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What Is NBC’s New Gay Comedy About?

Last week NBC picked up a half-hour comedy called I Hate That I Love You, from Will & Grace creator Jhoni Marchenko, greenlighted by NBC’s incoming (via Comcast) chief Bob Greenblatt. So what is this show about?

You tell us! One of the following descriptions is the show’s official logline. The others are made up. Which is real?

• A lesbian couple introduces two of its straight friends to one another and what results is both instant attraction and an abortion.

• A straight couple introduces two of its lesbian friends to one another and what results is both instant attraction and a pregnancy.

• Twelve men compete for the heart of James Franco.

• Twelve men compete for the heart of Rupert Everett.

• Scott Lively, Martin Ssempa, and Rick Santorum reveal they’re in a throuple.

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8 Comments

  • Devon

    The James Franco thing would actually get me to watch NBC.

  • jason

    Anything with lesbians is a turn-off because it’s always lesbians who look as if they are designed to serve the entitlement fantasies of sleazy straight guys. Nuff said.

  • Samwise

    Shut up, Jason.

    If any of them are true, it’s got to be number two. Network TV only knows two things to do with lesbian characters: kill them or get them pregnant.

  • Jeffree

    @Jason: Whoa nelly: anything having to do with women is a complete “turn-off” for you because you loathe them. Being filled with such hatred must be a terrible way to live. Someday those angry voices you hear in your brain are going to tell you to do mean and terrible things to women, and I am VERY afraid you’ll snap. I am not kidding.

    I hope you get the help you need before it is too late. I don’t you to make the headlines.

  • jason

    Jeffree,

    I absolutely love women…love, love, love.

    I am not against women per se. I am against the exploitation of women by both men and women. When I’m criticizing women, it’s always in the context of how they use their sexuality as a marketing ploy and how they allow themselves to be exploited. Can’t you see this?

    I have fantastic female friends. I never sneer at women on the basis of them being women. But I will sneer at a woman who dresses to a different level of modesty than her boyfriend while claiming that she’s all for equal rights, for instance.

  • Ryan

    You love women, but you don’t think lesbians should be on TV. Got it.

  • Trent Taylor

    I wouldnt mind seeing some real lesbians on tv. I mean the closest thing I can think of was Queer as folk. You don’t have to be a bulldyke or anything; but I look at a lesbian bar and then I look with what I have seen on TV and they never really line up. However; I am also originally from indiana; so mostly bulldykes or at least butch girls.

  • Samwise

    @Trent Taylor: I’ve noticed that the types of gay people who show up on TV tend to reflect the types of gay people who live in New York and Los Angeles, and travel in TV circles. You don’t see many butch gay guys, either. I think it’s because most scriptwriters just aren’t that creative: they look around for a gay or lesbian and see nothing but rich, white, trendy, cosmopolitan gays of both genders. They don’t really think, “Hey, maybe these big-city gays don’t really represent everyone in the LGBT community.” I don’t think many bears or bulldykes work in the entertainment industry, at least not far enough up on the hierarchy that they’d be regularly interacting with the writers, directors, and producers.

    @jason: To you, EVERYTHING a woman does is “exploiting” herself. Unless she’s celibate and wearing a burka, she’s “us[ing her] sexuality as a marketing ploy.”

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