Cue the pulse to begin, and prepare to get soaking wet this Pride Month.
Peacock has finally announced that the highly-anticipated “re-imagining” of Queer as Folk will premiere Thursday, June 9, so start planning your Pride parties accordingly.
As Logo reported back in 2021, Peacock’s reboot of the groundbreaking original U.K. series — not the Showtime remake — moves the action to New Orleans and follows a new crop of queer characters. The cast includes Candace Grace (Acts of Crime), Logo Live host Johnny Sibilly (Pose, Hacks), Devin Way (Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19), Fin Argus (Clouds, The Gifted), Jesse James Keitel (Big Sky), and Ryan O’Connell. Guest stars announced include Kim Cattrall, Benito Skinner, Nyle DiMarco, Megan Stalter, and Juliette Lewis, among others.
“Like most queer ‘90s kids, I had a unique relationship with the original Queer as Folk,” said creator and executive producer Stephen Dunn in a statement. “Growing up, I was desperate for any sort of connection with people like me. It was the first time I really felt seen. The show offered a new paradigm – one where we could accept and celebrate queer love, families, and communities on a global stage. It was truly iconic. I am honored that Russell T. Davies, the creator of the original series, entrusted me to continue this legacy.”
“I wanted to create a new groundbreaking version of this show for this moment. Our new Queer as Folk is set in New Orleans – one of the most unique queer communities in North America – and I am immensely proud that the new series is comprised of an electric ensemble of fresh characters that mirror the modern global audience,” Dunn continued. “If there’s one person who is able to see Queer as Folk and feel less alone, or who now feels more supported and seen, our job is done. In the true spirit of the original, our show doesn’t shy away from the harsh realities of our community, but above all else, the series is about people who live vibrant, vital, unapologetically queer lives.”
As Logo previously reported, the original British Queer as Folk, created by Russell T. Davies and produced by Nicola Shindler, debuted in 1999 and ran for 10 episodes on Channel 4. A North American remake aired 2000–2005 for five seasons on Showtime. Peacock’s reboot was first announced in December 2018, with Davies and Shindler serving as executive producers. Stephen Dunn, who directed 2015’s Closet Monster, is attached as writer, creator, and executive producer.
“I believe deeply in the power of storytelling to make people feel seen, but all too often I feel as though queer and trans representation in art is limited to extremes. We are either shown as saintly heroes bravely surviving a bigoted society or two-dimensional queer-coded villains that feel airdropped in from some previous era,” explained executive producer and writer Jaclyn Moore. “With Queer as Folk, we aimed to depict queer characters who live in the messy middle. People who are complicated. Who are funny and caring and flawed and sometimes selfish, but still worthy of love. Still worthy of narrative. As a trans woman, I’m excited to take steps to move past telling stories that seem to just be arguing for our basic humanity. My hope is that Queer as Folk is one such step.”
This version of Queer as Folk is being described as “a vibrant reimagining of the groundbreaking British series created by Russell T. Davies, exploring a diverse group of friends in New Orleans whose lives are transformed in the aftermath of a tragedy.”
“I’m very proud of what we achieved in 1999, but in queer years, that was a millennium ago! As a community, we’ve radicalized, explored, opened up, and found new worlds — with new enemies and new allies — and there was so much to be said,” said Russell T. Davies in a statement about the reboot. “Stephen pitched a brand new version of Queer as Folk with so much imagination, insight, and crucially, joy, that I simply couldn’t resist. I thought it was about time the title belonged to a whole new generation. The 2022 show is more diverse, more wild, more free, more angry – everything a queer show should be.”
Peacock has yet to release a full trailer for Queer as Folk, but check out new images from the series below, and block off June 9 on your calendars now.