Polyamory in the News!
. . . by Alan M.

June 17, 2012

Major reality-TV series "Polyamory" premieres on Showtime July 12

We've known for months that the Showtime network was preparing a reality series to be called "Polyamory"; the BermanBraun production company leaked it in some of their self-promotion materials early this year. And we've known that well-known poly activist and tantra teacher Kamala Devi and her extended family were occupied by a big project that they could not talk about.

Now two and two are officially put together, the lid is off, and Showtime is airing trailers for the show. It's called "Polyamory: Married and Dating" [update: not "Polyamorous" as first reported] and premieres July 12th.

From Kamala's newsletter:

The reason you haven't heard from me for a while is because I've been eyeballs deep in one of the most exciting projects of my life!

During the last three months, my husband Michael and lovers Jennifer and Tahl have been working on a ground breaking docu-series that will be airing this summer.

...Save the date for the San Diego launch party! You are invited to come and celebrate our official cast party on July 28th. We are going to rent out the downtown Victory Theater and watch a couple of recorded episodes and then we will do a Q & A with the director and cast.

This project has stretched me and my families to the limits.

Frankly, it has been the most profound personal growth experience of my life.

I can't find any trailers yet on Showtime's site. Kamala says that a longer trailer is supposed to start airing on Wednesday June 27.

I met Kamala and her partner Michael McClure at the Poly Living conference last February. They are wonderful advocates for the best of what I believe about this way of life.

Here's a sample: dozens of sound bites she's been working on or used in the reality show.

Here's the promo graphic they're using for an upcoming "Tantra Theater" performance in San Diego. Michael and Kamala are the ones on the lower right:


A polyfamily reality show has been a long time coming and not for lack of producers' interest. In a lengthy reminiscence that he has just published, Scott Campbell in Seattle says his family (which includes the utterly photogenic Terisa Greenan) has "been solicited for around twenty poly-themed reality shows" since their entry into the national media as poly spokespeople in 2009.


And in other entertainment news, Anita Wagner adds:

Oliver Stone's new movie, Savages, opens July 6. It's a drug-lords crime drama that features an MFM triad: http://www.savagesfilm.com/

It's spotlight time, or soon will be, for polyamorists and I hope we all have our A game ready.

I hear that Savages makes no big deal of the MFM triad; it's just part of the story situation. (Plot summary: "Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.") Maybe that's progress. No idea how "poly" their relationship will actually turn out to be.

Update: It certainly qualifies in the book on which the movie is based — Savages by Don Winslow — according to poly reviewer Maria Padhila at Planet Waves. She adores the book and has just put up a detailed article about it and the movie. (Thanx to Bitsy for the tip.)

The movie is "rated R for strong brutal and grisly violence, some graphic sexuality, nudity, drug use and language throughout." I think I'll skip.

Watch trailer.


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Blogger Peter A Haydon said...

Re Savages: It seems that positive poly themes can be explored sympathetically in an (unrelated) criminal context in movies. The subtext seems to be "These lovable outlaws can do it but maybe not those who have not rejected society."
Other examples that spring to mind are Ordinary Decent Criminal (master thief (Kevin Spacey) has a positively portrayed relationship with two sisters) and Bandits (bank robbers played by Billy Bob Thornton and Bruce Willis ultimately share a relationship with Cate Blanchett - has the memorable line "What if I don't want to choose [between you]?")

June 18, 2012 9:00 PM  

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