Producer Gary Janetti Talks New PBS Sitcom Vicious and LGBT Issues (AUDIO)

July 3, 2014 1:54 AM

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Producer Gary Janetti Talks New PBS Sitcom Vicious and LGBT Issues (AUDIO)

This week I talked with writer/producer Gary Janetti (Will & Grace, Family Guy) about his fabulous new PBS sitcom Vicious. Legendary openly gay actors Sir Derek Jacobi and Sir Ian McKellen play Stuart and Freddie, partners who have lived together in their central-London flat for nearly 50 years. Behind the façade of hilariously snide remarks regarding each other's age, appearance and flaws, a deep love for one another is revealed. This groundbreaking sitcom tells the story of an older gay couple and their longtime circle of friends as they struggle to maintain their visibility and significance in our youth-oriented world. The ensemble cast also includes their feisty best friend Violet, played by Frances de la Tour, and Ash, played by Iwan Rheon, their young, impressionable upstairs neighbor.

What I want to accomplish is not only that this is a gay couple -- the fact that they were gay was always besides the point -- it's also a couple of a certain age. We don't see couples in their 70s together not as an archon to the young couple on the show but as the main focus of the show. And their...

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