Berlanti revealed, “At the time…there were shows that were fine to show lots of violence in network, but they wouldn’t allow a kiss between two gay characters. They asked me to run the show that year, and part of my agreement with them was that they would allow the character, Jack, to have a kiss. There was a lot of negotiation about that kiss.” Jack also went on to become one of the most groundbreaking gay characters on TV.
Berlanti further explained, “There hadn’t been a gay kiss that was romantic on primetime TV. There had been joke kisses, but there was never a romantic kiss between two characters, let alone two high-schoolers.”
Even after he negotiated the kiss between Jack and Ethan, the WB had specific stipulations about what the scene could show. “The network said they wanted it filmed across the street from a very, very wide shot,” Gina Fattore, a writer for Berlanti, shared. “I was the one who was on set to produce it. Greg said to me, ‘I want this to be a great kiss. I want there to be closeups, and I want it to feel romantic.'”
Berlanti continued, “Gina was calling with spy updates, telling me, ‘OK, I think I’ve got them 10 feet away from each other, and I was like, ‘That’s nothing! They need to be closer!’ But we got our kiss.”