Welcome to Barbary Lane, Ellen Page!

Netflix has given a series order to the Tales of the City revival, now titled, Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City. The 10-episode limited series is scheduled to begin production later this year, and will hit the streaming platform in 2019.

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Page joins the cast as Shawna, Mary Ann Singleton’s daughter. Laura Linney, who played Mary Ann in the first three installments of the Tales of the City miniseries, is returning, along with Olympia Dukakis, who is slated to reprise her role as Anna Madrigal.

According to Deadline, in the new Netflix series, Mary Ann “returns home to San Francisco and 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 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.”


The description sounds very similar to the plot of Mary Ann in Autumn, the eighth novel in the Tales of the City book series.

“I couldn’t be more excited about this new brand-new incarnation of Tales,” said Maupin in a statement. “It’s set in present-day San Francisco with all the joys and complications that might suggest for the residents of 28 Barbary Lane. Mrs. Madrigal’s tenants, both old and new, will be entangled in delicious new adventures and ever-expanding possibilities for love.”

Netflix has even released a picture of the first page of the script from the revival:

In addition to Page’s casting, Netflix also announced that Lauren Morelli (Orange is the New Black) will serve as showrunner and a writer on the series.

In 2014, Page came out as gay in a moving speech at Time to THRIVE, a conference to promote the welfare of LGBT youth in Las Vegas.

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“I’m here today because I am gay. And because maybe I can make a difference. To help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility.”

Tales of the City was first adapted to the screen as a 1993 PBS miniseries starring Linney and Dukakis. It was nominated for two Emmys and has since been heralded as one of the “top ten miniseries of all time” by Entertainment Weekly. Two follow ups were made: More Tales of the City (1998) on PBS and Further Tales of the City for Showtime in 2001.

Last year, Variety reported that author Michael Cunningham (The Hours) had written the first script for the revival and Maupin was on board as executive producer with Alan Poul, who directed the first three Tales of the City miniseries, back behind the camera.

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