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HBO Orders Comedy Pilot About Gay Pals In San Francisco

HBOHBO, the pay-cable channel that brings us Girls, Boardwalk Empire and LGBT-favorite True Blood, announced yesterday that it has ordered a pilot about the lives of three gay friends living in San Francisco.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

The untitled project hails from Brothers and Sisters' [showrunner] 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.

Grant of course had huge success with the iconic series thirtysomething, which broke ground by having two men appear in bed together, so this narrative is probably in good hands. But with news of this project, one can't help but wonder whatever happened to HBO's plan to turn gay-themed movie The Kids Are All Right into an hour-long series.

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  1. Great. This is going to make me sign up for HBO at $300 a year.
    (I make 6 figures, but can't believe people pay that much to watch this channel. Basic cable is already a ripoff.)

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Dec 15, 2012 1:07:04 PM


  2. Not only what will happen to The Kids Are All Right, but what about their purchase of the rights to the characters of Oliver and Christian from the German soap opera Verbotene Liebe? That was about 2 years ago and...nothing.

    And why San Francisco? Would be nice to encounter a gay movie or TV program not set in SF, NY or LA. How about Tampa? or Denver? or even Chicago?

    Posted by: Joseph | Dec 15, 2012 1:12:02 PM


  3. After one season of Brothers and Sisters I prayed that a lone gunman would show up at a family dinner and take them all out. Hope this one is better.

    Posted by: daeds | Dec 15, 2012 1:13:51 PM


  4. radness.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Dec 15, 2012 1:18:34 PM


  5. Yeahy but wished it was based elsewhere too.

    Posted by: Mike | Dec 15, 2012 1:46:40 PM


  6. Why base it anywhere specific? Why not a generic big city (if they want a big city setting), that way they're not tied down in terms of things like "Oh, that would never happen in San Francisco, because..."

    This looks promising, David Marshall Grant looks to have made a nice transition from actor to producer/writer. He doesn't have an acting credit past 2009 and his last "big" role was as the dad in "The Devil Wears Prada" in 2006.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Dec 15, 2012 1:54:40 PM


  7. If all the main characters are males then they will have to have sex appeal and take off their clothes often otherwise gay men won't watch. Gay men sort of have the same relation to men as heterosexual males have to women, they don't want much to do with them except for things relating to sex. It's more complicated their relation with men than heterosexual males toward women but there is a parallel. If the male characters don't have sex appeal they will have to have a sassy, fashionista heterosexual female apart of the cast so gay men find the show interesting.

    Posted by: Billy Crytical | Dec 15, 2012 2:39:38 PM


  8. Since it's about a comedy about gay men, i can already stereotypes in the works. Hopefully they'll avoid it and go in a different direction.

    Posted by: Emmy | Dec 15, 2012 2:44:35 PM


  9. Hopefully it is funny and excellent.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Dec 15, 2012 3:28:59 PM


  10. Wouldn't it had been better if HBO had just picked up The Outs?

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | Dec 15, 2012 3:39:29 PM


  11. If your cable company wants to charge you $300 per year for HBO, you're either getting ripped off, or more likely, you can't add.

    PS: HBO is also home to Game of Thrones, which is hundreds times better than Girls, Boardwalk Empire, and True Blood.

    Posted by: ripper | Dec 15, 2012 4:21:20 PM


  12. Andrew Haigh directing the pilot is enough to make me excited. He wrote and directed WEEKEND!

    Posted by: Ed | Dec 15, 2012 4:29:39 PM


  13. OK, but shoot everything here on real location not in Toronto!! We need more film jobs here in SF!

    Posted by: iban4yesu | Dec 15, 2012 5:25:51 PM


  14. LOL. Did I offend someone in the cable industrial complex? Just for that, I'm providing this link:
    http://blogs.bostonmagazine.com/boston_daily/2012/04/11/cable-tv-is-an-enormous-ripoff/

    BTW, our high speed internet here is also a ripoff compared to the rest of the first world.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Dec 15, 2012 7:38:31 PM


  15. If the characters are going to be rich, antique collecting, fashionista prima donnas without a lick of hair on their bodies who complain about how hard it is to be in their 30's (and who will no doubt be played by straight actors in their 20's) Then I'm bailing on this before the first episode...been there so many times and seen so very little of real gay America on these shows.

    Posted by: James | Dec 15, 2012 10:09:45 PM


  16. LOL...they call these 'American' shows when mostly they're made in Canada. You have millions of people around the world who think S.F., Boston, etc., looks like Toronto. I like Toronto, but it's very different from [for example] S.F. or Boston. And Vancouver has a very unique look all it's own,too. Guess that's why TV shows and TV movies always do mostly close up shots, aside from the smaller screen issue.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Dec 16, 2012 9:45:29 AM


  17. @James,

    Agreed 100%. Of course it'll be full of cheesy stereotypes, pretty twinks, and everyone living the perfect 'lifestyle'. I still can't figure out how someone working an average job can live in a beautiful perfectly located apartment/condo in [name the city], never seem to go to the bathroom, and never have boring days.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Dec 16, 2012 10:02:04 AM


  18. I have subscribed to HBO for years, but never wanted to watch any of their series. Nothing ever caught my interest (like "Queer As Folk" on Showtime).

    I hope this one changes my normal decision about such things....

    Posted by: TonyJazz | Dec 16, 2012 6:09:40 PM


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