Jonathan Groff's gay-themed dramedy gets series order at HBO

jonathan-groff-gi.jpgCould this be the HBO answer to Showtime's sorely missed "Queer as Folk"?

The premium cable network gave an eight-episode series order to a new dramedy from from Andrew Haigh, who directed the untitled pilot based on Michael Lannan's feature script "Lorimer," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series will focus on three friends in San Francisco as they explore the fun and often overwhelming options available to the current generation of gay men.

"Glee" actor Jonathan Groff stars alongside Frankie J. Alvarez ("Smash") and Murray Bartlett ("Guiding Light"). Haigh will executive produce with Sarah Condon ("Bored to Death") and David Marshal Grant ("Brothers and Sisters"). Production is schedule to begin in the fall in San Francisco with a 2014 premiere planned.

The order of the gay-themed series comes after a score of cancellations saw an end to the record number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters on TV during the 2012-13 season, THR notes. 
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