OUTtv & Xtra.ca premiere new interview series DISH! with Scott Thompson, Colm Toibin and Terence Davies

    Multi-platform series in print, web and TV

    TORONTO, Jan. 28 /CNW/ -

    Executive producer: David Walberg
    Producer: Frank Prendergast
    Hosts: Noah Cowan, Elvira Kurt, Emma Donoghue

    Comedian Scott Thompson in conversation with Elvira Kurt
    Premieres Monday, February 9 at 10:30 PM ET
    Repeats Friday, February 13 at 10:30 PM ET
    A portion of the interview transcript appears in the Jan 29 editions of
    Xtra and Xtra West and the Feb 11 edition of Capital Xtra.

    Irish novelist Colm Toibin in conversation with Emma Donoghue
    Premieres Monday, February 16 at 10:30 PM ET
    Repeats Friday, February 20 at 10:30 PM ET
    A portion of the interview transcript appears in the Feb 11 edition of
    Capital Xtra and in the Feb 12 editions of Xtra and Xtra West.

    Filmmaker Terence Davies in conversation with Noah Cowan
    Four-part video interview and partial transcript available now on Xtra.ca


    Dish! gets up close and personal with prominent gay men and lesbians,
delving into the trials and tribulations of famous gay lives.
    With almost 40 years publishing Canada's largest and most influential gay
and lesbian publications, Pink Triangle Press - publishers of the Xtra chain
of newsmagazines and the glossy Fab - knows the art of the interview. Now,
longtime Xtra publisher and journalist David Walberg is taking that expertise
from print to television with a new occasional series called Dish!
    Free of contemporary TV gimmickry, the premise of Dish! is simple: The
core of each episode is the intimate interview, an in-depth, candid
conversation with a notable gay man or lesbian, conducted by one of their
    Dish! carefully matches an interviewer with each subject - perhaps a
friend or colleague, someone familiar with our guest's life and career and,
most importantly, someone who can serve as a confidant, allowing our guest to
feel comfortable sharing honest opinions and personal stories. The result is a
level of candour rarely seen on television.
    In the first episode, comedian Scott Thompson lets loose with longtime
pal and fellow comedian Elvira Kurt. Their casual chat showcases each of their
improv skills and Thompson's retelling of his botched hosting of the Griffin
awards - where he was kicked off stage and ejected from the building - is
particularly hilarious. The conversation is incredibly candid, with Thompson
discussing his breakdown after receiving a terrorist death threat, the
crashing of his career and - most strikingly - how he found God. Their
discussion manages to be simultaneously funny, irreverent and poignant.
    Thompson and his fellow Kids in the Hall have announced production of a
new miniseries, Death Comes to Town, following last year's successful 40-city
Kids in the Hall reunion tour.
    In the second episode, award-winning Irish novelist Colm Toibin chats
with fellow novelist Emma Donoghue. Toibin takes us into his creative process,
elaborating on the writing of his famous novels, including The Master, winner
of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the LA Times Novel of the Year, and The
Blackwater Lightship. Both novels were shortlisted for the Booker prize.
Toibin also discusses his hesitation in publicly coming out, his own
difficulties with gay liberation and his conflicting response to the Irish
priest sex scandals.
    A special web broadcast of Dish! features master film director Terence
Davies in conversation with Toronto International Film Festival veteran and
Bell Lightbox artistic director Noah Cowan. In the four-part interview on
Xtra.ca, Davies eloquently lambastes Hollywood, confides his ambivalence about
his own homosexuality and tells of the devastating experience of being
routinely beaten as a child. The interview coincides with a complete
retrospective of Terence Davies films at Toronto's Cinematheque between Jan 23
and Feb 7. The interview can be found on the main page at Xtra.ca. More
information on the retrospective is at Cinemathequeontario.ca.

For further information:

For further information: Info and screeners: Executive producer, David
Walberg at (416) 644-5211 or david.walberg@xtra.ca

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