The buzz is on for the sexy new television project from producer Larry Kennar (The L Word, 50 First Dates, Barbershop). Kennar’s keeping a tight lid on details until the ink is signed with the network—we don’t even know the name of the show—but we can tell you two things for sure: It’s super-gay and, based on these pictures of Danny Roberts (MTV’s The Real World) swapping spit with Darryl Stephens (Noah’s Arc), it’s super-hot.
We flagged down Stephens,—one half of this sexy shower sandwich and an executive producer on the show—and plied him for details.
We know the details are hush-hush, but what can you tell us about your character?
I play Len, a man dealing with the end of his long-term relationship at the same time that his mother’s cancer takes a turn for the worse.
Is this show similar or different to Noah’s Arc?
This show also revolves around a close-knit group of friends, but it takes place in Downtown LA, as opposed to the chocolate gay bubble that Noah and his friends lived in. Noah’s Arc was essentially a sweet story about the beginning of a relationship and this is about the end of one. Also, the new show has got more of an indie vibe to it. It’s a little raunchier and more emotionally volatile. It’s largely improvised and the actors get to craft and personalize their characters in really unconventional ways.
It must’ve been such a burden making out with Danny Roberts.
Danny is a sweetheart. We really went for it with that scene. By the time we were done, I think we were both a little shocked at how real some of it looked. He’s a great kisser!
What do you think is missing from current LGBT representations on television? Do you think this show will fill that gap?
This show will involve filling many gaps, yes. Ha! I think the goal with this project is to depict gay relationships in honest, compelling ways. In a sense, because there’s not a lot of discussion around it, gay is already a given here. We’re not depicting coming out stories so America can get used to it. We’re already in it. We’re not apologizing or making excuses. You either keep up or turn the channel.
Does the series deal with interracial relationships in the gay world?
Well, we deal with them in the sense that we acknowledge that they exist. For example, my character is involved with a white guy, but race isn’t really a source of conflict between them. The cast is racially diverse and there are a number of interracial couplings, but we certainly don’t pretend to have any answers or dwell on the issue. Gay life in an urban setting like Downtown LA is going to involve people from all walks of life getting together and that’s what you’ll see on this show. That being said, the conflicts with these characters often have less to do with black and white and more to do with more universal issues, like employed and unemployed or faithful and unfaithful.
Where else can we find you?
In addition be being an executive producer on this show, I just shot a guest star for a new BET show called Reed Between the Lines with Tracee Ellis Ross and Malcolm Jamal Warner. And I’m working this week on Sarah Michelle Gellar’s new CW show, Ringer.
Check back on Queerty for updates on the as-yet-untitled series and all your gay TV needs.