Showtime has a new incarnation of the L-word, a successor of the network's influential 2000 series, the network announced on TCA.
The follow-up series, which has been in the works at Showtime for more than a year, aims to reflect how members of the society in question, their lives and experiences have evolved and what has changed (and what has not been since the performance began. Its pickup comes as the original marks its 15th anniversary.
Marja-Lewis Ryan serves as executive producer and showrunner of the series who received an eight-episode order. The Mothership series creator Ilene Chaiken is also executive producing along with Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig and Leisha Hailey, as all star in the original series.
"Marja has brought his unique and modern vision to The L Word ] and blended it beautifully into the fabric of Ile's groundbreaking series," said Gary Levine, president of entertainment, Showtime Networks. "This venerable show was both entertaining and emotional as it originally ran on Showtime and we are convinced that our new version will do so and more in 201
The original The L Word was about a group of lesbians in West Hollywood and their friends, family and lovers. Hailed as the first drama series to focus on lesbian characters complex and open about their sexuality, it ran on the network from 2004-2009 and created a reality pinoff, The Real L Word. Beals, Moennig and Hailey are expected to appear on the new series as their original characters as a point of connection from the previous series to the new one.