Showtime announced today that they are moving forward with a sequel to The L Word, which will feature a mix of old and new cast members and will be in a contemporary setting. Fans of the show, which ran from 2004-2009, will know how binge-worthy it was, even when it got to be extremely absurd and melodramatic (and the less said about the series finale the better — maybe like Will & Grace, The L Word will forget it ever happened).
The revival/sequel/Season 7, set to premiere at the end of 2019, will be executive produced by Marja-Lewis Ryan (The Four-Faced Liar, 6 Balloons) who is acting as showrunner; creator Ilene Chaiken, and stars Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig and Leisha Hailey are also serving as EPs. Beals, Moennig and Hailey will be starring in the series again as their original characters, “alongside a new generation of self-possessed LGBTQIA characters experiencing love, heartbreak, sex, setbacks and success in L.A.”
Gary Levine, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. said at the Television Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour today that: “Marja has brought her unique and contemporary vision to The L Word and blended it beautifully into the fabric of Ilene’s groundbreaking series. This revered show was both entertaining and impactful when it originally ran on Showtime, and we are confident that our new version will do that and more in 2019.”
As long as Shane is back, I’m good with it. But a perverse part of me wants Jenny to return from the dead. That would be such a Jenny thing to do!
The series will have an initial run of eight episodes, with production starting this summer. It will take place in new and old neighborhoods in LA, so let’s hope this revival (which is what Showtime is calling it) will feel a little more relevant and on-point than the show did in its later seasons — amazing mess that it was!