Most of the cast of Showtime’s Queer as Folk, the 2000-05 series about the lives and loves of a group of gay friends living in Pittsburgh, are gathering this week in Cologne, Germany for their first official reunion in seven years.
‘Can’t believe I am about to get on my flight to Germany for the first ever QAF Convention,’ Peter Paige, who spent five seasons playing Emmett Honeycutt posted on Twitter Tuesday (5 June). ‘Can’t wait to meet the fans.’
The event, called Rise n’ Shine 2012, will begin Friday and run through Sunday.
Paige will be joined by Randy Harrison (Justin Taylor), Hal Sparks (Michael Novotny), Michelle Clunie (Melanie Marcus), Thea Gill (Lindsay Peterson), Scott Lowell (Ted Schmidt), Sharon Gless (Debbie Novotny), Harris Allan (Hunter Montgomery) and Robert Gant (Ben Bruckner).
But Queerty.com reports that there will be one notable exception: Gale Harold who played bad boy Brian Kinney. The site says Harold had been scheduled to appear but cancelled his appearance at the last minute due to ‘a wonderful work opportunity [that] has only recently come my way.’
Harold has kept busy with a series of television roles since the series ended. He most recently was a member of the cast of The Secret Circle for its single season, a regular on Hellcats for a season, starred on NBC’s short-lived Vanished and had a recurring role on ABC’s Desperate Housewives. He also had memorable two-part guest spots on Grey’s Anatomy and Deadwood.
While Harold has focused on television work, his Queer as Folk love interest Harrison has mostly concentrated on stage work and Sparks, who played Harold’s BFF, has been busy doing stand-up and regularly appearing on television and radio doing commentary and humor.
Other cast members have stayed in the limelight as well: Gless is currently in her fifth season on the series Burn Notice; Gant and Lowell have done a series of television guest spots on various series; Clunie was a regular on the series Make it or Break It and is in the upcoming feature film Magic Mike; Gill has done several films and was a regular on the series Dante’s Cove; and Paige has written, directed and starred in the films Say Uncle and Leaving Barstow.