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July 24, 2005 | Kate Aurthur, Special to The Times
It's always sad when a trendsetter retires. "Queer as Folk," the five-season-long Showtime series, will come to an end on Aug. 7. Since December 2000, the soapy drama -- a remake of a British show that ran for 10 episodes -- has illustrated the ups and downs in the lives of a group of gay men in Pittsburgh, along with their families and friends. A lot has happened to Brian, Michael, Justin, Emmett and Ted over the show's 83 episodes, now forever preserved for cultural historians on DVD.
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July 24, 2005 | Kate Aurthur, Special to The Times
It's always sad when a trendsetter retires. "Queer as Folk," the five-season-long Showtime series, will come to an end on Aug. 7. Since December 2000, the soapy drama -- a remake of a British show that ran for 10 episodes -- has illustrated the ups and downs in the lives of a group of gay men in Pittsburgh, along with their families and friends. A lot has happened to Brian, Michael, Justin, Emmett and Ted over the show's 83 episodes, now forever preserved for cultural historians on DVD.
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October 18, 1987
We take objection to Clarke Taylor's blurb in Outtakes Oct. 11 that "At Risk" could become "the first major movie to deal with AIDS." The first major movie about AIDS was already written--for television--by us. It is called "An Early Frost." RON COWEN, DANIEL LIPMAN Pacific Palisades
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October 20, 1990 | RAY LOYND
A chaste adult love story on network TV, especially when the characters are in their 60s, doesn't come along very often. But "The Love She Sought," co-starring Angela Lansbury and Denholm Elliott, is comparatively adventurous prime-time programming. It airs Sunday at 8 on Channels 4, 36 and 39. The characters probably fantasize about sex, but they've been celibate too long to worry about it.
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January 5, 2002 | DARYL H. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's difficult to understand how a show as wildly uneven as "Queer as Folk" can be so compulsively watchable, yet somehow, it is. A gay soap opera that grooves to a dance-floor beat, the program quickly developed last year into the Showtime cable network's most-watched series and one of television's biggest surprises. It begins its second season Sunday night at 10, shortly after "Sex and the City," the HBO series to which it is often compared, returns with new episodes.
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April 29, 2000 | PAUL BROWNFIELD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Showtime announced Friday that the pay cable channel will produce an American adaptation of "Queer as Folk," the hit British drama series that has earned rave reviews and much press attention for its frank and witty look at young gay life in Manchester, England. Created by Russell T. Davies, "Queer as Folk" debuted two years ago on the U.K.'
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May 4, 1991 | STEVEN HERBERT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The producers of a drama series scheduled to debut on NBC next Saturday criticized the network Friday for deciding this week to delete the opening scene in order to respond to what the network described as "certain constituencies . . . that would find elements of the opening dialogue offensive." They said that the scene in the "Sisters" pilot had been in NBC's hands for a year and had been approved for broadcast until objections were voiced by advertisers and affiliates.
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September 22, 1986
DRAMA, COMEDY SPECIAL "Love Is Never Silent" MINISERIES, SPECIAL OUTSTANDING MINISERIES "Peter the Great" LEAD ACTOR Dustin Hoffman, "Death of a Salesman" LEAD ACTRESS Marlo Thomas, "Nobody's Child" SUPPORTING ACTOR John Malkovich, "Death of a Salesman" SUPPORTING ACTRESS Colleen Dewhurst, "Between Two Women" MUSIC COMPOSITION Laurence Rosenthal, "Peter the Great" DIRECTING Joseph Sargent, "Love Is Never Silent" WRITING Ron Cowen,
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July 9, 2004 | Lynn Elber, Associated Press
While the issue of gay marriage has received its share of television news and talk show time, it has been largely absent from TV series -- until now. Showtime's "Queer as Folk" charges into the debate in the season's last two episodes, in which partners Michael and Ben (Hal Sparks and Robert Gant) ponder marriage and decide it's right for them. But their joyful, legal Canadian wedding founders on the U.S. prohibition against same-sex unions.
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May 11, 1991 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Watching "Sisters" is like being trapped inside a nail salon. Starting a six-episode run at 10 tonight on Channels 4, 36 and 39, this is the NBC series that has made headlines because of the network's belated vetoing of the premiere's original opening scene, in which several female characters total up their orgasms. Yes, the shocking "O" word, and spoken by females in a steamy sauna, too. Here's one of the original lines you won't hear tonight: "I had five once--New Year's Eve, 1981."
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November 11, 1985 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
AIDS may become this season's TV disease. Cancer used to be the hottest ticket, starting with "Brian's Song" on ABC in 1971. Prime time later went on a "fatal disease of the week" binge, producing a torrent of teary movies about illness, each usually climaxing with a manipulative deathbed finale intended to leave viewers limp but uplifted. Though diminished, the genre is still not exhausted; witness "A Time to Live," NBC's movie two weeks ago about an admirable young muscular dystrophy victim.
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