Two friends risk everything to become lovers and relationships are put to the test in a brand new season of Queer as Folk. Back with 14 all-new episodes, the third season of the critically acclaimed drama about gay life comes to Showcase on Mondays at 10 p.m. ET, beginning April 7.
“Queer as Folk is a ground-breaking series that has garnered a huge following in North America,” says Laura Michalchyshyn, Senior Vice-President of Programming for the dramatic networks at Alliance Atlantis Broadcasting. “Queer as Folk continues to be one of the highest-rated and most popular series on Showcase and the third season promises compelling storylines that will keep viewers glued to their TV sets.”
The provocative series depicting the relationships, ambitions and loves of a group of gay friends ended last season with viewers wondering what’s next for Brian (Gale Harold) and Justin (Randy Harrison) when Justin chose Ethan (Fabrizio Filippo) as his boyfriend. Meanwhile, Emmett (Peter Paige) and Ted (Scott Lowell) shared a romantic kiss that threatened to change the nature of their friendship.
In the season premiere on April 7, Melanie (Michelle Clunie), Lindsay (Thea Gill) and Debbie (Sharon Gless) take Justin’s side, concluding that it was Brian’s inability to give Justin what he needed (romance, love, commitment) that drove him away. But Michael (Hal Sparks) doesn’t forgive Justin for cheating on Brian with Ethan. Ted and Emmett make the decision to risk their friendship to find love, while Michael’s boyfriend Ben (Robert Gant) struggles with the effects of living with HIV.
Lending their talents behind the lens this season are a host of renowned Canadian directors including Alex Chapple, Chris Grismer, Laurie Lynd, Kelly Makin, Bruce McDonald, Jeremy Podeswa, Kari Skogland and David Wellington.
A Showcase Original series, Queer as Folk is executive produced by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman (Sisters and An Early Frost) and Tony Jonas (former president, Warner Bros. Television). Sheila Hockin is producing the series. Queer as Folk is commissioned by Showtime Networks and produced by Temple Street Productions in Toronto.
Queer as Folk won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series in 2001 and 2002, and was awarded Eye Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best Locally Produced Show in 2002.