Visible: Out on Television is an Apple TV Plus docu-series that is a “love letter to the power of television”. Created by Emmy-nominated filmmakers Ryan White (Ask Dr. Ruth, The Case Against 8, and The Keepers) and Jessica Hargrave, the documentary explores how the LGBTQ movement has, across the years, given a new dimension to what we watch on tv and how tv has changed our outlook toward this community.
The first season of the show was extremely well liked. But will there be a Visible: Out on Television season 2? Let’s find out.
Visible: Out on Television Season 2 Release Date
Visible: Out on Television season 1 released on February 14, 2020, on Apple TV Plus. The inaugural installment consists of five episodes, with each episode featuring a runtime of 60 minutes.
As far as the next season goes, here’s what we know. The show is a docuseries and if you look around, not many similar show go on to receive multiple seasons. The reason for that is simple. If there’s nothing more to say or show, it is pointless to keep stretching a docuseries. It might dilute the impact of the show. The good thing about Visible: Out on Television is that the first season features stories of several tv personalities, but there are so many more who can share their stories of success in the face of discrimination.
Will the makers at Apple decide to shed light on more similar stories of inspiration? We will have to wait and see. For now, we can only hope that another season of the show gets made. If renewed, you can expect Visible: Out on Television season 2 to release sometime in January 2021.
Visible: Out on Television Cast: Who are the narrators? Who are the interviewees?
Visible: Out on Television features a stellar cast, comprising a panel of renowned narrators while combining archival footage with interviews with key players from the LGBTQ movement.
The show is narrated by Janet Mock, Margaret Cho, Asia Kate Dillon, Neil Patrick Harris, and Lena Waithe. It additionally features interviews with personalities such as Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey, Anderson Cooper, Billy Porter, Rachel Maddow, Don Lemon, Sara Ramirez, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
Additional stars appearing across the episodes are Jane Alexander, Hal Holbrook, Jonathan Groff, Holland Taylor, Sean Hayes, Winnie Holzman, George Takei, T.R. Knight, Conrad Ricamora, and Greg Berlanti, to mention a few names.
What is Visible: Out on Television about?
Visible: Out on Television throws the spotlight on how television has transformed our view about the LGBTQ community. On the other hand, it also investigates how the LGBTQ movement has shaped television and the characters that appear on the small screen. Featuring a combination of never-seen-before archival footage with interviews with key players from the movement, this revealing docuseries is not only informative but highly emotional.
Each 60-minute-long episode of the first season gives a first-hand account of LGBTQ issues, which include themes like invisibility, homophobia, the evolution of LGBTQ characters and their public acceptance and eventual coming out in the showbiz industry.
Director Ryan White stated that the inspiration to create the series came from the 1995 feature film The Celluloid Closet. However, he also added that since this project is mainly tv-specific, it lends more unique insights into the subject. According to him, television “allowed us the real estate to tell that story in full.”
Executive producer Amanda Sykes, during the promotion of the show, explained the essences of the series in the Ellen DeGeneres Show. This is what she had to say: “It shows not just our history, but it just shows how important being seen on television is. It does actually effect change.” She went on to add: “I just hope that people who get to make decisions see this and realize that it’s important for us to let marginalized people tell their stories.”
Visible: Out on Television Trailer
You can watch the official trailer for season 1 of Visible: Out on Television below: