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4 New LGBT Shows We Can't Wait to Watch This Winter and Spring

4 New LGBT Shows We Can't Wait to Watch This Winter and Spring

These new shows are on our can't-miss list.

Let’s face it—2017 is probably not going to be better than 2016. In reality, there’s a strong possibility it will be so much worse. But at least we have a few shows to watch during the end of the world. From a miniseries that tells the story of the modern gay rights movement to a soapy teen drama, we can’t wait to see these new shows with LGBT characters.

1) The Good Fight (CBS All Access, February 19) The CBS All Access spin-off of The Good Wife will premiere on February 19th after some changes to the script. The Good Fight pilot originally depicted Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) basking in Hillary Clinton’s win as she steps away from her legal career, but the story will now begin on the night of Trump’s inauguration. We could definitely use Diane’s rapier wit and scathing looks to get us through this presidency. As Diane moves toward the end of her career, her goddaughter Maia, played by Game of Thrones star Rose Leslie, begins hers. The teaser features a kiss between Maia and her girlfriend. The spinoff will also bring back fan favorites Sarah Steele as Marissa Gold, and Cush Jumbo as Lucca Quinn.

2) Riverdale (The CW, January 26) The CW’s Riverdale is a subversive take on Archie Comics—a noir series that promises a cross between Pretty Little Liars and Twin Peaks. The series will follow Archie Andrews (K.J. Apa), Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse), and his friends at Riverdale High as they navigate common high school struggles and the mysterious death of their friend Jason Blossom. Newcomer Casey Cott has been cast as Kevin Keller, the first gay character in the Archie universe.

3) When We Rise (ABC, February) The upcoming docudrama miniseries When We Rise written by Dustin Lance Black will chronicle the personal and political struggles of LGBT people in the modern gay rights movement, starting with the Stonewall riots in 1969. The seven part series will be directed by Black, Gus van Sant, Dee Rees, and Thomas Schlamme. The series also boasts a number of notable actors, including Guy Pearce as LGBT activist Cleve Jones, Mary Louise Parker as women’s rights activist Roma Guy, Whoopie Goldberg as the first openly gay employee of the San Francisco Health Department Pat Norman, and Rosie O’Donnell as Daughters of Bilitis co-founder Del Martin.

4) The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu, April 26)Unfortunately, Margaret Atwood’s dystopian tale of a patriarchal totalitarian theocracy that overthrows the United States government seems way too relevant right now. We’re still looking forward to seeing Elizabeth Moss as Offred and Samira Wiley as her feminist and lesbian college friend Moira in this Hulu adaptation.


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