Alan Ball, Marc Cherry, Gus Van Sant

'Housewives' a little less desperate? Some of the most memorable characters on film and TV in recent years have come from the minds and visions of gay auteurs. Without Marc Cherry’s scheming “Housewives” or Alan Ball’s Fisher family from “Six Feet Under” (not to mention all those southern vampires on “True Blood”), we’d have several more hours of police and medical procedurals every week. And what would awards season become without the contributions of gay filmmakers such as Gus Van Sant (“Milk” and “Good Will Hunting”) or Ball (who wrote the screenplay for “American Beauty”)?
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