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Matt Bomer and Nathan Lane to Star in Golden Girls-esque Hulu Pilot from Ryan Murphy and Will & Grace EPs

The streamer has ordered a pilot for the potential multi-camera comedy. Linda Lavin (Alice) also stars.

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by Anonymousreply 261July 9, 2024 2:03 AM

I would watch it.

by Anonymousreply 1June 18, 2024 8:17 PM

The article is terribly written. Are there two more characters? Who are the other two of the three friends?

by Anonymousreply 2June 18, 2024 8:20 PM

Who cares, R2? This cast is Datalounge heaven!

by Anonymousreply 3June 18, 2024 8:20 PM

Bomer in a sitcom? I did not see that coming. Of course I'll watch this, we all will.

by Anonymousreply 4June 18, 2024 8:21 PM

This sounds beneath Bomer. His career right now is pretty hot, he shouldn't be doing some hack sitcom for Hulu.

by Anonymousreply 5June 18, 2024 8:22 PM

Maybe he's hot to work with a gay daddy like Nathan?

by Anonymousreply 6June 18, 2024 8:24 PM

Linda Lavin?! The Datalounge is about to explode.

by Anonymousreply 7June 18, 2024 8:36 PM

Bomer is much too old to be the Gen Z naked housekeeper and too young to be a living his golden years in retirement.

[quote]He is also hard of body and soft of head.”

Bomer is Rose or a combo Rose and Blanche?

by Anonymousreply 8June 18, 2024 8:44 PM

I thought this was funny from "Terryt" in the comments section of the TVLine article:

[quote]Does the young housekeeper disappear after the pilot? RIP Coco

by Anonymousreply 9June 18, 2024 8:44 PM

[quote]The series, which is loosely inspired by The Golden Girls, “follows three best friends — gay gentlemen of a certain age – who, after an unexpected death, decide to spend their golden years living together in Palm Springs where the wealthiest one lives with his mother and a naked Gen Z housekeeper,” according to the official logline.

So who's going to play the naked housekeeper? My money is on Lukas Gage.

by Anonymousreply 10June 18, 2024 8:45 PM

THR says the third friend and the housekeeper have yet to be cast:

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by Anonymousreply 11June 18, 2024 8:46 PM

Sounds awful unless Ryan Murphy intends to turn it into a Golden Girls-esque blood splatter murder show.

by Anonymousreply 12June 18, 2024 8:47 PM

Give us Feud: Bea Arthur vs Betty White or get the fuck out, Ryan Murphy.

by Anonymousreply 13June 18, 2024 8:56 PM

Bomer is too dead behind the eyes to be funny

by Anonymousreply 14June 18, 2024 8:58 PM

If they’re thinking of Lavin as Sophia, they need to watch Alice reruns where she did a dual role as Vera’s elderly landlady. That should negate the idea quickly.

by Anonymousreply 15June 18, 2024 8:59 PM

The housekeeper can be any of Murphy's standard stable of himbos.

[quote]gay gentlemen of a certain age – who, after an unexpected death, decide to spend their golden years living together in Palm Springs

I'm now thinking that Bomer will play the partner of the "unexpected death" which is how he's connected to Lane and the other guy.

Let's cast the third friend. Victor Garber is the right age. Matthew Broderick would be interesting.

by Anonymousreply 16June 18, 2024 8:59 PM

Bomer is objectively attractive. He's just so damn boring. Bruce Vilanche wanted to do a similar show years ago, but (obviously) it didn't happen. That said, I'll have to get updates here. This is a Ryan Murphy show, so I won't be watching.

by Anonymousreply 17June 18, 2024 9:04 PM

It's a streaming show so there will be a stupid twist like the characters are actually vampires or aliens.

by Anonymousreply 18June 18, 2024 9:06 PM

The third friend is going to be a vain, over-sexed Blanche type, as Lane is clearly the mordant, self-effacing Dorothy stand-in and Bomer is the sweet but dim Rose role.

It’ll be tricky to cast “the sexy one” next to someone as arrestingly beautiful as Matt Bomer. Maybe Ricky Martin? Murray Bartlett?

by Anonymousreply 19June 18, 2024 9:16 PM

Matt Bomer is now in his Hag era.

by Anonymousreply 20June 18, 2024 9:18 PM

Gay men are planning a re boot of a show that has been basically kept alive by other gay men.

Ryan Murphy, misreading the room again, has chosen the much hated Linda Lavin to star.

Well I guess that proves two things. Miss Murphy does not play here on DL and Rita Moreno said no.

Thank God Bea is dead.

by Anonymousreply 21June 18, 2024 9:22 PM

Will it be as successful as this?

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by Anonymousreply 22June 18, 2024 9:27 PM

[quote]This sounds beneath Bomer. His career right now is pretty hot, he shouldn't be doing some hack sitcom for Hulu.

After Fellow Travelers, his career seems to be going well.

Is his partner actually financially successful or did he simply hit the trifecta of a hot, younger, successful partner while he was too young and inexperienced to know better? Are they living on Bomer's money, so he needs to keep working? Bomer is not pulling multi-million dollar paydays, so if they're living on his money, he needs to keep working.

by Anonymousreply 23June 18, 2024 9:33 PM

R23, Matt and Simon have three teenage boys to support.

by Anonymousreply 24June 18, 2024 9:36 PM

[quote]Maybe he's hot to work with a gay daddy like Nathan?

Nathan Lane is a disgusting drunken troll.

He hit on me back in my twink days, 20 years ago, at the old Works bar on the UWS. He was so drunk he was barely able to stand upright and he was completely gross.

by Anonymousreply 25June 18, 2024 9:37 PM

[quote]Linda Lavin?! The Datalounge is about to explode.

DL's epic Linda Lavin threads never disappoint. They're always a scream.

by Anonymousreply 26June 18, 2024 9:39 PM

You know Linda will strong arm the writers into giving her a song and dance number in every third episode so she can show off her "talents."

by Anonymousreply 27June 18, 2024 9:39 PM

R23 I feel there's truth in what you're saying.

by Anonymousreply 28June 18, 2024 9:41 PM

r23/24 I think you're both correct. Matt is the breadwinner and they have three teenagers. They have homes in NY and LA. That all costs a ton of $$$$.

And Bomer has never had a franchise that could set him up for life like the Marvel actors etc. He needs to work.

by Anonymousreply 29June 18, 2024 9:45 PM

[quote]Let's cast the third friend.

Julian Morris

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by Anonymousreply 30June 18, 2024 9:49 PM

[quote]Let's cast the third friend.

