Did Last Night’s “The Good Wife” Help CBS Get Out of the Gay Doghouse?


Julianna Margulies and Dallas Roberts in last night’s The Good Wife

So a few months ago GLAAD called out CBS for not having any
Kevins, Scottys or Kurts on its schedule. And cancelling that gay Super Bowl ad
for the gay dating site didn’t help either. CBS responded by adding three gay characters
to its shows this season.

Last night viewers met one of those characters on The Good Wife. We were introduced to
main character Alicia Florrick’s long lost brother, math professor Owen Cavanaugh, played by Dallas Roberts, who some of us know as Jonathan
from A Home at the End of the World, the
“manny” on The L Word and fewer of us
know as Miles on Rubicon.

If you’re under 57 and don’t watch The Good Wife, you should. Even without the gay bro, it’s an
entertaining legal procedural.

Julianna Margulies
plays Alicia, whose husband, state attorney Peter Florrick, gets caught in a
sex scandal. She stands by her man but goes back to work as a defense attorney
at a fancy Chicago
law firm. This season, Peter is out of jail and campaigning for his former job,
with the help of a Eli, an advisor played by Alan Cumming (straight character but gay actor! Well-played, CBS).

The latest episode was plenty gay. Not only did we get gay
brother Cavanaugh, but also Dreamgirls’
Anika Noni Rose and the gay guy who
went on a date with Charlotte
on the last season of Sex and the City.
Those count, right?

No doubt CBS hopes so since the rest of their line-up is so
hetero.

Last night’s drama centers on a political controversy accidentally
started by Owen, who lives in Oregon but is in
town teaching at Chicago’s DePaul University
for the semester.

Math geek Owen, who loves his sister “more than the golden ratio,” tells a
student in class that he doesn’t visit Alicia because her homophobic politician
husband doesn’t like gays. Oops! It turns out a student was taping it on his
smartphone and uploads it to a site called, I kid you not, VidTrope.

Um, CBS, even most old people know about YouTube by now.

Watching the clip online, campaign manager Eli basically
chokes on his lunch, (the only thing a gay actor can choke on during network
primetime). Eli confronts Alicia, tells her about her brother’s comments, and
she laughs and walks away. “It’s just Owen,” she says. “He just talks.” You know, as us gays are wont to
do.

Still, a chatty gay brother is bad for politician Peter, who
needs the Chicago
gays to give $800,000 in soft money to his campaign. “The Chicago gay population is small but it’s
powerful. It has money,” Eli informs
Peter.

The lesson: thank God gays have money, otherwise no one
would care about offending us!

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