Alan Cumming Talks Playing First Openly Gay Lead Character In A Network TV Drama

When Instinct premieres on March 11, the CBS series will make history. It’ll mark the first time an openly gay character takes the lead in a network drama. Alan Cumming, who takes on the groundbreaking role, praised CBS for airing it during the Donald Trump era.

“I applaud everyone at CBS for having the courage to put that on, in the climate that might not be the best time to do it,” Cumming said at the show’s TCA winter press tour panel, describing today’s climate as one in which “the President is actively condoning, by his silence, violence and persecution against the LGBT community.”

“I think it’s the perfect time and needs to be done,” insisted Cumming. It’s “all that more important we should have a character with a healthy same-sex marriage,” he added.

The 52-year-old actor plays an openly gay former CIA operative who has since built a different life as a gifted professor and writer, but gets pulled back into his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer. It’s based on James Patterson’s novel Murder Games.

Joining Cumming in the drama are Naveen Andrews, Bojana Novakovic, Sharon Leal and Whoopi Goldberg. Check out the trailer below.

Instinct Trailer