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Netflix Is Reviving Armistead Maupin’s ‘Tales of the City’

Netflix confirmed yesterday that they will be reviving the PBS/Showtime show, Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City as a 10-episode limited series. The original show was based off Maupin’s 1978 novel, which explores LGBT culture in 1970s San Francisco.



Book cover for Tales of the City

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The Netflix revival is already stacked with female powerhouses. Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, and Barbara Garrick are set to reprise their roles from the original series. Ellen Page will also be joining the cast for the latest revival, playing the role of Shawna, the lead character’s daughter. Orange is the New Black writer Lauren Morelli will be serving as writer and showrunner for the series.


Morelli explained her connection to the story:


The magical, vivid world that Armistead Maupin built in Tales of the City is one that offered so many — particularly the LGBTQ+ community — a home for the first time. For many, Tales was the first time they saw themselves on screen. I am humbled to now find my own home within Tales and to continue telling Armistead’s stories.


The new series will take place in modern-day San Francisco, with the main character, Mary Ann (Linney), returning to home and reuniting with her daughter, Shawna (Page), and ex-husband, Brian. She’s been gone for twenty years, but she is quickly pulled back into the world she left behind at 28 Barbary Lane. The new series will begin production later this year, and is set to debut in 2019.


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