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Shades of Gay

Our critics debate ''Noah's Arc'' -- EW's Tim Stack and Nicholas Fonseca argue over Logo's new drama

Our critics debate ''Noah's Arc''

Logo's drama Noah's Arc (Wednesdays at 10 p.m.) fails to live up to its rich potential. This wretchedly acted travesty — about gay black men in L.A. — revisits old stereotypes (the promiscuous one! the flamboyant one!) and indulges in tawdry innuendos. (Noah tells a friend to hold the cream in his coffee, and his pal replies, ''I'd love to.'') Here's a suggestion, Logo: Pull ideas from your documentaries, like the one about the implications of two women coming out later in life. C'mon, it's time to get ambitious. D- — Tim Stack

Sorry, Tim, but no matter how well-intentioned, a series about two older, newly out lesbians could never put Logo on viewers' radar quicker than this well-paced piece of fluff. Yes, the writing is atrocious, the acting subpar, and the setup a Sex and the City rehash. But I appreciate Arc for having the courage to tell its predictable story within a complicated milieu that's at once gay, urban, and African-American. I mean, did the toned gym bunnies on Queer as Folk even have black friends? C+ — Nicholas Fonseca

Originally posted Nov 04, 2005 Published in issue #849 Nov 11, 2005 Order article reprints
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