I’m available and willing to relocate from Baltimore for this.

by Anonymousreply 31June 18, 2024 9:49 PM

I’m not that busy right now.

by Anonymousreply 32June 18, 2024 9:50 PM

A scatting old lady. How appropriate.

by Anonymousreply 33June 18, 2024 9:51 PM

I would sign on to ANY project attached to Nathan Lane - that’s three months of wind, four months of DRAMA, and a midseason cancellation. You have your check and everyone blames Nathan.

by Anonymousreply 34June 18, 2024 9:52 PM

Will Linda sing the theme song?

by Anonymousreply 35June 18, 2024 9:56 PM

How was Linda Lavin cast in this part? There have to be at least a handful of MUCH more appealing character actresses in that age group.

by Anonymousreply 36June 18, 2024 9:58 PM

June Lockhart, maybe? Or how about Barbara Eden, Marlo Thomas, or Shirley MacLaine. Hell -how about Shirley Jones?

by Anonymousreply 37June 18, 2024 10:04 PM

Lee Meriwether

by Anonymousreply 38June 18, 2024 10:19 PM

Lane is 68 and Lavin is 86. Did she birth him as teen?

by Anonymousreply 39June 18, 2024 10:21 PM

[quote]follows three best friends — gay gentlemen of a certain age

Whoever they cast as the two besties will probably have to be openly gay, otherwise people will bitch about casting straights in gay roles. And at least one of them will have to be a POC. And they can't be anyone who'll outshine Nathan Lane.

by Anonymousreply 40June 18, 2024 10:21 PM

Who’s a good, out non-white actor who can do comedy?

by Anonymousreply 41June 18, 2024 10:21 PM

I am not even remotely going to watch this shit.

by Anonymousreply 42June 18, 2024 10:23 PM

The idea might work, but Bomer seems to be way too young to be cast as the "Rose" of the group. He's also way too pretty, and instead of it being two or three friends of similar life experiences navigating living togther, it becomes older men chasing after the dim witted hunk, which is quite a different show.

by Anonymousreply 43June 18, 2024 10:23 PM

^^Billy Porter 😂

by Anonymousreply 44June 18, 2024 10:24 PM

Holland Taylor, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Ann-Margaret, Faye!

by Anonymousreply 45June 18, 2024 10:24 PM

Martin Short and Nathan are friends and he’d be perfect.

by Anonymousreply 46June 18, 2024 10:25 PM

I wouldn't watch this if they strapped me into the Ludovico Technique.

by Anonymousreply 47June 18, 2024 10:26 PM

Lea DeLaria could work.

by Anonymousreply 48June 18, 2024 10:27 PM

[quote]How was Linda Lavin cast in this part? There have to be at least a handful of MUCH more appealing character actresses in that age group.

Because DL was once put on the list of "influential" gay sites, so whenever people want to know "what gay people think." they come to DL. DL is literally the target audience for this show.

Your incessant yammering on about both Golden Girls and Linda Lavin have wrought this.

by Anonymousreply 49June 18, 2024 10:32 PM

[quote]Who’s a good, out non-white actor who can do comedy?

Reginald VelJohnson?

by Anonymousreply 50June 18, 2024 10:33 PM

Oh, wait, scratch that — I don’t think VelJohnson is out.

by Anonymousreply 51June 18, 2024 10:34 PM

Wilson Cruz

by Anonymousreply 52June 18, 2024 10:35 PM

BD Wong

by Anonymousreply 53June 18, 2024 10:57 PM

I would rather see Matt and Jonathan Bailey reunited in the many years ago proposed gay Hart to Hart.

by Anonymousreply 54June 18, 2024 11:05 PM

54 posts and no one has brought up Billy Eichner as a Dorothy?

by Anonymousreply 55June 18, 2024 11:08 PM

r54 that's actually a a great idea.

by Anonymousreply 56June 18, 2024 11:09 PM

R55, Ugh.

by Anonymousreply 57June 18, 2024 11:14 PM

I was hoping Matt’s next role would be a rom com, but I’ll happily settle for this. He has great comedic timing, as evidenced on White Collar and Glee. He was perfect as Blaine’s dim but beautiful older brother Cooper Anderson.

by Anonymousreply 58June 18, 2024 11:19 PM

Mindy Kaling could play neighbor Harriet Weston!

by Anonymousreply 59June 18, 2024 11:20 PM

“Will & Grace” producers - this will bomb.

by Anonymousreply 60June 18, 2024 11:20 PM

If they're looking for a Blanche, I hope they keep in mind she was delusional about her level of attractiveness. Neil Patrick Harris if he can do a southern accent and Walton Goggins if we can overlook his supposed heterosexuality.

by Anonymousreply 61June 18, 2024 11:21 PM

I'm a little confused. Just last week there was a big announcement that White Collar was being rebooted and the original cast was coming back. He can't do both.

by Anonymousreply 62June 18, 2024 11:21 PM

Nathan Lane deserves better than this piece of junk.

by Anonymousreply 63June 18, 2024 11:24 PM

R41 Colman Domingo would be perfect. I could definitely see him as the Blanche type. He was great in The Big Gay Sketch Show and knows how to perform in front of an audience. But he probably won’t be interested now that he’s an Oscar nominee.

by Anonymousreply 64June 18, 2024 11:25 PM

Too bad Bonnie Franklin is dead. She would've made a perfect Sophia in this clunker.

by Anonymousreply 65June 18, 2024 11:26 PM

Bonnie Frannklin rolling over knowing she'd be perfect for this role.

by Anonymousreply 66June 18, 2024 11:27 PM

Guys, guys! You're missing the obvious! Mindy Cohn! Estelle Getty wasn't old enough to be anyone's mother, so why put up barriers for someone like our very own Mindy?

by Anonymousreply 67June 18, 2024 11:28 PM

Ore Eve Plumb. She could also camp it up as Sophia.

by Anonymousreply 68June 18, 2024 11:30 PM

Maybe they could lure Susan Dey out of retirement?

by Anonymousreply 69June 18, 2024 11:33 PM

Is Shirley Jones still with us?

by Anonymousreply 70June 18, 2024 11:34 PM

This is a very bizarre casting. Shocking actually.

A) Bomer is 46 and was getting a career revival. 46 is a sensitive age for an actor and this concept is degrading.

B) Three camera is dead.

C) Bomer has done three camera on Will and Grace. He was bad.

D) The timing of this appears to be purposefully humiliating as he is in the middle of a competitive FYC campaign for Drama.

E) Jonathan Bailey his costar is having a gangbusters moment which makes it even more humiliating.

F) a visibly depressed Bomer has been moping around Milan (below). I thought he had gotten another round of overdone face work but he may actually be depressed.

G) Even in the event that Bomer WANTED to do a three camera sitcom, it would be hard to believe he would not be able to get a sitcom conceived for him, instead of starring alongside Nathan Lane who sucks all the air out of a room.

H) Bomer was just last week touting a White Collar revival.

I) Max Mutchnick & David Kohan struck lightning in a bottle with Will and Grace and nothing they have done since has worked. This casting is pretty analogous to the casting of non-comic Brandon Routh in their failed ensemble piece, Partners.

and now I want to point out the most important part of this story which is unreported.

[bold]Nathan Lane, Ryan Murphy, Max Mutchnik and David Kohan are Simon Halls’s clients.

Bomer is doing this as a FAVOR.[/bold]

There was probably some time constraint, an option was going to expire, something last minute and they needed ONE name to step in and shoot the pilot and he said yes.

Three eldergays who have more money than God have decided it was necessary to derail an FYC campaign which a lot of people are working very hard on and which Bomer has a very good chance of winning, for a project that was very personal to him and an enormous creative risk, so they can make a little bit more money. For a garbage sitcom no one wants with extremely niche appeal on a streamer that has never hosted a successful three camera sitcom. THERE HAS NOT BEEN A SUCCESSFUL THREE CAMERA SITCOM ANYWHERE IN YEARS.

It was obvious to anyone with a pulse that Bomer and Bailey were having an affair during Fellow Travellers. I was shocked Bomer chose to stay in his marriage to a husband 14 years his senior when a stud 11 years his junior was making a play for him. His children were largely grown. The universe which had denied him many things because of his sexuality had decided to throw him a ripped, hairychested English top and he walked away to return to a man who looks like Roddy McDowell in Fright Night.

And now he is doing a sitcom. A Golden Girls-type sitcom. At 46.

