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This Comedic Couple Is Trying To Save A Show That’s Groundbreaking In Front Of And Behind The Camera

“Take My Wife” airs on Seeso, but Seeso is cutting the cord.

After launching back in January 2016, Seeso — the NBCUniversal, comedy-focused streaming service which cost $3.99 per month — will be saying "see ya" later this year. While most of Seeso's original series have found new homes, Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher's Take My Wife has yet to land somewhere else — but the creators are doing everything they can to save it.

Seeso announced the news on August 9 in a Facebook post to its subscribers. There's no mention of Take My Wife in the note, but it didn't take long for Esposito and Butcher to take their case to Twitter as to why their series — which is loosely based on their individual lives as comedians as well as their life together as a same-sex couple — should be saved. And, spoiler alert, they were not alone as many love this LGBTQ series.

Esposito shared a tweet that showcased how revolutionary Take My Wife was and is for inclusiveness in television. Here's just a few accomplishments: both seasons had an (almost) all-female writers' room, 22 of 47 roles in season 2 were played by out LGBTQ+ actors (just one of its impressive stats in terms of employing across gender, race, and sexual orientation spectrums), and they worked with queer or queer-friendly businesses for music, costuming, and set needs.

"Changing the power dynamics in television can be done," Esposito wrote, thanking Seeso, Comedy Bang Bang (their production company), as well as many others in a following tweet. It was part of Esposito and Butcher's mandates as showrunners that they came to "claim our space" and "make room for others."

Check out the full tweets here:

Butcher, chiming in for support, also lauded how diverse their show was and is. "We hired LGBTQ folx (and allies) on and behind the camera, not to check boxes but because it's reflective of our actual lives," one tweet reads. Another continues: "We had a lot of straight, cis, white guys and gals on both seasons of our show - THEY WERE/ARE ALSO GREAT."

As coincidence would have it, Butcher points out, August 11 is the one-year anniversary of Take My Wife premiering. Esposito also points out that Take My Wife is the "only show ever co-created/starring & co-run by a[n] out queer couple."

Fans — and even those involved with the series — have been tweeting up a storm ever since Esposito and Butcher started the campaign to save Take My Wife, with some of them revealing how the show helped them, and providing strong cause for some other network to pick up this thoughtful and meaningful show. Here is just a taste of those responses:

And that's just a small sampling of the support.

Esposito and Butcher are ensuring fans that — while there is no happy ending just yet — their voices are being heard. Clearly, representation does matter and, at least for Take My Wife, authentically depicting an underrepresented group in society does make a difference.

(H/T: Indiewire)

Cover image via Joe Seer / Shutterstock

The ways we watch TV and movies have evolved, and it's time for the talent in front of and behind the camera to do the same. Film Forward speaks on the initiatives to diversify the film industry and the stories it tells. New articles premiere every second Thursday of — and throughout — the month.

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