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‘Q-Force,’ gay James Bond comedy with Sean Hayes, coming to Netflix

Q-Force Sean Hayes

Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of “Q-Force,” an animated comedy about a gay James Bond that Sean Hayes of “Will & Grace” fame will executive produce. Photo by: Andrew Eccles/NBC

Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of “Q-Force,” an animated comedy about a gay James Bond that Sean Hayes of “Will & Grace” fame will executive produce.

‘Q-Force’

The half-hour adult comedy is about a handsome secret agent, a gay James Bond, and his team of fellow LGBTQ superspies.

“Constantly underestimated by their colleagues, the members of Q-Force have to prove themselves time and again as they embark on extraordinary professional (and personal) adventures,” according to an official description of the series.

Drag queen superheroes

“Q-Force” isn’t the first animated LGBTQ series Netflix has picked up. Last year, the stream service added “Super Drags” to its catalog.

The five-episode series focuses on three department store clerks who transform into drag queen superheroes (Lemon Chiffon, Cran’s Sapphire, and Crimson Scarlet) “ready to combat shade and rescue the world’s glitter from the evil villains.”

‘Super Drags,’ drag queen superhero cartoon, angers conservatives

Gay James Bond

Gabe Liedman (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) will write ‘Q-Force’ and be the  showrunner. Hayes and Michael Schur (“The Office,” “The Good Place,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) will be executive producers.

Hayes and Todd Milliner’s production company, Hazy Mills, will produce the series.

In an interview with Deadline, Hayes, who identifies as gay, and Milliner said they had been mulling for a long time the idea for a series about a gay spy.

Animated gay spy

“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.”

Sean Hayes’ GLAAD Award

An Emmy-award winner for his portrayal of Jack McFarland on “Will & Grace,” Hayes received the Stephen F. Kolzak Award last month from GLAAD.

The award is presented to “an LGBTQ media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting LGBTQ acceptance” and is named after the legendary casting director. Kolzak devoted his life to raising awareness in the entertainment industry about the discrimination faced by LGBTQ people as well as people living with HIV.

About the author

Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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