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Sordid Lives - More Info & Early Art for Complete Series

Coming on October 13

Posted by Gord Lacey
Following up on our earlier news that Sorid Lives: The Series would be released in Canada on October 13, VEI has sent over details on the show, and more artwork (not yet finalized). You can preorder the set from for $20.99 CAN. Just a reminder that Canadian DVDs are part of Region 1, so fans in the US won't have any issues playing them back.

Sordid Lives: The Series

A black comedy about white trash!

"Canada gets world's first DVD release of the high-profile twelve part half-hour cult series with a stellar cast and guest cameos from a host of big-name celebrities including musical legend Olivia Newton-John and The Golden Girls' Rue McClanahan in their campiest roles ever!"

"Mama's Family meets Will & Grace" - Hollywood Reporter

This release is the Uncensored and Uncut version rarely seen.
DVD Extras include 80- minutes of exclusive behind-the-scenes footage including bloopers, five Olivia Newton-John song performances, deleted scenes & photo galleries.

Based on the quirky cult movie of the same name, the TV adaptation of Sordid Lives (2008-09), which was the highest rated series on Viacom's Logo network, is hilariously written and directed by creator Del Shores (Queer as Folk, Dharma & Greg, Touched by an Angel). Becoming the highest rated series on Viacom's Logo network, this off-beat and edgy prequel to the hit film, about crazy Texas women and slightly-less-than-crazy gay men, features a cavalcade of high profile camp icons including Rue McClanahan, Olivia Newton-John, Leslie Jordan, Caroline Rhea, Margaret Cho, Bonnie Bedelia and Dale Dickey who plays Patty the daytime hooker on NBC's My Name is Earl.

A huge hit and avid on-line following since debuting on Logo in the US and Super Channel in Canada. The Facebook group "Save Sordid Lives" has over 13,500- members devoted to getting the first season released on DVD and also bringing Sordid Lives back for a second season.

This larger-than-life Southern-fried soap opera depicts the saga of bible-thumping Baptists, beer-swilling bar trash and everyone in between in a small Texas town, contrasted with the appearance-driven world of Hollywood and the hysterical comedy and tender poignancy that come from learning to be yourself and love the family you have instead of the family you want.

Sordid Lives: The Series is the outrageous story of a small town Texas family presided over by matriarch Peggy Ingram (Rue McClanahan) who takes in the town bar singer Bitsy Mae Harling (Olivia Newton-John) who has just been released from prison. Peggy's wild child daughter LaVonda (Ann Walker) lives with Peggy's chain-smoking sister Sissy (Beth Grant), while Peggy's good girl Latrelle (Bonnie Bedelia) maintains an image of seeming perfection.

Peggy's third child "Brother Boy" Ingram (Leslie Jordan of Will & Grace) is locked in a mental institution where he performs as Tammy Wynette. He plots to escape while he attends therapy sessions with the crazy Dr. Eve (Rosemary Alexander) who believes she can dehomosexualize him.

LaVonda's white trash best friend Noleta (Canada's Caroline Rhea) lives in a trailer in Sissy's backyard with her husband G.W. (David Steen), a Vietnam vet with two wooden legs. G.W. escapes regularly to the local bar in town amidst a small crowd of regulars including brothers Wardell (Newell Alexander) and Odell (David Cowgill), Bitsy and this bar's crazy old fly Juanita (Sarah Hunley).

Latrelle's son Ty (Jason Dottley) is an actor living in Los Angeles and struggling with several therapists (Margaret Cho, Carson Kressley of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, drag star Candis Cayne from Dirty Sexy Money) to come to terms with his homosexuality. Along the way he deals with his first boyfriend (Ted Detwiler), his stalker ex-girlfriend (Sharron Alexis), a vengeful trick (Emerson Collins) and the difficulty of coming out to his straight best friend (Robert Lewis Stephenson) and his family back in Texas.

