This fall, most of the major network television shows have delayed filming schedules. One of the few who didn’t was the “Big Sky” new release on ABC. Locally here it’s on Tuesday nights.
Of significance, the show features Jesse James Keitel (below), who is making LGBTQ history as the first non binary regular actor in a lead role on prime-time television.
Previously, Keitel appeared in Alex Strangelove, Younger, and the Student Academy Award-winning film Miller & Son. Big Sky, created by David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies), centers on the hunt for an abductor of women in Montana. Jerrie, a transfeminine nonbinary artist and sex worker, is one of his targets.
Keitel, who uses they/them and she/her pronouns, said they hoped the story may “change some hearts and minds” among conservative viewers regarding nonbinary and transgender people. Television is “the most powerful medium we have right now,” Keitel said. “It’s accessible to so many people, people who normally wouldn’t get to experience a person like this.”
How far we have come is tantalizing because we have such a long way to go!