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Tales of the City Reboot's First Teaser Trailer Is a Tearjerker 

Tales of the City Reboot's First Teaser Trailer Is a Tearjerker 

Tales of the City
Dukakis and Garber in Tales of the City

Tales of the City is queerer than ever and returns to Netflix in June with Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Charlie Barnett, Ellen Page, Jen Richards, and more.  

The 1993 Tales of the City miniseries, based on Armistead Maupin's novel, was a revelation of queer representation when it aired on PBS. Now the franchise has stepped into the 21st century with a Netflix redux that honors the original with Laura Linney reprising her role as Mary Ann, whose wide-eyed young woman in the big city circa the '70s was the anchor of the book and original series. And the first teaser trailer has just dropped.

Olympia Dukakis also returns in the role of the trans character Anna Madrigal at a time when there is pushback against cisgender actors playing trans. However, the new series seeks to represent an even wider array of LGBTQ people and has cast several trans actresses, including Jen Richards to portray the young Anna Madrigal.

The plot synopsis for the new series from Netflix is as follows:

"Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City begins a new chapter in the beloved story. Mary Ann returns to present-day San Francisco and is reunited with her daughter Shawna and ex-husband Brian, twenty years after leaving them behind to pursue her career. Fleeing the midlife crisis that her picture-perfect Connecticut life created, Mary Ann is quickly drawn back into the orbit of Anna Madrigal , her chosen family and a new generation of queer young residents living at 28 Barbary Lane."

Out Orange Is the New Black writer Lauren Morelli is the showrunner on the series, which costars Paul Gross reprising the role of Brian, Ellen Page as Mary Ann's daughter Shawna, A Fantastic Woman star Daniela Vega, RuPaul's Drag Race's Caldwell Tidicue (Bob the Drag Queen), Murray Bartlett and Matthew Risch from Looking, Russian Doll's Charlie Barnett, May Hong, Garcia, and Zosia Mamet from Girls.

The teaser trailer features Linney's Mary Ann reflecting on her incipient days at Barbary Lane. Later, Dukakis's Anna Madrigal comes in with a voiceover about having a sense of place while the camera cuts to images of queer block parties and celebrations juxtaposed with the personal stories of the Barbary Lane denizens.

The new Tales of the City premieres on Netflix on June 7.

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Tracy E. Gilchrist

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.
Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.