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09/23/2008

TV '08: GLAAD celebrates sweet 16

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 23-18And now in "look how far we've come since Billy Crystal in 'Soap'" news: GLAAD reports that for the upcoming fall season, 16 of the 616 regular characters on broadcast network programs will be LGBT. That is more than than twice the number of religious right-angering characters that were rolled out for the 2007 season.

Here's GLAAD's release:

EXCERPT: GLAAD's 13th annual "Where We Are On TV" report shows that LGBT representations will account for 2.6% of all scripted series regular characters on the 2008-2009 broadcast television schedule, up from 1.4% in 2005, 1.3% in 2006, and 1.1% in 2007.
READ MORE: GLAAD STUDY REVEALS THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF LGBT CHARACTERS EVER FOR 2008-2009 TELEVISION SEASON [GLAAD]

But while the broadcast nets' gay presence has gone up, GLAAD reports that the number of LGBT series regular characters found on mainstream cable scripted programming has actually decreased since last year, from 40 to 32. Our suggestion to curb this problem? AMC can produce a spinoff of its popular and Emmy-winning series "Mad Men," to be called "(Wrongly Declared to be) Mad Men (and Women)." The new series will also be set in the early 1960s, yet rather than following the ups and and downs of a swanky ad agency, it will cover a dark, disturbing mental institution in which gays of the pre-Stonewall era have been placed by their persecutory parents.

Feel free to use it, AMC
(for a very non-1960s price, of course).

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