Rachel Shelley, Pam Grier, Mia Kirshner, Katherine Moennig, Jennifer Beals, Laurel Holloman, Leisha Hailey, and Rose Rollins in The L Word (Showtime/Don Flood)

Pioneering queer show "The L Word" to return as a sequel series

Showtime is bringing back the series that put lesbian life front and center


Gabriel Bell
July 11, 2017 5:01PM (UTC)

According to sources cited by Variety, premium-cable network Showtime is currently in development on a sequel series to its popular show, "The L Word". Lasting from 2004 to 2009, "The L Word" followed the lives of a group of lesbian friends (and rivals) as they lived and loved in West Hollywood, Los Angeles.

Glamorous and often somewhat explicit in its depiction of lesbian physical intimacy, the "The L Word" was hailed as a rare show that not only focused on queer characters, but also offered a sympathetic, human portrayal of their day-to-day lives within a premium soap-opera context.

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For its presentation of queer lifestyles and its use of actors of color, the series garnered multiple GLAAD Media Awards and NAACP Award nominations among other nods and honors over the course its six seasons on Showtime.

According to Variety, original core cast members, " Jennifer Beals, Kate Moennig and Leisha Hailey are expected to serve as executive producers and appear in the series with their characters as a point of connection from the prior series to the new one." As well, series creator Ilene Chaiken — currently a producer on Fox's "Empire" and Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale" — will have an executive producer role.

Variety reports that, "Showtime is currently in the process of bringing on a new writer, executive producer and showrunner who specifically has ties to the lesbian community to bring a fresh perspective to the show by documenting how relationships and experiences have evolved today, and what has changed and hasn’t changed, since the show first aired."

No debut or production start dates are set at this time. Showtime has also had success in the field of sequel series thanks to its recent revival of "Twin Peaks," "Twin Peaks: The Return."


Gabriel Bell

Gabriel Bell is Salon's Deputy Culture Editor. Follow him on Twitter at @GabrielJBell

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