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Network axes fall hard on gay characters

It's been a rough end to what started out as a record-breaking season for openly gay characters on the small screen.

After a 2012-13 season that featured a record number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters on TV, this past week's wave of cancellations may drastically alter those statistics.

Gone are shows that featured prominent gay story lines including NBC's The New Normal and CBS' Partners. Both were semi-autobiographical series about the lives of its nearly all openly gay creators -- Ryan Murphy and Ali Adler on the former, David Kohan (who's not) and Max Mutchnik for the latter -- and featured two happy, committed gay couples. Worth noting, half of both couples were played by openly gay actors -- New Normal's Andrew Rannells (opposite Justin Bartha) and Partners' Michael Urie (opposite Brandon Routh).

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