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The L Word is officially coming back and here’s what we know

The L Word is officially coming back and here’s what we know

The original cast of The L Word.

After a year of rumors, everyone’s favorite lesbian and bi women-focused drama The L Word is about to make its official comeback on Showtime.

The revival of the original series, which first aired 15 years ago, will feature eight episodes and premiere before the end of the year.

Who is going to reprise their roles in the sequel?

The new series will continue to shine a light on the lives of women who love women in West Hollywood.

Playwright and screenwriter Marja-Lewis Ryan will serve as showrunner and executive produce alongside original series creator Ilene Chaiken.

Actresses Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig, and Leisha Hailey will executive produce. They will also reprise their roles of power lesbian Bette, womanizer Shane, and sassy bisexual Alice respectively.

Other characters from the original may also appear, but production is tight-lipped about the full cast.

Showtime simply said those fan-favorites will appear ‘alongside a new generation of self-possessed LGBTI characters experiencing love, heartbreak, sex, setbacks, and success in LA’.

The L Word alumna Sarah Shahi, who played Carmen on the show, also said she would love to come back.

The L Word stars confirmed the news

Actress Jennifer Beals retweeted an article by, confirming the rumors for good.

‘Here we go. Rock steady,’ she wrote.

Katherine Moennig and Leisha Haley also retweeted articles about the revival.

The new showrunner

‘Marja has brought her unique and contemporary vision to The L Word and blended it beautifully into the fabric of Ilene’s groundbreaking series,’ Gary Levine, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks told

‘This revered show was both entertaining and impactful when it originally ran on Showtime, and we are confident that our new version will do that and more in 2019.’

While Chaiken is ‘executive producing and godmothering the show, it’s really Marja’s show,’ Showtime CEO David Nevins told Deadline.

‘The original L Word premiered in 2004, which was a particular moment in time for the lesbian subculture in Los Angeles, and mostly featured women in their 20s and 30s,’ Nevins said.

The sequel ‘is going to be largely the same age and subculture but things have changed much in the past 15 years. Marja is roughly the age Ilene was during the original’.

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