Popular US television programme Two and a Half Men is to introduce a new lesbian character.
The programme, aired on CBS, will introduce the role in the form of Charlie Harper’s long lost daughter. Harper was played by Charlie Sheen.
The character, named Jenny, will be introduced as the first episode. E! has described the character as “sexy and gorgeous, and gay”.
The 21-year-old long lost daughter is said to be similar to Sheen’s old character in many ways, particularly her appreciation for women.
The character will enter the sitcom after having moved from New York to LA. She will start as a recurring character, and will possibly be made a regular.
E! reports that the producers want to ensure that the character fits in, before committing to making her a permanent cast member.
According to GLAAD’s Network Responsibility Index in 2012, CBS came bottom in the list of major networks, and only 8% of its content contained an LGBT character.
It has been speculated that this move by CBS could improve its presentation of LGBT people, and its relationship with the LGBT community.