A provocative new gay series, THE THIRD follows Jason (Sean McBride), a twenty-nine-year-old gay man who stumbles into a “triad” relationship with Carl and David (Corey Page and Ryland Shelton), an established gay Palm Springs couple who are on the outs after five years of marriage. Thinking that a third person might spice up their relationship, they agree to move forward with Jason… only to encounter a whole new set of complications. What begins as a passionate three-way affair is jeopardized by skepticism, jealously and secrets. Writing their own rules along the way, Jason, Carl, and David try to figure out the true definition of love… and whether or not their new triangle is equilateral or isosceles. Part drama, comedy, and mystery, THE THIRD is the sexy and stylish new Dekkoo Original Series that isn’t afraid to cross boundaries.
THE THIRD is a show about surrogate families and the unexpected but deeply meaningful connections we make that enrich our lives. Today, many people live in “non-traditional” relationships; deep down, we are all looking for somewhere to belong. My primary goal with this show is to bring these surrogate families to light. For me this has been a complete labor of love, as they say: art imitates life, which imitates art. When I was twenty-three I came out to my family and they said, “Leave and never come back”. Soon after, a gay couple took me in and became my surrogate family; eventually, we entered into a triad relationship which initially inspired the show. These people taught me how to be a gay man and live in this new world I had discovered. My experiences in this relationship provided the initial inspiration for THE THIRD.
As a gay creator, I want to portray gay relationships without any sensationalism or exoticism. At the same time, I didn’t want to shy away from or be ashamed of what it means to be gay in today’s world. This show is my love letter to our community and to Palm Springs, a gay mecca.
All of this culminated in telling a story that is not only very real to me, but to many others as well. At my production company Bridge the Divide Media our mission is telling stories on the fringe of society and I wanted to show a gay relationship in a way that’s never been shown before. Something that didn’t feel like it was gay first, but human first. But also not shying away from it or being ashamed by it. Many people are now in “non-traditional” relationships and this show is about bringing light to them and their unique stories. All of us are looking for somewhere to belong.