This

Is

Why

He

Is

Called

[bold]Duckling.[/bold]

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by Anonymousreply 71June 18, 2024 11:35 PM

Ask R37, R70.

by Anonymousreply 72June 18, 2024 11:36 PM

I may have an opening in my busy schedule

by Anonymousreply 73June 18, 2024 11:36 PM

r71 is way too invested

by Anonymousreply 74June 18, 2024 11:39 PM

It's also a Hulu thing and may be a short 10 episode kind of deal, so Matty could conceivably do this and a 13 ep season of White Collar within a set time frame.

by Anonymousreply 75June 18, 2024 11:44 PM

R62, This is just a pilot according to the article.

by Anonymousreply 76June 18, 2024 11:51 PM

R75 a television contract in which someone is a series regular precludes them from signing on to another series. Bomer would not be able to appear on another television series outside of a three episode guest arc until the series he is on is cancelled.

by Anonymousreply 77June 18, 2024 11:55 PM

Sounds more like "Vicious" than "Golden Girls."

by Anonymousreply 78June 18, 2024 11:56 PM

Epsiode 1: Matt and Nathan are discussing "scat" and Linda starts singing. Hilarity ensues.

by Anonymousreply 79June 18, 2024 11:57 PM

Please tell me that Linda Lavin is singing the theme song.

"There's a new girl in town with a brand new style"

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by Anonymousreply 80June 19, 2024 12:01 AM

R77 in the old network situation, perhaps, but streamers would likely have flexibility, and Bomer's at a level where he could negotiate that.

A second tier performer, not so much.

by Anonymousreply 81June 19, 2024 12:06 AM

LINDA hums while dusting the house: "Ba-da-doo-ba-DAAAH ... "

NATHAN: "My mother. The scat queen."

AUDIENCE laughs hysterically.

by Anonymousreply 82June 19, 2024 12:07 AM

GURLEEN

by Anonymousreply 83June 19, 2024 12:19 AM

R71 Your post is an interesting read.

by Anonymousreply 84June 19, 2024 12:22 AM

[quote] It’ll be tricky to cast “the sexy one” next to someone as arrestingly beautiful as Matt Bomer.

🙄

by Anonymousreply 85June 19, 2024 12:23 AM

Gus Kenworthy for pool boy

by Anonymousreply 86June 19, 2024 12:25 AM

This is not a Ryan Murphy production. This must be a misprint.

Not one under-qualified, unattractive nepo baby in sight for him to live his delusional fantasies through.

by Anonymousreply 87June 19, 2024 12:25 AM

Linda Lavin? Ugh, the kiss of death!

by Anonymousreply 88June 19, 2024 12:27 AM

[quote]Sitcom legend James Burrows will direct the pilot and serve as an executive producer, alongside Mutchnick, Kohan, Burrows, Lane, Bomer and Murphy.

Linda knew this show is a turkey and decided to take full salary rather than equity stake and a producer credit. It will never rack up enough episodes for rerun syndication. And Lane has bombed in every show where he was lead.

by Anonymousreply 89June 19, 2024 12:28 AM

r71 excellent post

by Anonymousreply 90June 19, 2024 12:29 AM

MATT, to LINDA: " ... and that was just the prelude."

NATHAN: "Who's pre-lubed?"

SASSY HOUSEBOY: "Based on what I found when I changed your sheets this morning, it's all three of you bitches!"

AUDIENCE laughs hysterically.

by Anonymousreply 91June 19, 2024 12:33 AM

Eh I would have changed one of them having a mother to a father. Can gays EVER escape their mothers??!! I'd cast a Frasier's dad type.

by Anonymousreply 92June 19, 2024 1:06 AM

[quote]I'd cast a Frasier's dad type.

John Larroquette’s sarcasm to Nathan’s prissy would work.

by Anonymousreply 93June 19, 2024 1:17 AM

[quote]John Larroquette’s sarcasm to Nathan’s prissy would work.

That would be good, but I can't imagine him playing gay.

by Anonymousreply 94June 19, 2024 2:10 AM

Dan Butler as Bestie #3

by Anonymousreply 95June 19, 2024 3:19 AM

Something does not make sense.

The announcement was made while Bomer was out of the country.

[quote]Sources reveal that Bomer will take on the ditzy Rose-like character, played by Betty White in the original “Golden Girls,” with Lane taking on the Dorothy (Bea Arthur) of the bunch. Linda Lavin will play Lane’s mother, a la the original Sophia.

They would not be able to say this unless they bought the rights to the Golden Girls. They are literally saying this character is Rose, this character is Dorothy. They would have had to buy the rights to do this. No one would be stupid enough to buy the rights to something that was not an exact remake of the Golden Girls. They would not be able to say this in a press release.

[bold]Bomer filed for divorce. This was retaliatory misinformation intended to humiliate him during his Emmy campaign. This is exactly how a publicist would get revenge.[/bold]

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by Anonymousreply 96June 19, 2024 3:46 AM

R96 = Sherlock Homo.

by Anonymousreply 97June 19, 2024 3:48 AM

Who is playing the Southern slut Blanche?

It must be a POC trans person.

by Anonymousreply 98June 19, 2024 3:49 AM

[quote] Who is playing the Southern slut Blanche?

You rang, bitches?

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by Anonymousreply 99June 19, 2024 3:53 AM

If oy Leslie Jordan didn't drive into that wall

by Anonymousreply 100June 19, 2024 3:55 AM

Are Jack Plotnick and Tim Bagley busy?

How about Coco and Varla?

by Anonymousreply 101June 19, 2024 3:57 AM

Lane is a one-trick pony and says every line to the back row.

by Anonymousreply 102June 19, 2024 3:59 AM

[quote] Sources reveal that Bomer will take on the ditzy Rose-like character, played by Betty White in the original “Golden Girls,” with Lane taking on the Dorothy (Bea Arthur) of the bunch. Linda Lavin will play Lane’s mother, a la the original Sophia.

They could not say this unless they bought the rights.

[bold]Jerry is pure of heart. He is also hard of body and soft of head.[/bold]

This is what gives it away. It is so flagrantly mean.

Look at the character names. Bunny Schneiderman. Sybil Schneiderman. This is not a real show. If this was real, it would be so astoundingly stupid no one would buy it.

Nathan Lane is Simon Halls’s oldest client. No one would center a television show around Nathan Lane. No one has since Encore Encore.

by Anonymousreply 103June 19, 2024 4:02 AM

Wondering if they can get a backdoor pilot from this show.

by Anonymousreply 104June 19, 2024 4:03 AM

[quote]The universe which had denied him many things because of his sexuality had decided to throw him a ripped, hairychested English top

Bomer strikes me as versatile, and "anything to please you in bed" kind of guy. "Let's take turns on each other. But you can come in me first."

Versatile is the hottest.

by Anonymousreply 105June 19, 2024 4:04 AM

Nathan deserves at least one successful tv series and I hope this is it. I will definitely watch.

by Anonymousreply 106June 19, 2024 4:05 AM

R106 = Nathan Lane, stress eating a brisket

by Anonymousreply 107June 19, 2024 4:07 AM

Look at this comment from Deadline. He’s right. Ryan Murphy and Max Mutchnik would not work together because they are both enormous egomaniacal cunts.

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by Anonymousreply 108June 19, 2024 4:09 AM

Good God, the Matt Bomer derangement troll is melting down all over this thread.

by Anonymousreply 109June 19, 2024 4:44 AM

I’m looking forward to watching the first 9 minutes of the 1st episode.

by Anonymousreply 110June 19, 2024 4:48 AM

R109 because you are stupid and just bought that this was happening

They also wouldn’t have announced the pilot order without the remaining principal cast.

by Anonymousreply 111June 19, 2024 4:50 AM

Actually, Matthew Broderick should take the Rose role and Bomer can take the slut role.

by Anonymousreply 112June 19, 2024 4:56 AM

In December, Bomer attended a Maestro screening with Bailey as his date. Several people in the comments section intuited that they appeared to be in love. This was December 14.

