Series to Premiere on LogoTV.com on Tuesday, April 23rd at 4 PM ET/1 PM PT
Guest Stars Include Brea Grant, David Blue, Sean Maher, Stephen Guarino and Traci Lords
SANTA MONICA, April 2, 2013– After a successful run of acquired web series “Hunting Season” and “Vicky and Lysander,” LogoTV.com announced today that it had secured the rights to the highly-anticipated web series “EastSiders,” a dark comedy about a struggling gay couple living in greater Los Angeles. “EastSiders” is comprised of nine episodes, with the first three premiering Tuesday, April 23rd at 4pm ET on LogoTV.com and new episodes posting each Tuesday at 4 PM ET.
“EastSiders,” written and directed by award-winning playwright Kit Williamson, was rapidly supported through crowd funding platform Kickstarter.com based on the strength of the first two episodes. The nine episode series explores the aftermath of infidelity on a gay couple in Silverlake, CA.
“I’m so excited to partner with Logo to distribute “EastSiders,” said writer/director/creator Kit Williamson. “It’s really amazing that the series has struck a chord with people. We passed our Kickstarter goal in just four days, and raised almost twice as much as we set out to. To be picked up for distribution by LogoTV.com is amazing.”
“We’re thrilled to have this series coming to LogoTV.com,” says Charles Runnette, Editorial Director of Logo Digital. “Kit’s sensibility fits perfectly with the direction Logo is forging online, and we all feel very confident that his EastSiders series will be a great success on our constellation of sites.”
When Cal (Kit Williamson) finds out Thom (Van Hansis) has been cheating on him with Jeremy (Matthew McKelligon), their relationship is turned upside down. Cal’s best friend Kathy (Constance Wu) is always there for him with a bottle of whiskey in her purse, but she has her own problems with her nice guy boyfriend Ian (John Halbach), even if they’re all in her head.
Will the lies tear them apart or are they just stubborn enough to stay together forever? Drunken outbursts and double standards abound in this dark comedy about the sad and funny messes we make out of our lives.
Stephen Guarino, whose other work includes three seasons of Logo’s “The Big Gay Sketch Show,” guest stars as an eccentric party promoter in a three episode arc. He can most recently be seen playing the role of Derrick in “Happy Endings” on ABC. Additional guest stars include Traci Lords (“Cry Baby,” “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,”) Brea Grant (“Heroes,” “Dexter”), Sean Maher (“Firefly,” “The Playboy Club”) and David Blue (“Stargate Universe,” “Ugly Betty”) and Adam Bucci (“Steam Room Stories).
Kit Williamson began his career on Broadway, acting in the Tony-Nominated revival of “Talk Radio.” Most recently he appeared in the indie film “Best Friends Forever” which premiered at Slamdance in 2013. As a playwright, he was awarded the Playwrights First Award by The National Arts Club. Other credits include “Numb3rs,” “Death Valley” and the hit web series “Hipsterhood.”
Van Hansis (Thom) has been nominated for three daytime Emmies for his portrayal of Luke Snyder in famed CBS soap opera “As the World Turns.” Other film and TV credits include “Nikita,” “The Mentalist,” “Psych,” and the feature film “Occupant.”
Constance Wu (Kathy) recently appeared in Brit Marling’s “Sound of My Voice” which premiered at Sundance and was distributed by Fox Searchlight. Film credits include “Electric Slide,” “Watching TV with the Red Chinese,” “Year of the Fish,” “Stephanie Daly” and “Best Friends Forever.” Television credits include “Middle Ages,” “Torchwood,” “Law & Order: SVU” and “One Life to Live.”
John Halbach (Ian) can be seen in the upcoming indie feature film “Best Friends Forever.” Theater credits include the Broadway revival of “Tartuffe,” “Children at Play” (for which he was nominated for the NYIT Award for Outstanding Actor), “John and Greg’s High School Reunion” (which he co-wrote), “Beowulf” Off-Broadway, “The Affair in 22B” Off-Broadway, “Little Shop of Horrors” at Northern Stage and “Urban Cowboy” at Gateway Playhouse.
“EastSiders” is written and directed by Kit Williamson and produced by Chrissy Dodson, John Halbach, Kristyne Elizabeth Fetsic, Jonathan Stahl, Jaz Moore and Beth Wheatley.
For more information on “EastSiders,” go to LOGOTV.com. For up-to-date “EastSiders” news and exclusives, join the “Facebook.com/EastSidersTheSeries” Facebook page or follow the series on Twitter at @EastSidersTv.
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