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WATCH: Half-Share, The Fire Island Sitcom You Wish Logo Made

If we have to keep looking at the mating rituals of the American heterosexual on shows like Mike & Molly, Whitney and The Marriage Ref, we’re gonna puke in our Planter’s Punch. Thankfully some serious gay talents have filmed a queer panacea to all those toxic breeder shows. Half-Share, the brain child of Jesse Archer, Sean Hanley and Michael Lyon, is sort of like Sex & The City meets Gilligan’s Island meets The Boys in the Band, with a motley gang of gay friends landing on Fire Island for a fun- and drama-filled summer.

Fresh out of a 14-year relationship, emotionally wounded Mac (Kevin Spidle) is convinced to join a summer share in the Pines. He thinks it’s going to be a reflective and relaxing vacation, but it turns out somewhat differently, as Mac’s eccentric housemates toss him headfirst into the deep end of Fire Island’s scandalous social scene.

Half-Share has a cast of serious gay talents—including Archer (Boy Culture,Violet Tendencies), Alec Mapa (Ugly Betty), Sam Pancake ( Legally Blonde 2), Jack Plotnick (Girls Will Be Girls), Kevyn Morrow (Broadway’s Five Guys Named Moe) and Joey Dudding (Big Gay Musical)—and first-rate production values.

But shooting the thing on location proved no easy feat: “The craziest thing was trying to shoot Low Tea during a Nor’easter in October,” recalls co-producer Brian Sloan (WTC View). “The rain was falling horizontally past the windows of the Blue Whale as everyone’s sipping mocktails and dancing to Katy Perry at 10am.  It was surreal.”

Right now, the half-hour pilot is making the festival circuit (it’ll be screened during the New York Television Festival, September 19-24), but the hope is to get it to the small screen.

You listening network heads? Put a bullet in Two and a Half Men already, for God’s sake, and pick this bitch up! Ashton Kutcher can do a guest appearance.

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Aug 22, 2011
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  • 11 Comments
    • No Thanks
      No Thanks

      “is sort of like Sex & The City meets Gilligan’s Island meets The Boys in the Band, with a motley gang of gay friends landing on Fire Island for a fun- and drama-filled summer”

      And with that, I shall never watch it. You managed to compare it to some of the most god awful things to step in front of a lens–and you probably meant it as a compliment!

      This looks like everything I hate about the gay community laced with some lame jokes. Does anyone try anymore or is it all lazy cliche that ‘practically writes itself!’?

      Aug 22, 2011 at 9:19 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Michael in Toronto
      Michael in Toronto

      Looks bloody AWFUL!

      Aug 22, 2011 at 10:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Adam
      Adam

      I saw this trailer a few months ago and have been DYING to see the pilot.

      Aug 22, 2011 at 12:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DB
      DB

      This looks like the worst and most homophobic and unrealistic trash ever made. The characters are all based on some bad flamboyant gay stereotype from the 1960’s.

      Aug 22, 2011 at 5:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Little Kiwi
      Little Kiwi

      some of you guys need to get over your insecure wimpy fear of “flamboyant gay stereotypes”

      some of those types exist. after all, the straight community (cough cough) has no problem with shows about their ignorant, boring redneck neanderthal-man uncultured slimeball stereotypes existing in, well, nearly every show aimed at middle-american douchebags.

      have y’all ever been to Fire Island anyway?

      but seriously, get over the knee-jerk fear of “Stereotypes” – they’re not all inherently negative, nor harmful. Stop blaming “stereotypical gays” for your father’s resentment at having a gay son. it’s his fault, not the fault of guys he’d deem “stereotypes”

      p.s. the gay guys who can’t stop talking about how “non-stereotypical they are” are indeed the biggest, and lamest, stereotype of all.

      Aug 22, 2011 at 5:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Little Kiwi
      Little Kiwi

      for the legions of you who need to get some perspective with Historical Context ;)

      learn your gay history, and the history of art, kids.

      for real.

      Aug 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Joey
      Joey

      @No Thanks: Do you share your internet access with the other trolls under the bridge, or do you hog it all for yourself?

      Aug 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Joey
      Joey

      @Michael in Toronto: Then stop looking in the mirror.

      Aug 22, 2011 at 5:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robbie K.
      Robbie K.

      Love it when can I do a guest spot :-)

      Aug 22, 2011 at 9:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • No Thanks
      No Thanks

      Somehow I doubt you’d be so quick to shove stereotypes down a black man’s throat, crying out: “Learn to like; it’s good for you!!” Bunch of hypocrites. Fact is, we gay men are served endlessly this image of lispy, swishy, “fiersssssse”, vapid, shop-a-holic, gossiping, gal-pal, straight girl accessories. WHEN THE FUCK DO THE REST OF US GET A SHOW? So, I think we’ve damn well put up with your shit for a while now. Why don’t you sit the fuck down and think about what you’re going to wear, okay?

      Aug 23, 2011 at 8:07 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Daez
      Daez

      @No Thanks: Totally agree. It sucks when people that just meet me think I must be a closeted heterosexual simply because I don’t ascribe to be part of the gay community that is obsessed with looks and getting fucked.

      Aug 23, 2011 at 8:46 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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