Limited series starring Matt Bomer and Jonathan Bailey to premiere on October 27.
On the heels of the 30th anniversary of the Oscar® winning Philadelphia written by Academy Award nominee Ron Nyswaner comes his latest project Fellow Travelers, which is poised to join the pantheon of seminal LGBTQ+ films and television shows in the vein of Philadelphia, Angels in America and A Normal Heart.
Set in the 1950s amidst the backdrop of the McCarthy era when Joseph McCarthy and Roy Cohen waged war on “subversives and sexual deviants” initiating one of the darkest periods in 20th century American history, Fellow Travelers – based on the book by celebrated author Thomas Mallon – foreshadows an all too familiar narrative that can be traced back to Nazi Germany grounded in fear, suspicion, intimidation and the impact of divisive ideologies to manufacture villains in order to scapegoat issues – all of which the LGBTQ+ community continues to face today.
As the series moves through the next three decades, the viewer is also reminded of the horrors of the HIV/AIDS epidemic through the eyes of megastars Matt Bomer and Jonathan Bailey’s characters. For today’s generation of young people and LGBTQ+ youth who may have no memory of that utter terror and devastation, Fellow Travelers brings to the forefront a formative moment in Queer history, serving as a wakeup call and reminder of what it was like to live during this terrifying period of time.
And, in the center of it all is a complicated, tragic love story that unfolds as an old-fashioned romance where our two leads are impacted by the forces at play – a critical and groundbreaking moment and something we’ve rarely ever seen – in the evolution of Queer representation on screen.
The eight-episode drama premieres Friday, October 27, on streaming and on demand for all SHOWTIME and Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers before making its on-air debut on SHOWTIME Sunday, October 29, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.