Frances O'Connor, Lucy Liu, Bonnie Somerville and Miranda Otto in Cashmere Mafia by Craig Sjodin/ABC Frances O'Connor, Lucy Liu, Bonnie Somerville and Miranda Otto in Cashmere Mafia by Craig Sjodin/ABC

An annual report by GLAAD says that the coming TV season is less gay than the one prior, with a total of seven series (versus last year's nine) on the five networks regularly featuring lesbian, gay, bi or transgender characters. The study notes that the only new show to feature a non-hetero person is ABC's midseason Cashmere Mafia, in which Bonnie Somerville swings from both sides of the plate.

ABC retained its strong lead in featuring LGBT characters, thanks to the likes of Brothers & Sisters, Ugly Betty and Housewives (which this season has a gay couple moving into the nabe). NBC, with The Office's Oscar, is the only other major to showcase a L, G, B or T.

Among recurring LGBT characters, ABC boasts six of network TV's 13. Fox has four (all fabulously animated!) and NBC three.

No, I don't know in which category Betty's nephew got counted.