NBC, Ellen DeGeneres Team for Lesbian Family Comedy

NBC, Ellen DeGeneres Team for Lesbian Family Comedy

Ellen DeGeneres made television history in 1997 by having her character come out of the closet on a two- party episode of Ellen.

Now, DeGeneres is a force behind One Big Happy, a new sitcom pilot featuring a pregnant lesbian and her gay best friend.

[One Big Happy] marks the latest gay-themed vehicle at NBC, including this season’s Thursday half-hour Sean Saves the World, which reunites Will & Grace star Sean Hayes with the network. Last season’s cancellations wiped out a score of show with gay characters on broadcast television. Among them: NBC’s Smash, which featured several LGBT characters; Go On, also on NBC; and ABC’s Happy Endings, among others. NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, who is openly gay, has a history of LGBT-themed programming dating back to his time as the head of Showtime, where he greenlighted lesbian-themed The L Word as well as a U.S. adaptation of gay-themed Queer as Folk. 

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