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Jim Parsons developing new sitcom about a gay couple in a small town

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Parsons has his eyes set on new horizons | Photo: Wikimedia/iDominick

Actor Jim Parsons may be leaving The Big Bang Theory, but he’s not leaving the world of sitcoms.

He’s currently developing The Inn Crowd at NBC with David Holden. As Deadline reports, the new series is based on a 1999 New Yorker article by Tony Horwitz.

The Inn Crowd tells a familiar story about a small, low-income US town and the upheaval it faces when change comes along. In this case, that change comes in the shape of gay couple Patrick O’Connell and Reinhardt Lynch opening an inn.

O’Connell and Lynch opened the Inn at Little Washington in Rappahannock County, Virginia, in 1978.

Over time, it began to thrive, attracting the likes of big-name patrons like Barbara Streisand and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Its success, and ideas of expansion, however, divide the residents of Rappahannock.

Currently, O’Connell is the sole owner of the inn, following a break-up with Lynch, but it’s still going strong.

Seeking more diverse storytelling

Parsons is executive producing the series alongside Holden.

The actor recently announced his departure from the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, which made him a household name and also earned him a Golden Globe and numerous Emmys.

It’s his leaving that’s causing the show to end, according to reports. When it ends next year, it will become TV’s longest-running multi-camera comedy in history.

Parsons, though, is not done with Hollywood and his recent ventures — both old and upcoming — explore the LGBTI community.

On 11 August, the Broadway show The Boys in the Band ended its run. Parsons starred in the show, alongside Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, and more.

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