Apparently, "synergy" is no longer the corporate strategy at Logo and MTV Networks. After announcing vague "plans" to develop a theatrical film from Noah's Arc—described as their "hit flagship series about four gay African-American friends"—another, much quieter announcement confirmed the show has been canceled.
The network announcement neglected to mention this important fact. Actor Christian Vincent, who portrays Ricky on the show, broke the unfortunate news on his MySpace page: "I have been asked for months about Noah's Arc returning. There will NOT be a third season. The show laid ground work for many other shows that may come after it. Noah's Arc opened a door which I realize from the fans was very liberating." The timing is especially suspect because only yesterrday, actor Jensen Atwood was on NPR and expressed high hopes for a third season, which apparently had been confirmed by the network.
It's a curious strategic decision to extend the Noah's Arc brand with a feature film but limit its shelf life by canceling the series, and, future DVD sales. Possibly, the producers and network suits calculated they could make money from a one-shot movie and some DVDs versus several more broadcast seasons. Most likely, the alleged "movie"—and we say alleged, because, with no script, confirmed cast or budget, how else to describe it?—is a diversionary consolation prize.
Or, perhaps the show had simply run its course ... from a creative point of view. "While the production values and acting improved measurably the second season," notes one longtime Noah's Arc fan. "The Logo sudser suffered from increasingly over-the-top story lines and the unrelateability of the characters."
More to follow ....
Thanks Bernie and Jerome P!
No Ahh... Arc (Christian Vincent)
Jensen Atwood on NPR (Keith Boykin)
Noah No More? (Johnny is a Man)
Some Background on "Noah's Arc" ...
"Honey, I'm Home!" (Rod 2.0) DVD Review: "Noah's Arc" (Rod 2.0) The Many Faces of Rodney Chester (Keith Boykin) Jensen Atwood Reveals All (Keith Boykin) Jensen Flaunts It (Rod 2.0) Patrik-Ian Polk in "Genre" (Rod 2.0) Uno Dos TREY (Rod 2.0) Who Wears Short Shorts (Rod 2.0) A Conversation with Darryl Stephens (Rod 2.0) A Conversation with Keith Boykin (Rod 2.0) Jason Steed on Homophobia (Rod 2.0) Doug Spearman in "The Advocate" (Rod 2.0) Jody Watley on Black Homophobia (Rod 2.0) Hamilton Cobb: "No Big Deal Playing Gay" (Rod 2.0) Girls Gone Wild (Rod 2.0) Let's Try Something Different (Rod 2.0) Surprise! (Rod 2.0) Noah, Noah, Noah (Rod 2.0) Meet the Cast (Rod 2.0) All Aboard: "Noah's Arc" Season 2 (Rod 2.0) Raz B Will Play Gay (Rod 2.0)