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New TV series named after, based on, life in DTLA

By Hayley Fox
Published: Monday, October 01, 2012, at 03:29PM
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A new TV series dubbed 'DTLA' is named after and reportedly based on downtown L.A.

A new TV series from the executive producer of "The L Word" begins this month, named after and reportedly based on life in downtown L.A. The show, dubbed "DTLA," is a 30 minute drama about gay friends in Downtown, according to the program's Facebook page.

The show has its U.S. debut on Logo on October 24, and will also air on OUT TV, the self-proclaimed only national gay and lesbian television network in Canada. Logo describes the series' plot as "depicting the relationships and sex lives of eight friends with varied ethnic, cultural, and sexual orientations that work and live in the vibrant community of Downtown Los Angeles."

The network goes on to say that the narrative is "a story of love, friendship, loyalty, and being true to oneself – no matter what the cost."

Broadway World reports that some of the central characters are a lawyer, an aspiring actor, a teacher and a Marine -- all at a crossroads in their lives. The cast boasts a few high profile names including Melanie Griffith and Sandra Bernhard, and a smattering of other TV actors including Tiffany Pollard from "I Love New York," Erin Daniels from "The L Word" and Danny Roberts from "The Real World."

Creators of the show described its content as "European style," according to the website Out, who translated that to meaning "way more sexy scenes than you might be used to."

"DTLA" funded much of its post-production and miscellaneous costs through Kickstarter, in which the series' goal of $25,000 was met and exceeded -- reaching $33,000 and providing extra funds for the development of season two.

The show is executive produced by Larry Kennar and four others, who say: "Given that it has been seven years since 'Queer as Folk,' we are eager to put our voices back in the world and give the next generation an opportunity to see themselves reflected in our characters and stories."

The show will premiere with a one-hour episode and be followed by seven 30-minute shows.

What do you expect from a show called "DTLA"? What features of Downtown do you hope to see included? Tell us in the comments!

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