Eight TV Shows with Queer Women Characters Coming This Fall

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NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, September 20)108630_D0612bcvia CBS

Vanessa Ferlito (Graceland) joins the cast this season as FBI Agent Tammy Gregorio, and CBS President of Entertainment Glenn Geller said Tammy will be an out lesbian.

“They’re doing a storyline a little later in the fall where the audience will understand that and see that,” he said during a TCA executive session.

This week, TVLine reported Tammy has been sent to New Orleans from D.C. “to investigate Pride’s team—triggered by the departure of Meredith Brody (Zoe McLellan) in the wake of that season-ending Homeland Security/Agent Russo hullabaloo.” Described as “a by-the-book bureaucrat,” Tammy will have “a completely different way of doing things—as well as a mysterious past—putting her at odds with both the team and the town.”

American Housewife (Angela) October 11 ABC142964_0936-400x599(photo by ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Broadway star Carly Hughes is part of the American Housewife ensemble as Angela, one of the “misfits” of Westport, Connecticut. 

“I’m the black best friend. Gotta have one,” she joked. As the best friend to star Katy Mixon‘s Katie, Carly commiserates with her friends about the Stepford moms they live amongst. She’s also going through a divorce from her wife.

“I play a lesbian, but the best part to me is that it’s not about her being a lesbian, which was important to me, because I’m not a lesbian, but I also wanted to make sure I did it justice,” Carly said. “And same as playing an African American woman, I didn’t want it to be a schtick or a spiel and neither did [the show]. It was a beautiful match.”

Carly describes Angela as “funny and silly and kooky but also down to earth,” and she’s willing to do just about anything for her friend.

“She’s the friend that will be like, ‘Girl, no. Just, no.'”

Check back for the full interview with Carly the week of the premiere.

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