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First Gay Character Cancelled For the 2008-2009 Season

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By GLAAD |
September 29, 2008

After three weeks of less-than-stellar ratings, Fox has canceled its first series this season, the comedy Do Not Disturb. This means gay character Larry (played by Jesse Tyler Ferguson) has disappeared, leaving us with only 12 supporting LGBT characters on broadcast TV.

The cast of Do Not Disturb

The cast of Do Not Disturb

As we reported last week in GLAAD's 13th Annual "Where We Are on TV" report, Fox lead the broadcast nets with the highest percentage of announced lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender series regular characters (5%). We heralded Fox as showing the "most improvement" of any network, due mainly to its increase in bisexual representation. (Angela on Bones and Thirteen on House are both bi women and supporting characters.)

Now, with Larry gone, Fox has only four LGBT characters. NBC follows with two, The CW depicts one, and CBS does not have any LGBT series regular characters. Meanwhile, ABC continues to lead the pack with seven.

We were hoping Do Not Disturb would succeed. Not only was Larry a strong supporting character in an ensemble comedy, he also was a gay man in a long-term relationship -- a complaint many viewers held against Will of Will & Grace fame. We were excited with the prospect of exploring Larry's home life, meeting the boyfriend, seeing their relationship in action on screen. Sources say Larry was based on the series' creator, Abraham Higginbotham, which gave us even more hope that Larry would be fleshed-out as the show progressed beyond the confines of the hotel.

Alas, Do Not Disturb met its fate, and we're sorry to see it go. We look forward to future Higginbotham series, in the hopes that they, too, will feature LGBT characters.

For a complete list of announced LGBT characters on the broadcast networks, please click here.

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