Mary Ann Singleton returns to “present-day San Francisco, where she 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.”
The Original TotC aired in 1993, and Laura Linney who played Maryann returns — with her co-star from that production, Olympia Dukakis, as magical landlord Anna Madrigal — to the mythical house on Barbary Lane in which so many memories were made.
You can watch the dropped trailer/teaser below.
I must admit being a fan of the original mini-series and the books. I got chills.
After all most a year in development Netflix has officially ordered a new 10-episode installment of “Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City,” book “Maryann in Autumn”.
The series follows Mary Ann, who returns home to San Francisco and is reunited with her daughter 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 returns home to her chosen family and will quickly be drawn back into the orbit of Anna Madrigal and the residents of 28 Barbary Lane.
Lauren Morelli, who previously worked as a writer and co-executive producer on the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black,” will serve as writer, showrunner, and executive producer. Maupin will executive produce.
Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis will reprise their roles as Mary Ann Singleton and Anna Madrigal respectively. In addition, Barbara Garrick, who played DeDe Halcyon Day in the original miniseries, is also set to return.
PBS carried the original six-part “Tales” miniseries in January 1994, which generated some controversy for its depiction of LGBT relationships. Showtime ran the subsequent miniseries, 1998’s “More Tales of the City” and 2001’s “Further Tales of the City.”
Its Christmas time on Barbary Lane and Mystery and Magic is in the air. Anna Madrigal has invited everyone to a little party she’s cooking up and no one wants to show up alone. Brian hits some old haunts and finds there are still skeletons there. Mona’s detective work has panned well, but gets a little suprise when she finally tracks down one of Dorthia’s parents. Beachaum Day has no idea that the patient that he is interupting with a call to the doctor is non-other than his wife Dee Dee. The doctor agrees to have lunch with Beachaum to break it off, and guess who their waiter is? Beachaum finally sees the truth about Dee Dee and the doctor sees the truth about Beachaum. A few blocks over, Mouse fianlly runs into Mona and scolds her for not keeping in touch. Mouse invites her to the Christmas party but Mona has a plan to follow through with. She shares her concerns about Dorthia’s possible drug problem with Mouse and promises to call Mrs. Madrigal. Creepy Norman pushes Mary Annes curiosity to the edge and it turns her into a Nancy Drew of Barbary Lane.
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We rejoin Tales as Brian cruises a diner. The waitress decides to take him up on his off but wants to take him out to Colma, cemetary land, to a trailer park non the less. Later, Mouse says goodbye to his parents after a tough visit. Then Mona goes to the Church of Justice and Peace in the Castro. Poppers welcome. Creepy Norman is up to no good as usual. This time we find him snooping around for more information on Mrs. Madrigal. Meanwhile, Mona isn’t having the beautiful lesbian relationship she had imagined. Dee Dee also finds herself in a momentary relationship that leaves a bad taste in her mouth. Remember the blackmailer? Beachaum voices his protest against children once again completely oblivious to the truth
So after the little incident at the End Up, Mouse heavy heartedly talks to Mary Anne about love and romance and the search for both, all the while Mrs. Madrigal sneaks Edgar Halcyon through the courtyard and into her bedroom! Early that day, Mary Anne met up with the creepy roof guy, Norman, to go see a matinee and meets a “little friend” of his named Lexi
In Episode 3, we start out with Mary Anne getting a job at the Bay Area Crisis Switchboard, or the suiside hotline if you will, and after her first day of work, comes home to a little crisis waiting for her in the garden. The next day Mrs. Madrigal and Edgar Halcion grow closer and closer on a walk to the beach.
“Tales Of The City” – Part 2 The residents of 28 Barbary Lane continue to explore and develop their relationships with each other and with new friends. Beauchamp and Mary Ann spend a weekend together that leads to unpleasant consequences afterwards. DeDe, suspicious of Beauchamp’s infidelity, seeks intimacy elsewhere. Brian pursues more sexual conquests while Michael meets Jon, a doctor he soon develops deeper feelings for. Meanwhile, Edgar, in a time of need, finds comfort in Mrs. Madrigal.
Tales of the City is a series of seven novels written by author Armistead Maupin. Tales of the City is also the name of the first book in the series. The first four books in the series were originally serialized in the San Francisco Chronicle while the fifth book was serialized in the San Francisco Examiner. In 1993 the first book was made into a television miniseries, Tales of the City, produced by Channel 4 in the UK and screened by PBS in the U.S. in 1994 to much controversy. The second and third books in the series made their television debuts in 1998 and 2001 and was later picked up by Showtime.
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“Tales Of The City” – Part 1
In the middle of the hippest city in America, residents of Barbary Lane in San Francisco are living the hi-ife to the fullest. Here you’ll find bohemian life at it’s best: men, woman, lovers, strangers, gay and straight, always there for each other with a quick laugh or some good ( but not always leagal) advice. Besides the delicious nights and horrific mornings-after, they all face suicidal millionairs, the threat of marriage, and notorious not-yet-exposed killers! Mary Anne Singleton has just left her smalltown life behind and decided to make it in the big city, SF, Ca. The only person she knows is Connie Bradshaw (Parker Posey) who also grew up in Cleavland, and there isn’t much that Connie would “rule out”.