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The L Word turns 15 and cast and fans shared sweet anniversary messages

The L Word turns 15 and cast and fans shared sweet anniversary messages

The cast of The L Word.

Showtime series The L Word premiered on 18 January 2004, fifteen years ago.

The show focused on the everyday life of a group of bisexual and lesbian women in Los Angeles. Flashdance actress Jennifer Beals starred alongside Katherine Moennig, Mia Kirshner, and Leisha Haley.

Despite its occasional transphobia and biphobia, the 71-episode show is still one of the best examples of television by and for queer women. The show was created by lesbian executive producer Ilene Chaiken, who would go on to executive produce hit series Empire.

Is the sequel happening?

A sequel to the original series, which ended abruptly in 2009, is in the works. According to IMDb, the new series is a follow-up ‘to the Showtime drama ‘The L Word’ looking at how the character’s relationships and lives have changed’.

Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig, and Leisha Hailey will executive-produce as well as appear on the series. Other characters from the original series may also guest star and will be paired with a whole new cast.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly in May 2017, Chaiken said they were considering a sequel.

‘We talk about it all the time. When we went off the air in 2009, I think a lot of people thought, Okay, the baton is passed now, and there will be lots of shows that portray lesbian life. There’s really nothing. It feels like maybe it should come back,’ she said.

Happy birthday, The L Word

Some of the original cast members have shared cute messages to mark the anniversary.

Beals, who played Bette on the show, was shocked at the passing of time and called for a sequel.

‘FIFTEEN years ago?? Time to take that show back on the road. #TLW’

Kate Moennig aka womanizer Shane also tweeted about the show.

’15 years have come and gone already?’ she wrote.

Fans are tweeting about it

Fans of the show also shared the reasons why The L Word had been such a game changer for queer female representation.

‘My gf showed introduced me to it, and oh my how I fell in love with it! TLW was and still is one of my favourite shows of all time,’ one said.

’15 years since the L Word started, and with the exception of Lip Service, there have been no other lesbian-focused shows on mainstream TV in the UK that I’m aware of,’ one fan tweeted.

‘Why? Are they not being written, not being commissioned or something else?’ they also wrote.

‘it has really been 15 years since the l word aired and no show has come to close to resemble it in terms of lesbian representation huh,’ another also added.

‘The L Word is the first real lesbian show I’ve ever seen, even 15 years later it’s still good, relevant and probably the only long-running show for lesbian ever made,’ another weighed in on the conversation.

‘I still want to be Bette when I grow up,’ she furthermore added.

Some fans are thrilled at the idea of a revival.

‘I’m really down for a revival of The L Word. It was such an important show and has so many ways it could be made better and more diverse,’ one Twitter user said.

‘I would die if a reboot of #theLword was made! The show that I binged at age 16/17 on my own, in my room, and in the closet. The L word helped me come out and accept who I am.’

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