15 LGBT tie-ins for the fall 2016 TV sea­son

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By PA­TRICK SAUN­DERS

With more and more ways to find more TV shows, there are more and more LGBT ac­tors and char­ac­ters get­ting screen time. Here’s a run­down of what to look out for this fall.

Gay­ca­tion

(Pre­miered Sept. 7 on Vice­land) It’s sea­son 2 of the doc­u­men­tary se­ries where openly gay ac­tress Ellen Page and her best friend Ian Daniel ex­plore LGBT cul­tures around the world.

One Mis­sis­sippi

(Pre­miered Sept. 9 on Ama­zon)

Lowkey les­bian comic Tig No­taro burst onto the na­tional radar after a leg­endary stand-up set one night in 2012. “One Mis­sis­sippi” is a new show loosely based on those and other events in No­taro’s life. Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story (Pre­miered Sept. 14 on FX)

Openly gay co-cre­ator Ryan Mur­phy is be­ing highly se­cre­tive about sea­son 6 of the creepy an­thol­ogy hor­ror se­ries. But the cast is again filled with LGBT ac­tors in­clud­ing Sarah Paul­son, De­nis O’Hare, Matt Bomer, Cheyenne Jack­son and “AHS” new­comer Leslie Jor­dan. Project Run­way (Pre­miered Sept. 15 on Life­time)

Sea­son 15 (!) again tries to find out who will be­come “the next great Amer­i­can de­signer.” Su­per­model Heidi Klum, Marie Claire cre­ative direc­tor Nina Gar­cia and fash­ion de­signer Zac Posen all re­turn as judges, with Tim Gunn serv­ing as al­ways as men­tor.

The Golden Globe and Emmy-win­ning sit­com stars Andy Sam­berg, but it’s An­dre Braugher’s hi­lar­i­ously dry-as-year-old-toast Cap­tain Holt (who hap­pens to be gay) that holds the show to­gether and plays bril­liantly off the other char­ac­ters. Scream Queens (Sept. 20 on Fox)

Openly gay co-cre­ator Ryan Mur­phy’s campy com­edy hor­ror se­ries adds John Sta­mos, Tay­lor Laut­ner and Kirstie Al­ley to an al­ready stacked cast of sea­son one re­turnees in­clud­ing Jamie Lee Cur­tis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Abi­gail Bres­lin and Niecy Nash. Empire (Sept. 21 on Fox)

The soapy Lee Daniels mu­si­cal drama star­ring Taraji P. Hen­son and Ter­rence Howard fea­tures plenty of gay con­tent thanks to Jussie Smol­lett’s Ja­mal. Ex­pect even more fa­mous guest stars to drop in this year. Modern Fam­ily (Sept. 21 on ABC)

Some say the ABC sit­com has lost a step as it en­ters sea­son 8, but the rat­ings re­main rel­a­tively strong de­spite it all. Plus there’s al­ways Cam and Mitch, one of the long­est-run­ning gay cou­ples to ever ap­pear on tele­vi­sion. How To Get Away With Mur­der (Sept. 22 on ABC)

While Shonda Rhimes gets the at­ten­tion as pro­ducer, it’s the openly gay Peter Nowalk who cre­ated it. Bonus points for not be­ing

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afraid to show ex­plicit gay con­tent, usu­ally cour­tesy of the schem­ing Con­nor Walsh ( Jack Fala­hee). Trans­par­ent (Sept. 23 on Ama­zon)

The Ama­zon com­edy se­ries about a fam­ily pa­tri­arch ac­tu­ally re­veal­ing she’s a ma­tri­arch has nabbed tons of awards, usu­ally for Jef­frey Tam­bor for play­ing the lead char­ac­ter Maura. Cait­lyn Jen­ner will guest star in sea­son 3. Satur­day Night Live (Oct. 1 on NBC)

Chris Kelly is the first openly gay head writer the show has ever had in its 41-year run. Oh yeah, and there’s also cast MVP Kate McKinnon, the openly gay comic ac­tress who’s fresh off a turn in the “Ghost­busters” re­boot. Shame­less (Oct. 2 on Show­time)

Show­time has never shied away from show­ing all the var­i­ous ex­ploits (clothed or un­clothed) of ac­tor Cameron Mon­aghan’s openly gay Ian. The gin­ger heartthrob re­turns for sea­son 7 of the aptly-named show star­ring Wil­liam H. Macy as Clock­wise from top: Gay­ca­tion, The Rocky Hor­ror Pic­ture Show, Feral (Pub­lic­ity pho­tos) dead­beat dad Frank Gal­lagher. Feral (Oct. 6 on Dekkoo.com)

This new se­ries from cre­ator Mor­gan Jon Fox pre­mieres ex­clu­sively on Dekkoo.com (a stream­ing ser­vice ded­i­cated to gay men) and cen­ters on a group of 20-some­things liv­ing, lov­ing and los­ing in Mem­phis. The Real O’Neals (Oct. 11 on ABC)

A sea­son two re­newal was not a gimme for this ABC sit­com, but the net­work came through and we’ll see the fur­ther ad­ven­tures of teenager Kenny (a hi­lar­i­ous Noah Galvin) as he nav­i­gates the gay world for the first time. The Rocky Hor­ror Pic­ture Show (Oct. 20 on Fox)

One-off live mu­si­cal TV films are all the rage and this is one peo­ple have been dy­ing to see since it was an­nounced last year. Trans­gen­der ac­tress and ac­tivist Laverne Cox plays Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Adam Lam­bert plays Ed­die and...oh just go watch it, you know you will!

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