Wanda Sykes and Wilson Cruz to produce new Apple TV+ LGBT series
Apple TV+ has announced that it’s ordered a new LGBT+ docuseries called Visible: Out on Television.
The five-part series will be produced by Wanda Sykes and Wilson Cruz, both out as LGBT+, alongside Ryan White and Jessica Hargrave.
White will also direct the series.
Visible: Out on Television will look at LGBT+ representation on television.
The project “investigates the importance of TV as an intimate medium that has shaped the American conscience, and how the LGBTQ movement has shaped television,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The series will be shown on Apple TV+, a new streaming service from Apple. The whole series will be released on February 14 – Valentines day.
It will be comprised of archival footage combined with interviews from people in the LGBT+ community as well as LGBT+ people who work in television.
Visible: Out on Television will feature never-before-seen interviews with the likes of Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey, Anderson Cooper, Billy Porter, Rachel Maddow, Don Lemon, Sara Ramirez and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, among others.
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Each episode will be an hour long, and the themes that the docuseries is set to explore include invisibility, homophobia, the evolution of the LGBT+ character and coming out in the television industry.
Visible: Out on Television is the latest LGBT+ series to be picked up by a streaming service.
There are now more queer characters than ever on TV.
Pose, Euphoria and The L Word: Generation Q are contributing to a record number of queer characters on TV.
GLAAD recently revealed that LGBT+ representation on TV is better than ever in its annual Where We Are On TV report.
The LGBT+ media monitoring organisation found that in the 2019-20 season, LGBT+ characters make up 10.2 percent of all series regulars on scripted primetime programming in the US, up 1.4 percent from the previous year.