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Noah's Arc
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DVD box cover
Format Comedy-drama
Created by Patrik-Ian Polk
Starring Darryl Stephens
Rodney Chester
Christian Vincent
Doug Spearman
Jensen Atwood
Gregory Kieth
Jonathan Julian
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 17 episodes + 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 show integrated socially-relevant issues such as same sex dating, same sex marriage, HIV/AIDS awareness, infidelity, sexual curiosity, promiscuity, homophobia, gay bashing and same sex parenthood. It had parallels to and has been cited as an African-American version of the shows Sex and the City, Queer as Folk, The Golden Girls and has also been cited as a gay version of the shows Living Single and Girlfriends. The series ran from October 19, 2005 to October 4, 2006. Following its cancellation, the series adapted into a 2008 film, Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom, which served as a follow-up of the series.

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Overview

Set in Los Angeles, the show features the lives of four black gay friends dealing with everyday trials, tribulations, triumphs and tragedies. Noah's Arc premiered on October 19, 2005 on the Logo television network. The series was Logo's most popular program. Season one was filmed in Los Angeles, while season two was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The show arose from humble beginnings. The pilot was produced independently and, to assist in funding each episode, the show was originally envisioned as a DVD subscription series. During the pilot filming, Rodney Chester's (who portrays Alex) own truck was used for the actors to have their make-up, hair and wardrobe fittings. Logo pursued the series after the pilot was well-received at film festivals, independent circuits and special screenings. Some scenes from the original pilot were either re-shot or removed for airing on Logo. The original pilot is included in the season one DVD release. The opening credits theme song is "Remember The Love" (Samba Mix) by Adriana Evans.

In the summer of 2008, BET J, the spin-off cable television channel of BET, showed all episodes of Noah's Arc. The creator of the show Patrik-Ian Polk announced the broadcast schedule via MySpace. He hopes that the episodes re-airs again in primetime on the BET network.

Shortly after the second season finale cliffhanger aired, LOGO announced the show's cancellation. Surprised by the negative reaction of the show's fans, the network stated that the program may return if the film was a success. At the time of LOGO's announcement, however, none of the cast had yet been contracted for the film. "Noah's Arc" was said to be the network's highest-rated original series. The film had an opening weekend per screen average of $30,336 and narrowly came second for top per screen average by the Clint Eastwood/Angelina Jolie film Changeling, which opened in limited release the same weekend and averaged $32,601. Theaters playing the film opening weekend reported by mid-December it had taken just over $532,000 at the US box office, despite the film receiving little to no mainstream marketing support and never played on more than 7 screens at once during its 7-week theatrical run. Despite the success of the film, LOGO failed to bring the program back to air and was criticized by African-American and LGBT communities as it represented a needed diversity in mainstream media.

Cast

Notable guest stars

Background information

The original title of the series was Hot Chocolate. According to the bonus materials on the DVD, both Darryl Stephens and Doug Spearman originally read for the part of Ricky Davis, Christian Vincent originally read for the part of Noah Nichols. Noah was originally going to be called Jermaine, while Chance's original name was Solomon.

The first letter from Noah's friends' names spell ARC (Alex, Ricky and Chance). Noah's car in season one, a 1965 Chevrolet Corvair convertible, belongs to series creator and executive producer Patrik-Ian Polk. Dwen Curry, who played Romeo, was also the costume designer for the show for season one. Jurnee Crapps, who played Kenya in season one, is Rodney Chester's god-daughter. She appears in a family picture in Season 2. Alex Kirby reads O, The Oprah Magazine.

In an interview from Darryl Stephens found in the Season 2 DVD, Stephens confessed that he had a hard time working with Rodney Chester in season one because according to Stephens, Rodney would always take a part of the show's script and make it into a punch line, and Stephens would giggle often during shooting. He considered it as a serious problem at that time but despite of this, he remains friends with Chester.

Gregory Kieth who also sings and raps, had his music used on episodes of the show.

The British actor Noel Clarke (Mickey Smith in Doctor Who) was originally cast as the role of Baby Gat. But due to scheduling conflicts, the role was recast with Jason Steed.

DVD releases

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

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