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Wesley Taylor and Mitchell Jarvis’ ‘it could be worse’ Series Featuring Adam Chanler-Berat, Alison Fraser, Gideon Glick and More Airs on Pivot TV in June; and on Hulu in July

1235206_581254151937422_1785562783_nThe all-new dark comedy web series “it could be worse,” co-created and written by longtime collaborators Mitchell Jarvis and Wesley Taylor of four a.m. Productions, has been acquired by PIVOT TV and HULU. Pivot will premiere Season One of the gay web series about the perils of acting and risky relationships which originally debuted in February 2013 at www.itcouldbeworse.tv, on their cable network (check your local listings) on Sunday, June 8th at 11pm EST (post-Tony awards), and both seasons will air on Hulu’s free site in July!

Longtime co-collaborators Mitchell Jarvis and Wesley Taylor after The Skivvies show at 54 Below in New York on June 4, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Longtime co-collaborators Mitchell Jarvis and Wesley Taylor after The Skivvies show at 54 Below in New York on June 4, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

In “it could be worse,” Wesley Taylor stars as Jacob Gordon, a struggling New York actor who can’t seem to catch a break. Victimized by the grueling rejections of an ugly business, his horny parents exploring their mid-life crisis, and a delusional boyfriend who needs constant babysitting, Jacob is lost.

He tries to be “good” and not give in to temptations. He tries to be “open” and have an understanding of the people around him… but at the end of the day, Jacob Gordon is a doormat.

His epic streak of bad luck might just change, however, when he gets cast in the new Broadway musical “The Ice Queen” — playing opposite stage and screen royalty Veronica Bailey (Alison Fraser), a temperamental diva who takes a liking to him.

Longtime co-collaborators Mitchell Jarvis and Wesley Taylor after The Skivvies show at 54 Below in New York on June 4, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Longtime co-collaborators Mitchell Jarvis and Wesley Taylor after The Skivvies show at 54 Below in New York on June 4, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

“it could be worse” features Adam Chanler-Berat (Peter and the Starcatcher, Next to Normal) as Jacob’s old fling Ben Farrel, Alison Fraser (Gypsy, The Secret Garden) as Veronica Bailey, Gideon Glick (Spring Awakening, Spider-Man) as Jacob’s boyfriend Phillip Klein, Mitchell Jarvis as Jacob’s coke-addicted agent Sam Atkinson, Tony Award nominee Nancy Opel (Urinetown, Memphis) as Jacob’s mother Judy Gordon and Richard Poe (Nice Work…, Present Laughter) as Jacob’s father Leo Gordon.

The series features original music by Lauren Molina and Scott Bradlee.

Soundcheck for The Skivvies at 54 Below in New York on June 4, 2014 with Andrew Gutauskas, Nick Cearley, Wesley Taylor, Garth Kravits, Lauren Molina and Shannon Ford. Photo by Lia Chang

Soundcheck for The Skivvies at 54 Below in New York on June 4, 2014 with Andrew Gutauskas, Nick Cearley, Wesley Taylor, Garth Kravits, Lauren Molina and Shannon Ford. Photo by Lia Chang

Follow the series on Facebook.com/It-could-be-worse and on Twitter @ICBWseries for updates.

www.pivot.tv/shows/it-could-be-worse

Wesley Taylor stripped down with The Skivvies at 54 Below in New York on June 4, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Wesley Taylor stripped down with The Skivvies at 54 Below in New York on June 4, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

SEASON ONE CAST
Wesley Taylor (“Jacob Gordon”)
Two years as “Bobby” in the Spielberg-produced NBC series, SMASH; Original Broadway Casts of ROCK OF AGES and THE ADDAMS FAMILY; “Mouse” in the world premiere of TALES OF THE CITY; “Joshua” in James Lapine/William Finn’s LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE. Theatre World Award winner and Outer Critics Circle nominee. Film/Television appearances on THE TOMORROW PEOPLE, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, CONAN, LUCKY STIFF. Twitter: @WesTayTay

Alison Fraser (“Veronica Bailey”)
Two-time Tony Award and Drama Desk Nominee (THE SECRET GARDEN, ROMANCE/ROMANCE); Six Broadway shows including GYPSY, TARTUFFE, and THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD; Barrymore Award for Best Actress in GUNMETAL BLUES; Carbonell Award Winner. Television appearances on LAW & ORDER, THIRD WATCH, and THE L WORD. Currently touring the country as “Madam Morrible” in WICKED. Twitter: @alisonfraser

