Peacock’s ‘Queer as Folk’ Canceled After One Season
Creator Stephen Dunn announced the end of the series on Friday night via social media.
Dunn posted on Instagram, “It’s an uncommon gift in these times and in this country to be able show as fearless und unapologetic as Queer as Folk.” “This experience has changed our lives in a profound way and we are so grateful to have found such an amazing family. Today, however, we were disappointed to learn that we won’t be getting a second season.
He said, “We know how much this means to the fans, and while we are heartbroken that we won’t be able to make more episodes. However, we want to thank everyone who watched and fell in love with Brodie Mingus and Ruthie, Shar, Shar, Julian and Daddius Bussey Marvin, Judy, and Brenda.” We are so grateful to have the opportunity to honor our community with this show. #QueerAsFamily.”
The Peacock series was the third installment of what has become the Queer as Folk franchise. Russell T Davies created the original British series that ran for two seasons in the early 1990s and marked a rare drama that focused exclusively on a group of LGBTQ friends. The series, inspired by Davies’ own friend group, was remade in the late 1990s by Ron Cowan and Daniel Lipman for Showtime and brought the same groundbreaking LGBTQ stories to U.S. television. The series ran for multiple seasons and helped pave the way for more inclusive programming featuring queer characters across the spectrum and with shows like Transparent and Pose.
Dunn, who grew-up watching the Showtime version secretly like many LGBTQ members, approached Davies to acquire rights to the series. He presented Davies with a pitch to modernize and modernize the series for today’s generation. Davies, who had rejected such offers for many years, was immediately signed on as an executive producer. The show was sold in a bidding battle to Bravo and eventually landed on Peacock as part NBCU’s streaming push.
Peacock’s reimagining was based on a group of friends from New Orleans. They used a Pulse-like nightclub to shoot at a gay bar in an attempt to explore how the city’s LGBTQ community rebuilds. Dunn collaborated with many Pulse survivors to create Queer and Folk , some of whom also served on the series’ advisory board.
Ahead of the show’s premiere, Dunn previously told The Hollywood Reporter that he wasn’t trying to redo the previous stories that have already been done as well as they were, which is why they didn’t want to use the word “reboot.”
Dunn stated, “If you squint you can see the character archetypes which exist that are a slight refer [to the original], but I’m certainly not heading towards the same trajectory that any of the previous versions of the show,”
Peacock’s Queer and Folk starred Devin Way and Fin Argus. Jesse James Keitel, CG and Johnny Sibilly were also featured. Juliette Lewis and Kim Cattrall were guest stars.
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