20 LGBT TV TIE-INS FOR THE FALL

Where to find the ac­tors and char­ac­ters across the spec­trum this sea­son

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By PA­TRICK SAUN­DERS

This sea­son brings a re­newed com­mit­ment to LGBT ac­tors and char­ac­ters from the “Big Four” tele­vi­sion net­works, with two-thirds of the spots on this list taken up by ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. GLAAD even awarded its first ever “ex­cel­lent” grade in their an­nual Net­work Re­spon­si­bil­ity In­dex this year, with Fox get­ting the hon­ors.

And while the broad­cast net­works, ca­ble net­works and stream­ing ser­vices could use a lit­tle more of the “T” in LGBT, there’s still plenty of tie-ins to find no mat­ter where you get your con­tent. Check out this list of the re­turn­ing fa­vorites and new­est hits to grace your mul­ti­ple screens this spring. “Best Time Ever With Neil Pa­trick Harris” (Pre­miered Sep. 15 on NBC)

A live va­ri­ety show re­vival? With openly gay ac­tor/au­thor/Heineken Light pitch­man Neil Pa­trick Harris? Sign us up. “Doc­tor Who” (Sep. 19 on BBC Amer­ica)

Any show that has been ac­cused of pro­mot­ing a gay agenda, as hap­pened af­ter a les­bian kiss scene aired last sea­son, is okay by us. “Scream Queens” (Sep. 22 on Fox)

Openly gay co-cre­ator Ryan Mur­phy (“Glee,” “Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story”) is back with this campy take on a hor­ror se­ries, fea­tur­ing Mur­phy reg­u­lars Lea Michele and Emma Roberts. “Em­pire” (Sep. 23 on Fox)

Openly gay co-cre­ator Lee Daniels (“Pre­cious,” “The But­ler”) is sure to bring even more soapy drama for sea­son two, fea­tur­ing out ac­tor Jussie Smol­lett, who plays the openly gay Ja­mal.

“Mod­ern Fam­ily” (Sep. 23 on ABC)

Mitch, Cam and their hi­lar­i­ous daugh­ter Lily re­turn along with the rest of the crew for ABC’s long-run­ning megahit, which con­tin­ues to win in the rat­ings race and on the awards cir­cuit. “Sur­vivor: Cam­bo­dia” (Sep. 23 on CBS)

View­ers ap­par­ently wanted to see more of openly gay news an­chor and re­porter Jeff Varner, who re­turns to the show af­ter view­ers picked the con­tes­tants in an online vote. “How to Get Away with Mur­der” (Sep. 24 on ABC)

The award-win­ning le­gal pro­ce­dural took some flak last sea­son for a habit of bot­tom-sham­ing, so we’ll see if they change their tune with the por­trayal of de­vi­ous gay char­ac­ter Con­nor (Jack Fala­hee). “Scan­dal” (Sep. 24 on ABC)

Last sea­son, pic­tures leaked of openly gay White House Chief of Staff Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry) hav­ing sex with a male pros­ti­tute. Ex­pect more twists and turns as usual. “The Amaz­ing Race” (Sep. 25 on CBS)

Denise Wil­liams is de­ter­mined to prove to her 26-year-old son James that she does not have a prob­lem with him be­ing gay. Oh, and they’re in a race. It’s amaz­ing. “Brook­lyn Nine-Nine” (Sep. 27 on Fox)

An­dre Braugher’s stoic, openly gay Cap­tain Holt is the se­cret weapon of the show, with Braugher ex­em­pli­fy­ing the mean­ing of the word “dead­pan.” “Quantico” (Sep. 27 on ABC)

This new thriller fea­tures Tate Elling­ton’s

Clock­wise from top: ‘Best Time Ever With Neil Pa­trick Harris,’ ‘Em­pire’ and ‘Doc­tor Who’ openly gay FBI trainee Si­mon Asher, one of sev­eral im­pos­si­bly good-look­ing FBI re­cruits at the FBI train­ing academy. “Satur­day Night Live” (Oct. 3 on NBC)

Whether you’ve seen her im­pres­sion of Jane Lynch, Justin Bieber or “the No­to­ri­ous RBG” her­self, Ruth Bader Gins­burg, one thing is clear—les­bian comic Kate McKin­non is un­stop­pable. “The Good Wife” (Oct. 4 on CBS)

We’ve got bi­sex­ual ac­tor Alan Cum­ming as Eli Gold, Dal­las Roberts play­ing Alicia’s gay brother Owen, and fre­quent LGBT sto­ry­lines, like last sea­son’s gay mar­riage episode. “The Flash” (Oct. 6 on the CW)

This su­per­hero hit in­tro­duced bi­sex­ual ac­tor Andy Mien­tus as the gay vil­lain Pied Piper last sea­son, and Pa­trick Sabongui con­tin­ues to por­tray openly gay po­lice cap­tain David Singh. “Arrow” (Oct. 7 on the CW)

This sea­son will fea­ture the in­tro­duc­tion of Mr. Ter­rific, an openly gay African-Amer­i­can su­per­hero fa­mil­iar to fans of the pop­u­lar D.C. comic book “Green Arrow.” “Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story: Ho­tel” (Oct. 7 on FX)

Out co-cre­ator Ryan Mur­phy adds Lady Gaga this sea­son and wel­comes back out ac­tors and Mur­phy reg­u­lars De­nis O’Hare and Matt Bomer. “The Walk­ing Dead” (Oct. 11 on AMC)

Last sea­son saw the in­tro­duc­tion of the openly gay re­cruiter Aaron (Ross Mar­quand), and Alanna Master­son will re­turn as les­bian char­ac­ter Tara Cham­bler. “King­dom” (Oct. 14 on Direc­tTV Au­di­ence Net­work)

The sea­son fi­nale of the first go-round for this drama se­ries about mixed mar­tial artists con­firmed what had long been sus­pected— Nick Jonas’ char­ac­ter Nate is gay. “An­gel From Hell” (Nov. 17 on CBS)

Les­bian comic ac­tress Jane Lynch stars in this new fan­tasy sit­com as the an­gel in ques­tion, who makes un­be­liev­able pre­dic­tions come true. “Trans­par­ent” (Dec. 4 on Ama­zon)

Jeffrey Tam­bor is back in the award-win­ning role as a trans­gen­der ma­tri­arch of a fam­ily who is com­ing to terms with her tran­si­tion.

(Pub­lic­ity photos)

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