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2019-02-03 17:01:06

 

NBC will soon premiere the first-ever TV sitcom with a bisexual female lead

On Thursday, March 28, NBC will premiere Abby’s, a sitcom filmed in front of a live studio audience that will feature TV’s first openly bisexual sitcom lead.

The character will be played by queer-identified actress Natalie Morales who has previously appeared in Parks and Recreation, Santa Clarita Diet and Bojack Horseman.

The comedy will follow the titular character as she runs an outdoor neighborhood bar in her backyard. The show description says it’s “the perfect gathering place for locals to find camaraderie and sanctuary.”

But, “[In order] to maintain the perfect bar ecosystem, all patrons must abide by a specific set of rules. This includes no cell phones (not even to look something up), understanding that earning a seat at the bar takes time to rise through the hierarchy and knowing that losing a challenge may have some unpleasant and unpalatable drink-related repercussions.”

Combine this with the fact that the bar may well be illegal—violating zoning and structural codes—and you have a cocktail for antics.

Here’s the show’s trailer:

 

This news comes on the heels of the CW TV network greenlighting a pilot episode for a Batwoman superhero drama series, making it the first-ever TV pilot led by an openly lesbian comic book superhero.

Batwoman will be played by the openly gender-fluid and lesbian actress Ruby Rose. Before this, Rose was perhaps best known for playing a lesbian inmate in the Netflix women’s prison drama Orange is the New Black.

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Abby’s will help continue the trend of bi women on TV. A GLAAD study of LGBT characters on 2018 broadcast TV sound that bisexual characters only accounted for 29% of all the LGBT characters on broadcast networks — that’s 33 out of 113 characters. Surprisingly, 25 of those characters were women.

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