Sordid Lives is the universally relatable story of a town of family and friends and the trials and tribulations they go through as they learn to see each other for who they are instead of who they wish each other to be.

"Del Shores (the Tyler Perry of Southern gays) brings his movie and stage show about crazy Texas women and slightly-less-than-crazy gay men to TV with a cavalcade of camp icons (Rue McClanahan, Olivia Newton-John) and brilliant, canon-ready Beth Grant. TV doesn't get gayer than this."

"Outrageous. What could be bad about any project that puts '80s icons Rue McClanahan and Olivia Newton-John together?"


Writer / Director / Executive Producer: Del Shores - Queer as Folk, Dharma and Greg Producers: Stan Brookes & Rob Eric

Bonnie Bedelia (Latrelle Williamson) - Heart Like A Wheel, Die Hard
Beth Grant (Sissy Hickey) - No Country For Old Men, Little Miss Sunshine
Olivia Newton-John (Bitsy Mae Harling) - Grease, Xanadu
Leslie Jordan (Earl 'Brother Boy' Ingram) - Will And Grace, Ugly Betty.
Rue Mcclanahan (Peggy Ingram) - Golden Girls, Maude
Caroline Rhea (Noleta Nethercott) - Sabrina, The Teenage Witch
Introducing Jason Dottley

Caroline Rhea (Noleta Nethercott) is a Canadian-born actress who starred in Sabrina, The Teenage Witch with appearances on The Drew Carey Show and My Life on theD-list. As an accomplished comedian she was a regular on Hollywood Squares withWhoopi Goldberg and hosted The Caroline Rhea Show.

Olivia Newton-John (Bitsy Mae Harling) is a Grammy Award-winning and Golden Globe nominated international recording star. Known for her performance as "Sandy" in Grease, her music has topped the charts in countries around the world and sold millions of albums over nearly four decades. The star, who danced with Gene Kelly in Xanadu and hosted the popular internationally syndicated Wild Life television show, was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia by the Queen for her "service to the entertainment industry as a singer and actor, and to the community." In 2002 she was inducted into the Australian Music Hall of Fame.

Rue McClanahan (Peggy Ingram) is a television icon for her Emmy Award-winning portrayal of Blanche in Golden Girls. Her other television credits include the series Maude, Mama's Family, Safe Harbor and dozens of movies of the week. Her feature film work includes They Must Be Giants, Starship Troopers and The Fighting Temptations. She has also been onstage in The Women and Wicked on Broadway, Harvey in London and Lettuce and Lovage in Vienna. Her autobiography My First Five Husbands was released in 2007.

Leslie Jordan (Earl "Brother Boy" Ingram) won the 2006 Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a comedy for Will and Grace. His appearances in over fifty television shows include recurring roles on Boston Legal, Reba, Hidden Palms and Ugly Betty. Recent feature films include Love Ranch with Helen Mirren and Wanted: Undead or Alive. His memoir of his life in Hollywood entitled My Trip Down the Pink Carpet is being published this year.

Bonnie Bedelia (Latrelle Williamson) is a Golden Globe-nominated actress for Heart Like a Wheel with an accomplished career since her film debut in Sydney Pollock's Oscar winning They Shoot Horses Don't They?

Beth Grant (Sissy Hickey) has starred in over seventy feature films including Academy Award-winning Best Picture No Country For Old Men and Academy Award-nominated Little Miss Sunshine, winning SAG Awards for "Best Cast" for both. Other studio films include Speed, A Time to Kill, The Rookie, Donnie Darko, City Slickers, To Wong Foo and Rain Man. TV credits include My Name is Earl, Six Feet Under and Malcolm in the Middle.

About VEI:

VEI is the DVD division of Visual Entertainment Inc., focused on acquisitions, marketing and publicity of video content for the North American marketplace. VEI blends technological innovation and entertainment insight with expertise in advertising, promotions and brand building to create the perfect commercial product for the savvy retail consumer.

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