The Lonely Crowd is a half-hour drama about a group of friends and artists looking for success and love in the city of stars and the super wealthy.
It is about navigating the labyrinth of modern dating.
They live in a bizarre in-between world of constantly being broke while simultaneously offered access to the worlds most insane luxuries.
The Lonely Crowd is really about finding love, friendships and the deep connections with the people who really matter.
They are from all over the country with families that have conflicting ideologies, practices and beliefs.
To the characters in The Lonely crowd, their problems are eternal; life, love and poverty in a landscape vastly changed by social media.
JESS- Intellectual. A successful political cartoonist for a Vice-like online publication. The daughter of Cuban dissidents, she faces internal conflict from her right-wing Roman Catholic upbringing set against the progressive values she picked up in college and perfected as a member of Liam’s peer group. Jess went to College with Liam at USC and they fell deeply in love. But she’s got major anxiety and depression issues stemming from a college rape that also ruined her relationship with Liam. As Jess struggles to keep her PTSD from dragging her down she hides the secret that her attacker is still a member of their group.
Jess will continue to struggle with her intimacy issues until it becomes clear that she can’t keep running back to Liam every time things go wrong. After realizing that home is not always something you can go back to, Jess will have to figure out a way to face her fears and become strong again and regain what was taken from her.
LIAM- Born and raised in Los Angeles. A writer and director who grew up poor on the streets of Venice; which all changed when his dad hit it big in real estate and moved their family to Malibu. Liam never forgot his Venice roots and despises the arrested development of his younger siblings and the sociopathic behavior of his older brother. He’s the core of our group, the messenger and the caretaker. Liam is a lover who treats dating like a game where everyone knows the rules and nobody gets hurt. A real romantic, dating is just something you to do to pass the time until you find your true love.
In season one, Liam's perspective on love and dating will get a little more cloudy after getting his heart broken in the pilot episode, only to fall harder for a girl named Taylor with in later episodes with similar disastrous results.
COLTON- A high-level lesbian fashion photographer on the verge of breaking into the world of mainstream art. An abusive Childhood, raised mostly by her hillbilly grandmother, Colton was married at the age of 16 when she got pregnant with the first boy she ever had sex with. After being forced to keep the kid and get married, Colton, abandoned her child and husband and took off for Los Angeles with the help of one of her old high school art teachers. She is now walking the razor edge between success and failure as she prepares for a make or break art show. For now, though, she’s got the huge studio and the beautiful girlfriend, where every photo shoot turns into a party.
Over the course of season one, Colton will be forced to face change after the critical and commercial failure of her big art show and her golden image as a progressive LGBT activist starts to fall apart after the shocking truth about Nola is revealed.
JOSHUA- Not just spiritual but actually religious, Joshua brings a sense of peace to the group. Talented, aspiring movie producer and actor. He struggles with being from two worlds. A good ol' southern boy from Arkansas living amongst LBGT bohemians. He’s in a long-term relationship with a woman he loves who desperately wants to get married; which he does believe he is ready for. Joshua is guided by his beliefs and his loyalty to his friends. He’s always there with quick wit and good advice for anyone who needs it… and some who don’t. A hypochondriac with high anxiety, he always adds some comedic relief to any situation.
During Season 1, Joshua will find himself sliding into turmoil as he begins to question his relationship and wonders if he will ever achieve the professional success he believes he needs to gain his families respect and have the financial stability to get married and start a family . Meanwhile, when an important movie deal falls apart, his financial stability becomes even more shaky.
AND THE REST: There are always friends and girlfriends on the scene to fill out the crowd and keep things lively. This show will be bolstered by a broadly diverse and universally appealing cast of secondary characters.
