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A New ‘Queer as Folk’ Is Coming to Peacock

By |2021-04-13T10:03:16-04:00April 13th, 2021|Entertainment, National, News|

After a couple years of rumbling maybes, theres a new Queer as Folk” on the way, with an eight-episode, straight-to-series order from NBCs streaming service Peacock. The reimagining” is from Little America” creator Stephen Dunn, wholl set the update among a diverse group of queer friends in New Orleans (the original UK series was set in in Manchester, the US version in Pittsburgh). Were hopeful that this iteration will take that diversity seriously, because unlike the first wave of LGBT scripted dramas for television — the UK and American QaF” included — that were almost entirely centered on white, cisgender characters, we now live with a TV landscape that includes a revived L Word” and Pose,” programs that deliver a much more inclusive vision of the queer family. No cast yet (Pose” is ending, though; so casting directors, take note, some wonderful actors are available). And no air date. Just good news.


Uzo Aduba runs the ‘Low Country’

Were always up for more from the great Uzo Aduba. The Emmy Award winner impresses every time she blesses a new project with her talent (were still high on her portrayal of Shirley Chisholm on Mrs. America” if you cant tell). So its very good news, indeed, to learn that shell be first on the call sheet for the new television drama Low Country.” Aduba will star as a lesbian deputy sheriff in South Carolinas low country. Black and queer in a conservative white community, shes tasked with taking on a wealthy white crime family with a reputation for instilling fear in their enemies. Aduba will also executive produce the series, which is from Michelle King and Robert King (The Good Wife”) and written by Dewayne Jones (Your Honor”). Thats a solid lineage, and a very long way from the days of stuff like the Suzanne Somers sitcom Shes the Sheriff.” Thats the one where the joke was that a woman would do a job that only a man should do. Remember it? No? Its OK, your life will be fine without it. Look for this one on CBS in the near future.

A transgender opera diva and ‘The Sound of Identity’

March 31 was the International Transgender Day of Visibility, and though the new documentary from Shout! Studios, The Sound of Identity,” didnt drop on that day, itll arrive just in time for Pride month. The film profiles transgender opera singer Lucia Lucas and her historic 2018 performance at the Tulsa Opera, where she was the first trans woman to take on a principal role in opera history. This was nothing less than a career-defining risk, but Lucas collaborated with composer and mentor Tobias Picker to bring her acclaimed baritone voice to the role of Don Giovanni in Mozarts opera of the same name. The film, directed by James Kicklighter (Angel of Anywhere”), won the 2020 OUTshine Film Festival Programmers Award of Excellence for its thoughtful exploration of voice, gender, and performance. Dont miss it when it begins streaming on June 1.

The marvelous John Waters visits ‘Mrs. Maisel’

Heres the news: legendary cult filmmaker John Waters (Hairspray”) will have a role on the upcoming season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” And even though the new season is currently shooting, all details are under closely guarded wraps. Will he be a one-and-done? Recurring? Minor character? New regular? Whos he playing? We dont know and, frankly, it doesnt matter. But were thrilled to see Waters in front of the camera for all sorts of reasons. Hes a queer elder statesman at this point, and for the retro purposes of Maisel,” he already looks like an early 60s senior dandy. That pencil thin mustache alone is readymade period detail. Meanwhile, Amy Sherman Palladino and Daniel Palladino, the shows creators, have a fun history of stunt casting going back to their Gilmore Girls” days where everyone from Carole King to Norman Mailer to Traci Lords to members of Sonic Youth would simply show up in the fictional town of Stars Hollow to mingle with Lorelai and Rory at a pumpkin festival. Waters is going to fit right in.

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