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by Anonymousreply 113June 19, 2024 5:06 AM

David Archuleta for the naked housetwink, er, keeper.

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by Anonymousreply 114June 19, 2024 5:07 AM

On December 22nd pictures of a stern looking Halls and a distressed Bomer were posted on JustJared. JustJared is the most publicist friendly celebrity news site - everything is PR sanctioned.

Now if you go to the webpage, the thumbnails for the full sized images have been removed.

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by Anonymousreply 115June 19, 2024 5:14 AM

But the photos are still available if you do a Google search for the title of the article.

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by Anonymousreply 116June 19, 2024 5:18 AM

He appears to be terrified.

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by Anonymousreply 117June 19, 2024 5:20 AM
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by Anonymousreply 118June 19, 2024 5:21 AM
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by Anonymousreply 119June 19, 2024 5:24 AM
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by Anonymousreply 120June 19, 2024 5:28 AM

See in my mind, Halls took Bomer to a public restaurant, gave him the “If you leave me I will destroy you” speech, and exiting the restaurant hired paps to capture the look of fear in Bomer’s face, then sent the photos to JustJared to show him how he would destroy him, and had the photos removed from the article page when Bomer relented.

by Anonymousreply 121June 19, 2024 5:34 AM

Does the man ever squint? Even with flashbulbs he’s always got eyes like saucers.

by Anonymousreply 122June 19, 2024 5:45 AM

Now Bomer ends it and gets thru Winter FYC and awards season.

But there was always going to be Emmy FYC. Now. And last week they released a very beautiful shoot for Emmy magazine. Maybe it was shot a month earlier.

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by Anonymousreply 123June 19, 2024 5:46 AM

So now a couple of days ago Jonathan Bailey puts out this photo. Bailey has always been a very vain man but this was unusual because Jurassic isn’t noted for bared muscles (Ian Malcom aside). Again, people on the internet thought it was unusual.

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by Anonymousreply 124June 19, 2024 5:51 AM

Now, Bailey has tied his tank top around his waist in a very unusual, unnecessary way. The package is significant. He appears to be asserting dominance like on a nature show.

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by Anonymousreply 125June 19, 2024 5:58 AM
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by Anonymousreply 126June 19, 2024 6:04 AM

He looks fucking AWFUL.

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by Anonymousreply 127June 19, 2024 6:23 AM

Matt need to see Chaka Khan's Tiny Desk. Seriously, any homosexual will find this inspiring.

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by Anonymousreply 128June 19, 2024 6:27 AM

Now if the pilot announcement was bogus and intended to humiliate Bomer it touches upon several themes

#1. That Bomer would always be dependent on Simon Halls for work and would never be able to do anything by himself. And it is true that Bomer relied heavily on Simon Halls’s clients for work, even if the work was unflattering, like many of the Ryan Murphy roles and his role on Will & Grace.

#2. That Bomer can only play gay roles and has to accept whatever is offered. Bomer himself said this was a sore spot for him the past week when he talked about not being cast in Superman because they found out he was gay. He also turned down Barbie because it was an insubstantial token gay role.

#3. That Bomer is terrified of aging. This anyone could glean from the amount of face work he gets and he doesn’t let himself go grey.

#4. That Bomer was a limited actor. He could not do multicamera (live audience) comedy.

“hard of body and soft of head.”

#5. That Bomer offered a ripped body and little else.

#6. Soft in the head = “Mentally deficient; also, silly, foolish. For example, He's nice enough but a bit soft in the head . The soft in this idiom, first recorded in 1775, alludes to a weakness in mental capacity.” Bomer is not known to be stupid. But it is highly likely he is neurodivergent.

Bomer, who was on a career upswing and closer than ever before to getting a White Collar revival and an Emmy, would suddenly accept a role in something that covered the gamut of his insecurities? While he is out of the country? One week after saying he was going to do something else?

This show sounds like one of the fake shows on 30 Rock. Midcentury Modern? How the fuck do you even market that?

And finally,

Linda Lavin was thrown into the fake story because Simon Halls knows the only place somebody would pick up on the inconsistencies of the story and state them out loud is someplace like here, so if he threw in an old actress from the seventies, knowing any discussion about the show would be derailed by old gay man reminiscing about sitcom actresses from the past. Which it almost was until I showed up at r71.

by Anonymousreply 129June 19, 2024 6:46 AM

Actually one more thing because the ADHD is still going on four cylinders.

The story wants you to accept that the most logical buyer of a White Collar revival, Hulu, would in fact say, “No, we don’t want that, we want Matt Bomer in a Nathan Lane multicamera sitcom.”

[bold]Hulu has never aired an original multicamera sitcom. Ever. Not once. No one would ever pitch a multicamera sitcom to them because they would never order it.[/bold]

Thank God tomorrow is Juneteenth.

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by Anonymousreply 130June 19, 2024 7:00 AM

Take a nap, R130.

by Anonymousreply 131June 19, 2024 10:48 AM

Or a quaalude.

by Anonymousreply 132June 19, 2024 11:27 AM

[QUOTE] How was Linda Lavin cast in this part? There have to be at least a handful of MUCH more appealing character actresses in that age group.

Michele Lee as the yenta granny? Her old soap is still popular among the gays of a certain age, and she's not nearly as grating as Lavin. It would be fun to see her and Lane each trying to out-ham the other.

by Anonymousreply 133June 19, 2024 11:54 AM

For those thinking the pilot is bogus: Variety is reporting this story. Would they ruin their reputation on a fake story? (I’m not challenging the idea, I’m just asking out of curiosity.)

by Anonymousreply 134June 19, 2024 12:22 PM

What reputation? All the trades are owned by a single company, Penske media.

90% of everything that is in Variety, THR and Deadline is regurgitated press releases.

If this is wrong and was a prank (and there have been many pranks over the years, like the Father of the Bride sequel with the gay wedding Nikki Finke republished), THR and Deadline will simply pass the blame onto Variety and Variety will pass the blame onto the person who reported it, Marc Malkin:

[quote] It’s not “The Golden Girls,” but get ready for a new, even gayer roommate sitcom. I can exclusively report that Matt Bomer and Nathan Lane are set to star in “Mid-Century Modern,” a multi-cam series for Hulu executive produced by Ryan Murphy and created by “Will & Grace’s” Max Mutchnick and David Kohan. Sources reveal that Bomer will take on the ditzy Rose-like character, played by Betty White in the original “Golden Girls,” with Lane taking on the Dorothy (Bea Arthur) of the bunch. Linda Lavin will play Lane’s mother, a la the original Sophia.

Marc Malkin is a pathetic gay minstrel show who dresses like a someone who teaches children how to brush their teeth on Nickelodeon. Variety would be glad to get rid of him. Everything Marc Malkin does can be written by AI now.

[bold]This is how new show announcements are handled in the trades. They are very officious, written like the dispassionate truth. No “I can exclusively report” and “Sources reveal.”[/bold]

Tatiana Maslany Dark Comedy Pilot ‘The Nightbeast’ Set at Amazon MGM Studios

Amazon MGM Studios has given a pilot order to “The Nightbeast,” a horror comedy starring Tatiana Maslany.

