Alan Cumming to be the First Gay Lead in an Hour-Long Network Drama

Alan Cumming to be the First Gay Lead in an Hour-Long Network Drama

CBS’ Instinct is set to be the first hour-long drama with a gay lead on network television. The show, which is set to star Alan Cumming as a criminal behavior professor, will make history for its choice to have an openly gay, married lead. The network, which hasn’t exactly been known to be inclusive to the LGBT community, is based on James Patterson’s novel Murder Games.

“It’s the first ever [network] drama on American television to have a gay character as a lead, which I think is an incredible thing but also a terrible thing at the same time,” Cumming told reporters. “It’s another layer to the character that makes it interesting to play, but socially and politically, especially in the timing we find ourselves in America, where gay people are being persecuted again, their rights are being removed, and the president is actively condoning by his silence the violence and persecution of those in the LGBTQ community, I think it’s all the more important that we should have a character with a healthy successful same-sex marriage on network. I applaud everyone on CBS for having the courage to put that on right now in a climate where that may not be the best time to do that. But I think it’s the perfect time to do that.”

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