HBO, the same network that recently gave us Lena Dunham’s hit series Girls, has ordered a new series revolving around the lives of several gay men in San Francisco. Glee actor Jonathan Groff—who will also star in HBO’s 2014 TV adaptation of the Harry Kramer play The Normal Heart—is set to play the lead in the eight-episode series. The Wrap first reported the story, which HBO later confirmed with Paste.
The pilot was directed by executive producer Andrew Haigh, who also shot the acclaimed 2011 film Weekend about two gay men whose one night stand becomes a much more deeply entangled love story. Michael Lannon, who produced the Robert Pattinson film Remember Me and the Sons of Anarchy pilot, is the writer and co-executive producer of the series.
Frankie J. Alvarez (Smash) and Murray Bartlett (Guiding Light) are also set to appear in the show.