Showtime is looking at a revival of The L Word with some returning cast members
Showtime is developing a revival of its popular series The L Word, according to Deadline. The show, about a group of lesbians and their friends and families in West Hollywood, ran for six seasons from 2004-2009 and went into syndication on Logo. The revival of The L Word will feature three actors from the original series. Jennifer Beals who played Bette, Kate Moennig who played Shane and Leisha Hailey who played Alice are expected to both appear on the series as well as executive produce. There would be a new cast of women as well, though other characters reportedly may return for the new show here and there.
If the revival moves forward, Ilene Chaiken, who created the original series, will serve as executive producer, though her duties would be limited as she’s currently the executive producer and showrunner for Fox’s Empire and recently signed a new deal with the studio. Showtime is reportedly looking for a new writer/executive producer/showrunner with ties to the lesbian community.
The L Word spawned a reality spinoff The Real L Word, as well as a pilot in 2008 for a spinoff called The Farm, which was set in a woman’s prison. The show was to be set around the character of Alice. GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis told the site, “The past few years have seen lesbian and queer women characters in television killed off in shockingly high numbers. It is refreshing and exciting to see GLAAD Media Award-winning The L Word returning to television where it can tell nuanced, entertaining, and beautiful stories of an largely underrepresented community.”
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