Peacock’s Queer as Folk reimagining will not return for any more episodes after its first season on streamer.
Creator Stephen Dunn took to social media Friday night to announce the news that the series will not continue.
“It’s a rare gift these days, and in this country, to be able to run a program of fear and no remorse,” Dunn wrote on Instagram. “This experience changed our lives forever and we are so grateful to have found this wonderful new family. But today we received disappointing news that we will not get a second season.”
He continued, “We know how much it means to our fans, and while we’re heartbroken we won’t be doing any more episodes, we want to thank everyone for watching and loving them. Brodie, Mingus, Ruthie, Noah, Shar, Julian, Daddius, Bussey, Marvin, Judy and Brenda. We are grateful for the opportunity to celebrate our community and are very proud of this program. # QueerAsFamily✨. ”
The Peacock series is the third installment of what has become Queer as Folk franchise. Russell T Davies created the original British series that ran for two seasons in the early 1990s and marked a rare TV series focused solely on a group of LGBTQ+ friends. The series, inspired by Davies’ own group of friends, was remade by Ron Cowan and Daniel Lipman in the late 1990s for Showtime and brought similar LGBTQ+ breakout stories to US television. The series ran for several seasons and helped pave the way for a more comprehensive show with peculiar characters across the spectrum and with shows like Transparent and Posture.
Dunn, who grew up secretly watching the Showtime version like many other members of the LGBTQ+ community, approached Davies asking for the rights to the series with the aim of modernizing the series for today’s generation. Davies, who had been rejecting such offers for years, signed immediately as an executive producer. The show sold during a bidding war with Bravo and eventually landed on Peacock as part of NBCU’s streaming push.
Peacock’s reimagining follows a group of friends in New Orleans and uses footage from a Pulse-like nightclub at a gay bar as a way to explore how the city’s LGBTQ+ community has reinvented itself. Dunn worked with several Pulse survivors while crafting Queer as Folksome of them have also served as consultants on the series.
Before the show’s premiere, Dunn previously said The Hollywood Reporter that he’s not trying to remake previous stories that were done as well as they were, that’s why they didn’t want to use the word “reboot”.
“If you glance, you can see character archetypes exist that are only slightly related [to the original] but I’m not aiming for orbit like any other version of the show before,” Dunn said.
Peacock’s Queer as Folk stars Devin Way, Fin Argus, Jesse James Keitel, CG, Johnny Sibilly and Ryan O’Connell, with guest stars including Kim Cattrall and Juliette Lewis.