Many from the original cast of the PBS miniseries are set to return, including Laura Linney (Mary Ann), Olympia Dukakis (Mrs. Madrigal) and Barbara Garrick (DeDe Halcyon). Ellen Page has joined the cast, playing Shawna, Mary Ann’s daughter.
This will the fourth version of Tales of the City to air on the small screen. The first three books in the series all have been adapted into television miniseries starring Dukakis and Linney. The first aired in 1993 on PBS in the U.S. and was nominated for two Emmys and two BAFTAs. The last two (‘More Tales‘ and ‘Further Tales‘) aired on Showtime in 1998 and 2001 and received six Emmy nominations and a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Dukakis.
The new series takes place 20+ after the original, with Mary Ann returning to San Francisco where she is reunited with her daughter and takes comfort with her chosen family at 28 Barbary Lane.
Lauren Morelli (Orange is The New Black) will serve as showrunner, executive producer and writer. Armistead Maupin will executive produce with Laura Linney and Alan Poul returns to direct and executive produce.