In “The Nightbeast,” per the official logline, “a young mother unsatisfied with her seemingly perfect suburban life begins an affair with the boogeyman in her son’s closet — a surprisingly sexy man called the Nightbeast. But this harmless affair she thought to be a figment of her imagination begins to have unexpected consequences, as her two worlds increasingly begin to collide in this seductive, darkly comedic tale.”

Leah Rachel and Travis Jackson serve as creators of “The Nightbeast” Executive producers include Peter Warren; Justin Levy, Fred Berger and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones for Range Studios’ Station26; Kristen Campo for Campout; and Jamie Babbit, who also serves as director. Maslany serves as a producer in addition to starring.

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by Anonymousreply 135June 19, 2024 12:49 PM

Unfortunately, pilots do not always become series.

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by Anonymousreply 136June 19, 2024 12:57 PM

If this were fake, why wouldn't Bomer, Lane, Lavin, Murphy or Max Mutchnick and David Kohan simply deny it?

I can't imagine that they'd all simply stay quiet since the only reason to do so would be to test the waters to see whether folks are actually interested in such a steaming pile of crap.

I'm not saying it's real or fake. I'm suggesting that there are a lot of oddities about such an announcement that seem to defy common sense.

by Anonymousreply 137June 19, 2024 1:24 PM

And another thing

[bold]A four hander would not be ordered to pilot without all the roles cast. There would be no point.[/bold]

Even White Collar was not ordered until they cast Tim DeKay. These things are cast contingent. ESPECIALLY for something which wants to be like The Golden Girls which was entirely chemistry based. Ordering to pilot means they have something they are ready to prepare to shoot.

Speaking of chemistry

In what universe would you put Matt Bomer against Nathan Lane, who unhinges his jaw and swallows sets whole, including makeup and wardrobe?

They would NEVER pass a chemistry test. When you put Bomer up against big personalities he falls to the wayside. That was why he faded into the woodwork in Magic Mike and The Boys in the Band. The only thing you can say about his characters is that he was in them and he took off his pants.

If you build something around him he’s fine, if you put him in a two hander with someone he has chemistry with he’s fine, if you put with strong personalities who do things better than he does like broad comedy he becomes a nonentity. He did not work in Will & Grace at all, had no chemistry with McCormack and was a punchline based on his looks. No one who saw him on that show would say, “Yes, more of that, please.”

by Anonymousreply 138June 19, 2024 2:11 PM

^Thank you, Miss Kilgallen.

by Anonymousreply 139June 19, 2024 2:15 PM

This ADHD conspiracy theorist losing his mind over a 4 camera sitcom (with Linda Lavin, no less) is what makes Datalounge so fascinating.

by Anonymousreply 140June 19, 2024 2:32 PM

Is Nathan still on The Gilded Age?

by Anonymousreply 141June 19, 2024 2:37 PM

Is there a role for Miss Vivian Vance?

by Anonymousreply 142June 19, 2024 3:11 PM

Or Ruta Lee?

by Anonymousreply 143June 19, 2024 3:22 PM

R138 Try Vyvanse, the crash isn’t quite as harsh. A little Risperdal might also help.

by Anonymousreply 144June 19, 2024 3:59 PM

[quote]and he doesn’t let himself go grey.

Some men don't go grey in middle age. I'm more or less the same age as Bomer and I don't have a single grey hair. And I still have a full head of hair.

by Anonymousreply 145June 19, 2024 7:48 PM

Will they have a straight houseboy?

by Anonymousreply 146June 19, 2024 7:53 PM

Linda Lavin is fucking 86 years old!

by Anonymousreply 147June 19, 2024 7:54 PM

But she scats like she’s 40.

by Anonymousreply 148June 19, 2024 8:05 PM

That's why it's such a fucking fraud. No one would cast an 86 year old as a series regular. That was why Estelle Getty was cast as Bea Arthur's money.

by Anonymousreply 149June 19, 2024 8:06 PM

But can she shit like she did when she was 40?

by Anonymousreply 150June 19, 2024 8:06 PM

[quote]No one would cast an 86 year old as a series regular.

* Betty White waves from the great beyond while cuddling a tiger cub while Allen sucks off a College Bowl contestant *

by Anonymousreply 151June 19, 2024 8:10 PM

Swoosie Kurtz hauled her skeletal remains around every season of Call Me Kat. She was 80 but looked 102.

by Anonymousreply 152June 19, 2024 8:26 PM

Danny Pintauro isn't busy!

by Anonymousreply 153June 19, 2024 8:27 PM

Interesting timing for Simon to speak out.

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by Anonymousreply 154June 19, 2024 8:55 PM

Maybe he’s subtly offering his services to a certain Justin Timberlake.

by Anonymousreply 155June 19, 2024 9:03 PM

[quote]Interesting timing for Simon to speak out.

Yeah, it's too coincidental that all these are coming out at the same time.

At the same time, it's so hamfisted that it makes you think there couldn't possibly be anything concerted about it.

Someone is either panicking and reacting on bad impulses or it's bizarre happenstance.

by Anonymousreply 156June 19, 2024 10:46 PM

It’s a panic mea culpa. Simon Halls is a publicist, he does not need to narrate his life story to a journalist. He has a Masters in English.

Now let’s just posit for a moment, that, having been served divorce papers while his husband went to Milan, Halls underwent a bout of temporary insanity and gave a phony exclusive to Variety (which is giving him too much credit. This is standard abusive spouse behavior.)

If this story was made up, Simon Halls would have exposed a MAJOR HIDDEN VULNERABILITY within Penske Media. That fake news could flow from one Penske site to another to another unchecked like a Trojan Horse virus. All the trades are owned by the same company, if all four reported the same bogus story, why do all four need to exist?

The reason they need to exist is below.

Advertising. Unnecessary, repetitive, and lucrative For Your Consideration advertising.

If a jilted husband was able to plant a fake story to sabotage an awards campaign by a studio who is paying for advertisements on four different websites which now host the same fake news story, then Penske Media is going to have a HUGE existential problem on their hands.

And I won’t even mention how bad it is that he decided to involve The Walt Disney Company.

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by Anonymousreply 157June 19, 2024 10:49 PM

^^^ Mary!

by Anonymousreply 158June 19, 2024 10:55 PM

And if this WAS an attempt to sabotage a FYC campaign, then Halls has a really, really bad memory.

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by Anonymousreply 159June 19, 2024 10:57 PM

Who is the wacky celebrity conspiracy theorist who has made it his mission to expose this innocuous, proposed sitcom as evidence of an abusive, toxic relationship and a colossal sham perpetrated at the highest level of show business?

He’s nuttier than The I Hate Emily Blunt Troll.

by Anonymousreply 160June 19, 2024 11:03 PM

As if Disney wouldn't have said "what the fuck no this isn't happening" by now. Hence the slow attempt to backtrack at r157

by Anonymousreply 161June 19, 2024 11:18 PM

R157 Forget it Jake. It’s Chinatown.

by Anonymousreply 162June 19, 2024 11:24 PM

R160 you make a very good point.

Halls could have said “proposed.” He could have said “pitched.” Or “In early development.”

He went with “ordered.”

Bomer has been posting on his social media and has not acknowledged his own casting in a sitcom. He did however post this.

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by Anonymousreply 163June 19, 2024 11:28 PM

R157 needs a hobby.

by Anonymousreply 164June 19, 2024 11:30 PM

[quote] As if Disney wouldn't have said "what the fuck no this isn't happening" by now.

