It’s going to be a good year for queer TV. First of all, we have our beloved “L Word” reboot to look forward to, plus a ton of LGBTQ characters on our favorite shows. But the news just keeps getting better. Armistead Maupin’s “Tales of the City” is being rebooted and adapted into a Netflix series set to premiere this summer.
The stories from “Tales of the City” originally appeared more than four decades ago in serialized newspaper format. In 1993, the soapy drama about San Francisco was brought to TV. In a surprise delight, Ellen Page will be at the center of this amazing queer world. The original story followed Mary Ann Singleton’s move to San Francisco after a vacation. Mary Ann takes up residence in an apartment at 28 Barbary Lane rented to her by Anna Madrigal, a trans woman and is surrounded by the queer San Francisco community and their intertwining lives.
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The new version focuses on telling new, relevant LGBTQ stories and will use a diverse cast to accurately represent what the queer community looks like today. “This is the escape that I hope we all kind of deserve right now,” show runner Lauren Morelli told Vanity Fair. “The characters deserve it, we, as an audience, deserve it. Let’s just create a safe space where we can disappear an hour at a time.”
Count me in!