Noah's Arc (TV series)

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Noah's Arc
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DVD box cover
Created by Patrik-Ian Polk
Starring Darryl Stephens
Rodney Chester
Christian Vincent
Doug Spearman
Jensen Atwood
Gregory Keith
Jonathan Julian
Wilson Cruz
Opening theme "Remember the Love" by Adriana Evans
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 17 (plus unaired pilot) (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 23 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Logo
Original run October 19, 2005 (2005-10-19) – October 4, 2006 (2006-10-04)
Chronology
Followed by Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom

Noah's Arc is an American cable television dramedy. The series, which predominantly features gay black and Latino characters, focused on many socially relevant issues, including same sex dating, same-sex marriage, same-sex parenthood, HIV and AIDS awareness, infidelity, promiscuity, homophobia, gay bashing. It ran from October 19, 2005, to October 4, 2006. After its cancellation, a film was produced entitled Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom, which was released theatrically in 2008.

Overview[edit]

The show revolves around the lives of four black gay friends living in Los Angeles.[1] It premiered in October 2005 on the LOGO cable-television network, quickly becoming the network's most popular program. Season one was filmed in Los Angeles, while season two was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Based in part on Patrik-Ian Polk's 2001 independent film Punks,[2] Noah's Arc rose from humble beginnings. The original one-hour pilot was produced independently in 2004, and to assist in funding each episode, the show was originally envisioned as a DVD subscription series.[3] During the filming of the pilot episode, Rodney Chester - who portrays Alex in the show - used his own truck as a makeshift hair, make-up and dressing room. After the pilot episode was well received at film festivals and independent screenings, the series was picked up by MTV-affiliated cable channel LOGO as a half-hour series. The pilot, "My One Temptation", was re-written and re-shot as a two-part premiere episode,[3] and Noah's Arc became LOGO's first scripted series.[2] The opening credits theme song is "Remember The Love" (Samba Mix) by Adriana Evans.

In the summer of 2008, BET's spin-off cable television channel BET J broadcast the entire series. The show's creator, Patrik-Ian Polk, announced the broadcast schedule via MySpace.

Noah's Arc was the network's highest-rated original series; however, shortly after the season two cliffhanger finale aired, LOGO announced that the series had been cancelled. The network was surprised by the negative reaction of viewers to the show's cancellation and stated that the series may return if the planned motion picture proved successful. Two years later, Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom opened in theaters in limited release. It entered the chart at number thirty-four with an opening weekend gross of $151,337. It had a per screen average of over $30,000, reaching second place on the top per screen average rankings list for that weekend. It narrowly missed the number-one slot, which was taken by the Clint Eastwood film Changeling. The film earned a total domestic gross of $532,878 during its theatrical run.[4]

Cast[edit]

  • Darryl Stephens as Noah Nicholson, a screenwriter
  • Rodney Chester as Alex Kirby, an HIV/AIDS educator
  • Christian Vincent as Ricky Davis, a promiscuous boutique owner
  • Doug Spearman as Chance Counter, an economics professor
  • Jensen Atwood as Wade Robinson, a screenwriter who comes out after falling for Noah
  • Gregory Keith as Trey Iverson, Alex's live-in boyfriend
  • Jonathan Julian as Eddie McIntyre, Chance's husband
  • Wilson Cruz as Junito Vargas, a doctor and Ricky's love interest

Notable guest stars[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Films[edit]

Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom (2008)[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season one consists of nine episodes, while season two has eight episodes. The unaired pilot is available on the season one DVD box set.

DVD releases[edit]

Cover DVD Name Ep # Release Date Special Features
Noahs arc season one.jpg Season 1 9 August 8, 2006
  • Commentary on Select Episodes by the Creator and Cast
  • Pilot Episode
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Extended Episodes
  • Auditions
NoahsArc-2ndseason.png Season 2 8 June 12, 2007
  • Deleted Scenes
  • "Tales from the Arc Side"
  • Digisodes with optional commentary
  • Featurettes
  • Blooper Reel

References[edit]

  1. ^ Program information, Logo
  2. ^ a b Polk, Patrik-Ian (2006-10-06). "Noah's Arc: Tales from the Arc Side". Noah's Arc. LOGO.
  3. ^ a b Polk, Patrik-Ian;Stephens, Darryl; and Atwood, Jensen (2007). DVD audio commentary for Noah's Arc: The Complete First Season ("My One Temptation, Part 1" and "My One Temptation, Part 2"). Paramount Home Entertainment
  4. ^ Box office figures, Box Office Mojo

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