Coming Soon to the CW: Brad Bell and Jane Espenson's 'Husbands'

Coming Soon to the CW: Brad Bell and Jane Espenson’s ‘Husbands’


Brad Bell and Jane Espenson are a dynamite duo. The team has created the winning Web series, Husbands, which was recently picked up by the CW’s online content branch, CW Digital Studio.

In case you’re not familiar, Husbands follows a gay actor (Bell) and a gay baseball player (Sean Hemeon) who wake up in Vegas married. Despite having only known each other for six weeks the two decide to go for it and that means dealing with moving in together, petty fights, cute make ups, and public scrutiny (and then some).

Not only will fans get to see existing episodes via CW but the network is also funding new episodes. Bell and Espenson, who also created Husbands: The Comic with Dark Horse, are excited to continue exploring the still very much newlywed relationship of baseball superstar Brady and outgoing actor Cheeks.

“When they got married they’d known each other six weeks,” Espenson said. “This is a really new relationship. They haven’t celebrated each others’ birthdays yet.”

The fact that Husbands is popular is without question. The channel has over 25,000 subscribers and the episodes have garnered over 100,000, and in some cases 200,000, views. Seasons one and two have included guest appearances by Nathan Fillion, Joss Whedon, Mekhi Phifer, Jon Cryer, Felicia Day and more. Literary legend Neil Gaiman wrote the introduction for the comic. Popular may in fact be an understatement.

By and large the fan response to Husbands has been, as Bell said, “massively positive.” The politically charged plot has brought some negative YouTube comments but Bell and Espenson have taken them in stride. “That’s a good thing, a show that makes people talk,” said Espenson.

They’ve made a point of letting fans know that trolls are something to laugh about, not something to be bothered by. Bell admits that the show is politically and emotionally charged but it’s more than that. “It has something to say, but it’s also fresh and entertaining,” said Bell.

At its core, Husbands, is about real relationships, and that beyond anything else has resonated with audiences. Bell, a self-described “sitcom scholar,” says he’s all about making Husbands fun. Espenson, a geek goddess who has penned episodes of Buffy, Firefly, Game of Thrones, and Once Upon a Time, is quick to admit that Bell writes most of the stories. He readily counters that she brings in the all-important structure and character development. Their collaboration has made a genuinely hilarious show that could rival most major network sitcoms.

“We really want to be funny,” Espenson said. “If the argument is between funny and anything else, funny wins.”

Check out the trailer for Husbands below:

  • CGriffin16
    April 3, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    This is such great news. I love husband so much. I can not wait to see what Brad and Jane will write for this season. Such a great show

    • Stephanie Coats
      April 3, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      I’m also excited to see what Jane and Brad come up with for season three. I’m glad to hear that the switch to CW won’t change the story because it’s pretty fantastic as is.

  • needacoke
    April 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Can’t wait for Season 3 of Husbands. It’s really a great web series and would be a great addition on TV!

    • Stephanie Coats
      April 3, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      I agree! This would be such a great TV show. Maybe cable if the networks aren’t comfortable but either way it would make the switch so easily I think.

  • Sherrie Richey
    April 3, 2013 at 1:08 am

    Thanks for reporting on this great development for Husbands! I can’t wait to see it on the CW and hopefully on broadcast as well!

    • Stephanie Coats
      April 3, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      Definitely would love to see this on broadcast. The story would work so well on TV.