The series will be called Q-Force and consist of 10 half-hour episodes. The show’s description says it will follow “a handsome secret agent and his team of fellow LGBTQ superspies” as they prove themselves to their (presumably heterosexual) colleagues again and again in “extraordinary professional (and personal) adventures.”
The Will & Grace actor might voice the lead character. He’s developing the series with his college pal, TV producer Todd Milliner. The two founded the TV production company Hazy Mills which helped create the unscripted Bravo series Situation: Comedy, NBC’s fairy tale crime series Grimm, TV Land’s comedy Hot In Cleveland and the award-winning Broadway musical adaptation of Spongebob Squarepants.
“A spy TV series is so tough, because they’re so expensive,” Milliner said. “We were thinking how do we get to do gay spy and every week, and the only way to do that is animated, because we can do all of the fun parts of a James Bond film. We can travel, we can have big chase sequences; animation is allowing us that freedom.”
Said Hayes, “Also, I don’t know that the studios would greenlight a feature with a leading character that’s gay in that genre. Hopefully they will, but that doesn’t seem like right now.”
Added Milliner, “It does seem like it’s one of the last bastions of masculinity that seems like we can’t break the rule of who gets to play that part.”
Joining Q-Force‘s writing team are Mike Schur — a writer and creator behind Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Office and The Good Place — and comedian Gabe Liedman, a co-writer for hilarious, queer-inclusive shows like Pen15 and Broad City.
Netflix has given gay fans a handful of queer-inclusive animated shows including Big Mouth, the pre-teen sex comedy which features separate gay and bisexual teen characters, the drag superhero show Super Drags and She-Ra and the Princess of Power which is queer AF.