So we here, its 2015 and the year is already looking promising for LGBT audiences and in particular lesbian viewers. Here are just a few of the exciting LGBT themed projects scheduled for release in 2015.
One Big Happy
This new show from NBC, has Ellen DeGeneres at the helm, as executive producer. The series stars Elisha Cuthbert as Lizzy, a lesbian who agrees to get pregnant and start a family with her straight male best friend Luke (Nick Zano), right before he falls in love with and marries a British girl named Prudence (Kelly Brook).
Empire is FOX’s new drama from out writer/director Lee Daniels and produced by Ilene Chaiken. The show premieres January 7, and follows Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), the CEO of a successful record label who is diagnosed with ALS. Lyon is looking for a successor in one of his three sons. His son Jamal (Jussie Smollett) is a talented musician and gay, which infuriates his father, though he has the support of his mom and Lucious’ ex-wife, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) who has just been released from prison. The show will also have cameos from Raven Symone, and her GF AzMarie Livingston and Courtney Love.
Grace and Frankie
The Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin-starring Netflix original comedy series Grace and Frankie will premiere in 2015. The 13-episode half hour series focuses on archenemies Frankie (Tomlin) and Grace (Fonda) who find their lives changed completely and permanently entangled after their husbands Sol and Robert (Sam Waterston, Martin Sheen) announce they are in love with each other and plan to marry.
My Transparent Life
ABC Family this month announced a new reality series ‘My Transparent Life’ from Ryan Seacrest Productions. The show centres on Ben, a teenager who learns that his parents are getting divorced at the same time he learns that his father will be transitioning. The show is described as “a generational story of a loving family and circle of friends supporting one another through this unfamiliar and unexpected situation.” Unfortunately, no premiere date has yet been set yet for this show.
Another new Netflix original show from trans creator Lana Wachowski and her brother. The show is due to premiere in the new year, is about eight strangers around the world who find themselves suddenly mentally and emotionally connected following a violent death. Each of the season’s 10 episodes will focus on one character’s story as one entity tries to bring the eight together and another tries to kill them. The cast of characters will include Lito (Miguel Ángel Silvestre), a closeted Mexican telenovela leading man, his boyfriend Hernando (Alfonso Herrera), and a transgender American blogger, Nomi, played by trans actress Jamie Clayton.
There are several of our favourite LGBT-inclusive shows returning for new seasons in 2015. Some highlights include Glee’s final season, Transparent will return to Amazon for a second season and the Netflix hit Orange is the New Black will air a third season.