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'The L Word' Sequel Series Gets A Title

by Kilian Melloy
Thursday May 23, 2019

Fans of 'The L Word' rejoice! The iconic series about a group of lesbian friends that ran for six seasons on Showtime and concluded in 2009 is slated for the sequel treatment in the form of a miniseries that will air, once again, on Showtime, Entertainment Weekly reports.

The follow-up will feature original stars Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig and Leisha Hailey, but new faces will presumably be part of the mix given that the title — "The L Word: Generation Q" — suggests that that time has passed and new characters will share the new show's focus.

TV Line notes that the project's official description teases "a new generation of self-possessed LGBTQIA characters experiencing love, heartbreak, sex, setbacks and success in Los Angeles."

The series was greenlit in January, but the title was only revealed on May 22, the TV Line article said.

"The L Word: Generation Q" is slated for an 8-episode run, according to Deadline, and while the project has been characterized as a "miniseries" in some media reports, other accounts suggest that the crop of new episodes — set to air later in the year - will be the first in a possible ongoing series.

The revival is set to take place in the wake of a new ten-episode miniseries based on Armistead Maupin's beloved "Tales of the City" novels, which is set to stream on Netflix starting early next month. The new "Tales of the City" episodes will revisit familiar characters, with Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis reprising Mary Ann Singleton and Anna Madrigal, while new faces fill in for beloved characters — most strikingly, Murray Bartlett (of "Looking") starting as Michael "Mouse" Tolliver. In this new miniseries, too, familiar characters are now accompanied by a younger generation, including Mary Ann's adopted daughter, Shawna, who is played by Ellen Page.

Another iconic LGBTQ series, "Queer as Folk," is also headed back to the small screen. As Variety reported last December, a new iteration of the original British series will air on Bravo. Series creator Russell T. Davies is part of the new project, which will not feature familiar characters but, instead, follow an all-new set of LGBTQ friends. An American version of the 10-episode British original ran on Showtime for five seasons.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.


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