Los Angeles, CA (January 7th, 2014) The first season of “EastSiders: The Series” has been reformatted as a feature film and will receive it's broadcast premiere tonight at 11:30pm EST on the Logo network. This marks yet another step in the journey of the series which debuted its first two episodes on YouTube, made the move to LogoTV.com to release the remainder of the first season, and will now screen on television for the first time. “EastSiders” received the LA Weekly Award for Best Web Drama in 2013 and is currently nominated for a Satellite Award for Original Short-Format Program. This marks the first year that the International Press Academy has recognized new media projects. Check local listing for details.
STATEMENT FROM SERIES CREATOR KIT WILLIAMSON
“I am so excited that “EastSiders” is going to be broadcast as a feature on Logo. Back when we were filming the first episode in my living room I never imagined the show would be seen by as many people as it has. A cable broadcast certainly didn't seem like a possibility, and I'm so grateful to the fans that campaigned to see the show on the channel.”
“EastSiders: The Series” debuted it's first two episodes on YouTube in December 2012. After the complete first season was successfully funded via Kickstarter in four days, the remaining episodes debuted on LogoTV.com, a subsidiary of Viacom. The series has been featured by Entertainment Weekly, The Advocate, Out Magazine, LA Weekly, The Huffington Post, USA Today, Towleroad, Queerty, BroadwayWorld, and many more outlets. Award wins include LA Weekly Web Award- Best Web Series Drama, We Love Soaps Indie Soap of the Week, Favorite Actor, Favorite Actress, and Favorite Couple, Groovy Awards for Drama, Actor, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress and Guest Star, and a Satellite Award nomination from the International Press Academy for Outstanding Short Form Content.
Written and directed by award winning playwright Kit Williamson, “EastSiders: The Series” explores the aftermath of infidelity on a gay couple in Silverlake, CA. When ‘Cal’ (Kit Williamson) finds out ‘Thom’ (Van Hansis) has been cheating on him with ‘Jeremy’ (Matthew McKelligon), their relationship is turned upside down. Will the lies tear them apart or are they just stubborn enough to stay together forever? Cal's best friend Kathy (Constance Wu) has her own problems, including an unplanned pregnancy, with her boyfriend Ian (John Halbach). Drunken outbursts and double standards abound in this dark comedy about the sad and funny messes we make out of our lives.
The writer/director/star of the series, Kit Williamson, began his career on Broadway, acting in the Tony-Nominated revival of “Talk Radio.” In addition to his recurring role as Ed Gifford on the most recent season of AMC's “Mad Men,” he recently appeared in the Slamdance favorite “Best Friends Forever.” As a playwright, he was awarded the Playwrights First Award by The National Arts Club.
The cast of this season also included Van Hansis (three time Daytime Emmy nominee for As the World Turns), Constance Wu (Sound of My Voice), John Halbach (Wallflowers), Matthew McKelligon (Interior, Leather Bar), Stephen Guarino (Happy Endings), Sean Maher (Firefly, The Playboy Club), Brea Grant (Heroes, Dexter), David Blue (Ugly Betty, Stargate Universe), and Traci Lords (CryBaby, Blade).
“EastSiders: The Series” Season One is available on www.logotv.com. Follow the show on twitter at @EastSidersTV and “Like” on Facebook at handle (EastSidersTheSeries).