In its first season, Freeform’s The Bold Type, about 20-something best friends, Kat (Aisha Dee), Sutton (Meghann Fahy), and Jane (Katie Stevens), traversing career, love, and the current state of politics in and around a socially conscious women’s magazine, had already established itself as breakout television.
That first season saw Kat come out as bisexual as she fell hard for Adena, a lesbian Muslim (TV’s first) photographer played by Nikohl Boosheri.
When Kat and Adena returned for season two they were a full-on couple, but the truth soon came out that Kat had yet to go down on Adena, a sticking point in the relationship. With humor and heart, a frank, thoughtful conversation about sex between women ensued — the likes of which had rarely, if ever, been addressed for queer women in TV or film. And there it was happening on the network that once was home to the religious show The 700 Club!
This season the friends return to Scarlet magazine from fashion week in Paris with Sutton engaged to her one true love Richard, Jane caught between choosing between two guys, the show’s central queer couple of Kat and Adena on the rocks, and the magazine’s editor-in-chief Jacqueline (Melora Hardin) facing possible age discrimination.
Beyond The Bold Type’s willingness to go there with talk about sex between women, the series also costars Stephen Conrad Moore, a same-gender loving man of color who portrays Oliver, the delightful gay head of the magazine’s fashion department who becomes a mentor to Sutton.
The third season premiere date has not been set but it looks to be in early spring.