The L Word is officially back at Showtime.
The premium cable network used its time Thursday at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour to announce that the revival of the groundbreaking lesbian-focused drama is moving forward with an eight-episode series order. The series is expected to premiere before year’s end.
Playwright and screenwriter Marja-Lewis Ryan will serve as showrunner and executive produce alongside original series creator Ilene Chaiken. Stars Jennifer Beals (Bette), Katherine Moennig (Shane) and Leisha Hailey (Alice) are also on board to exec produce and will reprise their roles from the original series while also introducing a new ensemble of self-possessed LGBTQIA characters experiencing love, heartbreak, sex, setbacks and success on the east side of Los Angeles.
The L Word bowed on Showtime in 2004, a year before the pay cabler’s Queer as Folk concluded its five-season run.
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