The press release put out today by GLAAD in support of its 16th annual “Where We Are on TV” report is somewhat misleading. It trumpets the fact that “FOX is now the most inclusive broadcast television network with 6.8% of regular characters being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.”
In fact, the network that really deserves the PR lede is ABC. Of the five “Leading Characters – Broadcast” crowning this report, the network has four: Modern Family protagonists Mitchell Pritchett and Cameron Tucker, Happy Endings‘ Max Blum and Grey’s Anatomy‘s Callie Torres.
Where FOX really dominates is in the “Supporting Characters – Broadcast”, to the tune of eight vs. two for both ABC and NBC. On the heels of Modern Family‘s impressive run at the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards, the zeitgeist same-sex moment belongs squarely to the hilarious Steve Levitan-Christopher Lloyd creation.
Another category surprise is that none of the “Leading Characters – Cable” in GLAAD’s 2011 compilation are on HBO. Like FOX, that network has a whole bunch in Supporting, but none in Leading.