So, something is very quietly happening in television in this half of the season in particular that I'm really taking notice of. I probably missed the start of this effect because I don't usually make time for NBC comedies unless and until I hear that they are spectacular or they remind me of something that I thought was very funny when I was fourteen, but I'm pretty sure that homosexuality has...well, rounded some kind of corner, anyway. Cases in point: 1600 Penn - It's actually turning into quite a good little comedy, which is a shame, because nobody's watching it and it's way, way too much in the Parks and Recreation vein for NBC to be comfortable trying to make regular people consume it, and the latest episode that I recorded settled something for me that seemed a little bit subtle in the pilot. The president's youngest daughter is a lesbian. It's not really a big secret, and the show hasn't (so far, anyway) treated it like it's something that needs to be hushed up any more than a...I dunno, thirteen?...year old kid would want to keep her crush to herself, but the biggest deal here is that nobody on the show gives a shit. I'm really spectacularly impressed with this, because I was still watching Glee when they were doing the whole Kurt and....errr....Finch? rooming together scene and it was all about how the gay kid was some kind of big deal. It's magnificently refreshing to watch a show that absolutely does seem to give it completely equal treatment. Granted, that's still a thing that the show could easily fuck up, but still - good on you for now, show. The Following - And in this show, which is a slasher movie done by a guy who does slasher movies on a network that's trying to pitch this thing right to the biggest audience they possibly can, that has to run commercials for this during NASCAR events and professional football games, last Monday we had two hot dudes making out. On camera. In a way that makes me feel really old to remember how big a deal that was not too many years ago. I'll concede that The Following gets a little bit pulpier with it (the two dudes began their relationship as a facade to get close to a third party, and now it has become complicated as their little routine is basically done and they don't have to act anymore, but one of them now has his psychotic girlfriend also living in the same house with them and she and the boyfriend who's still very obviously into it don't get along too good), but, still - that's impressive. Good job, television. I give you shit a lot, but sometimes you get it right. And also, watch 1600 Penn. As it's gone on, the show is having a little bit of an issue figuring out how to juggle the cast (Gad, MacIsaac, Elfman, the press secretary, the two kids, and, you know, the president sometimes have a hard time fitting into the same show), but it's only gotten better, and more people need to watch this show to keep it from, you know, ceasing to exist. It even got me a little in that Parks and Recreation way with Jenna Elfman and the kid in the latest episode.