So much television, so little time. This fall brings a slew of new cable and broadcast series, and early on it’s hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. But if you’re looking for shows that might appeal to gay men then the options become somewhat more manageable. This guide to fall TV concentrates on shows with gay (male) characters as well as shows that for whatever reason (camp value, beefcake, impressive pedigree, etc.) we think our readers might be interested in. If we somehow missed a new or returning fall series that you’re excited about please let us know in the comments. Note, this guide only looks at fall TV shows. Shows set to return or premiere in 2014 like the much anticipated Jonathan Groff HBO series are not included.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Debuts September 17 on Fox)
The cast of Brooklyn Nine-Nine
An immature-but-effective cop (Jake, played by Andy Samberg) has to find a way to work with his new boss (Andre Braugher) who has much less patience than the previous boss.
Nine-Nine creators Dan Goor and Michael Schur already have some goodwill built with us thanks to Parks & Recreation. Parks had a few great, gay episodes and we look forward to seeing how they handle having a gay lead character with Braugher’s police captain.
Mom (Debuts September 23 on CBS)
Anna Faris plays a single mom whose four months of sobriety are tested when her alcoholic mother (Allison Janney) re-enters her already-complicated life. Nate Corddry plays her married boyfriend and boss. Faris and Janney bring plenty of faboo to this comedy, let’s just hope it doesn’t turn out to be a test of patience like 2 Broke Girls.
Back in the Game (Debuts September 25 on ABC)
A former All Star softball player (Maggie Lawson) moves back in with her curmudgeonly father (James Caan) and ends up coaching a Little League team for sports rejects like her son. Amid the Bad News Bears flashbacks, Lenora Crichlow (Being Human) is the team’s wealthy sponsor and the mother of an effeminate, “Born This Way”-singing boy who seems likely to inspire at least one story about anti-gay bullying.
The Crazy Ones (Debuts September 26 on CBS)
Robin Williams returns to starring in a TV series as a big name advertising executive known for his unpredictable behavior. While Williams is the star, we’re tuning in to see (Sarah Michelle Gellar) try to reign him in as Williams’ daughter while TheBacklot faves Amanda Setton and James Wolk play staffers at the agency. Sure, we’d rather see Wolk as Mad Men‘s closeted Bob Benson or as Max‘s boyfriend on the fourth season of Happy Endings (attention Netflix!) but until then this weekly fix will be welcome.
Super Fun Night (Debuts October 2 on ABC)
Rebel Wilson and two of her nerdy friends (Lauren Ash and Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23‘s Liza Lapira) try to make every Friday night their “Super Fun Night”. Wilson and Lapira are certainly very funny performers, but you don’t see that in the trailer. Let’s hope they can improve as the series airs, the same way another nerd comedy The Big Bang Theory did. If not, Wilson will at least reunite with her Bridemaids co-star Matt Lucas.
Liza Lapira, Rebel Wilson and Lauren Ash in Super Fun Night
The Millers (Debuts October 3 on CBS)
My Name is Earl and Raising Hope creator Greg Garcia gives us this comedy about a recently divorced man (Will Arnett) finds his expectation for a new beginning derailed when his bickering parents (Beau Bridges and Margo Martindale) split. Garcia’s past few comedies may have been great, but it’s going to be hard to watch Martindale in this withtout missing the kind of scary badass characters she perfected in The Americans and Justified.
Beau Bridges, Will Arnett and Margo Martindale in The Millers
Sean Saves the World (Debuts October 3 on NBC)
We have a bad feeling about this one. Sean Hayes was comic gold as Will & Grace‘s Jack McFarland, but this three minutes plus preview clip for his new Thursday night NBC sitcom elicits nary a chuckle. (If you don’t count the cacophonous laugh track.) Weird considering the comic chops of the cast. Hayes is a gay man with a prickly Mom (Linda Lavin), a teen daughter under his roof and a nightmare boss (Thomas Lennon) to contend with. It’s the only new fall series with a gay lead so we really want to like it. Here’s hoping the show itself is better than this preview.
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