The animated series is said to tell the story of an LGBTQIAP+ spy team. The comedy series consists of ten half-hour long episodes.
James Bond is known not just as the best British spy agent but also as the best womanizer. The movie series has often been called misogynist and there have been debates on whether the next British agent should be played by a woman or a non-cishet person. There were even suggestions of making the agent a queer person. Although the movies aren't planning to change their characters and have decided to stick to the original James Bond, there is a TV series called Q-Force, which tells the story of an LGBTQ+ spy team. The 10-episode James Bond-like series has apparently been ordered by Netflix. It is an adult animated comedy series from Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner’s Hazy Mills, Mike Schur’s Fremulon, Gabe Liedman (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, PEN15) and Universal TV. This will mark the first animated show and the very first streaming series for Hazy Mill.
The animated series is said to be similar to the James Bond movie franchise. Q-Force is written by Liedman and is about a very handsome secret agent (who is most likely going to be played by Sean Hayes from Will & Grace). He is said to work along with a team of superspies, all of whom belong to the LGBTQIAP+ community. The animated show talks about how this team is constantly put down and underestimated by their colleagues and how they have to prove themselves from time to time as they go on several professional and personal adventures.
As reported by Deadline, Liedman will also be the executive producer and showrunner of the upcoming series. Schur, Hazy Mills’ Hayes, and Milliner and 3 Arts’ David Miner also executive produce. Hazy Mills and Universal TV are said to co-produce the animated show along with Schur’s Fremulon and 3 Arts Entertainment. According to Milliner, he and Hayes have had this idea to make an LGBTQ+ based spy series for a very long time. It has finally been put into place and will be brought to the most popular online streaming platform in the world.
“A spy TV series is so tough because they’re so expensive,” Milliner said. “We were thinking how do we get to do gay spy and every week, and the only way to do that is animated, because we can do all of the fun parts of a James Bond film. We can travel, we can have big chase sequences; animation is allowing us that freedom.” Hayes added, “Also, I don’t know that the studios would greenlight a feature with a leading character that’s gay in that genre. Hopefully, they will, but that doesn’t seem like right now.”
Milliner further added, “It does seem like it’s one of the last bastions of masculinity that seems like we can’t break the rule of who gets to play that part.” They then happened to team up with top comedy writer-producer Schur. They say that it all happened really quickly. However, it stemmed from the fact that both Hazy Mills and Schur are under deals at Universal TV and are based on the Universal lot.
Breaking canon to appease minorities is all the rage in current year, just embrace it, it might even turn out to be good— Gotterdammerung (@mujshep) April 7, 2019
“I’ve been friends with Mike for a long, long, long time, and I was literally driving my car to work, and he was walking,” Hayes said. “I pulled over and I rolled down my window and I said. ‘Hey Mike, would you want to work on something together?” He’s like, ‘What is it?’ And I said ‘Gay James Bond’, and he said, ‘Yeah, I would do that’. So that’s how it all kind of started.” Hayes and Milliner were pals in college as well. Hazy Mills was founded in 2004 in the unscripted arena with the Bravo series Situation: Comedy. The company further went on to produce two long-running hit series - Grimm (drama) for NBC and Hot In Cleveland (comedy) for TV Land.
The storyline that Q-Force is going with and the issues that they are laying emphasis on do not seem to give much room for comedy. However, the series sounds like it is searching for the middle-ground between throwing light on these issues like the struggles of a person from the LGBTQIAP+ community and how they are still not accepted everywhere with an element of comedy. The laughs will most likely be found by turning the traditionally heteronormative genre into something completely different. They might also play around with some awkward and dark humor now and then, but only time will tell what exactly the show has in store for us.
i am gay (well bi) as hell, and even *I* think this is starting to feel a little forced now. Is this really what we as a pressure group wanted to do? Frighten writers into feeling they HAVE to write in at least one minority character under pain of career ruination?— Avon DeRussate (@avon_deer) April 7, 2019
The best thing about online streaming platforms and how they are growing in number is that it allows people to raise their voice on different issues that need to be addressed. Just talking about these issues and holding campaigns about them does not help. Having shows and movies throwing light on these issues helps massively in spreading awareness, and is a huge step towards dismantling heteronormativity and normalizing queerness. Netflix has not announced Q-Force being introduced on their platform as of yet and no dates have been announced. The show scores full points on originality and is much needed in a lot of ways.
I maybe LGBT but I still prefer they don't mess around with established characters. Create something new but don't mess with icons.— Faolan (@TheCoffeeSnolf) April 6, 2019