Tyler Ritter, son of the late Emmy-award winning actor Josh Ritter, will be playing a gay man in the new CBS comedy The McCarthys.
“As a young gay man with no interest in sports, Ronny stands out a bit in his family, and even though the McCarthys are often an abrasive and loud bunch, at their core they are a loving and supportive family that many families can relate to each week,” Windy City Times reported.
Ritter said while his sexuality isn’t the focus of the show, he hopes his character will still break ground with the subtle treatment of being gay.
“It’s not really a huge storyline,” Ritter said. “The show starts out with him already having come out a few years before, and the family is totally OK and accepting of him. Aside from the fact that he’s in the dating world and meeting new guys, it really isn’t that big of a plot, because these guys could easily be girls.”
The show’s creator, Brian Gallivan, said that he likes to show his audience a huge range of characters.
“So, to me, I’d like to just get as many types of gay characters on TV as possible, including flamboyant characters that some people say are stereotypical or throwbacks…because some of the people I favor in the world are flamboyant and effeminate gay men, and I certainly have my flamboyant and effeminate moments,” he said. “I just want to make sure we don’t all swing the other way and say it has to be all straight-acting gay men.”
The show, which is created loosely around Gallivan’s life, is working hard to make sure that though there are jokes around Ronny as there are all the family members, that they are not funny because of his sexuality.
“He’ll find himself in situations with his dates, with maybe a boyfriend, but the fact that he’s a guy who’s attracted to another guy…I don’t think we find that funny at all, and so that’s not the source of humor.”
The McCarthys will air Thursday nights at 8:30 p.m. on CBS.