I’m sure something’s going on in Business Affairs. Disney owns The Golden Girls. The show described is an outright ripoff of The Golden Girls.

by Anonymousreply 165June 19, 2024 11:48 PM

If a new television pilot were to rip off the plot and characters of a famous sitcom without buying the rights, several consequences could follow:

1. **Legal Action**: The creators and rights holders of the original sitcom could file a lawsuit against the new show for copyright infringement. This could lead to significant legal costs, fines, and potential damages awarded to the original creators.

2. **Cease and Desist**: The new show's production could be halted through a cease and desist order, preventing it from airing or being distributed until the legal issues are resolved.

3. **Reputation Damage**: The producers and creators of the new show could face severe backlash from the industry and the public. This could damage their reputations and make it difficult for them to find future work.

4. **Financial Loss**: The new show's production company could incur substantial financial losses due to legal fees, fines, and the inability to air the show. Additionally, investors and advertisers might pull their support.

5. **Industry Blacklisting**: Those involved in the rip-off could be blacklisted within the entertainment industry, making it hard for them to collaborate on future projects.

6. **Removal from Platforms**: If the show somehow made it to air, it could be pulled from streaming platforms, TV networks, and other distribution channels once the infringement is discovered.

Overall, ripping off the plot and characters of a famous sitcom without buying the rights would likely lead to significant legal, financial, and reputational consequences for the parties involved.

by Anonymousreply 166June 20, 2024 12:03 AM

[quote]That's why it's such a fucking fraud. No one would cast an 86 year old as a series regular.

Linda Lavin has been cast as a series regular on:

- B Positive (32 eps, 2020-2022)

- 9JKL (16 eps., 2017-2018)

- Sean Saves the World (15 eps., 2013-2014.)

by Anonymousreply 167June 20, 2024 12:09 AM

She was recurring season 1 of B positive.

Here’s the thing

There are a lot of tv shows SIMILAR to The Golden Girls. Hot in Cleveland was one and it costarred Betty White. Even Sex and the City was likened to The Golden Girls. I remember a Natasha Lyonne pilot called “Old Soul” was pitched as being similar to The Golden Girls. It’s done all the time.

The announcement for this show is literally telling you it is ripping off The Golden Girls. It is saying the characters ARE the characters from the Witt/Thomas/Harris show. Bomer himself would be sued if he was EP on this show.

Now could Murphy/Mutchnik/Kohan have bought the rights to the Golden Girls? It would be a bizarre decision given that they merely need to change some of the characterizations and plot points to avoid having to pay for the rights of The Golden Girls. After all the characters are dissimilar enough by virtue of them being men. But by announcing the characters ARE the characters from The Golden Girls, they have exposed them to legal action if they did not obtain the necessary rights. No network would have bought this pilot. The plot is exactly the same.

by Anonymousreply 168June 20, 2024 12:43 AM

R157

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by Anonymousreply 169June 20, 2024 2:02 AM

R168 Trust no one.

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by Anonymousreply 170June 20, 2024 2:10 AM

There's a new girl in town and she's looking good.

There's a fresh freckled face, in the neighborhood.

There's a new girl in town, with a brand new style.

She was just passing through,

but if things work out she's gonna stay awhile....

by Anonymousreply 171June 20, 2024 2:21 AM

R160 Don’t worry, you’ll hate the Bomer Hater Troll that infects every thread that mentions Matt Bomer, too.

by Anonymousreply 172June 20, 2024 2:33 AM

What’s Patrick Wilson doing these days? Maybe he could play the Southern slut role.

by Anonymousreply 173June 20, 2024 2:42 AM

[quote]What’s Patrick Wilson doing these days? Maybe he could play the Southern slut role.

While his looks are going fast, he's still not old enough to play a retiree.

Also, he's another one I can see willingly playing gay.

by Anonymousreply 174June 20, 2024 2:54 AM

He was on that recent PBS-Great Peformances Rodgers & Hammerstein celebration (from London.) He did a few numbers from "Oklahoma." Still looks good.

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by Anonymousreply 175June 20, 2024 3:16 AM

Patrick Wilson died for me after his sex scenes with Lens and her playing topless table tennis with him. BLECH

by Anonymousreply 176June 20, 2024 3:23 AM

[quote]What’s Patrick Wilson doing these days?

Being taken seriously as an actor.

It's so cute how some of you think somebody who regularly acts in movies would want to be in a show as pathetic as this. Not everyone is the spineless piece of jelly you take for granted Bomer is.

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by Anonymousreply 177June 20, 2024 3:29 AM

I love it I just hope they are able to write in some gays of color.

by Anonymousreply 178June 20, 2024 3:46 AM

r178 What color would you like?

by Anonymousreply 179June 20, 2024 3:55 AM

somewhat curious but THR and JustJared both used photos from the same event, but different shots, for this story

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by Anonymousreply 180June 20, 2024 3:59 AM

Now what's interesting is that the photo they used of Bomer was taken one day before the story was published. Bomer had been wearing a ton of different outfits doing fyc but they chose something from the day before and paired in with Lane in a very boring black outfit.

They appear to be trying to make Bomer look as effeminate as possible.

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by Anonymousreply 181June 20, 2024 4:02 AM

Why would Bomer divorce Halls during Emmy nominations? That’s ridiculous.

by Anonymousreply 182June 20, 2024 4:25 AM

News of this show is the universe rebalancing itself after Galitzine's disastrous announcement last month.

by Anonymousreply 183June 20, 2024 4:43 AM

[quote] Now what's interesting

Nothing you say is interesting.

by Anonymousreply 184June 20, 2024 4:46 AM

R184 For the win.

by Anonymousreply 185June 20, 2024 4:53 AM

So. Basically Perfect Strangers. Nah, there's the Golden Girls then there's everything else. It's like remaking I Love Lucy. Not gonna happen

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by Anonymousreply 186June 20, 2024 4:53 AM

Here is what Matt posted on Twitter

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by Anonymousreply 187June 20, 2024 4:59 AM

More thought has gone into some of these comments than the actual pilot script.

by Anonymousreply 188June 20, 2024 5:19 AM

R187, Guess Matt was too busy to proofread his post.

by Anonymousreply 189June 20, 2024 5:33 AM

This show is a misfire and likely will never get a full series order.

Matt Bomer doesn't need this, especially if White Collar is coming back. He probably committed to it a while ago, especially since everyone involved seems to be involved with his husband. Nathan Lane doesn't either. The Gilded Age got renewed and he's expected to return.

Jonathan Bailey has had a partner for years now. He just refuses to talk about him other than confirming he still has one during press for Fellow Travelers. (Besides that destroys the illusion!)

by Anonymousreply 190June 20, 2024 7:11 AM

[quote] But it is highly likely he is neurodivergent.

Omg another fucking autism troll.

He’s clearly not autistic.

by Anonymousreply 191June 20, 2024 8:33 AM

Yes, aging homosexuals are interesting.

by Anonymousreply 192June 20, 2024 9:03 AM

[quote]Jonathan Bailey has had a partner for years now.

They broke up recently. Jonathan was seeing a new guy and he was in a couple of his Instagram posts in the background, but they've been mysteriously deleted in the past week. It makes sense for Jonathan to be single now that his career is taking off.

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by Anonymousreply 193June 20, 2024 3:59 PM

[quote]They broke up recently. Jonathan was seeing a new guy and he was in a couple of his Instagram posts in the background, but they've been mysteriously deleted in the past week. It makes sense for Jonathan to be single now that his career is taking off.

It's always disappointing when someone finally hits big as a celebrity, then dumps their long-time partner, usually for hot young things presenting hole.

