Noah's Arc (TV series)
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|Created by||Patrik-Ian Polk|
|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)|
|Running time||23 minutes|
|Original release||October 19, 2005– October 4, 2006|
|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.
The show revolves around the lives of four black gay friends living in Los Angeles. 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, 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. 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 network Logo as a half-hour series. The pilot, "My One Temptation", was re-written and re-shot as a two-part premiere episode, and Noah's Arc became LOGO's first scripted series. The opening credits theme song is "Remember The Love" (Samba Mix) by Adriana Evans.
Noah's Arc was Logo's highest-rated original series; however, shortly after the season two cliffhanger finale aired, it was 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.
- 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
Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom (2008)
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 name||Ep #||Release date||Special features|
|Season 1||9||August 8, 2006||
|Season 2||8||June 12, 2007||
- Program information, Logo
- Polk, Patrik-Ian (2006-10-06). "Noah's Arc: Tales from the Arc Side". Noah's Arc. LOGO.
|last2=in Authors list (help)
- 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
- Box office figures, Box Office Mojo