Teleplay by Mark Saltzman
Television's First Gay Detective On America's First Gay Television Network - Chad Allen stars as gay detective Donald Strachey in this gritty series of crime stories based on the popular novels by author Richard Stevenson. In "Third Man Out"Strachey is commissioned to protect gay activist John Rutka known for "outing" prominent citizens. Strachey abandons bodyguard duty when he feels that Rutka is staging the threats against him. When Rutka turns up dead Strachey is faced with an extensive list of enemies all with enough motive to kill.
|All these new networks are starting to fulfill the "what if" fantasy so many of us have been carrying around for years. What if there were a gay James Bond, a gay MacGuyver? As readers of this magazine know, Here has already come up with a gay noir detective, played impeccably by Chad Allen in "Third Man Out." There have, of course, been hundreds of noir novels written with gay private eyes—John Morgan Wilson's excellent Ben Justice stories spring to mind- but this first cinematic representation is a doozy. Allen plays not a strapping action hero but a conflicted, alternately hard-boiled and softhearted, partnered gay man. "Third Man Out" is so good, it invites a whole new form of speculation. Now that we've delivered a gay mystery with prime-time production values, it could be time for a TV franchise where the private eye is gay but the world in which he solves his cases is straight. Like many of us, he is visible, proud, and living in a world outside the cloisters of gay life. His sexuality would come into play no more and no less than any straight detective's. A series like that might even have a chance of showing up on a network where they try to sell trucks every eight minutes.|
"Third Man Out: A Donald Strachey Mystery"
Hollywood Reporter - September 2, 2005
by Marilyn Moss
Gay television network Here! comes up with this very clever, entertaining teleflick, "Third Man Out: A Donald Strachey Mystery," based on a series of books by Richard Stevenson about a gay detective. There are to be more in the series, and if they're as much fun as "Third", there's hardly a reason to miss any of them.
Here! 'Out' With New Series
Hollywood Reporter - January 13, 2005
Here! said Wednesday that it has greenlighted a new original series titled "Third Man Out." Chad Allen has signed on to star in the series bound for the premium TV network targeted to gay and lesbian audiences. Here! founder and CEO Paul Colichman made the announcement during the network's portion of the Television Critics Assn. winter press tour.
Deep Inside Hollywood: Chad Allen Five-O
by Romeo San Vicente
"Starsky & Hutch" may have been unintentionally and entertainingly homoerotic, but there's never been a genuinely queer detective who's also the lead character on a crime drama.