Gideon Glick (“Phillip Klein”)
Original Broadway Casts of SPRING AWAKENING and SPIDER-MAN; Star of Off-Broadway’s SPEECH AND DEBATE and WILD ANIMALS YOU SHOULD KNOW, as well as the recent revival of INTO THE WOODS as “Jack”; opposite Sharon Stone in the upcoming film, GODS BEHAVING BADLY. Currently starring in THE FEW at The Rattlestick Theater with a recurring role on Lifetime’s DEVIOUS MAIDS. Twitter: @gidglick

Adam Chandelier-Beret (“Ben Farrel”)
Original Broadway Casts of the Pulitzer Prize winning NEXT TO NORMAL and the Tony award winning PETER AND THE STARCATCHER; “Ryan” in the 2007 thriller THE LIFE BEFORE HER EYES and “Mark” in the Off-Broadway revival of RENT. “Viggo” in DELIVERY MAN opposite Vince Vaughn. Television appearances on LAW & ORDER, VEEP, and THE GOOD WIFE. Recently starred in the world premiere musical, FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE. Twitter: @ChandelierBeret

Mitchell Jarvis (“Sam Atkinson”)
Broadway’s FIDDLER ON THE ROOF; Original Broadway cast of ROCK OF AGES as “Lonny” the narrator; “Keith Stone,” the face of KEYSTONE LIGHT, BELOW PREMIUM BEER; a couple LAW & ORDER’s; Star of the film, R.A. RESIDENT ADVISOR. Recently starred in Studio Theater’s ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW and George Street’s GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Currently starring in Signature Theater’s THREE PENNY OPERA. Twitter: @mitchjarvisNYC

RECURRING
Richard Poe, Nancy Opel, Brennan Brown, Bryce Ryness, Jennifer Damiano, Blake Daniel, Brandon Espinoza, David Rossmer.

GUEST STARS AND CAMEOS
Audra McDonald, Kyle Dean Massey, Laura Benanti, Andre Ward, Tony LePage, Vadim Feichtner, Alex Queroga, Ephraim Sykes, Nick Adams, Lauren Molina, Alice Lee, Matt DeAngelis, John Jellison, Andrew Durand, Darin DePaul, Ashley Austin Morris, Katie Webber, Meghann Fahy, Ann Harada, Derek St. Pierre, Taylor Trensch, Savannah Wise, Andrew Samonsky, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Jill Abramovitz, Alexandra Socha, Joe Aaron Reid, Justin Sargent, Kyle Harris, Christopher Sieber, Peter Benson, Adam Dannheisser, Adrienne Lovette, Cody Scott Lancaster, Nova Bergeron, Rob Morrison, Mo Brady, Anna Wood, Dane Dehaan, Mark Dold, Jessica Lea Patty, Robert Creighton, Meredith Miles, Alex Wyse, Olli Haavskavi, Jenny LaRoche, Andy Mientus, Michael Arden, Nick Kowalczyk,Veronika Dominczyk, Jeremy Jordan, Ashley Spencer, Nick Cearley, Krysta Rodriguez, Colin Buckingham, Julie Reiber, Lauren Culpepper, Jeremy Woodard, Lilli Cooper, Remy Zaken, Max Crum, Maulik Pancholy, Michael Urie, Will Chase, Debra Messing, Julia Murney, Santino Fontana, Kathleen Monteleone, Max Von Essen, Betsy Wolfe, and Roger Rees.

The original web series garnered six 2013 Groovy Awards for Web Series Excellence including:
Grooviest Comedy Series
Grooviest Gay Series
Grooviest Actor in a Comedy: Wesley Taylor
Grooviest Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Adam Chanler-Berat
Grooviest Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Alison Fraser
Grooviest Guest Actor in a Comedy: Audra McDonald

Garth Kravits, Lena Hall and Wesley Taylor performed with The Skivvies at 54 Below in New York on June 4, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Garth Kravits, Lena Hall and Wesley Taylor performed with The Skivvies at 54 Below in New York on June 4, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

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Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.
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