Nola drops out of high school, abandoning her life in Ohio to move to L.A to find her famous mom to extort her for money so she can create a glossy fabulous life, the kind she has seen on reality TV, for herself in L.A. That photographer is Colton who is working on a Mapplethorop-esque series with transgender models for an upcoming show. Nola is mistaken for an intern when she shows up to confront Colton and reluctantly accepts the paid internship, concealing her identity, when she realizes she does not have courage to confront Colton and extort her for money. Jess goes on a date with a nice guy named Sam, with the sole mission to have meaningless sex with a nice guy she can trust, can’t when she has a panic attack that keeps her from accomplishing her goal that puts her in the hospital. She calls Liam. Liam comes to her rescue with his model girlfriend Ivy, who liam thinks might be the love of his life. he agrees to let Jess stay at his place and makes the pullout couch ready for her. The next morning, very unexpectedly, Ivy breaks up with Liam, leaving him absolutely devastated. Liam tries to win her back but Matt and Joshua urge caution and to give her some space, assuring him she will come back. Matt, and Liam visit Colton’s and tell her what they really think of her new photo series for her upcoming make-it or breaking it show. She is upset by their response and storms out. Liam despairs when Ivy refuses to meet with him for a proper breakup and finally accepts that the breakup is real. Jess invites Liam into her shower to jerk him off to fulfill her goal of achieving some sort of a sexual conquest and to get closer to Liam under the guise that she wants to help him move on and get his sexual verve back. When the real intern shows up for the job Nola has been assuming, Nola is exposed as a fraud and must confess to Colton who she really is. She doesn’t have to, however, Colton immediately realizes she is the daughter she abandoned and that she must finally face her mistake from long ago all grown up.
SEASON 1: The first season of The Lonely Crowd traces the early days of the group as they struggle with finding love and commitment in the big city.
Episode 3: “No more Facebook for you”
Nola can’t stand living in poverty, especially once she gets a look at how the rich of LA are living. She decides to upgrade her lifestyle by any means necessary. She meets a man at a party and, after sleeping with him, rifles his wallet for cash. Tired of the failed dates, right wing diatribes and endless virtual drama, Liam locks Matt out of Facebook. The two friends go to war over it. Changing each other’s passwords and playing a variety of pranks on one another. In the end, they have a meaningful discussion on the value of information and how important it is to keep people’s real personas and internet personas separate, especially with on-line dating. Taylor wants Liam to meet her famous parents but Liam doesn’t feel that he is ready for that and suspect Taylor is trying to use her parents to make Liam like her more. He knows how huge her parents help could be for his career but wants to make sure the relationship is solid first. Meanwhile, when the man Nola robbed comes looking for her, Nola pulls a gun on him and the whole group begins to understand that they might have a loose cannon in their midst.
SEASON 1 - continues into the holidays and one by one, their relationships fall apart due to neglect or self-destructiveness. Colton’s art show is a disaster but a one-off nude photo of Anne and Nola together becomes a sensation and the fame she was waiting for comes knocking. Underneath that fame, however, is a waiting disaster. Word gets out that Nola is underage, is Colton’s daughter, and a firestorm unfolds. Liam falls deeper in love with Taylor only to find that she never took the relationship with him serious. Publicly embarrassed, he finds her walking the red carpets with other famous men, close to their circle. A string of bad dates and financial woes leave Matt more bitter than ever. In the end, every one of our characters winds up alone and swiping impotently at their dating apps looking for some kind of instant and easy connection and finding nothing.
The Future: Future seasons of The Lonely Crowd will continue to explore similar themes of love vs. success as the characters grow and develop and find more meaningful and mature relationships as they learn to quiet their egos and accept spiritual growth. Colton and Nola must reach an accord and eventual understanding as they try to figure out what it means to be family under such impossible circumstances. Liam goes on a self-destructive rampage after getting his heart broken by Taylor only to pick himself up again and rededicate himself to finding something real. He winds up with a wonderful girl who everyone likes but him. Liam’s efforts to force the romance with his perfect girl “on paper” eventually end up heartbreaking everyone involved. Matt falls in love, moves out of Liam’s house and starts to change back into a mellow and loveable guy he truly is at his center. Jess moves into Liam’s house and the strange traumatic sex thing between them grows. They try to have sex and Jess begs Liam to finish it, to get her through it no matter what. He does and they both end up traumatized by reliving her rape together. Eventually the truth of Jess’s attacker will surface but it will be too late for Liam to confront David; when David dies from heart failure at the end of season 2. Fame and fortune come and go for these characters but it’s not what they expected. If they want something real, the good life, they will have to accept the things and people in their life as they truly are, not as they wish them to be. They slowly realizes they will always find themselves in the lonely crowd if they keep chasing glamour and illusions, some will make it out alive, as the best versions of themselves, others will not, forever chasing wind in down the boulevard of broken dreams.
