GLAAD Reports that ABC Leads the Networks in Gay Characters (And Sassy Gay Assistant Characters)

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation just dropped its “Where We Are on TV” report 2012, its annual analysis of LGBT presence in broadcast and cable TV. GLAAD reports that the 2012-2013 TV season has the highest-ever percentage of LGBT characters on scripted primetime network TV, and comedy-wise, ABC led the pack in terms of having the most gay characters (thanks to Happy Endings, Modern Family, and a handful of other sitcoms). While some of ABC’s LGBT characters, in particular Adam Pally’s Max Blum, are unique ones that defy stereotypes, three of the network’s six gay characters fall into a “sassy gay assistant” archetype (the three characters [...]

Everybody Panic! Teenagers Are "Only" Watching 100 Hours of TV per Month

"In the fourth quarter of 2011, those teenagers (viewers ages 12 to 17) watched an average of 100 hours of TV each month, down from 105 hours in the same period in 2010, or, to be precise, 5 hours and 7 minutes less."

That's Brian Stelter in the Times talking about how TV viewing is decreasing, especially amongst young people. And networks are freaking out! Their business models, their precious business models! Won't someone think of the children, and then tell them to come inside and sit on the goddamned couch?

But really, 25 hours a week? Is that not still kind of a staggering amount? As a [...]