Gay ’Sex and the City?’ HBO Picks Up New Series

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Thursday Apr 18, 2013

Is HBO pick up the gay version of "Sex and the City" or "Girls"?

According to the Hollywood Reporter, HBO ordered a pilot of an unnamed comedy that centers around three gay friends in San Francisco.

The project comes from the David Marshall Grant, who was a screenwriter for the ABC drama series "Brothers & Sisters" and Sarah Condon of "Bored to Death," based on a screenplay by writer Michael Lannan.

Last month the Reporter cited that "Glee's" Jonathan Groff has been tapped to play Patrick in the show that promises to be "about three thirty-something friends living in San Francisco who grapple with all the options in contemporary life and the complexities of the modern gay experience. Patrick is described as a gay man with a successful career as a video-game developer who is less successful in his personal life."

Co-starring will be Julliard grad Frankie Alvarez, who will play Groff’s head-strung best friend.

According to the Reporter, "Groff, repped by WME, most recently was a regular on the second season of Starz’s recently canceled Kelsey Grammer drama ’Boss.’ His credits include episodes of ’The Good Wife’ and features ’Taking Woodstock’ and ’The Conspirator.’ He next voices the lead character in Disney’s upcoming animated feature ’Frozen’ and the David Sedaris adaptation ’C.O.G.’ On Broadway, the Tony nominee’s resume includes ’Spring Awakening.’"

The show, which sounds similar to "Sex and the City" or perhaps even "Girls," focuses on the lives of three thirty-something gay men who are "grappling with the complexities of life and the modern gay experience," the Hollywood Reporter notes. Michael Lee of "Remember Me," wrote the script and Grant supervised. Andrew Haigh (who directed last year’s breakout hit "Weekend") is also involved in the show, which is based on Lannan’s feature script "Lorimer."

Grant has also written for NBC’s "Smash" and ABC’s "Nashville."

It’s no surprise that HBO may be capitalizing on the success of "Girls," especially after the web sires "The 3 Bits," a new web series about gay life in Brooklyn.


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