UPDATE: HBO Gay Series Based in SF Gets Go Ahead-Eight Episodes Ordered

HBO LogoAs we posted at the end of March HBO shot a pilot for a new Queer boy dramedy recently around the Castro and City. Word comes now that the award winning cable giant has optioned the still as yet unnamed series for eight more episodes.

The pilot written by Michael Lannan, Interior Leather Bar, was directed by Andrew Haigh who made the highly acclaimed film, Weekend, and stars Glee regular Jonathan Groff, New York stage actor, Frankie J. Alvarez, and former Guiding Light soap hunk, Australian, Murray Bartlett, playing the three principles.

Other particulars about the series, according to the Hollywood Reporter:

The pilot is based on Michael Lannan’s feature script Lorimer. Haigh will executive produce alongside Bored to Death’s Sarah Condon and Brothers and Sisters’ David Marshall Grant, with Lannan receiving a co-EP credit.

The untitled entry revolves around the three friends in San Francisco who explore the fun and sometimes overwhelming options available to a new generation of Gay men.  Production will begin in the fall in San Francisco for a 2014 premiere.

This is a good news for a number of reasons. The new series will help raise the number of LGBT themed shows-or shows with principle Gay characters-on television from its current level. It was recently announced that both The New Normal and Happy Endings would be cancelled at the end of the 2013 television season..

The loss of both shows has been claimed as victories by the neo-conservative and notoriously anti-Gay group, One Million Moms, a branch of the American Family Assoc., who’ve made it their mission to eradicate anything Queer off of the telly to ‘save the children’. Keeping Queer themed work available on television helps dismantle religious led bigotry and societal prejudice against the LGBT community by providing glimpses into our lives. It can provide isolated Queer youth with valuable visual confirmation that they are not alone in this world.

Series creator, Michael Lannan. Photo: IMBD

Series creator, Michael Lannan. Photo: IMBD

Additionally revenue brought in by the HBO shoot will help feed the always hungry local economy, lift the City’s star power another notch attracting even more lucrative television and film company’s to bring upcoming projects to town and provides work for SF actors, artisans, production and film workers.

Concerns have been leveled in countless blog comment sections-including this one-that the show will just be another all white male production unrepresentative of the City’s true LGBT population. Producers has been sensitive to that reality and cast an array of actors from multiple communities and set a Latino among it’s leading men.

Other commenters have expressed disdain at the idea that this will be a Queer version of Friends or Sex in the City. Time will tell if their criticism holds true, but for now, keep your eyes peeled for the production and it’s crew working around the Castro and City.

via Towleroad

Waiyde Palmer

Waiyde Palmer loves San Francisco, social activism and punk rock(ers). His work has appeared in Handbook Magazine. SF Bay Times, The Advocate, Diseased Pariah News and American Music Press . He also has an extensive and repeatedly redacted FBI file.

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11 Responses

  1. Matthew says:

    Sadly, I have spoken with several members of the production. And they will be bringing most of the production people from LA to work on the show except of local grips, etc, which they need to for Union reasons.

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  2. rblack says:

    I’ll wait to get my knickers in a twist until I actually see an episode.

    In the meantime I’d like to point out how wonderful “Weekend” is for those that haven’t seen it and how woofy Michael Lannan is.

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    • Waiyde Palmer says:

      Couldn’t agree more rblack. ‘Weekend’ is one of the best ‘Queer’ films I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing. As for Mr Lannan that beard does seem built for the SF dating pool.

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  3. What a feast for the queer eye that Michael Lannan is with his full beard!

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  4. Vinny says:

    Hopefully not another show about the A list gays..

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  5. Ferrin says:

    Interior Leather Bar isn’t the name of the pilot. It’s a totally separate project. Not sure if you meant it to read that way.

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    • Waiyde Palmer says:

      When a show is listed after a principles name it is done to indicate that artists involvement w/that project. I can see how it could’ve been confusing-appreciate the heads up and will be more clear in the future. Thanks Ferrin.

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  6. Tom says:

    Looks quite interesting, also let me point out that Mr Groff is currently dating Zachary Quinto. So perhaps this too will help the Castro and this particular show live long and prosper (*groan*)

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  7. Bull Winkle says:

    The show lost me when the tired stereotype of the “innocent white Midwesterner” met a Latino & at once, it became about “uncut Latino dick”. Words like cholo came up. A character even Googled “uncut Latino dick”. So tired. I could just see the writer – one of those white guys who had zero interest in Latinos in the 90s but is suddenly obsessed with stereotypes of Latinos’ dicks & blue collarness in the 2000s. And the beards are almost like a parody or caricature of “blue collar chic” sweeping urban areas. We get it…. “edgy”. Those guys w/typical, ubiquitous, omnipresent – tattoo, piercing, facial hair & propped-up/revolving baseball caps were “edgy” in late 90s now they’re just trendy & played. I didn’t find it boring, just written for white men who are (only fairly recently) obsessed with, not Latinos as men, but as uncut dick and the epitome of blue collar. I’d expect this in the 90s maybe, but this whole thing seems ironically like it’s written by hicks. Stereotypes of innocent white boys & cholos are played out, racist & sickening. Midwesterners aren’t innocent & when Latinos come up, why does “uncut dick” and “cholo” have to surface? What’s more, you’d never guess SF was 33% Asian. Yep, 1/3 Asian. This show is just some white dude’s somewhat racist obsession w/Latino stereotypes & blue collar chic. That’s the foundation of the show. He’s has a big beard, so his characters must. Amateur night on HBO.

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