AfterElton editor Michael Jensen continues to dig up major scoop from the Television Critics Association press tour and as he predicted, the news does indeed "gladden GLAAD's heart."
Here's some news that should gladden GLAAD's heart (not to mention ours!): I've confirmed exclusively that NBC's new medical drama Trauma is going to include a major gay character as part of its cast.
Set in San Francisco, this is an "intense, action-packed look at one of the most dangerous medical professions in the world: first responder paramedics."
And one of those first responders is going to be an out gay man or woman...I know the identity of the gay character, but you'll have to wait for now to find out who it is. I will tell you that the show's executive producersDario Scardapane and Jeffrey Reiner told me it was important that a show set in San Francisco include a gay character and that they wanted to avoid the cliched coming out storyline. Kudos to them for that.
I've seen the pilot and I have to say, I certainly didn't realize this character was gay and Scardapane and Reiner told me the "reveal" is fun and different. And even though I'm not a fan of medical dramas, I rather liked this one. Here's hoping it lasts longer than Kings. Trauma premieres Monday September 28th.
As reported in GLAAD's Network Responsibility Index, NBC earned a Failing grade after only 8% of its original programming included LGBT-inclusive images. The addition of a gay character to Trauma signals a shift in the right direction and we are optimistic that NBC will be able to improve upon their grade.