Showtime’s Queer Is Here for One More Year

Showtime has renewed gay drama series Queer as Folk for a fifth season in 2005.

The fourth season of the show, which explores gay life and lover interests in Pittsburgh, bowed April 18. Network officials said Queer’s fifth campaign will premiere next spring.

“Since its premiere in 2000, Queer as Folk has distinguished itself not only as a valuable signature series for Showtime, but it has significantly helped to change the television landscape by portraying gay men and women as fully dimensional characters," Showtime president of entertainment Bob Greenblatt said in a prepared statement.

"It is responsible for blazing the trail for other gay-themed programs to thrive,” he added. “Its fifth season will be no less impactful as we continue the compelling stories and relationships that have made this series so indelible."