HBO Orders Comedy Pilot About Group of Gay Friends
"Brothers & Sisters'" David Marshall Grant and "Bored to Death's" Sarah Condon will executive produce the project.
HBO is adding San Francisco to its itinerary.
The untitled project hails from Brothers and Sisters' David Marshall Grant and Bored to Death's Sarah Condon and revolves around the thirtysomething trio also grappling with the complexities of life and the modern gay experience. Michael Lannan (Remember Me) penned the script, which Grant supervised. Andrew Haigh will helm the pilot, which is based on Lannan's feature script Lorimer.
The untitled comedy joins People in New Jersey, from Bruce Eric Kaplan, Lorne Michaels and Jason Reitman; and Stephen Merchant comedy Hello Ladies, which was picked up to series, at the network as it looks to bolster its comedy coffers which already include Enlightened, Girls and Veep, among others.
The comedy marks Lannan's first major writing credit. His résumé also includes writing, directing and producing the 2009 short Lorimer, serving as an assistant producer on Rubicon, Sons of Anarchy and an AD on Nurse Jackie.
Grant most recently served as a writing exec producer on NBC's Smash and penned an episode of ABC's freshman musical drama Nashville. He's repped by CAA, Untitled Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman.
The project marks a homecoming for Condon, who served as an executive producer on the network's Bored to Death for its three-season run. HBO canceled the Jason Schwartzman comedy in December. In addition to the Lannan comedy, Condon is exec producing family drama Darlings, which is in development at Bravo.
I'm free! I could write it!
Let's have a major character who is completely narcissistic and who complains all the time and talks incessantly about himself, whom everyone else just loves! He'll be tall and have dark hair.
HBO = lots of cock!
Someone cast Luke Macfarlane !!!!
Make it diverse
They should call it "Boys" and put it on after "Girls."
Wish it weren't going to be a comedy.
no r5!!!! We want hot white men!!! (and big dicked black ones are ok)
This is the Andrew Haigh who directed "Weekend"?
All white. One nerdy/quirky. One jock/slut. One average joe looking for love.
Pecs and No Titties
No, r10. The nerdy/quirky will be black.
I'm tried of stereotypes. I'm tried of every gay guy being beautiful, every gay guy being a fashion plate, every gay guy being brilliant at decorating, every gay guy being sassy wise-crackers, every gay guy being so *fabulous* and superficial and shallow.
I hope to god this show isn't like that at all.
[quote}I'm tried of every gay guy being beautiful
see "Modern Family"
they sure is ugly
[quote]This is the Andrew Haigh who directed "Weekend"?
Yep. And wrote.
This could be so good. I hope it is.
[quote]So, it's Sex and the City with gay men.
Golden Girls with gay men!
And they could call it Eldergays.
Let's have a gay sitcom that takes place in a Franciscan friary.
What R4 said - give gay actors the roles.
[quote]Make it diverse
[quote]The nerdy/quirky will be black
As a black gay male, obviously it would be nice to see diversity here but frankly I'd prefer they keep the show all white if the producers/writers go the often tired route so many others have taken with black characters, e.g.:
1) if the show focuses on three main gay friends, the black guy would of course be the unattractive one -- i.e., either overweight or skinny but hidden behind glasses and a drab wardrobe to play down any possible sex appeal he may have, thereby making him the "pitiful" one (a cliche used often in the past with the token gay character); or
2) they'll make the black character the "responsible, married gay" who, they'll say, is there to represent that "not all gays are sex freaks with no ability to commit" when, in truth, it's just a transparent device for marginalizing the black character whom they felt forced to include and free the writers from having to come up with stories about him navigating the dating scene from week to week like his white counterparts. (Besides lending a helpful ear to his white friends as they lament the perils of dating in the gay world, his other primary use would be to show the white characters are not racists and have at least one close black friend, same as the gay guy who's around solely as proof that the straights in the show aren't homophobes.)
We all know how the game is played and frankly I'm tired of it. If you're not going to cast a black actor who's just as attractive as the white ones AND give him a substantial, equal role to play, then why bother? Just make the show all white and be done with it. Enough already with casting non-white actors who are then left by the sidelines just so the producers can avoid being called racist by the NAACP and liberal whites. (For the record, I don't think Lena Dunham is a racist for not including blacks in her show; I get more upset with the critics who love it but wouldn't give a shit about it if it was four women of color.) I'm personally more encouraged by the success of a show like "Scandal" that, hopefully, will give way to more shows featuring people of color in lead roles (e.g., NBC's upcoming "Deception"). I think if that was to happen, there would be less ire directed towards folks like Dunham.