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Wealth and fame might beckon at every turn for these young artists but it’s all a radical illusion.
These are artists, journalists, filmmakers and writers.
They wear nice clothes. They eat good food. They are always invited to the best parties.
About sex and desire. And the deep need to connect with others.
They want to change the world. But beyond that, they’re friends, they’ve got each other’s backs and, whatever happens, they’re going to survive it together.
They care deeply about the planet and where our country is headed.
The five hundred square miles of the city of angels is home to dozens of little towns, neighborhoods and enclaves that have spread up and sprawled out. A transient city that forms not only the backdrop but is the beating heart of The Lonely Crowd.
This is a city that is always on the move, always growing, changing and flying in the face of its past.
Our group of friends find each other and hold on tight because they’re all they’ve really got in this world.
NOLA- Half-Black. Young and beautiful. She is very street smart and will survive by any means necessary. Distrusts authority and people in general. Conservative views about the world. She is a genuine Trump supporter. In the pilot episode, she drops out of high school and moves to Los Angeles with the plan to extort the mother she has never met before, Colton for, money. She is obsessed with Reality TV, The Kardashians, and becoming famous. When she shows up, it is a terrible mystery, she does not tell everyone who she really is and slowly inches her way into the group.
As season 1 progresses, Nola will be the catalyst for Colton’s artistic resurrection and her downfall. Indeed, Nola’s role will always be to start fires and foster chaos. No matter how much she tries to run from that reality, that’s what she’s built for. She leaves behind a trail of wreckage wherever she goes.
ALLY - secretly broke, club promoter, socialite, and jaded ex-girlfriend of Joshua. Ally has become the pseudo personal assistant and financial dependent of Brianna; which creates confusions about the true nature of their relationship causing huge conflicts later on.
BRIANNA - grew up in Malibu with Liam. Her dad is legendary T.V producer and is now a very successful actress herself on a cheesy network soap opera she hates. Brianna lives in the apartment above Liam. They have consistently been friends that occasionally sleep together since middle school.
MARCUS- a young aspiring Muslim rapper. He lives with Nola and is the property manger of where they live. He will become a big brother figure, helping her see a more spiritual side of life.
DAVID - Liam’s older half-brother. Extremely conservative, intelligent and nihilistic. We come to find out the David is the one who raped Jess, although he doesn’t see it that way.
Episode 2: “The Kruetzer Sonata”
After a fiery sermon about celibacy, Joshua and his equally Christian girlfriend, Alondra, decide get closer to God by giving up sex until marriage. Hearing Josh talk about it at dinner has a profound effect on the entire group of friends. Liam, Matt, Jess, Brianna and Ally go to party where Liam hopes to run into Ivy but instead meets a charming girl named Taylor, who he is immediately smitten with. Liam returns that night and shares a bed with Jess who is still staying with. That morning Jess flirts with Liam while naked and Liam tries to diffuse the sexual tension. David shows up to take Liam and Matt to lunch and Jess is again upset. Liam assumes Jess is mad at him because of the sexual reproach to her come on. Nola is living back at her house in Silver Lake, shocked to learn that she is living with a Muslim, when Colton returns to talk to her and offer her a job working for her. Nola reluctantly accepts the paying job and things remain tense as they agree to keep their relationship secret from everybody else. Liam and Taylor’s date goes amazingly and, in order to keep it special, Liam also decides to keep sex out of it. Matt, on the other hand, has regrettable sex and tries to forget it. After a couple of days, the lack of sex starts to frustrate Joshua but his girlfriend doesn’t want to let the experiment go and now sees it as a bargaining chip to finally force Joshua to commit to marriage.
