Peacock executives have canceled the streaming service’s drama reboot Queer As Folk after just one season.
The new version of the drama only premiered in early June, with the entire first season dropping in one go. Unfortunately, Deadline reports that it has now been canceled and there will be no second season. (opens in new tab)
Peacock’s version of the drama starred Fin Argus, CG, Jesse James Keitel, Ryan O’Connell, Johnny Sibilly, Devin Way and Kim Cattrall. It follows a group of friends in New Orleans who find their lives turned upside down after a shooting at a nightclub called Babylon.
It premiered on June 9 with eight episodes in the first season. The season was well evaluated, with an 84% score on Rotten Tomatoes (opens in new tab).
The reboot is actually the third iteration of Queer As Folk. The original, which was created by Russell T. Davies, the man behind It’s A Sin and now back as showrunner on Doctor Who, chronicled the lives of three gay men living in Manchester’s gay village around Canal Street. He starred in Game Of Thrones’ Aidan Gillen, a young Charlie Hunnam and Craig Kelly. It ran for 10 episodes between 1999 and 2000.
A US reboot by Showtime that followed the lives of five gay men living in Pittsburgh ran for five seasons and 83 episodes before ending in 2005. The new reboot, which included Davies among its executive producers, was overseen by Stephen Dunn, who confirmed his end over the weekend.
Writing about the cancellation, Dunn wrote (opens in new tab): “It’s a rare gift in these times, and in this country, to be able to put on a show as fearless and unapologetic as Queer As Folk. This experience changed our lives forever and we’re so grateful to have found this amazing new family. But today we got the news. disappointing that we won’t have a second season!
He continued: “We know how much this means to the fans and while we are heartbroken we will not be doing more episodes, we want to thank everyone for watching and falling in love with Brodie, Mingus, Ruthie, Noah, Shar, Julian, Daddius, Bussey, Marvin, Judy and Brenda. We are very grateful for the chance to honor our community and are very proud of this show.”
The show is the second reboot of a 1990s classic to end in recent months at Peacock. The streaming giant had already said goodbye to its new version of Saved By The Bell in May.
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Peacock, which is still far behind Netflix, Hulu and HBO Max in terms of subscriber numbers, recorded another big set of losses in late July.
The service is owned by Universal Pictures’ parent company, Comcast, meaning it can likely absorb losses. However, like all players in the market, its executives will have to make some tough decisions about which programs to take forward.
Earlier this summer, executives canceled Peacock’s planned TV adaptation of the best-selling and award-winning fantasy trilogy, The Green Bone Saga, while Rutherford Falls, The Office’s Ed Helms-led comedy, was canceled in September.
Previous flagship shows like Dan Brown’s adaptation The Lost Symbol and the expensive new version of the classic dystopian novel Brave New World ended after one-off seasons, and while execs will have high hopes for Vampire Academy, it brings to Richelle Mead’s novel of the same name, and its new spin-off Pitch Perfect TV, it’s fair to say Peacock hasn’t found her Stranger Things yet.
In fact, when Comcast President and CEO Brian Roberts talked about Peacock’s fall prospects, he talked about movies like Jurassic World: Dominion and Jordan Peele’s new horror Nope and the Qatar World Cup in instead of any of the service’s programs.
Among the streamer’s upcoming projects are a planned reboot of Battlestar Galactica, a big-budget adaptation of Victoria Aveyard’s young adult series Red Queen, which is being overseen by Elizabeth Banks, and a version of Wild Cards, a multi-universe series. shared science fiction superheroes. anthologies, which is overseen by George RR Martin. Perhaps one of them will boost Peacock’s presence in the market and make it compete with the big ones, we’ll see.