pushed audiences ever further, bringing them face to screen with both a realistic and stereotypical group of four gay friends living in Pittsburgh, Penn.
Thirty-seven year old Hal Sparks was the central character ‘Michael Novotny’, an adorably puerile mama’s boy in his late 20s/early 30s, who, at the show’s premiere, seemed somewhere between puberty and his first day of high school.
Hal’s character spent the first season lusting after his more experienced boyhood friend and gigolo, Brain, who just couldn’t see past the children’s underwear with blue lining that Michael still wore.
Two years after the show’s series finale, it’s no “where are they now? He has been performing with his band, featured on “Celebrity Duets” and continues his VH1 television appearances (from which he says he is most often recognized).
It’s like, ‘I’m being nice, I’m being myself.’O&A: You started in the business back in 1986-87 around the age of 17. I won the “Funniest Teenager in Chicago Contest” when I was seventeen and that just opened up a lot of doors. Sparks: Let’s never underestimate the power of poverty and lack of education for creating a sense of humor.
When you have a drama, character change has to happen, or you’re on a failed drama. Sparks: Not at all, I thought we’d accomplished something great.I always knew that the benefit of the show would only be totally understood and respected about four years after it was over, and we’re almost at the two year mark.There’s also the illusion that as long as the show was on, the change that it was instigating was happening.And it’s not even by choice on the part of the people that live there, it’s just habit. The writers themselves [were] just writing characters that they knew personally, representative characters.Instead of going, ‘Let’s be all things to all people,’ which is entirely impossible, they kinda went ‘I knew this kinda person growing up, I’m gonna write that.’ We never really had somebody on that was transgender. The exec producers and Showtime had always intended for it to have a limited run.