Colton Haynes to star as a famous #instagay in a new queer comedy and our bodies are ready
Arrow actor Colton Haynes will star in a new gay-themed comedy series I Run Hot.
Broad City co-creator Ilana Glazer is executive producing the new show, which is under development at AMC.
Her brother, Eliot Glazer, will star in the odd-couple comedy as Eliot, “a gay curmudgeon who never quite fit in with the community”, while Colton will play “a famous #instagay who can’t help but exemplify it”.
Colton Haynes is excited to play an #instagay.
Taking to (where else?) Instagram, Haynes wrote: “Here we go!!! I am sooo excited to work with my boos @eliotglazer @ilana @amc_tv ??? #IRunHot”
Eliot Glazer, who will also write and exec produce in the show, added: “started from the bottom ?️? now we’re queer ?️?”
Ilana Glazer simply wrote: “@eliotglazer + @coltonlhaynes = ?”
Sarah Barnett, president of AMC Networks Entertainment Group and AMC Studios, told Deadline: “We’re looking for highly original visions and voices as we think about how AMC Networks evolves.
“The projects in development both on the Entertainment Group side and at AMC Studios all embrace people with singular and surprising points of view.
“We will prioritise creative risk-taking that doesn’t rely on the shock and awe of sheer size, but instead delivers the surprise and delight of brilliant storytelling in our quest to stand out with human-scaled brands in this dynamic and changing content environment.
“There is so much phenomenal talent to discover and so many new, different, electric stories to be told.”
TV star is making comeback after substance abuse battle.
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The return to a major acting role comes after a troubled period for Colton Haynes, who has previously spoken about his struggles with substance abuse following the death of his mother and his split from husband Jeff Leatham.
Haynes told Attitude last year that his substance abuse problems started after he came out in 2016, but worsened dramatically last year as he endured repeated personal traumas.
“I came out and, in a way, my downward spiral started,” said the actor. “I felt extremely free but at the same time the amount of attention I was getting was making me spin out of control.
“I got married and that didn’t work out. That was extremely public and heartbreaking, and right when that was going on, my mum died.
“At that point I fell apart. My brain broke. I was doing a massive comedy for a studio, showed up to work and got fired on the first day. They said I looked as if I had ‘dead in my eyes’, and I did.
“I got so heavily involved with drugs and alcohol to mask the amount of pain I was feeling that I couldn’t even make some decisions for myself. I was drowning in my own s**t.”