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Outlet Sale

Viacom revives plans for an all-gay network. One back-burnered, the Outlet is still in the early stages

There may be a gay TV channel on its way after all. Viacom, which shelved plans for the network earlier this year, is now looking to revive the project at its MTV Networks division, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The channel is known at the company as Outlet, although that's not necessarily its official name, according to the trade paper. The project had originally been in development at Viacom's Showtime.

Brian Graden, president of entertainment for VH1 and MTV, is involved in the planning for the gay network, which is still in its early stages, according to the Reporter. One factor that may have revived Viacom's interest is the success of ''Queer Eye for the Straight Guy'' on Bravo, which, by also airing shows like the dating series ''Boy Meets Boy,'' may already be vying for the ''gay network'' title.

Originally posted Dec 23, 2003