Netflix orders Jim Parsons-produced gay-themed comedy series

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Netflix has ordered a comedy series produced by the openly gay actor Jim Parsons who has said goodbye to the role that brought him to fame – the cutie nerd Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory. The series, titled Special, is loosely based on writer Ryan O’Connell’s memoir I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves, in which the author discusses growing up as a man who had to live with a lifelong incurable disability (cerebral palsy) and also happened to be attracted to men, which turned him into a double target for discrimination and stigma. O’Connell, who has written for TV series such as Will & Grace and Awkward, is due to star in Special, playing himself. The cast is also rumored to include s Jessica Hecht, Maria Mindelle, Punam Patel and Augustus Prew. The series is produced by Parsons’ That’s Wonderful Productions and Warner Bros’ Digital Networks’ Stage 13. It’s set to have eight episodes and premiere on April 12.

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