Showtime has settled on The L Word: Generation Q as the official title for the sequel series. The highly anticipated follow up to Showtime’s long-running series, The L Word, is expected to air this fall. A decade has passed since the finale of The L Word and the announced title is an apparent nod at the next “queer” generation carrying on the lesbian lifestyle.
Created by Ilene Chaiken, The L Word starred Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Laurel Holloman, Mia Kirshner, Katherine Moennig, and Pam Grier as a core group of gay women living in Los Angeles. Originally airing in 2004, The L Word was deemed revolutionary for the LGBT community with six lesbian and bisexual women at the focal point. Mainly penned and directed by women, The L Word touched on a slew of issues including, same-sex adoption, transgender lifestyle, identity, and substance abuse. The L Word signed off in 2009 after a murder mystery season 6, and the unresolved series finale. The enthralling series has been deemed a launch pad for shows to feature gay characters as series regulars, with successors including Orange Is The New Black, Transparent and Glee. Showtime confirmed earlier this year that a sequel to The L Word was being developed. Now, the official title shows the project is well underway.
According to TVLine, The L Word: Generation Q has been ordered for an eight-episode run. Expected to begin production this summer, the show will continue the story told in the 2004-09 series. Along with a new group of characters, original series stars Beals, Moennig, and Hailey are set to return. Per Showtime’s logline, the new generation and reunited group will explore love, heartbreak, sex and success in Los Angeles. Marja-Lewis Ryan (6 Balloons, Splash) has been tapped as showrunner. Showtime president, Gary Levine, expressed excitement for having Ryan on board:
“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.”
The L Word: Generation Q is in the creative hands of executive producers Ryan, Kristen Campo, Beals, Moennig, Hailey, and Chaiken - who is currently running Empire. Steph Green (The Americans) has been tapped to direct the pilot in addition to producer duties. Even though The L Word ran in syndication on Logo, the sequel will only air on Showtime. As the premiere gets closer, more details will unravel, including the casting choices of Generation Q.
Since The L Word's ending in 2009, a lot has changed in the LGBT community, especially the extension into LGBTQIA - the inclusion of Queer, Intersex and Asexual. After The L Word finale, issues such as the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, openly gay politicians and same-sex marriage have been in the spotlight. Along with acceptance, there is still backlash - more recently, an episode of Authur was pulled from the air due to the gay subject matter. 2019 is an appropriate year for a new generation to touch on these issues and no doubt The L Word: Generation Q, with its strong creative team, will be another successful series.
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