Writer and actor Brian Gallivan is perhaps best known for his viral YouTube series Sassy Gay Friend, in which he portrays, well, a sassy gay friend giving advice to doomed female characters from history and literature (“Look at your life, look at your choices, Juliet”).
This fall, Gallivan is at the helm of CBS’s The McCarthys, which he says is a semiautobiographical take on his life. The series features Tyler Ritter, a 29-year-old gay man and his close-knit working class family, among them two brothers (Jimmy Dunn and Joey McIntyre), a sister (Kelen Coleman), and his mother (Laurie Metcalf), who bonds with her gay son over episodes of The Good Wife. Ritter’s father (Jack McGee), a basketball coach, tries to hire his unathletic son as his assistant, and gay and Boston stereotypes ensue. Although I’m excited for a series created by a gay man about his life, I may change the channel if it gets too heavy on the gay jokes. — Daniel Reynolds