores Bowery's early life and includes footage of the artist both in and out of clubs plus interviews with friends and family including Boy George.

The musical Taboo makes Bowery an appealing comedic figure—(based on the London stage version I saw last year)—and the documentary proves him to have been lively and colorful. But, sadly, the impression that one gets early on in the documentary, is that

Leigh Bowery was one of the talented people best enjoyed at a distance.

Pictured:A Minute With Stan Hooper. Norm MacDonald (third from left) plays the lead. Daniel Roebuck and Garrett Dillahunt (right two guys) play partners in life & business. Dillahunt played gay (well, confused) in Showtime's Leap Years.



THE HOWARD STERN SHOW frequently offers cash prizes sponsored by an advertiser. In perhaps a first, gay matchmaking Web site is joining forces as a sponsor of THE HOWARD STERN SHOW. The result: on Halloween, Friday, Oct. 31 Howard Stern and Mygaydar will hold a contest for The Most Outrageous Costume Ever.

While on the air last week, Howard and sidekick Robin Quivers had this exchange over the difference between and .


HOWARD STERN producer Gary Dell'Abate: Howard, the sales department called. It's important that the Halloween thing (promotion) we're doing is .

Howard: But I said

Gary: Yes, but Artie said gaydar a lot, and that's a whole different thing going on at gaydar.

Howard: Oh, really?

Robin: Oh, really?

Howard and Robin, partially in unison: ...

Howard: Oy vey! Our lives are crazy . ...

WED, OCT, 29

ELLEN DEGENERES (NBC, 10 a .m) Daily.

ALL MY CHILDREN (ABC, noon) Daily. Last week, as Bianca began decorating her new apartment, Reggie arrived and explained why it's crucial that they team up to keep David away from Erica. Lena dropped by to see Bianca's new digs, and was surprised to learn that her former lover has taken a roommate.

IT'S ALL RELATIVE (ABC, 7:30 p.m.) Simon and Philip's party planner (Victor Garber) helps with a Halloween bash. Audrey sends homophobic Mace to a gay doctor (Neal Lerner).


SOUTH PARK (COM, 10 p.m.) A new series of new episodes continues (#2 of 8).

ISAAC MIZRAHI (Oxygen, 9:30 p.m.)

ELLEN DEGENERES (Oxygen, 10 p.m.) Oxygen airs week-old repeats every night.




WILL & GRACE (NBC, 8 40 p.m.) A gay spelling bee preoccupies Jack, who's coached by Karen; Grace's illness turns Will and Leo into a gallivanting odd couple, out on the town for high tea and a hockey game that has Will shrieking in fear.

E. R. (NBC, 9 p.m.) With Laura Innes as lesbian Dr. Kerry Weaver.


JOAN OF ARCADIA (CBS, 8 p.m.) One of Luke's classmates thinks he's gay.

BOSTON PUBLIC (Fox, 8 p.m.) A gay teen becomes attached to Mr. Hanson.



FRESHMAN DIARIES (SHO, 10 p.m., 3 a.m.) Documentarian R.J. Cutler (THE REAL ROSEANNE SHOW, AMERICAN HIGH) follows a group of students through their freshman year at the University of Texas at Austin, including two gay students, Neil and Luis.


WHOOPI (NBC, 7 p.m.)

QUEER EYE FOR THE STRAIGHT GUY (Bravo, 7, 9 and 11:30 p.m.) Repeats.

JOE SCHMO (Spike TV, 8 and 10 p.m.) 'Fake' reality show, in which average guy Matt Kennedy Gould is led to believe that he is competing in a real reality TV show—not knowing that the other cast members are all actors faking it and meant to make a fool of him. Straight actor Lance Krall plays Kip, 'The Polynesian Gay Guy.'

REAL WORLD PARIS (MTV, 9 p.m) Features gay Irish roomie Simon.

NIP/TUCK (FX, 9 p.m., 10:30 p.m.) Drama about two L.A. plastic surgeons, from out producer Ryan Murphy (POPULAR). Features Roma Maffia as lesbian anesthesiologist Liz Cruz.

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