Chris Colfer, Neil Patrick Harris Fan-Favorite TV Actors

12.15.2011

By Jerry Portwood

Out gay TV actors are popular with mainstream America at last

For Entertainment Weekly's annual Entertainers of the Year issue, they chose safe bets like Daniel Radcliffe and Adele—which we were excited about way back before the summer she dominated (read Aaron Hicklin's profile, "Lady Sings the Blues"). But the EW Readers' poll is a lot more welcome. Readers chose Glee's Chris Colfer as Favorite TV Actor, followed by Neil Patrick Harris. The fact that two out gay actors could top a favorite poll in what many typically surmise to be America's conservative TV-watching public should be a welcome surprise. Or maybe EW readers are just a lot gayer than the average bear? (I mena, True Blood's sexy vamp Alexander Skarsgard DID round out the top five with Modern Family's Ty Burrell sandwiched on what is a pretty gay-friendly list.)

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