Lastly, given the fact that gays are, in many ways, the "perfect" race in that we represent every color of the rainbow, wouldn't it be nice to see that reflected in shows about us? "Queer as Folk" was all white and "Noah's Arc" all black, so I'd love to see this HBO show be something right in between. I've met DMG and he's a great writer (not to mention a very nice guy), so hopefully that's exactly what it will be.
Isn't it going to be called The Queens of Queens? If it's about Long Island City/Astoria gay hipsters,that sounds about right.....
Really excited for this show. I really hope it is actually good and not stereotype ridden with old gay cliches. Lets just have a funny,edgy and modern sitcom starring guys who happen to be gay.
I will second that I would love for them to hire some actors who are openly/gay bisexual or be willing to come out for the show. It would be quite a shame if all the main cast is straight identified.
I'd like them to cast Sean Maher ...
Heard through the grapevine that there's a black lead.
[quote]Really excited for this show.
You sound so...young.
5 episodes in, they will be sleeping with each other and the jealousy will destroy the group.
David Marshall Grant played the gay character in thirtysomething.
He was good and his character was well written. He played Melissa's best friend.
Remember all the fuss about the scene when he was in bed with that guy?
I liked this idea better when it was called "DTLA"
[quote]You sound so...young.
I am in my mid-twenties, and yes, I am excited. Queer as Folk didn't do it for me, I want a good show staring characters who are gay that actually connects with me. The closest thing I've seen is "The Outs" webseries which was pretty good.
So I am gonna hope for the best with this one.
Him and Russel Tovey were the first names they came to mind as out actors who would fit well here. Luke McFarlane is hot to death sure, but I've found him kinda stiff as an actor and not sure how he would work in an HBO comedy.
Black and gay is kind of the new frontier as far as media goes. We've all already seen the "upper middle class white gay guy" about a million times in various formats. It is not new, challenging, or edgy anymore.
One of the reasons Frank Ocean exploded this year is that who he is as a gay or bisexual man who is also black and somewhat masculine is so very different from what we've seen.
I predict in the future you'll see more and more diversity in images of gay people, and I'd be willing to bet this cast will not be all white. There's very fertile storytelling ground left to be explored with gay characters who are also nonwhite.
"Lets just have a funny,edgy and modern sitcom starring guys who happen to be gay."
I'd love to see an all gay or lesbian show where the characters didn't have to remind the viewers that they were gay every five seconds. Like the producers are patting themeselves on the back for being "edgy".
Everyone talks about how the era of the big media driven coming out for gay celebrities is passe. Yet every television show still employs this same type of hoopla when it comes to having gay/lesbian characters.
I hope they will cast Luke Macfarlane. Would be great to see him on television on a regular basis once and for all.
There was a little seen and now canceled Canadian show called L.A. Complex that featured a gay gangsta rapper. I read that when they were casting the character half the time actors didn't show up for their scheduled audition.
Here's an interview with the actor Andra Fuller who was eventually cast. He said that when he accepted the role his family and friends said, ‘Why do you want to play a gay dude?’
I watched every episode of LA Complex and it's sad that it didn't get more attention. The gay storyline was very complex and handled with incredible sensitivity. The Kaldrick King character was probably the most 3-dimensional gay character I've ever seen on television. He certainly had more going on than the mincing stereotypes in Glee or Modern Family.
Sad, but if those characters were white, and say it was a closeted football player and his assistant instead of a closeted rapper and his producer, gay media would've been all over it.
We're making progress, but still have a very long way to go in terms of diversifying the images of gays on television.
Any more news about this Show? I can't see any news about the cast yet?
San Francisco? Young gays can't afford to live there now.
THe New Normal ratings prove gay-theme shows doesn't do we'll on tv
I thought David Marshall Grant was the hottest thing in the 80s.
His scenes with Kevin Costner in "American Flyers" are fucking HOT. They play brothers and there's a lot of sexual chemistry going on.
I like to watch this film back-to-back with the Cory Monroe/Chad Douglas porn scene from Falcon's "Spring Break". See Kevin channelling "Uncle Chad" (even sporting Chad's porn moustache) as he comforts DMG in this pic: