by Hiko Mitsuzuka
Last night in Beverly Hills, the critically-acclaimed Husbands became the first web series to be honored at the Paley Center for Media, and HIH was thrilled to be a part of the festivities (a reception with free Ben & Jerry's ice cream? Done).
Season 2 of the online sitcom, created by Buffy and Once Upon A Time writer Jane Espenson and series star Brad Bell, tells the story of Cheeks (Bell), a controversial tabloid personality, and Brady (Sean Hemeon), an out professional baseball player, who find themselves married in Vegas after drunkenly celebrating a federal amendment for marriage equality. Fearing that a public divorce would be devastating to the cause, they stay together, and joining them for the raucous ride is best pal Haley (played by Caprica's Allesandra Torresani).
Critics from The New Yorker to Entertainment Weekly have hailed the series as being simultaneously groundbreaking and traditional. Blending comedic elements from contemporary classics like Mad About You and Will & Grace, Husbands takes a well-known premise (newlyweds adjusting to married life!) and gives it a same-sex twist. Not to mention the acting and writing is better than some of the gags that pass for comedy nowadays on network television.
And upon previewing the new season, we can tell you this much: expect a ton of special guest stars (Jon Cryer, Joss Whedon, Tricia Helfer, to name a few) and longer episodes (kudos to the amped-up production value).
Season 2 premiere this Wednesday, August 15, at lovehusbands.com.