Queer as Folk


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Queer as Folk is a drama television series. An American–Canadian co-production, the series ran between December 2000 and August 2005 and was produced for Showtime and Showcase by Cowlip Productions, Tony Jonas Productions, Temple Street Productions and Showtime Networks in association with Crowe Entertainment. It was developed and written by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman, who were the showrunners, and also the executive producers along with Tony Jonas, former President of Warner Bros. Television.

Based on the British series created by Russell T Davies, Queer as Folk was the first hour-long drama on American television to portray the lives of gay men and women. Although it was set in Pittsburgh, PA, much of the series was actually shot in Toronto and employed various Canadian directors known for their independent film work (including Bruce McDonald, David Wellington, Kelly Makin, John Greyson, Jeremy Podeswa and Michael DeCarlo) as well as Australian director Russell Mulcahy, who directed the pilot episode. Additional writers in the later seasons included Michael MacLennan, Efrem Seeger, Brad Fraser, Del Shores, and Shawn Postoff.

Highlights
Sharon Gless on being accepted by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman for the part of "Debbie" on Queer as Folk
Sharon Gless on her acceptance by the gay community since Cagney and through Queer as Folk
Sharon Gless on being hugged by fans of Queer as Folk and the impact of the show
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on adapting Queer as Folk from the original British series, and on the character of "Brian Kinney"
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on shooting sex scenes on Queer as Folk, and on how they came to choreograph them and work to respect the boundaries of the actors
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the depiction of people living with HIV/AIDS on Queer as Folk
Who talked about this show

Sharon Gless

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Sharon Gless on wanting to be cast as "Debbie" and being accepted by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman for the part, and being embraced by the gay community since Cagney and through Queer as Folk
Sharon Gless on being hugged by fans, and the impact of Queer as Folk

Daniel Lipman

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Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on how Queer as Folk (which was an adaptation of a British series) came about, and on committing to being as bold and boundary pushing as the British original was
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on why Showtime was the right home for Queer as Folk and the fact that network did not interfere with the series
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the television and political atmosphere for both gay people and gay characters at the time they were developing Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on adapting Queer as Folk from the original British series, and on the character of "Brian Kinney"
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on setting Queer as Folk in Pittsburgh
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on working with executive producer Tony Jonas on Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the challenge of casting Queer as Folk due to the fact that many actors would not show up for their auditions because agencies did not want them to: "it was an untouchable show"
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on casting Gale Harold as "Brian Kinney" on Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on casting Sharon Gless as "Debbie Novotny" on Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the closeness of the cast of Queer as Folk, and how exposed and brave the cast had to be for five seasons
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the public's curiosity about the actors' sexuality on Queer as Folk, and on the explicit nature of the show
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on Showtime's initial marketing campaign for Queer as Folk, and on the opening credits of the show
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the press reaction to Queer as Folk, and in particular the pushback they got from the gay community
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the conservative reaction to Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on Queer as Folk's audience, and on its popularity among straight women
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on Queer as Folk's impact on Showtime
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on Queer as Folk presenting a reflection of the gay community in a way that had never been seen before on television, and the power of that: "seeing a reflection of yourself validates your life. It validates who you are. It validates that you exist"
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on shooting sex scenes on Queer as Folk, and on how they came to choreograph them and work to respect the boundaries of the actors
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the impact of the depictions of sex on Queer as Folk and their intention behind it
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the writing staff on Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the cast's input into their characters on Queer as Folk, which was somewhat minimal because the cast trusted them
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on how they approached the storyline where "Justin" is the victim of a hate crime on Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the depiction of people living with HIV/AIDS on Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the difference between what they could depict in their 1985 made-for-television movie An Early Frost and on Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the storylines involving characters on Queer as Folk fathering children
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the bombing storyline in the final season of Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the Queer as Folk character "Emmett", and on their personal responses and the response of the gay community to the character and real people like him
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on why Queer as Folk came to an end, and on the final episode
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on being on set in Canada for Queer as Folk on 9/11
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the then-potential reboot of Queer as Folk, and on how the show would be different in 2019 versus the early 2000s
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the legacy of Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on how Queer as Folk (which was an adaptation of a British series) came about, and on committing to being as bold and boundary pushing as the British original was
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on why Showtime was the right home for Queer as Folk and the fact that network did not interfere with the series
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the television and political atmosphere for both gay people and gay characters at the time they were developing Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on adapting Queer as Folk from the original British series, and on the character of "Brian Kinney"
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on setting Queer as Folk in Pittsburgh
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on working with executive producer Tony Jonas on Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the challenge of casting Queer as Folk due to the fact that many actors would not show up for their auditions because agencies did not want them to: "it was an untouchable show"
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on casting Gale Harold as "Brian Kinney" on Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on casting Sharon Gless as "Debbie Novotny" on Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the closeness of the cast of Queer as Folk, and how exposed and brave the cast had to be for five seasons
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the public's curiosity about the actors' sexuality on Queer as Folk, and on the explicit nature of the show
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on Showtime's initial marketing campaign for Queer as Folk, and on the opening credits of the show
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the press reaction to Queer as Folk, and in particular the pushback they got from the gay community
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the conservative reaction to Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on Queer as Folk's audience, and on its popularity among straight women
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on Queer as Folk's impact on Showtime
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on Queer as Folk presenting a reflection of the gay community in a way that had never been seen before on television, and the power of that: "seeing a reflection of yourself validates your life. It validates who you are. It validates that you exist"
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on shooting sex scenes on Queer as Folk, and on how they came to choreograph them and work to respect the boundaries of the actors
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the impact of the depictions of sex on Queer as Folk and their intention behind it
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the writing staff on Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the cast's input into their characters on Queer as Folk, which was somewhat minimal because the cast trusted them
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on how they approached the storyline where "Justin" is the victim of a hate crime on Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the depiction of people living with HIV/AIDS on Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the difference between what they could depict in their 1985 made-for-television movie An Early Frost and on Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the storylines involving characters on Queer as Folk fathering children
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the bombing storyline in the final season of Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the Queer as Folk character "Emmett", and on their personal responses and the response of the gay community to the character and real people like him
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on why Queer as Folk came to an end, and on the final episode
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on being on set in Canada for Queer as Folk on 9/11
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the then-potential reboot of Queer as Folk, and on how the show would be different in 2019 versus the early 2000s
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on the legacy of Queer as Folk
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman on adapting Queer as Folk from the original British series, and on the character of "Brian Kinney"

Barney Rosenzweig

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Sharon Gless on being hugged by fans, and the impact of Queer as Folk

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