A series that looks at a newlywed gay
male couple premiered on the Internet on Tuesday.
Husbands stars out actors Sean
Hemeon (True Blood) as Brady Kelly, an out professional
baseball player, and newcomer Brad Bell as Cheeks, an out actor. The
newly dating couple heads to Las Vegas to celebrate the recent
passage of a gay marriage law and wake up the following morning in a
drunken stupor to discover they are a married couple.
Alessandra Torresani (Caprica,
American Horror Story) plays Haley, the best friend.
Husbands is written and
executive produced by Jane Espenson, whose credits include Buffy
the Vampire Slayer, Caprica and the latest season of
The series' premiere titled Waking
Up In Vegas can be seen at HusbandsTheSeries.com,
where new episodes will be added twice a week (on Tuesdays and
Thursdays) for the first eight weeks. (The premiere is embedded in
the right panel of this page.)
In an interview with Marriage
News Watch, Bell, a co-creator of Husbands, acknowledged
that the show had the capacity to help the marriage equality movement
but added that its main objective was to entertain viewers.
“I see myself as an activist like
sixteenth. I mean it's incidental. I mean sure that's the idea.
But that will come as a natural bi-product,” Bell said.
“I think if you set out with this
intent to change the world, that your work could get too preachy or
that it might turn people off or be propaganda. My intention is to
make something that is universal. That people can relate to, that is
different and fresh and represents a unique point of view. And yes,
as a natural bi-product that will open minds and hearts.”
“It's important to forget the
activist angle while we're doing the project but always know on some
level that we understand that the goal is to open minds. We can't
think about that all the time because that's all you think about and
you loose the fun of it. Because the fun is actually what opens the
minds,” Espenson added.