The L Word recently reunited for Entertainment Weekly. The cast and co-creator reminisced about the series to the publication and talked about wanting to do a revival. It appears that they’re getting their wish.
Showtime is apparently ready to revisit the groundbreaking lesbian series, eight years after wrapping its six-season run. The Hollywood Reporter reveals series creator Ilene Chaiken is on board to executive produce the sequel. She’ll be joined by original series stars Jennifer Beals (Bette), Kate Moennig (Shane) and Leisha Hailey (Alice). All three will also co-exec produce.
If the project moves forward, the trio would reprise their characters and help introduce a new ensemble of women. Other characters from the original series including Erin Daniels (Dana), Laurel Holloman (Tina), Mia Kirshner (Jenny), Sarah Shahi (Carmen) and Pam Grier (Kit) may appear in a potential new version.
Beals told EW.com the reason behind the revival. “The election happened. I remember I was in South Dakota watching the returns come in and I texted Ilene and I said, “We need to do something.” She said, “Let’s get together and talk about it.” So we were spitballing about what to do and I said our skillset is storytelling and I think we need to tell stories and certainly in an atmosphere of increasing hatred towards the LGBT community and frankly anyone who’s categorized as “other,” stories exploring the complexities of friendship and love are all that more crucial. Representation of everything. You can’t go backward. I would love to see the show continue to mine its original themes of friendship and love and community and additionally I’d like it to go a little further and challenge heteronormalcy.”
Did you watch The L Word? Excited that it might return? Hopefully, this ignites Queer As Folk (US or UK version) to launch a revival of its own. I’d love to see what those homos are up to these days. Weigh in below.