Rue McClanahan has signed on to star in the new half-hour show, Ryan's Life for the gay-themed premium network Here! TV.

The show is based on the award-winning short film and centers on a gay teenager coming of age and coming out; The Hollywood Reporter notes McClanahan will play Ryan's grandmother and most trusted confidante, Connie Harris.

Ryan's Life is written by Nick Wauters, who created the short. It will premiere next year on Here! TV.