The beloved LGBT Showtime drama of the early 2000’s is coming back to television!
Queer as Folk is an LGBTQ+ iconic television show that squeezed through the barriers of heteronormative mainstream media control. The adult show was one of the few on television with a storyline of all gay characters navigating through life within the LGBTQ+ community and outwards.
The phenomenon was so beloved that it lived through a couple iterations already. Not many North Americans know but the original series debuted in the Uk, where it ran for 10 episodes in 2000. Then it was resurrected with a Canadian and North American version, which ran for a total of 5 seasons from 2000 to 2005.
Now to many fans’ surprise, news has surfaced that the television network Bravo has decided to be the next ones to reboot the gay drama for a new generation of LGBTQ+ audiences. It’s important, however, to keep in mind that the new series is a “reboot” rather than a revival of the iconic gay television drama.
The reboot version is said to have a completely new setting, storyline, and group of characters. However, it has been communicated that the reboot will honor and pay respects to the original UK version by bringing onboard some of the original crew — they’ll be the ones running the show behind-the-scenes just like that of the first go around.
Russell T. Davies, the creator of the original UK series, is set to work as an executive producer for Bravo’s version. He will be joined by Nicola Schindler who will resume their old position as an executive producer. Other behind-the-scenes people onboard with the upcoming project include writer, director, and executive producer Stephen Dunn and executive producers Emily Brecht and Lee Eisenberg.
A concrete date of production hasn’t been released yet but one thing is for certian, this reboot will mark another chapter in not only the history of Queer as Folk but also in what it means to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community in the lens of today’s media.