Where the Bears Are

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Where the Bears Are
Where the Bears Are logo.png
GenreMystery
Comedy
Spy
Created byRick Copp
Ben Zook
Starring
Opening theme"Where the Bears Are" by David E. Zukofski
Composer(s)David Maddux
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes142
Production
Producer(s)Ben Zook
Rick Copp
Joe Dietl
Running time7–10 minutes
Production company(s)3 Bears Entertainment
Release
Original releaseAugust 1, 2012 –
November 1, 2018
External links
Website

Where the Bears Are is a comedy-mystery web series, which ran for seven seasons from August 1, 2012, to November 1, 2018.[1] The series' creators and writers Rick Copp and Ben Zook star in the movie together with Joe Dietl.[2]

Described by the creators as a cross between The Golden Girls and Murder, She Wrote,[3] the series focuses on Nelson (Zook), Wood (Dietl) and Reggie (Copp), three gay bear friends sharing a house in Los Angeles' Silver Lake neighborhood who, in each season, are drawn into a different murder investigation which plays out as a season-long story arc.[4]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Rick Copp as Reggie Hatch
  • Joe Dietl as Wood Burns
  • Ben Zook as Nelson Dorkoff
  • Ian Parks as Todd "Hot Toddy" Stevens

Recurring[edit]

  • Chad Sanders as Det. Chad Winters
  • George Unda as Det. Marcus Martinez
  • Tim Hooper as the Chief of Police
  • George Sebastian as George Ridgemont
  • Scott Beauchemin as Cyril Bowers
  • Mark Rowe as Jeremy Richards
  • Mario Diaz as Ramon Santiago
  • Chaz Bono as Gavin Kelly

Guest appearances[edit]

Season one
Season two
  • Margaret Cho as Mistress Lena
  • Chris LaVoie as Danny Pendleton
  • Becky Thyre as Mary Ashley Pendleton
Season three
Season four
Season five
Season six
  • Chris Yonan as Prince Omar Al-Fayeed
  • Serdar Kalsin as Rami
  • Peter Hulne as Nick Flynn
  • Jennifer Elise Cox as Laureen Flynn

Season One[edit]

In the first season, the bears are caught up in a murder investigation when they find a man dead in their bathtub the morning after Nelson's birthday party.[1] The supporting cast also includes Ian Parks, Mario Diaz, Julio Tello, Jesse Meli, Scott Beauchemin, James Parr, Chad Sanders, George Sebastian, Tuc Watkins, Jackie Beat, Brooke Dillman and Bruce Daniels.

This season was presented as a series of 25 episodes, and a special Christmas episode was also produced.[5] Subsequently a DVD was released of the series re-edited into a single, continuous film. The DVD also featured the Christmas special as part of its two-disc set, as well as bloopers and outtakes, deleted scenes, a feature length commentary and behind the scenes interviews with the cast and creators.[6]

The first season was named Best Gay Web Series of 2012 by both AfterElton.com[7] and the LGBT blog Queerty.[8]

Season Two[edit]

A crowdfunding campaign was conducted for the second season. On January 17, 2013, the second season started production, although fundraising to finish the series continued.[9]

The second season premiered on June 10, 2013,[10] with a plot in which the bears are again caught up in a murder investigation when Elliot Butler (Michael Gans), Reggie's former college roommate and a candidate for city council, turns up dead at his campaign launch party.[10] New cast members in the second season include Howie Skora, Chris Lavoie, Mark Rowe, George Unda, Ray Singh, Shannon Ward and Margaret Cho.

Season Three[edit]

The third season, again supported by a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, premiered on August 11, 2014.[11] In the 22-episode third season, Reggie is producing a reality television pilot for a true crime series, and the bears consequently try to solve a string of murders involving models for Chunk Studios, a bear porn studio.[12] New cast additions in the third season include Drew Droege and Sam Pancake.[13]

Season Four[edit]

The fourth season premiered on August 24, 2015.[14] Inspired by the non-linear structure of the television series Damages,[14] the fourth season starts with the shooting of Todd at his wedding to Nelson, and then flashes back to tell the story leading up to the event.[14]

Season Five[edit]

The fifth season premiered on September 1, 2016. It breaks from the murder mystery aspects to switch to a spy narrative, focusing this time on Todd Stevens (Ian Parks) as a newly minted spy for his security agency, setting the bears off on a madcap race to keep a dangerous computer virus from ending up in the wrong hands and sniff out a mole from the agency.

Meanwhile Wood's and Reggie's love life flares out, George gets engaged to a Sporting Wood model, and Reggie dumps Frank Coley.

Season Six[edit]

The sixth season premiered on August 31, 2017. It sees another madcap romp, with Nelson on trial for murder.

Season Seven[edit]

The seventh and final season premiered on September 10, 2018. It consisted of 16 episodes with the series finale airing on November 1, 2018.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Where the Bears Are". Instinct, July 26, 2012.
  2. ^ "Golden bears". Xtra!, May 15, 2013.
  3. ^ "Gay web dramas flourish as TV networks cling to the status quo". The Guardian, March 5, 2013.
  4. ^ "'Where the Bears Are' strikes a comic chord with a gay subculture". Los Angeles Times, September 3, 2014.
  5. ^ "TV Review: 'Where The Bears Are' Christmas Special". proud2bhere.wordpress.com. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  6. ^ "WTBA DVD - THE FEATURE EDITION". wherethebearsare.acmeprints.com. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  7. ^ "The 2012 Hot in Hollywood Awards: Results". The Backlot, December 9, 2012.
  8. ^ 2012 Queerties: Web Series of the Year, Queerty.
  9. ^ ""Where the Bears Are" Season 2 Announcement: Going into Pre-Production, But Still Need a Boost of Funds: Video". accidentalbear.com. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  10. ^ a b "'Where The Bears Are' Season 2 Premieres". On Top, June 10, 2013.
  11. ^ "'Where The Bears Are' Season Three To Premiere". Huffington Post, July 13, 2014.
  12. ^ "First Look: 'Where The Bears Are' Returns For Third Season". On Top, July 10, 2014.
  13. ^ "Watch: Where The Bears Are season 3 trailer". Gay News Network, July 10, 2014.
  14. ^ a b c "'Where The Bears Are' Season 4 Premieres". On Top, August 25, 2015.

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