We knew Dan Savage was funny, but we're hoping his wry wit and balls to the wall attitude (literally) translates to our small screens.
An as-yet-untitled Dan Savage comedy was picked up by ABC and, as The Hollywood Reporter revealed, it will be "a single-camera semi-autobiographical entry based on the LGBT activist/boundary-pushing columnist's life. It centers on a picture-perfect family that is turned upside down when the youngest son comes out of the closet. What seems like the end of their idyllic life turns out to be the beginning of a bright new chapter when everyone stops pretending to be perfect and actually starts being real."
Savage once told Out that he wanted Andy Samberg to play him in the movie version of his life. "My God, have you seen that man's mouth? His teeth?" Yes, Dan, we have, and we totally agree: It would be perfect casting.
Savage is responsible for co-founding the It Gets Better video campaign with his husband Terry Miller after a spate of high-profile gay gay teen suicides, it's actually his sex advice column, “Savage Love,” which is his real claim to fame. It is in its 24th year, and his Savage Lovecast, a weekly podcast version with more than 200,000 listeners, is one of the top 50 podcasts on iTunes. His memoir The Kid, about adopting his son, was adapted into a popular staged musical.
But Savage is no stranger to the television format: He and Miller have created It Gets Better specials for MTV as well as his Savage U, where he visits college campuses and answers dating and sex-related questions. Of course his ABC comedy will have some big competition—with the Ellen DeGeneres-produced NBC comedy, One Big Happy, about a single lesbian set to premiere this March.
He's been included on Out's annual Power List and was most recently featured in last year's Out100, agreeing to be photographed at San Francisco City Hall on September 11, 2014, as an homage in LGBT icon Harvey Milk. “I don’t play dress-up very often,” he told the magazine, “except when my husband and I go to International Mr. Leather.”
Listen to the Savage Lovecast here.