‘Tales of the City’ is a series of novels written by Armistead Maupin. Out of the nine books, the first three have been adapted for television- ‘Tales of the City’, ‘More Tales of the City’ and ‘Further Tales of the City’. The last show aired in 2001 and now Netflix has come up with a revival that brings back a bunch of characters from the previous series while making the new additions to drive the story forward. Several actors are reprising their roles from the previous series. It is known for incorporating LGBTQ+ themes in its story, especially at the time when this was not even a topic of discussion.
Back in the 90s, the series had received a backlash from conservative and religious communities. However, it also became a benchmark for bringing queer characters to the forefront. Almost two decades later, the world has changed a lot and the representation of LGBTQ+ characters in films and TV shows has slowly gained momentum. The 2019 revival follows in the footsteps and further builds on the legacy created by its predecessors. The involvement of queer writers and showrunners is an attestation to how far the show has come in building a solid ground for their stories.
‘Tales of the City’ has been executive produced by Lauren Morelli, Armistead Maupin, Alan Poul, Laura Linney, Andrew Stearn, Liza Chasin, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. Morelli also serves as the writer and showrunner.
Tales of the City Cast: Who’s in It?
The central character in ‘Tales of the City’, Mary Ann Singleton, is played by Laura Linney. She is the winner of multiple Golden Globes and Emmys and has received Academy Award nominations three times. Her acting credits include titles such as ‘Ozark’, ‘The Big C’, ‘Frasier’, ‘Sully’, ‘Genius’, ‘The Fifth Estate’, ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose’, ‘Love Actually’, ‘The Truman Show’, ‘Primal Fear’, ‘You Can Count on Me’, ‘Kinsey’ and ‘The Savages’.
Olympia Dukakis plays the role of Anna Madrigal. She has been nominated for an Academy Award, an Emmy and multiple Golden Globes. Some of her best-known works include ‘Moonstruck’, ‘Joan of Arc’, ‘More Tales of the City’, ‘Sex and Violence’, ‘Centre of the Universe’, ‘Sinatra’, ‘Lucky Day’, ‘Cloudburst’, ‘The Event’ and ‘Steel Magnolias’.