The pioneering lesbian series “The L Word” should gain a revival. Eight years after the release of its last episode, Showtime paid channel is open to resuming production under the supervision of its creator, Ilene Chaiken.
In addition to writer-producer, the project also involves the return of three of the leading actresses: Jennifer Beals, Kate Moennig and Leisha Hailey.
Chaiken, however, will need to relinquish showrunner as she is involved with the “Empire” series and has signed an exclusive contract with Fox. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Showtime is looking for a producer with links to the lesbian community for Documenting how relationships, lives and experiences have evolved since “The L Word” was released in 2004.
The expectation is that an initial roadmap will be developed and strong enough to ensure the green light for production.
It is worth remembering that Chaiken wanted to do a spin-off centered on the character Alice (lived by Leisha Hailey), that would be spent in a prison – the situation would answer the question that was on the air at the end of season 6 of “The L Word”: who killed Jenny (Mia Kirshner). But at the time, Showtime found the project very appealing, considering that a series on lesbian inmates would not have audience. Four years later, Netflix released “Orange Is the New Black.”
If the sequence goes ahead, this should not be the scenario explored. In the project, the trio formed by Jennifer Beals (Bette), Kate Moennig (Shane) and Leisha Hailey (Alice) would resume their characters in the midst of new co-stars, showing how they followed their lives, loves and tribulations. In addition to them, other performers in the original series may also appear in special appearances.
“The L Word” debuted in 2004 and was the first attraction centered on the lives of lesbian characters. The production was acclaimed and, alongside “Queer as Folk” on gays, it helped to give visibility to the LGBT + community on the screens, ushering in a new era in the series. During her performance, she discussed topics such as sexual equality, same-sex marriage, legal rights and even introduced a transgendered character, played by Daniela Sea, who made her transition from Moira to Max over a season – a decade before her debut Of “Transparent”.
The series also featured hot sex scenes, which helped explain the interest of heterosexual audiences in their plot.
The interest in reviving “The L Word” happens after the Showtime channel successfully resurrects the classic “Twin Peaks” series and reflects a strategy of valuing television franchises, just as cinema has always dealt with the perpetuation of known characters .
In recent years, such series as “X-Files,” “Prison Break,” “Gilmore Girls,” and “Three Houses,” have continued in unheard-of seasons or spin-offs, To a new audience in their releases. As it turned out, the redemptions should continue.