There’s an awful lot of interesting stuff going on in the world of web series, presumably because it’s a great platform for the sort of stuff that TV executives would shy away from, but which can still make for good entertainment, especially in bite-sized nuggets.
Eastsiders has just launched its first episode and it looks like it could be well worth following, with a smart script, good acting and handsome guys. In the first episode it’s the morning after the night before, as two guys deal with the revelation of infidelity four years into their relationship. While that might sound a bit miserable, it’s told with humour and heart, and even in its first 13 minutes shows a knack for creating very human characters.
Here’s the synopsis for the series: ‘What happens after the world ends? Written and directed by award winning playwright Kit Williamson, “EastSiders” explores the aftermath of infidelity on a gay couple in Silverlake. When Cal (Kit Williamson) finds out Thom (Van Hansis) has been cheating on him with Jeremy (Matthew McKelligon), their relationship is turned upside down. 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. 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. Stephen Guarino guest stars as a party promoter throwing one last bash before the apocalypse.’
Williamson has commented, “I wanted to create gay characters with the same complexity and flaws straight characters are allotted. The way gay couples are depicted is often frustrating to me. There’s a huge spectrum of lifestyles and experiences within the gay community and I wanted to explore a kind of relationship that isn’t often represented. We are so profoundly grateful to have assembled a cast of this calibre, because this kind of story really hinges on the acting.”