HBO Calls Jonathan Groff Gay Series “A Special Show”

pleplerRichard Plepler, HBO CEO (L) and Michael Lombardo, President of HBO Programming
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During HBO’s Executive Session at the Television Critics’ Association Summer Press Tour this afternoon, CEO Richard Plepler and President, HBO Programming, Michael Lombardo, were asked by TheBacklot about the cable network’s hope for the as yet untitled series about three gay men living in San Francisco that stars Jonathan Groff.

Lombardo answered, “I hope it finds an audience. I think it’s very special. Will the fact that the protagonists are three gay men turn off…I don’t know? That’s the fortunate aspect of being at HBO is we can try things like that. I hope it finds a passionate audience. It’s a special show. It’s really well done.”

Lombardo also said that the series focuses on three gay men who are “struggling with intimacy in a dramedy sort of way.” He added, “With Andrew Haigh’s direction [the pilot] came in beautifully and we said ‘let’s do this.’”

Plepler also chimed in and added, “I think the show is powerful in its statement about relationships and about navigating your way to try to find home, whatever home is.

The eight-episode series, with the pilot written by Michael Lannan and Exec Produced by Haigh, David Marshall Grant (Brothers & Sisters) and Sarah Condon (Bored To Death), is set to air next year.

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