I See LGBT People: ‘The Night Shift’ and ‘Undateable’ Debut New Gay Characters

by | May 27, 2014 at 12:12 PM | HBO, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, So You Think You Can Dance, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

The Normal Heart”: If you missed Sunday’s premiere of the adaptation of the Larry Kramer play, you can watch the film here, on HBO Go or you can also check airdates on the HBO website.

Brendan Fehr in 'The Night Shift' (NBC)

The Night Shift”: The title says it all as the new medical drama starring Eoin Macken, Freddy Rodriguez and Jill Flint, focuses on the all-night shift team at San Antonio Memorial. And while it’s not made a big part of tonight’s series premiere, Brendan Fehr plays Drew, a closeted Army medic turned doctor who practices Mixed Martial Arts to alleviate stress. We’ll meet his boyfriend in a future episode. (NBC, Tuesdays, 10pm).

Faking It“: Will Amy (Rita Volk) be able to go through with a three-way with Karma (Katie Stevens) and Liam (Gregg Sulkin)? Will Shane (Michael Willett) feel left out? Find out in this week’s all-new episode. (MTV, Tuesdays, 10:30pm)

The Haves and the Have Nots”: The soapy Tyler Perry drama returns for the second half of season 2 and the big question is will Jeffrey (Gavin Houston) abide by his mother’s blackmail that he go back in the closet or will he defy her and risk his BFF (and former object of his affection) Wyatt (Aaron O’Connell) going to jail? From look of the promo below, I’m guessing Wyatt better get ready to start wearing orange. Expect lots of drama and over-the-top situations in these coming episodes. (OWN, Tuesdays, 9pm).

So You Think You Can Dance”: A bunch of guys with ripped up bodies who can leap high in the air and love dancing with their shirts off? Sounds pretty gay to me so be sure to check out the 11th season of the long-running dance competition series. Exec Producer Nigel Lythgoe is back along with Mary Murphy and the best host in the biz, Cat Deeley, so check in starting this Wednesday with the audition episodes. Unlike some of the competition shows out there, the show is good-natured and celebrates the hard working dancers instead of spending a lot of time ridiculing them. (Fox, Wednesdays, 8pm)

David Fynn in 'Undateable' (NBC)

Undateable” (NBC): Can a self-proclaimed lothario (Chris D’Elia) help a group of misfit men – including Brett (David Fynn) who is newly out of the closet – learn the art of dating? I found the pilot likable enough and like how the gay guy is just one of the guys so there’s hope with this new series, Exec Produced by Bill Lawrence (Cougar Town” “Scrubs”)

Talk Talk: In case you missed them the first time around, there are some notable reruns of a slew of our faves on the late night talk circuit this week. Matt Bomer stops by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonTuesday at 11:35pm while newly out Ellen Page has a chat over at “Late Night With Seth Meyers” on Wednesday at 12:35am. Over at “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson as well as Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts stop by on Wednesday at 11:35pm while Boy George is the musical guest on Thursday’s episode.

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