Episode #4: “Ivy was my Rosalind, Taylor is my Juliet”
Liam and Taylor’s relationship continues to intensify as they get closer and closer. Taylor projects the image of the perfect girlfriend to Liam while secretly doing drugs and seeing other men behind his back. Joshua struggles with his ongoing celibacy and begins considering marriage for the first time. Nola takes an acting class with Anne and meets a kind, funny guy who asks Nola out on a date. Anne and Colton go to therapy and the source of Colton’s stress becomes clear. Colton is in serious money trouble and after Anne storms out of the session, the therapist adds her voice to the increasing number of people who don’t think Anne is a lesbian. Liam realizes that he’s falling in love with Taylor, especially when Ivy shows up again, wanting to get back together and Liam wants nothing to do with her. Jess tries to sleep with Liam again; which causes Liam to get very angry that Jess is not taking his feelings for Taylor serious. Nola’s date with the guy from acting class is a disaster. He’s sweet, gentle and kind and that’s a major turn off. When Nola goes to Colton’s looking for someone to talk to, she spots Anne sleeping with a man. Nola doesn’t tell anyone, however, choosing loyalty to her new friend Anne over Colton.
Episode #5: “Lost Illusions”
Jess goes back to Miami for her cousins funeral and stays with her raciest grandmother who watches FOX News all day every day. Jess tries to change her grandmothers mind but realizes there is nothing she can do. Meanwhile in L.A, Liam ambushes Matt with a double date and tricks Matt into buying him new clothes and getting a new haircut. On discovering Liam’s plans, Matt leaves defiantly before his date can show up. That night, Liam, Taylor and the girl Matt was supposed to go on the double date with go to warehouse party downtown. Taylor and Liam have a blow up when Taylor uses her sexuality to score free drugs. Liam threatens to break up with her and is about to leave when Taylor proclaims her love to him while she is on ecstasy. Liam and Taylor reconcile that night but Liam still goes home in a fit of defiance. Ally and Brianna have a huge falling out over Ally failing to live up to her professional duties. Ally slowly fades into the background of the group as Brianna cuts her off completely. Taylor texts Liam, the next day, and they reconcile, after she gives a shallow but genuine excuse to why she has acted the way she has. They go see a movie together and have dinner. Liam is feeling very vulnerable and gets drunk in front of her for the first time. When Taylor asks Liam if he’s ever been in love. Liam responds callously. They have sex that night but it is angry and disconnected leaving both of them with a bad feeling about each other. Liam gets a call from Jess in the middle of the night calling to apologize for not respecting his relationship with Taylor. Liam takes it outside under a sky of stars, brooding over his current romantic situation.
MATT, the bitter right-wing liberal intellectual roommate of Liam. Matt grew up dirt poor in a small town in Oregon near an Indian reservation with a single father that never connected with him emotionally and faded away altogether when Matt’s sister killed herself. Beloved member of the group Matt suffers from extreme depression and anxiety; which his alcoholism just makes worse. Forced into living with Liam because he has no options. He is Liam's longtime writing partner and often lashes out. Angry at the world, for all its injustice, he is slowly becoming more and more conservative.
During season one, Matt will continue to struggle with the idea of straight white man as minority and victim. He will alternate between hope and bitterness in his desire to find real and lasting love in the internet age when one can always keep swiping for something better.
TAYLOR - an aspiring actress, writer, and model, her mom and dad are two of the biggest movie stars in the world. Liam’s seeming Juliet, she projects a completely different image to Liam, while secretly two-timing him and getting mixed up in drugs.
ANNE - the current it girl in fashion, TV and movies. Beautiful, young, and vapid. She is always leading the latest trends, the latest of which is sleeping with women and being Colton's girlfriend; which goes against her nature.