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Logo TV: Gay, straight and a comedic look at pop culture

The Logo TV network wants to explore how a gay and straight man look at pop culture differently.

That’s the basis for “The Straight Out Report,” a new weekly program starting next month that aspires to be the cable network’s own version of “The Daily Show” or “Talk Soup.”

It premieres Nov. 7 at 10 p.m. Eastern. Comic Stephen Guarino, who appeared on the ABC show “Happy Endings,” will provide the gay perspective while his “straight” man is Mike E. Winfield.

The show will primarily be a comedic look at pop culture, although some more serious news topics will seep in, said Pam Post, vice president of programming for the gay- and lesbian-oriented network. Some planned segments include “Unintentional Gay Moment,” mining film clips, and “Feud for Thought,” detailing Twitter fights.

“We realized we hadn’t seen this before – a gay man and a straight man sitting at a desk, talking over the headlines of the day in a comedic way, and this really appealed to us,” Post said.

A second contrast — Winfield is black and Guarino white — wasn’t planned but is welcome, she said.

Already the two men have found how they both look at Men’s Health magazine for different reasons. Certainly the role of the Kardashians in popular culture will be explored on the show because, how could it not?

“I realized that I certainly have an opinion on how they are invading my life regardless of whether I am seeking them out,” Guarino said. “It’s interesting how many times the word `Kardashian’ comes before you in a day. I’ve been a victim of the pop culture whether I like it or not.”

The series seemed like an intriguing idea to Winfield when he first heard it.

“You play a role,” he said. “But we’re people first. We just happen to be straight and gay, we just happen to be black and white. For myself, I just come in with comedy.”

Logo is in some 52 million homes, or half of the country’s homes with television.

Joan Rivers dies at 81

Joan Rivers, trailblazing satirical comedian and television host, was taken off life support Thursday afternoon at a New York hospital after complications from a surgery earlier last week, according to her daughter Melissa Rivers. She was 81.

Rivers had been on life support since Aug. 28 after undergoing elective throat surgery at a Manhattan clinic, when she reportedly suffered a cardiac incident and stopped breathing. She was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was put into a medically induced coma and remained in critical condition.

In a written statement, Melissa Rivers thanked the doctors, nurses and staff of the hospital and said she and son Cooper were “humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers (they) have received from around the world.” She added that, “My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”

Rivers rose to fame in the ’70s and ’80s as a regular guest on TV comedy and variety shows, most notably The Tonight Show, where she was a protege of Johnny Carson and a frequent guest host. That relationship would ultimately sour in 1986, when the two had a falling-out sparked by Rivers’ announcement of her own talk show, The Late Show, on Fox, competing with The Tonight Show.

When that show failed a year later, Rivers would return to comedy with a variety of shows on stage and screen. She eventually took her ascerbic tongue to the red carpet, and hosted pre-awards shows on E! and TV Guide networks from the ’90s to the present day. She was also featured on weekly shows like E!’s Fashion Police, and Rivers had also begun to explore digital outlets. Only days before her hospital stay, she filmed the latest installment of her online talk show In Bed with Joan with Leann Rimes and her husband Eddie Cibrian.

Ellen DeGeneres’ show now available in China

Ellen DeGeneres’s talk show is getting a new audience — viewers in China.

The lighthearted, celebrity-focused show is now available in China on video site Sohu within 48 hours of its original U.S. broadcast.

It is the first U.S. daily talk show to be carried in China, according to a statement Tuesday by distributor Warner Brothers and Sohu.com Inc.

Sohu Video, like other Chinese online video sites, licenses many hit American TV shows. Earlier this month it unveiled the late-night U.S. comedy sketch show “Saturday Night Live” as an addition to its lineup.

Anderson Cooper’s talk show ending

Anderson Cooper’s daytime talk show will be wrapping after two seasons.

Warner Bros. said this week that the marketplace made it increasingly difficult for “Anderson Live” to “break through” to viewers despite format changes.

The show switched to live broadcasts in its second year but struggled to match the ratings performance of daytime frontrunners including “Ellen” and “Live! With Kelly and Michael.”

Newcomers, including Katie Couric, also made the talk show arena more competitive.

In a statement, Cooper, who came out as gay earlier this year, said he was grateful to Warner’s Telepictures syndication arm for the opportunity and proud of his staff’s work.

Cooper, who remains host of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” will continue with “Anderson Live” through summer 2013, Warner said.

DeGeneres gets star on Hollywood Walk

Comic and TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres on Sept. 4 received the 2,477th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The openly lesbian celebrity invited a large audience to the event, tweeting on Tuesday: “I’m getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today at 11 am. Come watch me! Also, I’d love a ride home. 6270 Hollywood Blvd.”

In her speech at the celebration, eonline.com reported, DeGeneres said, “It is amazing. I spent my entire career trying to conduct myself in a certain way making sure no one walks all over me only to get to a point where people are going to walk all over me. It means so much to me that everyone showed up.”

Season 10 of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” begins on Sept. 10.

On the show’s Facebook page, DeGeneres describes herself as “a comedian, an animal lover and a talk show host. Which means I tell jokes about cats to celebrities.”