Who is to say Will & Grace wasn't funny? The NBC sitcom was very funny, but its homo hijinks weren't necessarily good for breaking down stereotypes for gay men and lesbians.

But this fall, average, masculine, even a bit dumpy gay men are set to invade the small screen.

The trend began last year, when NBC premiered a gruff gay cop on its Thursday night drama Southland. Training officer John Cooper (played by Michael Cudlitz) gave off a gay vibe from the show's first frame, but producers made us hold our breath until the season finale, where the tough-as-nails cop shared a tender glance with Caesar under a cascade of Memorial Day fireworks.

Cooper, however, won't be the only gay character putting life and limb on the line at NBC.

NBC's new drama about the lives of first responders, Trauma, will feature openly gay paramedic Tyler Briggs (played by Kevin Rankin). Trauma is set in San Francisco.

Rankin told GregInHollywood.com that Briggs' sexuality will come out early in the season. Rankin said: “It's actually the Halloween episode, so we have the whole San Francisco Halloween gay parade going on and I come out to my partner on the show who is played by Derek Luke.”

ABC will introduce an ordinary gay male couple raising a Vietnamese baby they have just adopted on Modern Family. The couple, played by average-Joe Jesse Tyler Ferguson (The Class) and teddy-bearish Eric Stonestreet (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), are far from the fabulousness of the gay characters found on ABC's Ugly Betty.

Finally, hunky Caleb Brewer (played by Victor Webster) smokes cigars, roots for the Los Angeles Lakers, drinks scotch, and plays around with men on the CW's reboot of Melrose Place. Brewer is the gay answer to Doctor McSteamy.

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