This week on the small screen

Pride Week, Eloise and ‘Orange.’

Yotam Hareuveni (Right) with screen savors the program’s host Yoav Ginai. (photo credit: PR)
Yotam Hareuveni (Right) with screen savors the program’s host Yoav Ginai.
(photo credit: PR)
Pride Week will be marked by special programs on several channels. It is celebrated in June to commemorate the Stonewall riots in New York, which took place on June 28, 1969, when the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village, was raided by police. On that night, its patrons decided to fight back rather than be arrested as usual. The documentary Five Days in New York, which will be shown on Channel 1 on June 9 at 9 p.m. as part of the True Story series, features interviews with people who participated in the riots and examines how the incident changed history and is celebrated today. Following the film, there will be an episode of the discussion show Politika dedicated to the issue of gay rights.
On June 6 at 7:30 p.m. on Channel 1, the series Touching the Spirit will feature an interview with Yotam Reuveni, a poet who is gay.
Literary critic Ariana Melamad will conduct the interview.
Also on Channel 1, the series That’s How It Was, which will be shown on June 12 at 6 p.m., will host former MK and journalist Nitzan Horowitz, who fights for gay rights.
YES Docu will broadcast the documentary Do I Sound Gay? On June 11 at 10 p.m. and on YES VOD. In the film, director David Thorpe explores the idea of a gay vocal style, with comments from such well-known writers and comedians as David Sedaris and Margaret Cho.
YES is also showing a number of movies to mark Pride Week, which will be available on YES VOD, and some will be screened on YES 3.
Among these are Eytan Fox’s Yossi & Jagger (2002), the movie about two soldiers in love, which both moved audiences and helped them understand the gay experience as no Israeli film ever had before; and his 2006 film The Bubble, about an Israeli and a Palestinian couple in Tel Aviv; and Haim Tabakman’s Eyes Wide Open, about two haredi men who fall in love.
DID YOU grow up with the fabulous Eloise books, about an eccentric, wonderfully willful little girl who lives in the Plaza Hotel with no parents in sight? Lena Dunham, the creator of the TV series Girls, loves those books (she even has an Eloise tattoo) and has produced a fascinating and unexpectedly moving documentary about Hilary Knight, the artist who illustrated the books, called It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise. Directed by Matt Wolf, it is airing on YES Docu on June 5 at 11:35 p.m. and throughout the month on YES VOD.
Knight, now in his 70s, collaborated with the flamboyant jazz singer Kay Thompson (she appeared in the film Funny Face with Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn and sang “Think Pink”) on the books more than 50 years ago. Thompson came up with the character and the plot, but it was Knight’s iconic drawings that truly brought Eloise to life.
Unfortunately, Thompson had a falling out with Knight, and several books they created remained unpublished until after her death. Knight, who has illustrated many other books and made many of the most famous theatrical posters in history, ekes out a living and stages bizarre, fairy-tale like films with old friends.
It’s a touching story about a genuine artist.
AS MANY Mad Men fans ponder what to do with their Sunday nights, fans of Orange Is the New Black will be happy to hear that the series will be coming back for a third season on June 13 (one day after its US release) on HOT VOD Xtra and HOT Plus. The series, which tells the story of an upperclass white woman who has to serve prison time for a drug offense she committed decades ago, was created by Jenji Kohan, who brought us Weeds. It has the same combination of twisted humor and genuine pathos that characterized the earlier series.
Orange is a Netflix series, which means that all the episodes of the season are released at once, so you can watch at whatever pace you like.
Those who get YES can watch the second season of the show on YES Binge and YES VOD starting June 6.