This is not a drill. No really, dust off your leather vest because this is some big news.
Last night the Hollywood Reporter broke the news that beloved lesbian drama will return for a brand new season, 8 years after the series was cancelled. The revival will focus on new characters, possibly bridged by the characters we’ve come to know and love.
The original ground-breaking series starred Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Katherine Moennig, Pam Grier, Mia Kushner and Laurel Holloman, and did what no other show on TV had done up until then, or since. It showed that lesbians could be more than strereotypically butch, femme or any other sort of caricature. It showed queer relationships in a new, complex way and gave lesbian characters and story-lines air time like never before. There hasn’t been anything like it on TV since, so the notion of a new season full of brand new lesbians is just so flippin’ exciting.
Ilene Chaiken, one of the show’s founding trio, will executive produce the sequel. While the new show plans on unveiling a fresh bunch of lesbians for us to all fall madly in love with, 3 of the shows original leads- Moennig (Shane), Hailey (Alice) and Beals (Bette)- will return as both executive producers and *hopefully* show up in the series along the way.
Showtime is searching for a new showrunner to take over the reigns with “ties to the lesbian community to helm the followup series, aimed to reflect how members of that community’s relationships, their lives, and experiences have evolved, what has changed (and what hasn’t) since the show’s inception.”
Of course, Twitter exploded with the news of the series revival, with various celebrity lesbians (or celesbians) tweeting their excitement and making a pitch for showrunner.
— Rhea Butcher🏳️🌈⚾️ (@RheaButcher) July 11, 2017
— roxane gay (@rgay) July 11, 2017
My prayers were finally answered. #TheLWord
— Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) July 11, 2017
“Big news day!”
“No baby. The L Word reboot.”
— Cameron Esposito (@cameronesposito) July 11, 2017
So that’s two major wins for queer TV revivals (we haven’t gotten over Will & Grace’s return yet) this year. What’s next? I’m looking at you Queer as Folk!
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