It was subtle, but it was made clear: John Cooper, the veteran office played by Michael Cudlitz on Southland, is gay.
The series hinted at this fact by simply showing the cop drinking a beer at a bar filled with men during the conclusion of a season one episode.
But Cudlitz told TV Guide Magazine's William Keck that more will be revealed about his character this fall.
"We're going to find out a lot very soon about John Cooper's past, present and future," the actor said. "But his sexuality won't be forced on viewers. That's not what the show's about."
Will anyone have a problem with Cooper as a homosexual? Yes, but it's "not someone we've already been introduced to. It's going to be somebody new we come in contact with," Cudlitz said.
Moreover, the drama - which moves to Friday nights on NBC - will feature a few members of Cooper's extended family. Sounds like one of them will be the homophobe in question.