Showtime Renews Queer as Folk


Showtime has renewed Queer as Folk, its highest-rated series, for two
more seasons.

The premium network ordered a pair of 16-installment seasons, the first of
which is slated to premiere in March 2003, president of programming Jerry Offsay
announced Monday.

The drama -- which tracks the personal and professional lives of a small
group of gays and lesbians in Pittsburgh -- is currently winding down its second
season, which concludes June 16.

Elsewhere, Showtime Networks Inc. has acquired the animated Bob and
series that previously aired in the United States on Comedy

Bob and Margaret's initial exposure will come on multiplex Showtime Women
beginning in July. The series -- including 26 installments that have not yet
been seen in the United States -- will later migrate to other Showtime

A Showtime spokesman said the unscreened installments will run first, while
the first season will start airing in summer 2003.

Based on Academy Award-winning short Bob Birthday, the series mines
comedy from turning the mundane into misadventures.