News Briefs: Fox Has the Most Gay Characters, Says GLAAD

By Tim Surette

Sep 29, 2011


... GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, has released its annual report on the representation of homosexual and transgender characters on television, and it appears as though TV is getting straighter. Last season, 3.9 percent of TV characters were gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. This year, that number dipped to 2.9 percent, and it's the first time in four years that it's decreased. Fox has the most representation, with eight LGBT characters out of 117 series regulars. On one hand this is particularly impressive, as Fox doesn't even program the 10 o'clock hour; on the other, it's important to note that four of the eight characters are on Glee and two are on the upcoming animated series Allen Gregory. ABC, which has featured the highest number of LGBT characters every year for the last six years, ranks second with six LGBT characters; NBC comes in third with three, and The CW and CBS are tied for last with only one apiece. But I'm fairly certain that Gibbs from NCIS and Horatio Caine from CSI: Miami are more than just friends. [GLAAD]

... Dane Cook is coming to television, maybe. He's signed a development deal with NBC to create a new comedy, which he'd also star in. I wonder which show he'll steal and call his own? Let's name some! Dane Cook as a quirky man who moves in with three chicks in New Guy. Or Dane Cook as a king in the fantasy epic Dane of Thrones. Or Dane Cook as... tweet me your ideas with #DaneCookSitcom! [Deadline Hollywood]

... YouTube is making a big step toward killing television by preparing a dozen channels with regularly scheduled programming—you know, like television. I just hope that once computers make TVs obsolete, we still call it "television" and not "web series." God I hate that term. [Slate]

... Meet the newest trend of 2012: Westerns! NBC has purchased a "Western with a twist" from Parenthood writer Kerry Ehrin. Instead of being a straight-up drama that features gunmen shooting each other's hats off, it'll be a mix of drama and comedy (I wish there were a word for that!) about a man from the East who befuddles cowboys with his intellect. Sounds good to me. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Fox has purchased a new project based on a segment from the NPR radio program This American Life. The comedy would follow a woman who buys a house that's the "deal of a lifetime." The deal? It's a cheap house, but it comes with its elderly owner. [Deadline Hollywood]


... Sonya Walger (Lost's Penny, FlashForward's whatever her name was) has booked a regular role on USA's Common Law, a buddy cop dramedy. She'll play a shrink. [EW]

... Glee is adding Grant Gustin to play a gay Dalton Academy Warbler named Sebastian. He'll play a suitor who pursues Blaine. Does that mean things aren't going so hot with Kurt? [TV Line]

... Modern Family has signed Jennifer Tilly for a guest appearance. She'll play the wife of Shorty (Chazz Palminteri), a friend of Jay's who appeared in Season 1. [TV Line]

... Army Wives star Sally Pressman is leaving the Lifetime drama after next season for a to-be-determined role somewhere at NBC. Thrilling stuff. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The next round of America's Next Top Model will feature a new judge. Kelly Cutrone will replace Andre Leon Talley. [People]


... Kate Gosselin is shopping herself around for a reality show, but networks are passing on her. Man, that is awesome. [Radar Online]

... Seven advertisers have pulled out of promoting their products during The Playboy Club after being pressured by the Parents Television Council. This show is in REAL danger of getting canned soon. [THR]

... Okay I promise this one is good: Shayne Lamas and her husband are close to signing a deal with a talent agency to represent their baby. The kid isn't even born yet. And they're naming it Press. The Fame-Whore Meter just exploded. [TMZ]

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  • jaden84 Oct 01, 2011

    Stewie Griffen's reaction to Dane Cook getting his own show, "Wait, he's getting his show." Seriously NBC don't ever let that lame dude on tv, EVER!

  • kendalkendal Oct 01, 2011

    I feel like Degrassi has more LGBT characters than Glee

  • DavidJackson8 Sep 30, 2011

    Dane Cook as a nerd who tries to get laid, in The Big Dane Theory. Ugh.

    Dane Cook as a zombie who tries to not get shot in the face by his many haters, in The Walking Dane.

    Dane Cook as your father, in How Dane Met Your Mother.

  • El-Isa Sep 30, 2011

    "Instead of being a straight-up drama that features gunmen shooting each other's hats off, it'll be a mix of drama and comedy (I wish there were a word for that!)..."

    How about "Dramedy" ? ^^

  • Diane_AZ Sep 30, 2011

    Personally, I stopped watching TV because of all the men kissing men and women kissing women in every damn program. Seems you can't have a story without it. Just tell a story - not everyone has to boink their same sex - some of us actually have a life otherwise. Sorry, I don't usually speak up so but seems everyone else does so about time I did too. Oh and ten years from now I will be posting against the adults boinking kids too as I also predicted that 20 years ago and I've been right so far about civilization's downspin.

  • freechicken Sep 30, 2011

    Please continue to not speak up often. I don't even know where to start with this confusing misguided ignorant attempt at an "opinion". Can you point out where all the gays kissing each other are bc I'm still seeing the 97% of all entertainment being mostly straight. Stop watching so much gay porn next time. Could you also explain to me how homosexuality leads to child abuse? Not really seeing the connection... and I'm pretty sure that 99.999999 people would agree that society will never accept bestiality or child abuse as the social norm. Both those acts involve parties of unwilling mental capacity. Does this make sense: If you're a woman that likes men, you shouldn't be around young boys bc eventually you'll get bored and start fucking young boys? Please think before you type lady. Please

  • Jacks420 Sep 30, 2011

    So, the Parents Television Council thinks it's up to them to decide what's allowed to go on the air, and what's not? Whatever happened to just using parental control settings?

  • freechicken Sep 30, 2011

    You'd think with child locks being offered by basically every cable provider that they'd shove it.

  • Writerpatrick Sep 29, 2011

    Glee alone has half the gay characters on TV.

    NBC doing a dramedy western. What could possibly go wrong. :)

    The YouTube experiment will likely be shows released on a weekly schedule rather than actually broadcast each week as TV does. I suspect this is to help provide content for the various media centers and devices like Windows Media Center which has Internet channels. But they need to run decent shows if there's going to be any interest in it.

  • MikeScott25 Sep 29, 2011

    What CBS show has a gay character? I don't know because I don't really watch that network (though I have been watching 2 Broke Girls).

  • Geek_Queen Sep 29, 2011

    I've heard that The Good Wife has a gay (or bisexual) character.

  • killerpuppies Sep 29, 2011

    Yeah the main chick's brother is gay.

  • schlacko Sep 30, 2011

    The main chick (Alicia)'s brother (Owen) is not a regular, so he doesn't count. Kalinda (the sexy Indian) is bi.

  • Pantalonz Sep 29, 2011

    I'm the mother of two children under the age of 2, and even I don't agree with anything the Parents Television Council ever says! It's my job to parent my children, not tv. And when they are sleeping, I want to watch my shows!

  • MJTaylor4592 Sep 29, 2011

    Oh good, lets go to TheyTube and watch videos picked by them... I expect it will go the other way, with TV on demand and Tivo.

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