Will Gays: The Series Be Able to Compete With HBO's Looking?

They're Gay. And they have their own web series.

The show's title is simple and cuts to the chase: Gays: The Series is creator Peter William Dunn's self described "dramedy" web series.

Dunn, who is also the writer/director/co-star, describes Gays as being "about four twenty-something gay best friends navigating the tumultuous terrain of New York City. Growing up, screwing up, and screwing along the way."

And time will tell if New York-based Gays will steal a few viewers from HBO's San Francisco show, Looking.

The new series came about from a New Year's resolution, according to Dunn. After checking out the "best gay web series of 2012," -- he wasn't impressed.

"I'd gotten so caught up in making other people's dreams come true in reality television," says Dunn. "So I said no more bartending, no more freelance jobs. Give yourself six months and see what you can do with it. If you fail, at least you can say you tried."

Peter William Dunn
Peter William Dunn

While Dunn's initial goal was to fill a void in gay programming, he's hoping that it'll have crossover appeal. "I also wanted to create a show that wasn't solely for our community, a show that everyone who's not a homophobe could enjoy," he said. "I wanted to create a show that would follow the lives of four men who happen to be gay, but the show was about the bigger universal aspects of life that all of us as people deal with: love, work problems, friendship and family."

Gay Ice Cream
Having some gay ice cream: on location with Gays: The Series

But don't think that it it anyway means it's a family show. "Gays is definitely R rated, because adult life is R rated," he said. "Viewers can look forward to a whole lot of laughs, some tears, some foul language, and some of the most complex people you'll ever meet on the small screen. And some sex. Well, a lot of sex."

Check out Gays: The Series on the show's website.

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There's no real competition. Web series can't compete with HBO for dollars, but web series can be more honest in storytelling than even cable dares.  There are LOTS of great shows out there. Ours, Old Dogs & New Tricks, is a comedy about four middle-aged guy gays in youth-obsessed West Hollywood, starting our 3rd season. Some of our viewers were disturbed by the similarity between Looking and our show ('You've been robbed!') but I'm not bothered.  There's room for all of us.

P.S. You can check out Old Dogs & New Tricks at our website  www.OldDogsNewTricksTheSeries.com ... we're on Hulu, WolfeOnDemand.com and even on DVD from Wolfe Video.  Season 3 starts shooting next month.

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