’Hunting Season’ Begins

by Robert Nesti

EDGE National Arts & Entertainment Editor

Wednesday September 12, 2012

Remember "The Great Cock Hunt?"

It was a blog (run on Gawker) that ran from 2005 to 2008 that related the day-to-day of a 30-year-old gay man named Alex who was said to have worked for the website.

Alex describes himself as "a thirty-year-old, horny, gay guy living in NYC. I love men, muscles, sex, porn, and chocolate. I've got a particular thing for "straight" guys and on occasion I like to get a little kinky and dirty. And sometimes, when I'm not paying attention, a little romance sneaks in there too."

The blog entries became a best-selling book (published by Kensington Books). Tonight it becomes a web series that will air on the internet and on Logo's website.

’Sex in the City,’ only gay

Titled "The Hunting Season," the series (according to Entertainment Weekly) "features a group of friends, many of whom are gay, as they navigate their love and sex lives in New York City."

Sounds like "Sex and the City" updated for the new century.

The show's press release describes the show as "a real-life (nudity included) glimpse into the world of gay Gotham twenty-somethings, and is unflinching in its portrayal of friendship, sex, lies, loyalty and ambivalence."

It stars newcomer Ben Baur as Alex. (You may recognize him from TV appearances on "Happily Divorced" and "Nip/Tuck," as well as several commercials.)

The series is written, directed and produced by Jon Marcus, whose previous credits include ABC summer series "Scoundrels," starring Virginia Madsen, and producing the indie cult hit film "Party Monster," starring Macaulay Culkin & Seth Green. He was an executive for many years at New York's famed indie company Killer Films, working on "Boys Don't Cry," "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," "Far From Heaven," and "One Hour Photo," among many others.

Other side of "The New Normal"

In some ways, Marcus sees the show as the other side to "The New Normal," and its snarky openness about being young, gay and single as something you will never seen on network television.

"'The New Normal' is not my story," he said in an interview to the website Co.CREATE. "I'm glad it's their story, but it's not mine. You can't have a sexually active gay guy who's single on a network TV show."

Marcus acquired the rights to the show five years ago, then attempted to sell it to gay-friendly cable networks (including Logo), who passed on it. Unable to find an outlet, he looked to the internet. "One of the things that was so exciting to me about taking this on was that the Internet was unregulated; there were no standards and practices. It's the Internet--you can do anything. There's porn on the internet! So who's going to stop me from making an HBO-style show?"

As for the "Sex and the City" comparisons, Marcus says, ""I'm really only cracking the door open a little bit wider for some gay white men."

His show premieres on September 12, 2012 on the hunting season website. New episodes will be broadcast on Wednesdays. Logo is also broadcasting the show, but in a somewhat sanitized version on its website.

New episodes will be shown through October, 17, 2012.

Robert Nesti can be reached at [email protected].