“Noah’s Arc,” the beloved and groundbreaking series chronicling the lives and loves of four gay Black men in Los Angeles, will return to the small screen this year.
Director Patrik-Ian Polk shared the news while accepting his Lifetime Achievement Award at the second annual SpeakOut “I AM” Awards in D.C., last week, Gaye Magazine reports.
“I am very happy to confirm that there is, indeed, more ‘Noah’s Arc’ coming,” Polk said to a mass of cheers. “And it is coming this year. ‘Noah’s Arc’ is coming back,” Polk said during his acceptance speech April 23.
Fans of the show have often asked Polk and cast members whether more episodes would be coming.
The original cast — Darryl Stephens (Noah), Jensen Atwood (Wade), Christian Vincent (Ricky), and Rodney Chester (Alex) — attended the ceremony to celebrate Polk’s achievement.
Doug Spearman (Chance), was absent, but sent a video to thank Polk for his legacy in the industry and his career.
No word yet on what issues the “Noah’s Arc” characters will encounter or when this year it will be out. It’s expected to be released on one of Viacom’s platforms.
“Noah’s Arc” was a pioneering comedy-drama that ran for two seasons (from 2005 to 2006) and 17 episodes on Logo.
The show, which can be streamed on Logo, broke ground for focusing on the lives, loves, and relationships of Black gay men during a time when representation of queer Black stories in entertainment was a desert.
- Noah is a financially struggling screenwriter who eventually lands a job as Hollywood film writer, a job that originally belonged to his boyfriend, Wade.
- Alex is a HIV counselor and the sassy friend of the group. Ricky owns a clothing boutique and is Noah’s closest friend.
- Chance is a college professor.
- Wade, who eventually becomes Noah’s boyfriend, struggles with his sexual identity as well as the acceptance by Noah’s friends.
The group dealt with many social issues throughout the series, including same sex dating, same-sex marriage, same-sex parenthood, HIV and AIDS awareness, infidelity, promiscuity, homophobia, and gay bashing.
In 2008 and 2020, Noah and friends were back in the feature film “Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom” and the special “Noah’s Arc: The Rona Chronicles.”