My opinion about said celeb drops precipitously.

by Anonymousreply 194June 20, 2024 4:19 PM

R194, Yeah, such a shallow move.

by Anonymousreply 195June 20, 2024 4:26 PM

I’m sorry - do you know Jonathan??did he tell you he and his long term bf broke up?

by Anonymousreply 196June 20, 2024 4:40 PM

Bailey is single and "currently dating a lovely man". Doesn't sound married or long term... yet.

by Anonymousreply 197June 20, 2024 5:14 PM

Do we need a Bailey-Groff hookup? They could be Jon-Jon!

by Anonymousreply 198June 20, 2024 6:14 PM

I think the new boyfriend is in the 6th pic. He looks Swedish/German?

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by Anonymousreply 199June 20, 2024 6:16 PM

Drag queens and trans people have so diluted things. Gay men now seem so mundane.

Remove the T.

by Anonymousreply 200June 20, 2024 9:58 PM

[quote]Gay men now seem so mundane.

It’s Bette Midler Syndrome.

She was badass in the 1960s and 1970s. Then she became the frauiest frau that ever fraued.

by Anonymousreply 201June 21, 2024 2:20 AM

Our resident publicist is doing a lot of speculation here.

by Anonymousreply 202June 21, 2024 3:45 AM

Some might say too much.

by Anonymousreply 203June 21, 2024 5:18 AM

I miss Will & Grace. I pretty much stopped watching tv after it ended.

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by Anonymousreply 204June 21, 2024 8:45 PM

Jim Parsons for the Blanche role. That would be interesting!

by Anonymousreply 205June 21, 2024 8:57 PM

R204, Including the reboot?

by Anonymousreply 206June 21, 2024 9:45 PM

[quote]Jim Parsons for the Blanche role.

Nobody wants to have sex with Jim Parsons.

by Anonymousreply 207June 21, 2024 9:46 PM

R207, Or Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

by Anonymousreply 208June 21, 2024 9:48 PM

[quote] Martin Short and Nathan are friends and he’d be perfect

Why doesn’t Martin just come out already…

by Anonymousreply 209June 21, 2024 9:58 PM

[quote] It's always disappointing when someone finally hits big as a celebrity, then dumps their long-time partner, usually for hot young things presenting hole.

The hardon wants what it wants.

by Anonymousreply 210June 21, 2024 10:04 PM

R209, His wife won’t let him.

by Anonymousreply 211June 21, 2024 10:52 PM

R207 That could be part of the joke. Maybe Jim's character is hung like a horse or rich, so he gets tons of play to everyone'ssurprise. Or he could be just as horny as Blanche but never gets any except in his made up stories about his escapades.

by Anonymousreply 212June 22, 2024 2:06 PM

They should hire Rich Burns as the town slut.

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by Anonymousreply 213June 22, 2024 3:29 PM

[quote] Or he could be just as horny as Blanche but never gets any except in his made up stories about his escapades.

Or, in other words, just like most everybody on DataLounge.

by Anonymousreply 214June 22, 2024 3:56 PM

I'll only watch if Linda Lavin sings this to Matt Bomer.

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by Anonymousreply 215June 22, 2024 4:38 PM

R215 A comic book/Golden Girls crossover? Hell No!

by Anonymousreply 216June 22, 2024 4:41 PM

R96 I thought “Bomer filed for divorce” - but Matt & Simon seem to be currently enjoying a nice vacation together in Italy.

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by Anonymousreply 217June 27, 2024 9:39 PM

R217 Oh boy. Get ready for a new round of unhinged posts.

by Anonymousreply 218June 27, 2024 10:05 PM

R217 - Brace yourself for an unexpected and tragic "accident" on that vacation...

by Anonymousreply 219June 27, 2024 10:07 PM

I'M THE BLANCHE!

by Anonymousreply 220June 27, 2024 10:09 PM

Here's an idea that would work much better:

"Designing Gentlemen"

1. David Hyde Pierce as 'Julius Sugarbaker'

2. Neil Patrick Harris as his younger brother, 'Stefan Sugarbaker'

3. Jonathan Bailey as 'Charlie Frasier'

4. Matt Bomer as 'Marty Joe Shively'

5. Nathan Lane as 'Bernie Clifton'

6. Wanda Sykes as 'Antonia Bouvier'

Four gay men running SUGARBAKERS Interior Design Firm. Bernie Clifton is an 'old friend' of the Sugarbaker father, who hangs around the office. Antonia is the delivery driver.

THIS COULD ACTUALLY WORK !

by Anonymousreply 221June 27, 2024 10:44 PM

Good cast except Matt would have to be the Suzanne. He's the only one pretty enough.

by Anonymousreply 222June 27, 2024 10:46 PM

Yes, but NPH and DP kind of resemble each other - same color complexion and hair color.

by Anonymousreply 223June 27, 2024 10:55 PM

Yeah but no rich old queen is going to buy NPH a mansion and put up with his pig. They would for Matt.

by Anonymousreply 224June 27, 2024 10:58 PM

[quote]2. Neil Patrick Harris as his younger brother, 'Stefan Sugarbaker'

NPH could never be as funny as Delta Burke. She got the Southern charm/bitchery down perfectly. I’ve known women just like that.

by Anonymousreply 225June 27, 2024 11:01 PM

Halls has gained weight in the new photo, he’s sucking in his stomach but it pushes out the man breasts.

Bomer seems somewhat childlike in that photo but that’s been observed in a lot of photos with Halls.

by Anonymousreply 226June 29, 2024 12:44 PM

WTF does he see in Simon Halls?

by Anonymousreply 227June 29, 2024 7:00 PM

R227. Sometimes relationships become “companionate.”

by Anonymousreply 228June 29, 2024 7:10 PM

Susan Harris is fiercely protective of Golden Girls. When show writer Stan Zimmerman did a reading a show based on gay men living together and the press played up the GG connection, she called him and his writing partner, furious, thinking they were trading on the show’s name.

Have to think her lawyers have already had conversations and the creators will be under pressure to ensure their show is appreciably different.

by Anonymousreply 229June 29, 2024 7:32 PM

R229. Thanks for using “appreciably.”

It’s a fine word, underused and under-appreciated.

by Anonymousreply 230June 29, 2024 7:36 PM

Didn’t Simon represent Matt long before they became romantically involved?

by Anonymousreply 231June 29, 2024 7:40 PM

I smell a failed pilot. With politicians and corporations abandoning DEI and Pride…and SCOTUS overturning affirmative action and eyeing obergefell, this will be delivered dead in the water. It’s an abortion, Michael.

by Anonymousreply 232June 29, 2024 11:52 PM

[quote]I smell a failed pilot.

The moment they signed Nathan Lane it became a failed pilot.

by Anonymousreply 233July 1, 2024 12:34 AM

Fellow Travelers should have been an ongoing series rather than a limited series. Big mistake, Showtime.

by Anonymousreply 234July 1, 2024 12:59 AM

I will, however, compliment Showtime on bringing Dexter back for an additional season. It ended most unsatisfactory and the additional season/series ending was most satisfying. Can't do it with FT, they killed off one of the main characters.

by Anonymousreply 235July 1, 2024 1:08 AM

[quote]Susan Harris is fiercely protective of Golden Girls

As she should. It's her show, her idea.

Linda Bloodworth would cut a bitch if anyone tried duplicating Designing Women.

by Anonymousreply 236July 1, 2024 1:17 AM

Isn’t Sex & the City almost a ripoff of The Golden Girls?

