Billing itself as “America’s only gay television network,” Laughspin can exclusively reveal that Here TV has recently greenlighted a new scripted, meta-comedy series called From here! on OUT, starring Suzanne Whang and Julie Brown, among others.
Set to start shooting on Aug. 13, the series centers on Jimmy Richards, a gay television writer who sells a series called Guy Dubai: International Gay Spy to an LGBT cable network called Here TV— hence, the meta situation. The only problem, however, is that Richards must cast a real-life openly gay dude as the lead. So Richards casts Sam Decker, a sexy, talented actor who is not gay at all. But in a Three’s Company-like twist, Decker is happy to play gay in real life, going as far as pretending to be in a romantic relationship with Richards. Of course, Sam still has his straight male needs so he fits in romantic rendezvous with his cougar girlfriend Gina (Brown) as often as possible.
Whang plays Divina Sung Hee, a “diva maid” who’s also a wannabe actress. “I’m beyond ecstatic to be working on this,” Whang tells Laughspin. “It just seems like one of these dream production teams. And I think this part has the potential to become an iconic comedic role.” Juliet Mills, Terry Ray (the series writer), Austin Robert Miller and David Millbern (the series producer) are the other series regulars. The series is executive produced by Stephen P. Jarchow and Paul Colichman.
It’s already been a good year for Whang, the former 10-year House Hunters host, who can be seen in the current season of Arrested Development on Netflix, where she plays Olive Garden, the leader of the Asian prison gang Lucille Bluth (Jessica Walter) encounters during her incarceration.
In addition to being available in 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets, Here TV, a subscription service, is also accessible through Hulu, Amazon and iTunes and will also be part of the first wave of paid channels premiering on YouTube.