Tales of the City - this series will be streaming on Netflix in 2019
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Produced by Britain’s Channel 4 in 1993, this ground-breaking television miniseries created an uproar when it aired on PBS the following year. Adapted from Maupin’s first novel and starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney, the drama shattered precedent by depicting the love lives of gay and straight characters alike. This provoked official condemnations from the legislatures of Georgia, South Carolina and Oklahoma—and a bomb threat at the PBS station in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
“Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City” received record-high ratings, Best Miniseries recognition from the National Board of Review, two major Emmy nominations and television’s most prestigious honor, the Peabody Award. Nevertheless, PBS bowed to conservative pressure and dumped its plans for a sequel.
More Tales of the City - this series will be streaming on Netflix in 2019
The second of Maupin’s three miniseries, “Armistead Maupin’s More Tales of the City” was produced by Showtime in 1998 after PBS caved in to pressure from the religious right and chose not to continue the saga. It was nominated for five Emmy awards, including Outstanding Miniseries and Outstanding Lead Actress (Olympia Dukakis).
Further Tales of the City - this series will be streaming on Netflix in 2019
The last of the three miniseries based on the Tales books was co-written by Maupin and James Lecesne and received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Miniseries. Though it follows the adventure-driven storyline of the original novel, it offers some noteworthy additions and elaborations—with the author’s blessing.
● The closeted movie star inspired by Maupin’s friendship with Rock Hudson is now called Cage Tyler, since his name was indicated only by blanks in the novel.
● Unlike the novel, the miniseries provides a love interest for Anna Madrigal. Olympia Dukakis had requested this change herself but later joked that Maupin had given her more—and less—than she had bargained for.
● Due to the popularity of Jackie Burroughs in the role of Mother Mucca, Maupin departs from the novel and brings the cranky old madam back for another round.