Trio sets summer triple play

Cabler touts plans for seasonal TV sked

Trio’s summer launches will include OutZone, a block of gay-oriented programming as well as original docs “The N-Word” and “Texas: America Supersized.”

OutZone will preview Memorial Day weekend, May 28-31, with the U.S. preem of “Dame Edna Live at the Palace” and the world preem of “Rufus Wainwright Live at the Fillmore.”

The block will become a permanent part of Trio’s sked beginning Sept. 18. OutZone will feature music specials with Elton John and the Pet Shop Boys, films including “Madonna: Truth or Dare” and “Diana: Death of a Princess,” and docs on Gianni Versace, Leigh Bowery and David LaChapelle.

Doc “The N-Word,” by Helena Echegoyen and Todd Williams, takes a look at the roots, evolution, social significance and current pop-culture status of the word “nigger.”

Chris Rock, Ice Cube, Whoopi Goldberg, Russell Simmons, George Carlin and others contribute views in the hourlong doc, which preems July 4.

“Texas: America Supersized,” a doc written and narrated by journalist Christopher Hitchens about how the Texas values reflected by the Bush presidency influence the national culture, kicks off a month of themed programming based on the doc’s title.

Trio’s original doc “Fat City,” narrated by Larry Hagman, as well as “Business, Texas Style,” “Texas Teenage Virgins” and “Turning Muslim in Texas,” are among other docs slated for August.

Trio’s original doc “Good Clean Porn,” based on the cult classic “Debbie Does Dallas,” also will be part of the net’s monthlong illumination of the Lone Star State.

“Each of these three programming initiatives are meant to give another perspective on the same subjects that are already out and in play in the culture,” said Trio prexy Lauren Zalaznick.

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