Gay men of a certain age will remember the excitement when Russell Davies’ landmark British series “Queer as Folk” became available across the Atlantic.
(Remember, the internet was still in its infancy and YouTube was just a concept on a napkin.) Soon, Showtime followed up with an Americanized version set in Pittsburgh.
Two decades later, Peacock has resurrected the series, now set in New Orleans and featuring a much more diverse cast of queer characters living in a seemingly more diverse and complicated world. The show premieres on June 9 and stars Devin Way (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Station 19”), Fin Argus (“Clouds,” “The Gifted”), Jesse James Keitel (“Big Sky”), CG (“Acts of Crime”), Johnny Sibilly (“Hacks,” “Pose”), and Ryan O’Connell (“Special,” “Will & Grace”).
Davies said, “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 … I thought it was about time the title belonged to a whole new generation. The 2022 show is more diverse, wilder, freer, angrier — everything a queer show should be.”
Watch at PeacockTV.com or download the app.
Everybody Loves a Parade
Hulu is getting into the spirit and once again live streaming the Los Angeles and New York City Pride parades.
The Los Angeles Pride parade returns in person to Hollywood on Sunday, June 12 and will be live-streamed from 2 – 4 p.m. EDT. In addition to surprise celebrity guests, local news personalities Ellen Leyva, Karl Schmid, Christiane Cordero and Eric Resendiz will host.
The NYC Pride March will live stream on Hulu on Sunday, June 26 from 12 – 3 p.m. EDT and will be hosted by WABC’s Ken Rosato, Lauren Glassberg and Sam Champion. The NYC Pride March will also feature surprise celebrity appearances and honorable mentions as the celebration makes its way down 5th Avenue and past the Stonewall National Monument.
In addition to the parades, Hulu’s “Pride Never Stops” hub will feature popular LGBT-themed programs all month long, including “Pose,” “Will & Grace,” “Glee,” “Vida,” “Love Victor” (season 3 debuts June 15) and the documentary “Mormon No More,” premiering June 24.
The best reason to tune into Hulu is the breakout feature of the summer, “Fire Island,” one of the first films to feature Asian-American LGBT characters. This modern romantic comedy centers around two best friends who travel to the island for an unforgettable — and unapologetically gay — vacation with their cadre of friends and chosen family.
Watch at Hulu.com or download the app.