Matt Bomer and Jonathan Bailey fans rejoice! We finally have a release date for their LGBTQ+ period drama Fellow Travelers. 

On 17 August, Showtime surprised fans when they released a new teaser trailer for the highly anticipated limited series. 

While the clip was very brief – coming in at only 15 seconds – it did feature new shots of the star-studded cast and its premiere date –which is set for 27 October in the US and 28 October in the UK on Paramount+ with Showtime. 

Shortly after the trailer was released, LGBTQ+ TV enthusiasts flocked to social media to express their excitement for the series.

One person tweeted: “Finally a date!!!!”

Another individual wrote: “YESS, thank you Showtime!!! And thank you for making beautiful LGBTQ content!”

Based on Thomas Mallon’s novel of the same name, the series is described as “an epic love story and political thriller, chronicling the volatile romance of two very different men who meet in the shadow of McCarthy-era Washington.”

Bridgerton star Jonathan Bailey is set to play Tim Laughlin, a “young man brimming with idealism and religious faith” who is optimistic about a post-WWII world.

However his life takes an unexpected turn when he meets Matt Bomer’s character Hawkins Fuller, who “maintains a financially rewarding, behind-the-scenes” political career.

The official synopsis reads: “They begin a romance just as Joseph McCarthy and Roy Cohn declare war on “subversives and sexual deviants,” initiating one of the darkest periods in 20th-century American history.


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“Over the course of four decades, we follow our five main characters – Hawk, Tim, Marcus Lucy, and Frankie – as they cross paths through the Vietnam War protests of the 1960s, the drug-fueled disco hedonism of the 1970s and the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, while facing obstacles in the world and in themselves.”

Alongside Bomer and Bailey, the eight-episode drama will star Jelani Alladin (The Walking Dead: World Beyond) as Marcus, Allison Williams (Get Out) as Lucy and Noah J. Ricketts (American Gods) as Frankie, 

Academy Award-nominee Ron Nyswaner has directed the forthcoming series and serves as an executive producer alongside Bomer and Robbie Rogers and Daniel Minahan – who also directs the first two episodes.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Bomer and Bailey discussed the series and its powerful story. The former revealed that Fellow Travelers was “marinating with Ron for a solid decade before I ever came on board”.

“Ron had an almost religious zeal about this project, this world and these characters that just washed over everyone involved, and made it the profound experience that it was.”

Bailey opened up about the series’ intense and emotional sex scenes, which he described as a “meticulous examination of power.”

“The nuance of a complicated, volatile queer relationship is the power balance – and that is what is amazing about Tim and Hawk,” he explained

For more information about Fellow Travelers click here. You can watch the full trailer below.