Samantha is Blanche

Charlotte is Rose

Miranda is Dorothy

by Anonymousreply 237July 1, 2024 2:12 AM

^ And Carrie is Mr. Ed

by Anonymousreply 238July 1, 2024 10:18 PM

R227 neurotypical caretaker.

Susan Harris is very much alive would have sent a cease and desist if this was indeed ordered. But so would Disney, which owns The Golden Girls. And this was ordered by Hulu (Disney) for what I am assuming is Murphy’s deal with 20th (Disney). Disney would be aware of its own intellectual property.

You can make a show LIKE the Golden Girls but you cannot say it IS the Golden Girls unless you bought the rights. For example, KoMut produced a transparent ripoff of Cheers called “Clipped” set at a barbershop in Charlestown, Mass and even cast George Wendt. How much of a ripoff was it? The same wood finishing was used. There was a staircase going up in the back, the walls were brick, the counter was in the middle for no reason. They never said “we are ripping off Cheers, this is the new Sam and Diane, and Norm is in the cast.” They just made the show and that was that.

Midcentury Modern does not exist.

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by Anonymousreply 239July 1, 2024 10:51 PM

And don't even get me started on Partners.

by Anonymousreply 240July 2, 2024 2:00 AM

Guess the show definitely exists. You can buy tickets to go to the pilot.

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by Anonymousreply 241July 4, 2024 2:51 PM

Is Nathan Lee Graham my drag name?

by Anonymousreply 242July 4, 2024 3:05 PM

Only on the DL could the great Linda Lavin be discussed as if she's done nothing since ALICE. This or any other show should be so lucky as to get her -- she's a wonderful actress.

by Anonymousreply 243July 4, 2024 3:12 PM

She is wonderful. But it’s wildly impractical to cast an almost 87-year-old in a pilot.

There’s a reason they can’t Estelle Getty and aged her up for the cameras.

by Anonymousreply 244July 4, 2024 4:48 PM

A shit sitcom on Hulu for Matt Bomer? He's on a big career high right now and he's doing this garbage? There must be a story here.

by Anonymousreply 245July 4, 2024 4:56 PM

Filming in Century City? Must be using Fox studios. I think Fox still owns the property but it is leased to Disney.

by Anonymousreply 246July 4, 2024 5:00 PM

Again, you CANNOT actually say “inspired by the Golden Girls” unless they bought the rights. No one has ever bought the rights to The Golden Girls for a US remake. No one would buy the rights unless they were making an actual remake using the same characters.

I wonder if Halls got drunk, put out a phony press release, and now they have to make a fake sitcom taping to save his reputation.

THAT is a good concept for a sitcom.

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by Anonymousreply 247July 4, 2024 5:03 PM

Again going back to KoMut’s Cheers ripoff, Clipped.

This was supposed to be the new Sam & Diane. He even looks vaguely like Ted Danson. Her character’s name is Danni, she’s blonde.

But they never actually said “This is the new Sam” “this is the new Diane”, they’d get sued.

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by Anonymousreply 248July 4, 2024 5:07 PM

This Onion parody makes fun of what I’m talking about. In the heyday of network television, sitcoms used to rip each other off all the time. This goes back to Bewitched on ABC in 1964, ripped off a season later as “I Dream of Jeannie” on NBC in 1965. But they could never actually say, “this is the new ‘Pam and Jim’” if they did not own the rights to them.

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by Anonymousreply 249July 4, 2024 5:15 PM

In the event that Bomer would actually want to do a sitcom

If I was his agent or manager I would try to package something for him like The Unicorn, which was a single camera vehicle for a non-comedic actor, Walton Goggins, about a widowed man (Goggins was 46/47 like Bomer) who was beginning to date again with the joke of the show being how this guy really was a nice guy but women found him irresistible. The Unicorn was a very flattering role and even though the show only did 2 seasons it helped Goggins get the comedic genre series Fallout which is now a massive hit.

So I’m the agent and manager and I would get a writer and producer together and say, “I want a show like this for my client, I want it to be like The Unicorn but we’re going to call it The Duckling. Now go and write me a pilot and make enough things different so we don’t get sued.” So they would change some things around like changing the daughters to sons or making the father gay instead of straight and then a pilot script would be written and then we’d take it to pitch. And when we take it to pitch would tell the suits “This show is like The Unicorn but gay and built around Matt Bomer” and play up his strengths and appeal and why they should pay a hefty salary for my client.

No one under any circumstances would say, “Let’s put Matt Bomer who is still a very good looking 46 and put him second banana in a type of comedy he’s not good at in a role that is completely insulting to him, elevating him to a senior citizen and making a gay minstrel show out of him. And give him a very big star and EP salary. And we’ll tell everyone he’s the new Rose Nylund.” Nobody would do this.

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by Anonymousreply 250July 4, 2024 5:47 PM

I want to lick Matt Bomer from head to toe, with a few stops in between.

by Anonymousreply 251July 4, 2024 5:50 PM

One more thing

If the show was real he would get top billing. Billing is EXTREMELY important in Hollywood and negotiated heavily beforehand.

Even if they had someone appropriate for the role like Sean Hayes, Hayes would receive top billing over Nathan Lane.

Nathan Lane is firmly in the “…and” category now.

This is not real. I’m that bitch on the plane right now… “That motherfucking sitcom pilot is not real.”

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by Anonymousreply 252July 4, 2024 5:54 PM

Nathan’s requested billing.

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by Anonymousreply 253July 4, 2024 5:56 PM

r246 Murdoch kept ownership of the Fox Studios Lot

r247 So you're not going to admit you were just wrong but are going to keep digging that hole? Quelle surprise

by Anonymousreply 254July 4, 2024 6:31 PM

R251 Ain’t that the truth.

by Anonymousreply 255July 4, 2024 6:44 PM

R254 I’m not wrong. I know show business.

The character played by Mike Castle on Clipped who was the Sam Malone equivalent, his character was a former star pitcher in high school who was now down on his luck and worked in a barbershop. Sam Malone was a former pitcher for the Red Sox who went down on his luck and now owned a bar. Clipped is even more of a ripoff of Cheers than Midcentury Modern is of the Golden Girls, but Clipped never went around saying “this is the new Cheers and this is our new Sam and Diane.” They’d get sued.

Additionally if Ryan Murphy was actually producing this then the role of the glamorous femme black man - I’m assuming the Blanche equivalent - would have gone to Billy Porter, not this nobody.

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by Anonymousreply 256July 4, 2024 7:04 PM

Additionally production is so slow in LA I would be surprised - if this was real - that Disney shot this away from their Buena Vista lot. Disney’s lease of the Fox lot ends this year, I’d be surprised if they haven’t migrated everything to Burbank.

Tim Allen just shot his pilot - for 20th Television (Disney), for ABC (Disney) - at Buena Vista.

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by Anonymousreply 257July 4, 2024 7:22 PM

See Murphy can get huge stars for his projects. This is for the Kim Kardashian series for pete’s sake.

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by Anonymousreply 258July 8, 2024 9:37 PM

Not so huge, R258.

by Anonymousreply 259July 8, 2024 10:58 PM

I don't know about anyone else, but Simon gives me such bad vibes even in photographs. I have a feeling that Matt has to put up with a lot in his personal life to keep appearances in addition to raising children. He always looks gorgeous, but I wouldn't trade places with him for all the money in the world.

by Anonymousreply 260July 9, 2024 12:01 AM

Poor Matt. To go from Jonathan Bailey to Nathan Lane in one short year... next stop, Richard Simmons.

by Anonymousreply 261July 9, 2024 2:03 AM
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