Mere months after the executive producers of Showtime's Queer as Folk told TV Guide Online that they considered the gay characters on Six Feet Under "a bunch of politically-correct closet queens," HBO's dysfunctional-family dramedy is coming out swinging. As the Golden Globe-winning series begins its sophomore year Sunday night (at 10 pm/ET), it tosses newly-liberated mortician David into a lively love triangle with ex-boyfriend Keith and his current beau, fellow cop Eddie, played by Terrell Clayton.

"There's one scene in particular in the season premiere that I just know everyone's going to cry over, it's so funny," chuckles the actor, who considers the SFU/QAF feud a laughing matter. "There is a competition between [the shows], but I don't know why. I believe their focus is on... sex, and with [our show], it's the relationships."

Perhaps the diplomatic hunk just isn't catty enough to point out that, even when QAF does develop a relationship, it tends to be as shallow as the old Melrose Place pool. "I didn't want to say that," he confesses, "but that's exactly the truth. I have a friend who had a recurring spot on that show, and she felt that way, too."

In addition, the Dragonfly co-star appreciates that SFU is far less likely than QAF to traffic in stereotypes. (For instance, the only time someone on SFU gets referred to as Mary, she's Jesus's mother.) "Being black myself, I totally understand that [within any group, there's a diversity of personalities]," he says, "so my goal is to never play a caricature — you know, the guy in the dress chewing gum real loudly."

As confident as the sometime CSI crimefighter is that SFU always will come out on top in its battle with QAF, he is even more certain that his onscreen counterpart will emerge victorious in his tug-of-war with his significant other's old flame. "Eddie's take on the competition is that there is no competition," he sums up. "He's not intimidated at all by David."