ABC executives are planning to meet with two gay rights groups opposed to the upcoming sitcom Work It.

In the series, which premieres on January 3, Lee Standish (played by Ben Koldyke) and Angel Ortiz (Amaury Nolasco) play two unemployed men who land jobs as sales representatives for a pharmaceutical company dressed as women. (A trailer for the show is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

In criticizing the show, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) said it reinforces mistaken transgender stereotypes.

“Transphobia is still all too prevalent in our society and this show will only contribute to it,” said Mike Thompson, the group's acting president. “It will reinforce the mistaken belief that transgender women are simply 'men pretending to be women,' and that their efforts to live their lives authentically as women are a form of lying or deception.”

Matt Kane, GLAAD's associate director of entertainment media, told the Los Angeles Times that plans are underway for a meeting with the network that would also include representatives from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), which has also criticized the show's message.

“We're in communication with ABC, and we're setting up a meeting,” Kane said. “We don't know their response yet to our request [to kill the show].”