“Glee” Babe Jonathan Groff Is So Gay In New HBO Pilot

url-2Fresh off his recurring role in Kelsey Grammer’s Starz drama Boss, Tony-nominated Broadway actor and Glee sweetheart Jonathan Groff will star in a new HBO comedy about gay friends living in San Fransisco.

The untitled project—from Bored to Death‘s Sarah Condon and Brothers and Sisters writer Michael Lannan—features Groff as Patrick, an intelligent and successful gay video game developer dealing with a less successful personal life. Based on Lannan’s feature script Lorimer, the show “revolves around three thirty-something friends living in San Fransisco who grapple with all the options in contemporary life and the complexities of the modern gay experience.”

Could this be the new Girls for gays?

More intimate details of the project are sparse, though we have an inkling it’ll include plenty of racy romantic situations. Groff’s co-star Frankie Alvarez is said to play the star’s best friend, Augustin, “who has a strong ego and for whom politics make it difficult to settle down with his boyfriend.”

Politics that make settling down difficult? We hope it’s HBO’s way of finally addressing the ‘bottoms dating bottoms’ conundrum.

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  • Ron Jackson

    Cool, looking forward to this project becoming a reality!

  • Fidelio

    What a cute kid. Like Matt Bomer’s little brother or something. I’d watch it.

  • AlexM

    At least they hired an actual gay man to play a gay man. I was getting tired of seeing a disproportionate amount of straight men playing gay characters.

  • Eric Auerbach

    He was so gay in Glee too.

  • AEH

    I hope that the new show will be a worthy successor to Queer as Folk. I’m tired of all those sanitized shows starring “Best in Show” gay men and boring politically correct crap just because they want to kiss GLAAD’s ass. QaF may have been pretty over the top, but at least it opened the way for other LGBT characters with both positive and negative character traits.

    If Groff’s show is anything like Girls, then you can count on me to be a day-one viewer! Btw, I don’t think Jonathan Groff looks anything like Matt Bomer. Groff has an interesting look while Bomer is a little too perfect, almost like the Ken doll.

  • jajagabor

    I just hope the show isn’t like Girls (or QAF) in that it’s entirely white. This series looks promising however, since the best friend seems to be Latino. Given the demographics of SF, it’d be a real shame to not incorporate that diversity.

  • Cagnazzo82

    Sexy/adorable/gay Amish kid who made it big on Broadway and in Hollywood.

    Whatever he’s in, I’ll be watching.

    Sounds like a great show in the making ^_^

  • AEH


    I agree! It would be nice to see that diversity represented in nuanced storylines too. It would suck if they were relegated to being Groff’s token supporting friends.

  • Joetx

    @AEH: I totally agree.

    But I’m afraid we won’t see it.

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