The entry starring Jonathan Groff has received an eight-episode order and comes after the loss of scores of LGBT characters on TV in last week’s wave of network cancellations.
HBO is heading to San Francisco.
The premium cable network has handed out series orders to its untitled San Francisco comedy project, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The eight-episode dramedy hails from Andrew Haigh, who directed the pilot that 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 will revolves around the three friends in San Francisco who explore the fun and sometimes overwhelming options available to a new generation of gay men. Groff stars alongside Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett. Production will begin in the fall in San Francisco for a 2014 premiere.
The Groff vehicle joins recent additions Getting On (six episodes from the creators of Big Love) and Stephen Merchant’s Hello Ladies (eight episodes) as HBO bulks up on half-hours to join comedies Girls and Veep. Christopher Guest entry Family Tree also bowed this month to lackluster returns.
For HBO, the news comes a day after it reversed course and ordered James Gandolfini drama Criminal Justice as a seven-episode limited series.
The gay-themed comedy also comes at a pivotal time for the LGBT community, which recently lost scores of gay characters on TV in last week’s wave of network cancellations.
Glee‘s Jonathan Groff is heading to San Francisco via HBO.The actor has been tapped to star in the premium cable network’s comedy pilot about a group of gay friends from Bored to Death‘s Sarah Condon and writer Michael Lannan, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
Groff will play Patrick in the untitled Lannan vehicle about three thirtysomething 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.
In addition, Juilliard grad Frankie Alvarez will co-star as Augustin, an artist’s assistant and Patrick’s best friend who has a strong ego and for whom politics make it difficult for him to settle down with his boyfriend.
The comedy hails from Condon and David Marshall Grant (Brothers and Sisters), with Lannan (Remember Me) on board to pen the script. Andrew Haigh will helm the pilot, which is based on Lannan’s feature script Lorimer.
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 Wifeand 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 résumé includes Spring Awakening.
Boss Season 2 will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray in the US on April 09, 2013! Special features include cast commentary and a featurette about the Boss ensemble.
I’ve added four new HQ stills from the first three episodes of Boss to the gallery.
I managed to get three new photos from the season two Boss promotional shoot in HQ! I’ve added them to the gallery.
A new promotional poster for Boss has been released, as well as another still from the first episode of the new season! I’ve added HQs of both to the gallery.
I’ve added HQ stills from Jonathan’s first episode of Boss, as well as HQ promotional photo. I can’t wait for next month!
Sanaa Lathan and Glee heartthrob Jonathan Groff have landed new regular roles on the second season of Starz’s drama series Boss. The Lionsgate TV-produced series stars recent Golden Globe winner Kelsey Grammer as ruthless Chicago mayor Tom Kane. Lathan is finalizing a deal to play Mona, Kane’s incorruptible new chief of staff, who becomes an obsession for him. Lathan, repped by ICM and John Carrabino, voices the female lead on Fox’s The Cleveland Show and was most recently seen in the feature Contagion. Groff will play Ian Todd, a smart and ambitious staffer in Kane’s office who steps into the void Ezra Stone (Martin Donovan) has left to offer astute council to Kane. WME-repped Groff is best known for his recurring role as villain-turned-good guy Jesse St. James on the Fox musical dramedy Glee
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Recurring Glee star Jonathan Groff has landed a guest stint on the CBS drama, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Groff will appear in this season’s 15th episode as Jimmy, a plaintiff suing a software company after his sister disappears during a peaceful protest in Syria.
The episode is slated to air during February sweeps.
As previously reported, Groff is set to return to Glee later this season — this time as the coach of New Directions’ rival choir Vocal Adrenaline.