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While other ABC shows have gay characters – including the new comedy “Crumbs” – “Neighborhood” features a real gay couple and their prospective neighbors in a continuing dialogue about homosexuality, including interpretations of the Bible.
In a recent interview, Richard Land, an official with the Southern Baptist Convention involved in the negotiations with Disney last year to end the group’s boycott of the company, said he did not recall any mention of “Neighborhood.” He added, however, that had the show been broadcast – particularly with an ending that showed Christians literally embracing their gay neighbors – it could have scuttled the Southern Baptists’ support for “Narnia.”
In the corporate world, I think that’s what they call “synergy”.