Showtime Working On ‘The L Word’ Sequel
Say it ain’t so!?!
A sequel to Showtime’s hit series, “The L Word,” is reportedly in the works.
Eight years after wrapping its six-season run, the premium cable network is developing a sequel to the groundbreaking lesbian drama.
A search is under way to find a new writer to serve as showrunner and bring a fresh take to the project. Sources note Showtime is looking for someone with ties to the lesbian community to document how their relationships, lives and experiences have evolved — as well as what has and hasn’t changed since the drama launched in 2004.
“The L Word” bowed on Showtime in 2004, a year before the cabler’s Queer as Folk wrapped its five-season run. At the time, both series were hailed for their groundbreaking portrayal of the gay and lesbian community. “Queer as Folk” and “The L Word” were the first U.S. dramas to revolve around the lives of gay men and lesbians, respectively. Both series continue to be hailed for their realistic portrayal of the communities, and they helped provide representation on television that inspired a new generation come out. The success of both shows ushered in a new era of LGBT visibility on the small screen that helped pave the way for shows including “Will and Grace,” “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” “Looking and The New Normal,” among others.
Set in the gay mecca of West Hollywood, Calif., “The L Word” earned multiple GLAAD Awards, as well as NAACP Image Award noms for Beals and Grier. The series kicked off with Jenny’s arrival and followed her friendships with a group that included married couple Bette and Tina as well as their friends Shane, Dana and Alice. During its run, the drama included storylines about equality, legal marriage and benefits, and HIV/AIDS, as well as a transgender storyline that saw Daniela Sea’s Moira transition to Max in an era well before Amazon’s breakout “Transparent.”
I absolutely LOVED this show. The actresses were phenomenal and the writing was incredible!
I’m excited about the return of “The L Word!”