Armistead Maupin’s classic novel Tales Of The City, originally released in 1993 as a TV show, is making a return on Netflix. The original show starred Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis and after 26 years on the pair will be returning to 28 Barbary Lane.
There were nine novels published between 1978 and 2014. The first book was the basis for the 1993 PBS miniseries Tales of the City, with two additional instalments, More Tales of the City and Further Tales of the City, followed on Showtime in 1998 and 2001.
Orange Is the New Black alum Lauren Morelli, the show-runner of the popular LGBTQ Dramedy, gave audiences a first look at the hotly anticipated series on Tuesday. Right now we know that there will be fresh new faces joining the cast including Ellen Page, Paul Gross, Jen Richards, Daniela Vega, May Hong and Garcia to name a few.
Set in 1970s San Francisco, Mary Ann Singleton (Linney), a woman from Ohio, encounters various freewheeling characters, many of them LGBTQ. Along the way, she finds an apartment at 28 Barbary Lane, where her eccentric landlady, Anna Madrigal (Dukakis), comes to serve as a surrogate mother of sorts.
In an interview with Vanity Fair published Tuesday, Morelli pointed out that all the writers of the Netflix series are LGBTQ. “If we were going to do this, it needed to usher in a new generation of characters and then, hopefully, a younger audience,” she also said. “We know how starved the younger, queer community is for authentic representation. You want to create a world that looks like our world.”
New episodes of Tales of the City will drop on Netflix this summer. Check out some picture released by Netflix below.