Network Axes Fall Hard on Gay Characters

The Hollywood Reporter
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May 11, 2013

It's been a rough end to what started out as a record-breaking season for openly gay characters on the small screen.

Gone are shows that featured prominent gay story lines including NBC's The New Normal and CBS' Partners. Both were semi-autobiographical series about the lives of its openly gay creators -- Ryan Murphy and Ali Adler on the former, David Kohan and Max Mutchnik for the latter -- and featured two happy, committed gay couples. Worth noting, half of both couples were played by openly gay actors -- New Normal's Andrew Rannells (opposite Justin Bartha) and Partners' Michael Urie (opposite Brandon Routh).

"The sheer number of characters who will no longer be on the air means diversity on television is once again at risk," GLAAD national spokesman Wilson Cruz tells The Hollywood Reporter. "Following a season with the highest recorded number of LGBT characters, these cancellations mean networks have to make a concerted effort to ensure the 2013-2014 season truly reflects the diversity of their audience. With inclusive programs like Modern Family and Glee continuing to lead the ratings and collect praise from critics, it's in a network's best interest."