Cancellations Taking a Toll on Gay Characters THR

Openly gay characters are having a tough time as the networks decide their fall schedules, according to The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed.

While the 2012-13 TV season featured a record number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters, next season may not prove as hospitable, since the networks' recent cancellations have seen many of those shows get cut, the story notes.

Gay-friendly shows getting the ax include NBC's "The New Normal," which was about a gay couple starting a family, and CBS’s "Partners."

NBC’s "Smash," which featured four gay regulars, was also canceled. Other shows with gay characters that have landed on the chopping block include TNT's "Southland" and ABC’s "Happy Endings," whose character Max Blum was considered one of TV's least stereotypically gay characters, the story notes.