Eastsiders Gears Up for Season 2

Writer/director of Eastsiders, Kit Williamson (right), with co-star Van Hansis.

You remember Eastsiders. The gay web series that took the internet by storm with its dark, comedic take on gay life, set in the world of East LA? Not only did it bring a serious and compelling gay show to the web in a world lacking quality gay entertainment (much like The Outs), but also was quickly picked up by Logo TV as a feature film to be shared with all the world.

Well, get ready. Because writer/director Kit Williamson is getting ready for round 2.

The series has announced that it will return for a second season. The production has launched a Kickstarter campaign to finance the show, and will be making additional casting announcements and releasing behind the scenes videos during the next month.

After a whirlwind year that has included wins at both the Indie Series Awards and LA Web Fest, a Satellite Award nomination from the International Press Academy, securing DVD and International VOD distribution from Wolfe Video, and the release of a new web comic, “EastSiders: The Series,” it’s no surprise Eastsiders will begin shooting again for a second season this summer.

And watch out: there’ll be some great new faces this season. Satya Bhabha (New Girl, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Adam Bucci (10 Year Plan), Vera Miao (Best Friends Forever) and Willam Belli (Nip/Tuck, Rupaul’s Drag Race) have signed on to join the cast.

Stephen Guarino and Willam Belli for Eastsiders.
Series regular, Stephen Guarino, and newcomer, Willam Belli, are slated to appear in Season 2.

Season one series regulars and guest stars Sean Maher (Firefly), Traci Lords (Crybaby, Zach and Miri Make a Porno), Stephen Guarino (Happy Endings), Brea Grant (Heroes, Dexter), John Halbach (Wallflowers), Constance Wu (Browsers, Sound of my Voice) and Matthew McKelligon (Int. Leather Bar) are slated to reprise their roles as well. Thank God. We love us some shirtless scenes with Matthew McKelligon and the hilariousness that is Constance Wu.

Eastsiders season 2 cast.
Right to left: Adam Bucci, Satya Bhaba, Van Hansis, Matthew McKelligon, Kit Williamson, Stephen Guarino, Willam Belli, Vera Miao, Brea Grant, Constance Wu and John Halbach.

The first season was successfully funded via Kickstarter after reaching it’s goal within four days. By the end of the campaign, the funds raised had nearly doubled. The goal for filming a second season has been set at $125,000.00. If the campaign doesn’t reach their goal by May 19th, they will not receive any of the funds, per Kickstarter’s regulations.

Here’s what Kit Williamson, series creator, had to say about the campaign:

“I’m so excited to take the show back where it started: in the fans’ hands, on Kickstarter. This is a very unique moment in time where audiences have the power to say what kind of stories they want to see told. We’ve been so lucky to have found an amazing community of viewers that have been with us from day one, and continues to grow every day. I hope they want to see more from us, because I am so excited to continue telling this story.”

If you haven’t heard of Eastsiders (blasphemy), check it out on our gTV list here.

EastSiders Season One is also available internationally on www.WolfeOnDemand.com and on www.LogoTV.com in the United States. Follow the show on Twitter and Instagram at @EastSidersTV and “Like” the show on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/EastSidersTheSeries.

Be sure to support the series on Kickstarter and tell us what you think in the comments below!