Showtime Renews 'The L Word' Reboot for A Second Season

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Tuesday January 14, 2020

The Showtime drama series "The L Word: Generation Q" for a second season, Variaty reports.

The series is a sequel to Showtime's original lesbian drama "The L Word," which ran from 2004 - 2009. The cast of that series included Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig, and Leisha Hailey, all of whom are now part of the new show's cast as well. The sequel picks up the story of their lives and introduces new, younger characters as well.

Noted Variety:

"The L Word: Generation Q" is executive produced by showrunner Marja-Lewis Ryan, who also showruns, as well as series creator Ilene Chaiken, Kristen Campo, Allyce Ozarski, and original series stars Beals, Moennig and Hailey.

Showtime executive Gary Levine addressed the show's pickup for a new season, saying, " 'The L Word: Generation Q' took our original series that was revered and reinvigorated it for a new generation and a new era.

"The result has been a show that appeals to all generations for its relevance, its fearlessness, its emotion and its fun."

The announcement came on Jan. 13, at an event for the Television Critics Association, noted TV Line.

That news source, and Variety also, further reported that another Showtime series, "Work in Progress" - about a comedian played by Abby McEnany in a new relationship - has also won a sophomore season. "Work in Progress" includes Lily Wachowski ("Sense8" and "The Matrix" movies) among its writers.

Another groundbreaking gay drama from the early 2000s, Showtime's "Queer As Folk," is also due for a reboot. The first season of the newly reinvented series is slated for later this year on NBC's streaming service, The Hollywood Reporter said in an article from last summer.

"Queer As Folk" began as a four-part series in the UK, followed by a television movie; the drama was re-conceptualized for American television on Showtime, and ran for five seasons, from 2000 - 2005. The creator of the British original, Russell T. Davies, is reportedly executive producer of the new version, which is reportedly not a sequel but rather an all-new series with a new cast.

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Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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