NBC, the network that brought viewers Will & Grace, had been lagging behind fellow broadcast networks ABC and Fox in recent years when it came LGBT representation on its programs.
But that is changing with several gay characters featured on its new musical dramedy Smash which has been renewed for a second season and with the announcement this week that a sitcom centering on a gay family will make its debut in late summer or early fall.
The network has ordered the series The New Normal which focuses on a blended family created by a gay couple and a surrogate mother.
One half of the gay couple is played by Tony nominee Andrew Rannells who is best known for his role as Elder Price in the smash musical The Book of Mormon.
His partner is played by Justin Bartha has had key roles in two successful movie franchises: The Hangover and its sequel and National Treasure and its sequel.
The surrogate mother is played by Georgia King. The cast also includes Ellen Barkin who won a Tony Award last year for The Normal Heart.
The series is from Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy and co-executive producer Allison Adler.
The openly gay Murphy has introduced several gay, lesbian and bisexual characters on Glee over that show’s first three seasons. They include Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer), Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss), Santana Lopez, (Maya Rivera), Brittany Pierce (Heather Morris), Dave Karofsky (Max Adler) and Sebastian Smythe (Grant Gustin).