Saturday, July 22, 2000

TV show about gay man set near Cincinnati

By John Kiesewetter
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        PASADENA, Calif. — Cincinnati's reputation as not the most liberal place on the planet has convinced producers of John Goodman's new Fox comedy about a gay father to set the show in a tiny suburb outside the Queen City.

        “I like Cincinnati, I always have. It's an interesting place with a great cross-section of people,” said Bonnie Turner, a Toledo native who will produce the comedy with her husband, Terry.

        “Cincinnati is a very big city, and outside Cincinnati you can get to very small places very quickly. There's a very broad mix of religion and all that stuff ... It's a great place to set a show,” Ms. Turner said after a Fox press conference at the Television Critics Association press tour here.

        The former Roseanne star will play John “Butch” Gamble Jr., a contractor who returns home from Los Angeles and announces that he's gay. He will live with his divorced sister, and her two teen-age children, in a small fictional Ohio town.

        TV critics were not shown any previews, because the Turners have scrapped the pilot shot last spring. The original premise had Mr. Goodman living in Los Angeles with an old college pal.

        The Turners have not cast the sister, her children, Mr. Goodman's ex-wife or his parents.


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